Tag: Tel Aviv

Belgian state secretary: No doubt Jerusalem is Israel’s capital

BRUSSELS (JTA) — In a departure from Belgium’s official policy, the country’s secretary of state said that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.

Philippe de Backer, whose position in the Belgian government is comparable to that of a deputy Cabinet minister, made his remarks in an interview published earlier this week for Joods Actueel, the Jewish monthly of Antwerp.

“There is no doubt that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. It’s clear; it’s reality. There’s no discussion on this issue,” he said. “But we’re in a political context where Europe sees Jerusalem as subject to negotiations toward a two-state solution.”

In December, Belgian Prime…

Israel to waive construction permits for US Embassy in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s National Council for Planning and Construction will waive the usual rezoning approval and construction permits for the work in turning the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem into the American embassy.

The council on Tuesday said it would authorize the waiver in order to allow the work to be completed before the planned May 14 move of the embassy from Tel Aviv. The move is timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel’s founding.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump said he may be present for the opening of the embassy in Jerusalem.

Trump says he may attend Jerusalem embassy opening

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump said he may be present in Jerusalem when the U.S. Embassy opens in May.

“We’re looking at coming,” Trump said Monday in opening his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, D.C. “If I can, I will.”

Trump said last month that the embassy move from Tel Aviv would take place in May, timed with Israel’s 70th anniversary, following his recognition in December that Jerusalem is the capital. He is also planning to build a new embassy in Jerusalem, which could take up to nine years. In the meantime, the…

Cybersecurity pioneer to receive Israel Prize in technology and innovation

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli pioneer in cybersecurity will receive the prestigious Israel Prize in the field of technology and innovation.

Gil Shwed, founder and CEO of Check Point Software Technologies, was announced as the winner in the new category established in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday. Education Minister Naftali Bennett made the announcement on Sunday.

The Israel Prize is awarded each year in several categories in a special public ceremony on Independence Day.

Check Point, founded 25 years ago, is among Israel’s largest technology companies and a major world cybersecurity company. The company invented the world’s first firewall based…

Guatemala will move its Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem in May

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA) — President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala said his country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May.

Speaking at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., Morales said Guatemala will make the move on May 16, two days after the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, when the United States will also move its embassy from Tel Aviv. The United States and Guatemala recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December.

“In May of this year, we will celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary, and under my instruction, two days after the United…