Jerusalem is indeed a city where three faiths come together, but it is also bracing for a big — and what many fear may be a divisive — moment next month when the US embassy will move from Tel Aviv to West Jerusalem.
"We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect," Trump tweeted. "With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?"
As usual, Palestinians in the West Bank city of Bethlehem are hosting Christmas festivities for thousands of visitors to the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born. But this year, US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has caused tensions and dampened the holiday mood.
The Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.
Among those applauding the move by President Trump was Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. But other leaders were critical of Trump’s decision to dispense with nearly 70 years of US foreign policy tradition.
"There's no difference between an attack that ends in murder and one that ends in a serious injury," Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said. "In both cases the homes of the terrorists must be demolished."
Democratic Senator Barack Obama met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders today, and Obama has been at pains to explain his position of the status of Jerusalem to both Israelis and Palestinians, as The World's Quil Lawrence reports.
Reporter Irris Makler reports on Jerusalem's Ramadan cannon. The sound of the cannon signals the end of fasting each day during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. The same family in Jerusalem has been firing the Ramadan cannon for generations.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is al-Ram, a Palestinian city in the West Bank. The Palestinian national soccer team this week played its first home game ever in the city's newly-built stadium. Katy Clark finds out more from the BBC's Aleem Maqbool.
For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for the city that's home to the LA Mayer Memorial Museum for Islamic Art. The answer is Jerusalem. Twenty-five years ago a thief stole 106 museum clocks and watches from the museum. Now Israeli police have announced they've cracked the case. Anchor Lisa Mullins gets details from the museum's director, Rachel Hasson.
Hanukkah begins Sunday night and that means something special in Israel: Donuts! Or more accurately: sufganiyot. We sent The World's Middle East correspondent, Quil Lawrence, out to sample the seasonal delight.
Last week, we heard from the BBC's Aleem Maqbool, who's been re-tracing the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem said to have been made by Mary and Joseph. Like the Biblical couple, Maqbool's traveled by donkey. Anchor Katy Clark gets an update from him.