Israel Report

President Trump to Israel– On May 22 & 23, the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem under Israeli control, President Trump is expected to visit Israel.  No US president has ever visited Israel in their first months in office.  The US Congress in 1995 voted to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  However, a waiver not to move the embassy to Jerusalem, has been signed by every president since then.  The last waiver, signed by Obama, expires the end of May.  It remains to be seen if President Trump will move the embassy to Israel on this visit.

In a study Israeli Arabs and Jews… According to a Survey conducted on April 30th, 62% of Jews and 75% of Arabs describe living and personal situatons in Israel as “moderately good” or “good.”  They found “80% are proud to be Israelis and 71% are optimistic of Israel’s future.  The survey was conducted by Tel Aviv University and Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research of the Israel Democracy Institute.

May declared Jewish Heritage Month… President Trump called upon all Americans to celebrate the heritage and contributions of American Jews.  He celebrated the day with his family which includes immediate and extended Jewish family members. George W. Bush was the first US president to declare May to be Jewish Heritage month in 2006.

IDF intercepted UAV in Israeli airspace – April 28th the IDF launched a patriot missile at a Syrian UAV (unmanned aircraft) over the Golan Heights in northern Israeli airspace.   “The IDF will not allow any breach of Israel’s airspace and will act against any attempt of infiltration.” was the IDF statement.  The IDF has carried out multiple air strikes in Syria targeting arms convoys & warehouses of advanced weapons belonging to Hezbollah.

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