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 By Sean Savage    News    October 6, 2017

What are Trump and Netanyahu's options to 'fix or nix' the Iran nuclear deal?

In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, President Donald Trump made a forceful case against Iran’s behavior in the Middle East and the merits of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama. As a...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    September 8, 2017

Upcoming UN 'blacklist' of companies tied to Israel invokes anti-Semitism

An upcoming “blacklist” of major international companies with business ties to Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem represents yet another attempt by anti-Israel actors in the United Nations to single...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    September 1, 2017

With Kurdistan, Israel may gain 'stable, tolerant' ally in fight against Islamic extremism

During the last several years, Israel has witnessed the crumbling of its neighborhood as civil wars, internal strife and Islamic extremism have taken hold throughout the Middle East. As the Jewish state’s foes and allies alike face ongoing strife,...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    July 14, 2017

Latest developments in Saudi Arabia chart a course for Israeli ties with Arab world

Building off the last few years of rumors and reports regarding clandestine relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, mainly motivated by their shared concerns over Iran's nuclear program and...

 
 By Sean Savage    Features    May 26, 2017

Magdala Stone, known as Jewish-Christian 'crossroads,' gets its public debut

Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has been unveiled to the public for first...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    April 14, 2017

Israel supports U.S. strike

Israeli leaders welcomed President Donald Trump’s surprise military action late Thursday to strike the airbase where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was believed to have launched a chemical attack resulting in the deaths of at least 86 Syrians,...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    March 31, 2017

Arrest made in connection with JCC bomb threats

A Jewish teenager with dual Israeli and American citizenship living in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon was arrested March 23 in connection with the wave of more than 100 bomb threats against...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    March 10, 2017

Arrest made in bomb threats

Federal authorities arrested Juan M. Thompson, a 31-year-old former reporter from St. Louis, Friday in connection with eight bomb threats called into several Jewish institutions over the last month,...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    February 10, 2017

Confronting 'injustice,' pro-Israel Christians rally support for a US embassy in Jerusalem

Aside from its centrality to Jewish peoplehood as the home of the ancient Jewish Temples and now the modern state of Israel's capital, Jerusalem is also synonymous with Judaism for many Bible-reading...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    January 20, 2017

What will Trump mean for U.S. ties with Israel's peaceful Arab neighbors?

The incoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. For Egypt and Jordan, the only two Arab countries that have peace treaties with Israel and two of the most reliable U.S. allies in the...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    December 23, 2016

Report analyzes five decades of 'increasingly brazen' attacks on U.S. Jews

Nearly 70 percent of the major attacks against American Jews and their institutions during the last five decades have been carried out by white supremacists and Islamic terrorists, according to an...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    November 18, 2016

Jewish delegation to House grows, in Senate drops by one

Election night brought mixed results for Jewish politicians vying for seats in Congress. In the House of Representatives, the Jewish delegation saw its best results, increasing representation from 19...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    October 21, 2016

UNESCO resolution denies Jewish, Christian ties to Temple Mount

The United Nations cultural body, UNESCO, passed a resolution Thursday, Oct. 13, that condemns Israeli actions at Jerusalem's holy sites and ignores any Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and the...

 

At a time of Jewish introspection, Donald Trump offers hope

By Jason Dov Greenblatt NEW YORK (JTA)—As my family and I prepare for Rosh Hashanah, we look back with grateful hearts for the brachot, blessings, in our lives. We take time to reflect on the joys and the challenges, the ups and downs, that we...

 

Will Black Lives Matter drive a wedge between Jews and African-Americans?

As a minority group that has faced down centuries of anti-Semitism, the Jewish people have long stood shoulder-to-shoulder with other long-suffering and persecuted minority groups such as African-Americans. This was evident during the Civil Rights...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    September 2, 2016

Amid rise in campus anti-Semitism, pro-Israel students prepare for challenging year ahead

For most students, the dog days of August are one final chance for summer traditions such as hitting the beach or visiting national parks with their family before heading back to campus. For dozens of pro-Israel college students, however, learning...

 

Israel, Iran, and terror: where Clinton VP choice Tim Kaine stands on Jewish issues

In the aftermath of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton tapped U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    July 29, 2016

Pence's support for Israel rooted in faith

After a selection process that more closely resembled a reality television show than the usual political appointments, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that his choice...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    July 1, 2016

Tension over missile defense funding further complicates Obama's legacy on Israel

Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama’s relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been fraught with tension. Even within the framework of that tension, strong American military aid for Israel has been a constant...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    June 24, 2016

What does the U.K.'s vote on EU membership mean for Jews and Israel?

Once controlling an empire spanning every continent, the United Kingdom has been undergoing an identity crisis in recent years. In 2014, Scotland, which has been part of the United Kingdom for over...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    May 27, 2016

Gaza reconstruction falls by the wayside as Arab states leave Palestinians hanging

When it comes to the security situation at Israel's borders in recent years, no border has been more perilous for the Jewish state as its southern boundary with the Gaza Strip. Israel unilaterally...

 

British Labour Party engulfed by convergence of the far left and anti-Semitism

Jewish leaders in the United Kingdom have voiced their displeasure with the Labour Party amid an anti-Semitism scandal within its ranks that continues to engulf the country's second-largest party....

 
 By Sean Savage    News    March 25, 2016

With the Russian drawdown in Syria, Israel seeks reassurances

On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise announcement that he would withdraw the “main part” of Russian forces from Syria, in an announcement that shocked many of the countries concerned about the ongoing conflict in the...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    February 12, 2016

Indiana measure is latest state-level setback for BDS

The Indiana House of Representatives passed new legislation that targets businesses or other entities engaging in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, marking the latest victory in the fight against BDS on the U.S. state...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    February 5, 2016

Influx of Mideast migrants brings fear of renewed anti-Semitism to Germany

While Germany takes pride in confronting its Holocaust past and maintaining a strong relationship with Israel, the European nation's recent influx of more than a million Middle East migrants-many...

 

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