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 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 5, 2024

Biden says Gershkovich's detention will 'cost' Russia

WASHINGTON (JTA) - President Joe Biden said the United States would continue to "impose costs" on Russia for its imprisonment of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested one...

 
 By Hillel Frisch    News    April 5, 2024

Biden's veto is a threat to Western security and the Arab states

(Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security via JNS) — President Joe Biden’s Middle East strategy has been problematic since the Oct. 7 attack. The Hamas onslaught proved that Israel cannot contain its enemies Hamas, Hezbollah and above all, Ira...

 
 By Joshua Marks    News    April 5, 2024

Ben-Gvir: Biden sides with Tlaib, Sinwar over Netanyahu

(JNS) — Israel’s National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir has accused U.S. President Joe Biden of siding with the enemies of the Jewish state. During an interview with The New York Times published on Tuesday, Ben-Gvir said, “Presently, Biden prefers the l...

 

New PA premier demands 'trust of our people'

(JNS) — Incoming Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa vowed on Tuesday to appoint a cabinet that can “gain both the trust of our people and the support of the international community.” In a vision statement seen by the Assoc...

 

Evangelical Christians intimidated into silence

By Etgar Lefkovits (JNS) — Most evangelical Christians around the world are being intimidated into silence by a vociferous “social justice” camp that is fanning a false narrative on Israel’s war aga...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 5, 2024

Sen. Jeff Merkley invokes Easter to condemn 'Netanyahu's indiscriminate bombing of Gaza,' drawing condemnation

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A range of Jewish and pro-Israel figures, including Israel’s antisemitism envoy, accused Sen. Jeff Merkley of advancing a “blood libel” for linking Easter to what he called Israel’s “indiscriminate bombing” of Gaza. Merkley, an O...

 

Rogan: 'You went through the Holocaust and now you're willing to do it?'

(JNS) — Addressing video footage on social media purporting to show Palestinians being killed by Israeli bombs, Joe Rogan told the millions who listen to his podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” on Tuesday that Israel was committing genocide. “If y...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Ra’am Party head pushing US to recognize Palestinian state (JNS) — Mansour Abbas, chairman of Israel’s Ra’am Party, said in a recent interview that he has been advocating for the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state in meetings with U.S. go...

 

Ben Shapiro's split with Candace Owens reflects how Israel and antisemitism are also dividing the right

By Andrew Lapin (JTA) – For years, Candance Owens and Ben Shapiro traveled parallel paths. Both are millennial right-wing culture warriors with social media followings in the millions. And both depart from broader communities that have h...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 29, 2024

Tens of thousands participate in global Shema prayer on behalf of Israeli hostages

(JTA) - Tens of thousands of Jews around the world joined in a collective recitation of the Shema prayer on Thursday that was broadcast from Jerusalem's Western Wall to support the more than 130...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    March 29, 2024

Purim celebrations tempered by trauma and thoughts of the hostages

(JTA) — In Jerusalem, a service omitted the loud noise-making associated with the holiday in order to accommodate soldiers traumatized by months of war. In Tel Aviv, bakeries peddled a triangular treat renamed for a contemporary villain, the l...

 
 By Joshua Marks    News    March 29, 2024

Hamas attempts to regroup

(JNS) — Hamas terrorists are regrouping at Gaza hospitals, forcing the Israeli military to conduct operations to eliminate these insurgencies, Channel 12 reported on Monday. An operation at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City has been going on for over a wee...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 29, 2024

WH confirms death in Gaza of Hamas No. 3 Marwan Issa

(JTA) — