. "To make Sofia mosque again" — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that a few years. On Friday, 10 July 2020, he turned the threat into reality: signed the decree abolishing Museum status of Hagia Sophia. Now here again, as 86 years ago, the mosque Hagia Sophia. About how made this decision and what the consequences are — in the material RIA Novosti.
"The same day he solemnly entered the Church of Hagia Sophia, ascended the steps of the altar and said a prayer for the glory of Allah that brought him the victory. Then he ordered to remake the Church into a mosque".
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Makron and noted that "peace plan" US President Donald trump contains new ideas, allowing to achieve real progress.
"The Prime Minister said that Israel acts on the basis of international law. He stressed that previous attempts for 53 years led to the failures, and their repetition will lead to failure" - leads the press service quoted Netanyahu.
Areas in five cities of Israel for a week declared to be restricted areas because of the coronavirus, reported the press service of the government of Israel.
In each of the cities applies only to certain areas. Entry and exit from these zones will be limited to that business activity will be reduced, the report says.
The possible annexation by Israel of Palestinian territories on the West Bank of the Jordan river will negatively affect its relations with the European Union, warned EU high representative for foreign and security policy of Josep Borrell.
"As a person, personally associated with the region, I have emphasized in private conversations with Israeli leaders and publicly that the annexation will jeopardize the good cooperation with Israel. We exactly do not want," wrote Borrell in his blog on the page of the foreign service of the EU. According to him, now on the contrary there is a possibility for closer cooperation between the EU and Israel in the interests of achieving stability in the middle East. "But we cannot and will not accept changes to the borders that existed before 1967, unless it is agreed by both parties to the conflict," said Borrell.
Russian Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov had a telephone conversation with a member of the Central Committee of Fatah, Azzam Ahmed, the prospects for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement and coordinated efforts to restore Palestinian national unity, said the Russian foreign Ministry.
As reported in the foreign Ministry, the telephone conversation took place on 7 July at the initiative of the Palestinian side.
The application of Israeli sovereignty in parts of the West Bank of the Jordan river are scheduled over the coming days, said the foreign Minister of Israel Gabi Ashkenazi in an interview with radio Kan.
"It is not included in the agenda for today or tomorrow," said Ashkenazi in response to a reporter's question.
The government of Israel is a struggle for the parameters for the future annexation of the territories of the West Bank of the Jordan river, while the leader of the "Kahal-Lebanon" defense Minister benny Gantz will come out of coalition government to prevent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to extend Israeli sovereignty over the settlement enclaves, said to RIA Novosti, the political scientist Arik Elman.
"The annexation was not supposed to begin on 1 July - this was the date in the agreement Gantz and Netanyahu as the point after which the Prime Minister may make proposals for annexation to a government free of veto by "Kajol Laban". It is hard to imagine that "Kajol Laban" is in violation of this agreement and under the threat of the elections will require Netanyahu to abandon the annexation in any form," - said Elman. In his opinion, primarily due to the fact that, according to sociologists, the situation of Ganz's not the most durable.
Proposed by the President of the United States Donald trump's "deal of the century" in the Palestinian-Israeli settlement is the only basis for negotiations between Israel and Palestine, to solve we need a compromise, said the charge d'affaires of Israel Yakov Livne.
Trump on 28 January presented a plan of peaceful settlement known as "the deal of the century". The plan of the White house to recognize Jerusalem as the unified and indivisible capital of Israel, makes Israel the opportunity to Annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank of the Jordan river and to extend its sovereignty over the Jordan valley, and also offers the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state without control over its borders and airspace. As the future capital of Palestine, the plan provides the village of Abu Dis in the Eastern suburbs of Jerusalem.
Israel police said that the checkpoint Kalandia near Jerusalem arrested a Palestinian with a knife, who planned the attack.
"Near Jerusalem at a checkpoint Kalandia the security personnel stopped the man who was acting suspiciously. When officers approached the suspect, he threw on the floor the knife," - said the press service of the police.
Switzerland is concerned about the danger of destabilization of the region after the annexation by Israel of the Palestinian territories, it will not be recognized and is ready to mediate in the negotiations of the two States, said in a statement published on the government website on Thursday.
As noted in the statement, Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga held June 29, a telephone conversation with President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas and July 2 - with the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin.
Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas present a United front to counter Israeli plans of annexation, was announced at the first ever joint press conference of representatives of Palestinian political movements, which was attended by member of the Central Committee of Fatah, Jibril al-rajoub and Deputy head of the political Bureau of Hamas Saleh al-Aruri.
