Israel’s Ambassador: Move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Obama administration continues to say Jerusalem not part of Israel
Jerusalem / AP

Israel’s ambassador to the United States has called on Congress to “finally” and “very soon” move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, drawing praise from those who have pushed the sensitive issue for years on Capitol Hill.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded With Errors

In Wake of Accusations of Anti-Israel Bias, Critics Point to Errors in Tom Friedman Column
Thomas Friedman / AP

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is facing criticism from the pro-Israel community following a Tuesday article that incorrectly asserted that Israeli settlers had assassinated former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

All the Anti-Israel News That’s Fit to Print

Critics question objectivity, credibility of New York Times's Israel correspondent
Jodi Rudoren / Twitter

The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren is under renewed criticism from the pro-Israel community for articles critics say slant toward the Palestinian Authority and misrepresent U.S. policy towards Israel.

Start Up Nation Goes Hollywood

AP

Here’s an interesting story you may not have heard: Since 2008, Israel has reworked its tax code, a la New York City and Vancouver, to encourage film studios to shoot movies there. As of 2011, the government is offering up to $400,000 in tax breaks per project, and Jerusalem is prepared to provide more than $12 million in additional subsidies.

Barkat recently visited Hollywood to promote Israel’s juicy film production incentives. Making films and television in Jerusalem is “not only good business, it’s good Zionism,” Barkat told The Hollywood Reporter.

Ed Koch: Obama not ‘Best President’ for Israel

Unfair demands made on Israel while Hamas gets a pass
Ed Koch / AP

Former Democratic New York Mayor Ed Koch recently expressed disappointment in President Obama’s treatment of Israel, telling a Jewish crowd last weekend that no one “can rightfully say that President Obama is the best president” for Israel.

‘Whose Democratic Party?’

New ad questions Obama's relationship with Israel

A new advertisement scheduled to run in Florida makes the case that President Obama has pushed the Democratic Party to embrace anti-Israel policies, according to a copy of the ad obtained by the Free Beacon.

Rabbi Rebukes Dems

Wolpe addresses Jerusalem controversy head on in benediction
David Wolpe

When David Wolpe, a well-known Los Angeles Rabbi, was asked last week to deliver the benediction at the Democratic National Convention, he could not have known that his words would be spoken in the midst of an intense controversy over the status of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

A View from the Heights

With Syria in flames, Israelis are happy they held on to the Golan Heights
Golan Heights / AP

JERUSALEM—Ari Shavit, one of Israel’s most influential journalists, made the four-hour drive up to the Golan Heights from Jerusalem last month and parked on high ground overlooking the broad plain stretching towards Damascus, 35 miles to the east.

Chaos Reigns Among Dem Delegates

Dems Question Obama-approved Platform Omissions
Antonio Villaraigosa (AP)

A number of Democratic delegates were perplexed by the spectacle that took place on the convention floor in Charlotte on Wednesday, when a loud majority appeared to vote down amendment to include “God” in the official party platform and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.