Full Text Israel Political Brief June 29, 2015: Security Cabinet Approves PM Netanyahu’s Proposal to Begin Work on an Approximately 30-km. Section of Security Fence along Israel’s Eastern Border with Jordan

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Security Cabinet Approves PM Netanyahu’s Proposal to Begin Work on an Approximately 30-km. Section of Security Fence along Israel’s Eastern Border

Source: PMO, 6-29-15

The Security Cabinet yesterday adopted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to begin work on an approximately 30-kilometer long section of security fence along the State of Israel’s eastern border, from Eilat to the site designated for the Timna airport. The Security Cabinet also approved the necessary allocation of resources for building the section of fence.

The Government of Israel is in contact with the Government of Jordan and emphasizes that the construction of this section of security fence is being carried out on the Israeli side of the border. The fence will not, in any way, infringe on the sovereignty of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and its national interests, which will be respected.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, today (Monday, 29 June 2015), at the start of a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, referred to the foregoing decision:

“Yesterday in the Security Cabinet, we made a very important decision to continue a section of fence along our southern border, this time from Eilat, 30 kilometers north to past the Timna airport that is under construction. This is important. It is part of our national security. It joins the fence that we built along the length of our border with Sinai, which blocked the entry of illegal migrants into Israel and – of course – the various terrorist movements. This step also joins the fence that we built on our border on the Golan Heights.

I would like to make it clear that this fence will be entirely within the territory of the State of Israel. It will not, in any way, infringe on the sovereignty of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and its national interests.

I think that this is a very important step. I am also pleased that the members of the Security Cabinet approved the sources of financing.”

Israel Political Brief May 26, 2013: President Shimon Peres & PA President Mahmoud Abbas call for peace at World Economic Forum

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Peres, Abbas call for peace at World Economic Forum

Source: JTA, 5-26-13

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for peace at the World Economic Forum in Jordan….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 17, 2013: Senator Marco Rubio leaves for visit to Israel, Jordan

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Sen. Rubio leaves for visit to Israel, Jordan

Source: JTA, 2-17-13

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has left for an official visit to the Middle East, including Jordan and Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 16, 2013: Ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit, Senator Marco Rubio heads to Israel

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Ahead of Obama visit, Marco Rubio heads to Israel

Source: CBS News, 2-16-13

As President Obama prepares for his first trip to Israel since assuming office, the man some hope will succeed him leaves Saturday for his own visit to the Jewish state….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 6, 2013: White House: Obama will not bring a new peace plan to Israel

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White House: Obama will not bring a new peace plan to Israel

Source: Haaretz, 2-6-13

Spokesman Jay Carney says U.S. president’s trip, which is scheduled for the end of March, is not connected to efforts to restart Mideast peace talks….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 5, 2013: US Press Secretary Jay Carney Announces President Barack Obama Will Visit Israel in March

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Obama to Visit Israel

Source: JTA, 2-5-13

President Obama will make his first visit to Israel as president in the spring, a White House official said.

Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, told reporters about the trip in a briefing Tuesday.

Carney said Obama discussed the planned trip during a recent phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama also will meet with Palestinian leaders and visit Jordan, he said during the daily briefing with reporters….READ MORE

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 2/5/13

Q    One more.  Israeli television says the President will visit there on March 20.

MR. CARNEY:  That’s a statement.  Do you have a question?

Q    Yes.  (Laughter.)  Will he?

MR. CARNEY:  When the President spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu on January 28th, they discussed a visit by the President to Israel in the spring.  The start of the President’s second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including of course Iran and Syria.  Additional details about the trip, including the dates of travel, will be released at a later time.

Israel Brief July 13, 2012: Israelis helping Syrian Refugees in Jordan

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Israelis helping Syrian refugees in Jordan

Source: JTA, 7-13-12

Israelis from humanitarian groups are in Jordan to assist Syrian refugees fleeing their country’s uprising….READ MORE

Israel Brief September 15, 2011: Israel evacuates Jordanian embassy ahead of “Million Man March” protest

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Israel evacuates Jordanian embassy ahead of protest

Source: JTA, 9-15-11

Israel evacuated its embassy in Jordan amid fears that a planned anti-Israel protest could turn violent.

The ambassador and staff of the embassy, located in the capital city of Amman, returned to Israel on Wednesday night. Jordanian activists have called for a “million man march” against the embassy for Thursday in a protest organized on Facebook. A similar demonstration in Egypt led to the evacuation a week ago of Israel’s embassy in Cairo and the emergency rescue of several members of its security staff.

Staff members of Israel’s Jordanian embassy regularly return to their homes in Israel on Thursday for the weekend, as their families reside in Israel. The evacuation order sent them home one day earlier, with plans to return on Sunday, according to reports.

Security near the embassy reportedly has been increased.

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