"Our goal is the creation of a Palestinian state with full sovereignty over all Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital and a solution to the refugee problem in accordance with applicable international agreements and law," he added.
The Holy see is concerned about "possible unilateral acts that could jeopardize the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians", as well as further complicate the situation in the middle East.
As reported in the evening on Wednesday the press service of the Holy see, the Vatican's Secretary of state cardinal Pietro Parolin specifically met with the ambassadors of the United States and Israel to Express that concern.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran in the continued secret development of nuclear weapons and said that Israel will continue military actions against the Islamic Republic, to prevent its military entrenchment in Syria.
"We are determined, and Israel will not allow Iran to gain a foothold militarily in Syria. We have taken forceful military action against Iran in Syria and elsewhere as needed. Israel will continue to implement those actions necessary to prevent Iran from developing even a single terrorist and military front against Israel in Syria," - said the Prime Minister before meeting with US special envoy on Iran by Brian Hook on Tuesday in Jerusalem.
US sanctions are trying to impose their will on the Syrian people and the Arab world in General to compensate for the defeat in the military campaign against Syria, a new phase of U.S. sanctions pressure has given rise to call for the extension of the resistance front against the influence of Washington in the Arab world, said on Friday, RIA Novosti Board member of the movement for the liberation of Palestine, Ali Fazal.
On Friday at the Syrian Embassy in Baabda held a meeting of solidarity with Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian political organizations supporting the leadership of Syria in the fight against the made USA of the law of "Caesar".
Hamas would consider the Israeli annexation a Declaration of war against the Palestinians, a spokesman for the paramilitary wing of Hamas, Abu Obeida.
"The Islamic resistance movement (Hamas) considers the decision to Annex the West Bank and the Jordan valley as a Declaration of war to our people, and we will make the enemy repent for this decision," said Abu Obeida the TV channel "al-Aqsa".
Palestine hoped that the result of the discussion in the UN security Council on 24 June issues around the plans of Israel to Annex the Jordan valley will be the concrete actions of those countries that do not support the position of Israel, said Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Abdelhafiz Nofal.
"June 24 will be a meeting of the Security Council for discussion of these topics. We hope that States who oppose the "deal of the century" and was against the annexation will proceed to implement their requirements to maintain at least a minimum for a peaceful settlement," the Ambassador said at a press conference in MIA "Russia today".
The number of cases of infection with coronavirus in Palestine increased to 745, said the Palestinian Minister of health May El Kela during a press conference.
"Thirty-nine new cases of coronavirus identified per day in the vicinity of city Hebron, in Ramallah, Jerusalem and the West Bank, the number of infected people has increased to 745," said El-Kela.
The famous oak of Mamre in Hebron, where, according to the Bible, was first revealed to the trio, can take away from the Russian Orthodox Church. The Supreme court of Palestine cancelled the decree on the transfer of territory from the Shrine of the Moscow Patriarchate, referring to the ancient Islamic laws. In the ROC insist that this land belongs to her since the XIX century. The story unfolds on the background of aggravation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which participants bring to the region "utter chaos." About the past, present and future of the Russian shrines of Hebron — in the material RIA Novosti.
The area the locals call al-Maskubiya, that is Moscow. Every year it attracts hundreds of Russian pilgrims to pray at the Russian Holy Trinity monastery and to see that oak. Christians believe that at the foot of the prophet Abraham in the guise of three angels appeared in three persons (hypostases) of the Godhead.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and the EU high representative for foreign and security policy of Josep Borrell during a telephone conversation called for direct dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis.
"Discussed the situation in the middle East settlement, rather the impasse in which efforts to achieve this settlement are now, and stressed the importance of increased consolidated efforts of the international community with the aim to try to resume as soon as possible direct talks between the Palestinians and Israelis under the auspices of the UN to resolve all final status issues and reach a comprehensive peace agreement," - said Lavrov at press conference following talks with Borrell.
Israel begins the "practical steps" to establish a settlement of "Ramat trump" in the Golan heights, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In June last year, Netanyahu took the decision to build in the Golan heights village and name it "Ramat trump" ("trump Height") in honor of the President of the United States. The Israelis therefore want to thank Donald trump for the recognition of the territory of the Jewish state despite claims to it by Syria.
Scheduled for July the annexation of the territories of the West Bank of the Jordan river as part of the deal of the century US President Donald trump has provoked a split in Israeli society: the supporters of the spread of Israeli sovereignty consider the upcoming event in a unique and historic opportunity, opponents criticize the intentions of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the right and left.
