Israel

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"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," President Trump said in a controversial address from the White House on Wednesday afternoon. He also directed the State Department to "begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."

Press office Gov. Andrew Cuomo

On Sunday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new organization designed to improve economic and cultural relations between New York and Israel.

The last surviving leader of Israel's founding generation, Shimon Peres was a three-time prime minister, the architect of the country's secretive nuclear program and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to make peace with the Palestinians.

Governor, legislative leaders visiting Israel

Aug 11, 2014
WBFO File Photo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators are heading to Israel this week for a two-day visit to show "solidarity'' during that country's conflict in Gaza.

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Israel is celebrating a birthday.  

A rally featuring speeches from some of the community's religious and government leaders marked the special day in Buffalo's Niagara Square Thursday.

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