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Thu. Nov 10, 2016 News from Israel

  • Trump’s first meeting with Obama in the White House as President-elect of the United States
  • 9 Palestinian terrorists arrested by Israeli security forces for targeting IDF soldiers
  • Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev visiting the region

President-elect of the United States Donald Trump arrived at the White House Thursday for his first meeting with serving U.S. President Barack Obama, marking the start of the transition of power between the two following the U.S. elections. First Lady Michelle Obama met with the wife of the newly elected president, Melania Trump. Meanwhile thousands of protesters took to the streets across the US Wednesday night in at least 10 cities to march against president-elect Donald Trump.

Jason Greenblatt, one of President-elect Donald Trump’s senior level advisors, who will most likely be appointed as the US envoy to the Middle East will rewrite a foreign policy differing from that of US President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. Thursday, Greenblatt was interviewed explaining Trump’s stances and stressed: “He is not going to impose any solution on Israel.” It is certainly not Mr. Trump’s view that settlement activity should be condemned,” Greenblatt said. “Building over the Green Line is not an obstacle for peace.”

Cleared for publication the Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police arrested over the past three months 9 Palestinians suspected of being involved in terrorist activities in the West Bank. Eight of the suspects are residents of the West Bank while the ninth is an East Jerusalem resident. In the next few days, the Chief Military Prosecution and Jerusalem District Prosecution are expected to file indictments against them. During the investigation, it was revealed that the terror cell members set off many explosive devices in the West Bank in order to harm IDF soldiers in the past. They even planned to continue to harm IDF forces.

Russian Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev began a three-day trip to the region on Thursday. The visit marks 25-years of diplomatic ties between Israel and Russia. While Medvedev is here, the two countries plan to sign agreements in agriculture, customs, high-tech and construction. He met with President Reuven Rivlin who said “Russia has always had an important role in our region, perhaps today more than ever". We are faced by many challenges, and at the same time opportunities, and we need to be prepared for both.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Russian counterpart during a meeting in his Jerusalem office that Iran must be prevented from producing nuclear weapons and from placing its military bases in Syria. He also spoke against the dangers facing Israel and the Middle East, with a focus on Iran, ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism.

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