Arabist and expert interdisciplinary center in Herzliya Ksenia Svetlova is among 25 former Knesset members who signed the petition to senators and congressmen against the proposed annexation. The authors of the letter fear its negative consequences. Most Israelis share these concerns, Svetlov said RIA Novosti.
Israel plans to extend its sovereignty over a third of Judea and Samaria (the occupied West Bank of the Jordan river) within the next month or two, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, the Minister of water resources and of higher education of Israel Zeev Elkin.
"In principle, Yes, we are in the framework of the plan proposed by the us administration, the planned distribution of Israeli sovereignty on 30% of the territory of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank of the Jordan river - ed.) and settlements populated by Israelis," said Israeli Minister of the ruling party "Likud".
Israeli sovereignty will be extended to all Jewish settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan river, which will ensure the security of the state, announced Minister of higher education and water resources of Israel ze'ev Elkin, in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Israel plans to extend its sovereignty over the territories of the West Bank of the Jordan river within the next month or two as part of the deal of the century, U.S. President Donald trump. Currently, Israel together with the United States develops map of future annexation.
Israel is looking for a solution to the question of transfer of Russia of Alexander metochion in Jerusalem, given the good relations with Moscow, said the charge d'affaires of Israel in Russia, Yakov Livne.
"This is a subject that has been raised by our Russian friends, including at a high level. We work today in order to resolve this issue... We will do all that is necessary in order to address this particular issue, given the high level and very good relations that exist today between Jerusalem and Moscow," he said during an online briefing.
Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem held a festive divine service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Russian ecclesiastical mission (RDM) in Jerusalem, said the press service of the RDM published on the website of the mission.
"The eighth of June, the day Holy spirit, Patriarch of the Holy city of Jerusalem and all Palestine Theophilos III traditionally led the celebrations on the occasion of the annual day celebrations of the Russian ecclesiastical mission in Jerusalem – official representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Holy Land," - said in the message.
Israeli archaeologists have figured out where exactly was the Great wall of China in the current Mongolian steppes, according to Le Figaro.
"The construction of this section of the wall — a massive medieval project, which, oddly enough, very few mentions in historical documents", — said the head of research Professor Gideon Shelak-Lavi c of the Department of Asian studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Russian Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov discussed with chargé d'affaires of Israel in Moscow Yakov Shower question of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement, said in a statement the Russian foreign Ministry.
"During the conversation they exchanged opinions on current middle East issues with an emphasis on the prospects for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement", - stated in the message.
The Russian Orthodox Church on Monday celebrates the feast in honor of the third person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy spirit, who, according to ancient Christian tradition, is set immediately after the day of the Holy Trinity.
The Trinity, or Pentecost, is the greatest Christian feast, refers to "the twelve" (12 main) religious holidays. He always celebrated the 50th day after the Resurrection of Christ (Easter) - in commemoration of the descent of the Holy spirit on the apostles.
Holy spirit day in 2020 from the Orthodox is celebrated on 8 June. What is this holiday what you can and cannot do in spirit day, as well as the history of the holiday, its customs and superstitions - in the material RIA Novosti.
Holy spirit day, or whit Monday is a religious holiday in the Orthodox tradition continues the celebrations in honour of the Holy Trinity. And the great feast (one of the twelve main a year) Trinity this year fell on June 7
In the UN in favor of holding the meeting of the middle East Quartet in the near future, said at a briefing the official representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dyuzharrik.
"We all would have benefited from meeting of the Quartet in the near future", - said Dyuzharrik.
The municipality of Jerusalem announced the conversion of several streets in the city centre in the pedestrian, to give more opportunity for visitors and locals to spend time and help urban merchants and artists, according to the Ministry of tourism of the country.
Until late summer, officials will close a large Central streets to cars on certain days of the week in a specially scheduled time. They will be allowed to install the outlets, and to attract buyers will be local actors and musicians.
The al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem was opened to believers after 70 days that it was closed because of the coronavirus, according to the WAFA news Agency.
"The al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem was opened at dawn today by the office of the Muslim Holy places "Waqf" after 70 days of closure due to coronavirus", - reports the Agency.
The Russian President's special envoy on the Middle East and Africa, Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Mikhail Bogdanov discussed with the Palestinian Ambassador in Moscow Abdelhafiz Nafalem the situation in the middle East, as well as the development of Russian-Palestinian relations and issues of cooperation in the fight against coronavirus, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
"During the meeting held in-depth exchange of views on issues of the Palestinian-Israeli peace process with emphasis on the need to preserve the known international legal basis of STB, including the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly and the Arab peace initiative," - said in the message.