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Newsline: Jordan set to approve new Israeli ambassador

Jordan is expected to approve the appointment of the new Israeli ambassador to the kingdom, the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad reported on Sunday. Jordan is expected to approve the appointment of the new Israeli ambassador to the kingdom, the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad reported on Sunday. Last month, the Foreign Ministry announced the appointment of Amir Weissbrod as Israel’s new ambassador to Jordan. The announcement came after Israel and Jordan reached an agreement to end a diplomatic standoff over the July 23, 2017, shooting deaths of two Jordanian men by an Israeli embassy security guard. Israel says the guard opened fire in self-defense after being attacked by one of the men. The Jordanian foreign ministry is holding consultations and pursuing diplomatic procedures regarding the appointment of the new Israeli ambassador to Jordan, Sunday’s report said.



Newsline: Polish senator calls for Israeli ambassador’s expulsion

A Polish senator for the ruling party said he would not shake hands with Israel’s ambassador and that he favors her expulsion from Poland for saying anti-Semitism was on the rise there. Jan Zaryn said this during an interview published by the wPolsce news site. “If anyone today thinks to equate in any way the rule of the Law and Justice party to the persecution of Jews led by the communist party apparatus in 1968, or by the marshals, then I certainly will not shake hands with such a person. If this is done by the ambassador of a foreign state, then maybe we have to ask this lady to leave this country,” he is quoted as saying. His comments about Anna Azari come amid a diplomatic crisis between Israel and Poland over anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. The crisis began with the passing of a law in January that criminalizes blaming Poland for Nazi crimes. Several Jewish groups said the law impedes open debate and risks censoring research. Some critics of the law said it whitewashes what they called Polish complicity.


Newsline: Guatemala announces embassy move to Jerusalem in May

Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales has announced that he will move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 16, two days after the United States is scheduled to do the same in a controversial move that has drawn worldwide condemnation. Speaking on Monday at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, DC, Morales said that the embassy move “strongly evidences Guatemala’s continued support and solidarity with the people of Israel”. “In May of this year, we will celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary, and under my instructions, two days after the United States moves its embassy, Guatemala will return and permanently move its embassy to Jerusalem,” he said.



Newsline: Jordan receives request from Israel to nominate new ambassador

Jordan said on Monday it received a letter from Israel nominating a new Israeli ambassador to the Kingdom, a government official said Monday. “We received a request from Israel nominating an Israeli ambassador to Amman. The request was sent to the concerned authorities seeking their opinion,” Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani told reporters. “The foreign ministry is taking necessary diplomatic measures in this regard,” the minister said during a press conference Monday. Jordanian officials have indicated recently that Jordan and Israel are going ahead with all preparations to reopen the Israeli embassy, prepare for the return of Israeli embassy staff to Amman and resume relations. Last month, Israel named a veteran diplomat to Jordan. The Israeli foreign ministry named Amir Weissbrod as the new ambassador. Weissbrod has reportedly worked as a diplomat in Amman and is an expert in Middle East affairs and Islamic movements. In January, Israel officially apologised for an incident in which an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanians, and the killing of Jordanian Judge Raed Zuaiter by Israeli troops in 2014, while crossing to the West Bank.



Newsline: US Embassy move to Jerusalem expected to have long-term ramifications

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded US President Donald Trump as a “great friend” at Sunday’s cabinet meeting and said Washington’s decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem will have significant, long-term ramifications. “This is a great moment for the citizens of Israel and this is a historic moment for the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said of Trump’s unexpected decision on Friday to move the embassy to Jerusalem in stages, beginning in May to coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. Netanyahu is scheduled to meet Trump in the White House for their fifth meeting since Trump took office in January 2017, and is expected to invite him to take part in the ceremony opening the embassy in May.



Newsline: Israel Is Seeking a New Ambassador to UNESCO, Even Though It Said It’s Quitting UN Body

Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that Israel would follow the lead of the United States and withdraw from membership in UNESCO over what was termed the organization’s continuing discrimination against Israel, the Foreign Ministry posted an internal ministry job notice for the position of ambassador to UNESCO. The job posting for ambassador to the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was issued in advance of the departure in September of the current Israeli ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen. Foreign Ministry officials said that since Israel’s resignation as a member of UNESCO will only take effect at the end of 2018 in any event, there will be a need for someone to take Shama-Hacohen’s place for the last several months of the year after his term ends and that following that, his replacement would focus only on representing Israel at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which is also based in Paris. Other official sources said, however, that despite Israel’s announced departure from UNESCO, in practice, no final decision has been made over whether Israel would remain in the organization as an observer.



Newsline: Hard-Line Supporter of Israel Offers to Pay for US Embassy in Jerusalem

Sheldon G. Adelson, one of the most hawkish supporters of Israel among American Jews, has offered to help fund the construction of a new American Embassy in Jerusalem, according to the State Department, which on Friday said it was reviewing whether it could legally accept the donation. The total price tag to build the new embassy to replace the current one in Tel Aviv is estimated at around $500 million, according to one former State Department official. While private donors have previously paid for renovations to American ambassadors’ overseas residences, Mr. Adelson’s contribution would be likely to far surpass those gifts — and could further strain American diplomacy in the Middle East. Before the embassy is built, the Trump administration plans to open a temporary one in Jerusalem. On Friday, it said that it was accelerating the projected opening in time to mark the 70th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel on May 14.