WASHINGTON - For a few seconds, as his teammates joyously charged toward him, Michael A. Taylor dispensed of his helmet and stood at second base, staring at the spot where his walk-off double hit the center field wall, and breathed. Cameras caught his face and paused at what they saw, snapping pictures that were circulating around the Internet by the time Taylor got back in the clubhouse. Everyone, including the 27-year-old center fielder himself, chuckled later at the unflinching, unsmiling, unchanged countenance, one hardly befitting the moment. But Taylor is not ready for outright joy just yet. All he could feel in the moments after his double gave the Nationals a 2-1 walk-off win over the
Israel should be careful about getting in too deep with an unpopular, highly partisan U.S. president. It's been a heady few weeks for Benjamin Netanyahu. On Monday, a U.S. secretary of state—the hawkish Mike Pompeo—basically adopted the Israeli prime minister's stance toward Iran, highlighting its malign influence in the Middle East and ordering up a tall list of demands that the Islamic Republic is certain to reject. This came after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal with Tehran, calling it “defective at its core.” Story Continued Below And last week, Jerusalem was festooned with the Stars and Stripes as the U.S. Embassy relocated to Israel's American-recognized
Last week Turkey recalled its ambassadors to America and Israel. Erdogan’s attack has opened an unanticipated window of opportunity, both in Washington and Jerusalem to break a decades-long refusal to join historians and many governments in recognizing a real genocide that Turkey continues to deny -- that against Armenian Christians. Turkey has made it a policy to baldly deny the genocide, and demand acquiescence in this lie as the price of good relations with Israel and other countries.
Bernard Lewis, a prolific Middle East scholar whose insights on Islam illuminated debates on the region's conflicts, has died. Lewis died Saturday at an assisted living facility in Vorhees Township, New Jersey. "I will always feel privileged to have witnessed firsthand his extraordinary erudition and I gleaned invaluable insights from our many meetings over the years," Netanyahu said in a statement Monday. In hundreds of articles and more than 30 books, Lewis established himself as one of the world's foremost experts on Islam, bringing a dose of antiquity to discussions of jihadism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the nuclear threat of Iran, and expanding consciousness of the historical roots of those problems.
Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper says it has fired a cartoonist whose caricature of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was criticised as anti-Semitic. Dieter Hanitzsch, who has been with the liberal paper for years, earlier denied any anti-Semitic intent in the cartoon, which referenced the Eurovision Song Contest and was published on Tuesday. The Munich-based national daily said the reasons for his dismissal were “unbridgeable differences between Mr. Hanitzsch and the editorial staff on what constitute anti-Semitic cliches in a cartoon.” “This came out not only in the published cartoon itself, but also in conversations with Mr. Hanitzsch,” Sueddeutsche said in a statement. The
Turkey and Israel on Tuesday ordered envoys to leave in tit-for-tat moves and exchanged bitter accusations as a row over the Israeli army's killing of dozens of Palestinians threatened a 2016 reconciliation deal. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter by calling Israel an "apartheid state" as Ankara ordered the Israeli ambassador to leave. Eitan Naeh was summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry and told to "return to his country for a period of time", said a foreign ministry official who asked not to be named.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA-ISRAEL BORDER (Reuters) - Palestinians buried the dead on Tuesday from the bloodiest day in Gaza in years, after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians near the Gaza-Israel border during demonstrations against the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Israeli forces shot dead two more Palestinians on Tuesday, although protests were quieter than the previous day. Hundreds marched in the funeral of eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour, whose body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag.
Diplomatic pressure on Israel mounted following its bloodiest confrontation with the Palestinians since a 2014 war, with Turkey expelling the Israeli ambassador and criticism in European capitals spreading even as the violence ebbed. Ambassador Eitan Na’eh was ordered to leave “for a while,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, a day after Ankara recalled its envoy from Israel. Hours later, the Turkish consul in Jerusalem, Husnu Gurcan Turkoglu, was also sent home by Israel.
By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The crowd sported branded baseball caps and Israel's prime minister wore red, white and blue as the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, delighting Israelis and deepening Palestinian anger. "Our greatest hope is for peace," U.S. President Donald Trump said in a recorded video message, even as a spokesman for the Palestinian president accused him of sowing instability by overturning decades of U.S. policy on the status of the city. The inauguration of the embassy, after Trump outraged the Arab world and stoked international concern by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December, was hailed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "glorious day".
The crowd sported branded baseball caps and Israel's prime minister wore red, white and blue as the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, delighting Israelis and deepening Palestinian anger. "Our greatest hope is for peace," U.S. President Donald Trump said in a recorded video message, even as a spokesman for the Palestinian president accused him of sowing instability by overturning decades of U.S. policy on the status of the city. The inauguration of the embassy, after Trump outraged the Arab world and stoked international concern by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December, was hailed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "glorious day".