Ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's Monday arrival, Israelis kicked off the 50th anniversary celebration of the reunification of Jerusalem Sunday evening, with the Old City Walls providing a backdrop.
Tzippe writes, "It's not a little ironic that the man who campaigned on a pro-Israel platform may turn out to be God's chosen vessel to bring the Jewish state to the point that He steps in to defend her."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his biggest headache vis-à-vis the upcoming visit of U.S. President Donald Trump is one of America's top Jewish leaders.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Arabs to ascend to the Temple Mount in droves to protect the al-Aksa Mosque. He also warned against Israeli attempts to Judaize Jerusalem.
Tzippe writes, "No news agency, politician, or anyone else for that matter can thwart God's plans for the land and people He calls His own – nor for Jerusalem, the city to which He lays claim for all eternity."
Hamas, the Palestinian faction ruling the Gaza Strip, has released a policy statement that demands Jerusalem for a Palestinian capital and alludes to the total destruction of Israel.
On Monday evening at sundown, Israelis will transition from Memorial Day to Independence Day. It's a palpable transition from the solemnity of honoring its fallen soldiers and victims of terror to celebrating the establishment of modern Israel.
Tzippe writes, "For years, Hamas and Fatah have talked about reconciling and forming a unity government, but disputes between the two factions continue. They do, however, agree on one thing: Israel has got to go."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made good on his promise not to meet with the German foreign minister unless he cancelled his plans to meet with anti-Israel NGOs.
At the opening ceremony of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) at Jerusalem's Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum Sunday evening, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin began by telling how Jews in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp celebrated the first night of Hanukkah in 1943.