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Israel

  • Pro-Israel stalwart Ben Cardin aims fire at Trump and Netanyahu in J Street talk

    By jwadmin on April 25, 2018
    BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) – Sen. Ben Cardin, a pro-Israel stalwart in the Democratic Party, lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the recent  J Street conference, breaking with a party tradition of avoiding confrontations with Israel’s leaders. Cardin, D-Md., in his speech  stood by his bill that would criminalize some forms of boycotting Israel, which the liberal […]
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  • Jewish groups sit on both sides of fence on nomination of Pompeo to secretary of state

    By jwadmin on April 25, 2018
    By BETHANY MANDEL (JNS) Nominee for U.S. Secretary of State and current CIA Director Mike Pompeo is facing an uphill battle for his confirmation, thanks in part to opposition from several Jewish organizations. With only a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, Pompeo’s nomination hinges on support from Senate Democrats, with many facing pressure to more stridently oppose U.S. President […]
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  • Israel at 70: How 1948 changed American Jews

    By jwadmin on April 20, 2018
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – One year after Israel’s establishment, in the dead of night, three students ascended a tower at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and raised the Israeli flag. The next morning, the Conservative rabbinical school’s administration took it down. That act of surreptitious Zionist protest was one of several at JTS during the […]
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  • Jewish teen from Ethiopia competing in Bible quiz in Israel will be allowed to stay as resident

    By jwadmin on April 19, 2018
    JERUSALEM (JTA) –A Jewish teen from Ethiopia who had been ordered to deposit thousands of dollars in order to participate in the final stages of the International Bible Quiz in Israel to guarantee that he would leave has been granted residency status. While the residency status granted to Sintayehu Shafrao, 18, means that he can remain in Israel with relatives said to be […]
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  • After its latest strike on Syria, Israel’s cozy relationship with Russia could be over

    By jwadmin on April 12, 2018
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Israel attacked Syria on Monday, April 9, just like it (reportedly) has countless times before. The difference now is that Russia is angry about the strike — and showing it. Russia has called out Israel publicly, condemned the attack and summoned the Israeli ambassador to “discuss developments.” The alleged strike, which the Israeli government has not acknowledged, came soon after […]
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  • Ehud Olmert requests presidential pardon on bribery conviction

    By jwadmin on April 12, 2018
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who spent 16 months in jail on a bribery conviction, has asked the country’s president to pardon him in order to erase his criminal record. Olmert recently made the request of President Reuven Rivlin. A pardon would allow Olmert to return to politics. Rivlin had turned down a previous pardon request by […]
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  • Survey shows Passover traditions popular in Israel

    By jwadmin on April 6, 2018
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The majority of Israeli Jews read the Haggadah in its entirety at Passover seders. Some 64 percent of Israelis said that they read all of the Haggadah or “the entire Haggadah, including the part that is read after the meal,” according to a Jewish People Policy Institute survey for the Israeli Judaism project. In the survey conducted in late […]
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  • U.S. Ambassador Friedman joins 100,000 other Jews for Passover ‘Priestly Blessing’

    By jwadmin on April 4, 2018
    (JNS) – A whopping 100,000 people made pilgrimage to the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday, April 2, for a twice-annual mass blessing by the Kohenim—Jewish people descended from the biblical Aharon and designated as priests. Among those was U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. The mass “Priestly Blessing” ceremony, for which Jews travel from throughout Israel—and sometimes, from around the […]
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  • Greenblatt says Abbas must choose between hateful  rhetoric and peace

    By jwadmin on March 21, 2018
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The top Trump administration Middle East peace negotiator said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas must choose between “hateful rhetoric” and peace after Abbas described the U.S. ambassador to Israel as the “son of a dog.” “The time has come for President Abbas to choose between hateful rhetoric and concrete and practical efforts to improve the quality of […]
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  • Alan Dershowitz, other Israel advocates urge Netanyahu not to expell African migrants

    By jwadmin on March 21, 2018
    BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) – Five Israel advocates, including Abraham Foxman and Alan Dershowitz, warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “incalculable damage” to Israel’s reputation should he press ahead with a plan to deport nearly 40,000 African migrants. “We, a group of ardent Zionists, who have devoted our lives to defending the good name of the state of Israel and the […]
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