FROM Isabel Kershner
Trump declares Jerusalem the capital of Israel Many are worried Donald Trump lit a fuse in the Middle East when he declared that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We get reaction from Israel and the broader Middle East.
Jewish Terrorism and Israeli Security Last Thursday, six people were stabbed at a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem. One victim has died. The suspect is an orthodox Jew, who had just completed a 10-year sentence for a similar crime. Friday morning, in the remote West Bank town of Duma, the home of a Palestinian family was set on fire, killing an 18-month old boy and leaving his parents in critical condition. Jewish extremists are suspected. The Netanyahu government now says Jewish suspects will get the same, tough treatment given Palestinians. But that will be easier said than done , and some Israelis are warning that right-wing extremism is almost out of control. They claim government support of settlements in the West Bank has backfired, corrupting the justice system and posing a risk to democracy.
Israeli Airstrike in Syria Brings Backlash Israeli warplanes struck near Damascus today, prompting supporters of Bashar al-Assad to rally behind their leader while Iran warmed of "grave consequences." It's not clear what the target was. Isabel Kershner reports from Jerusalem for the New York Times .
Obama’s Envoy in Jerusalem as Fighting Flares On his first trip as Barack Obama's Middle East Envoy George Mitchell has gone from Cairo to Jerusalem. But relations between Israel and the Palestinians have gone from bad to worse. An Israeli soldier was killed by a car bomb on its frontier with the Gaza Strip and Israel responded with tanks and air strikes. Isabel Kershner is in Jerusalem for the New York Times .
Israel's Olmert Won't Stand for Re-Election Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has announced he's effectively stepping down. He will not be a candidate to lead his Kadima Party in its September primary. Isabel Kershner, whoc is based in Jerusalem for the New York Times , has an update.
Israel Silent as Hamas Announces Truce with Israel Is Imminent Hamas said early today that a treaty with Israel would be announced "barring any unforeseen developments." Three Israeli air strikes then killed at least six Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including high officials in the militant Army of Islam. Isabel Kershner, based in Jerusalem for the New York Times , has the details.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.