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Australian Jewish leader says embassy move to Jerusalem would 'right a longstanding injustice'

(JNS)-Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that he would consider moving the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would mark a major shift in policy...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    August 10, 2018

Legislation aims to make U.S. aid to Palestinian refugee agency contingent on reform

(JNS)-New legislation introduced in Congress recently is seeking to make American aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the U.N. refugee agency that is solely dedicated to the...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    July 27, 2018

Can the US and Israel rely on Putin to force Iran out of Syria?

(JNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin just concluded a bilateral summit in Helsinki, Finland, that proved to be one of the most widely anticipated meetings in years—or, at least, since the meeting with North...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    June 1, 2018

Shifting sands? Grassroots element in the Democratic Party moves away from Israel

(JNS)-A great deal of ink has been spilled writing about the growing partisan divide in Washington, D.C. In fact, one of the few remaining bipartisan issues has been support for Israel. But even so,...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    June 1, 2018

Deconstructing the complex, yet sanguine, relations between Israel and the Czech Republic

(JNS)-The transfer of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14 has spurred interest from several countries considering similar moves. Guatemala followed suit just two days later on May...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    May 18, 2018

Jewish and pro-Israel groups' reactions pour in on Trump's withdrawal from Iran deal

(JNS)—Reactions from American Jewish and pro-Israel groups poured in following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday afternoon to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. Among mainstream Jewish organizations...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    February 16, 2018

Why is Ireland the most anti-Israel country in Europe?

(JNS)-The Irish and Jewish people share a common history of suffering cruel persecution and achieving national redemption against immeasurable odds. But today, modern Ireland is one of Europe's...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    January 5, 2018

Five key moments in US-Israel relations in 2017

Love him or hate him, 2017 was a year dominated by President Donald Trump. The US-Israel relationship was no stranger to that, ranging from Trump's visit to the Jewish state in May to his historic...

 
 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...

 

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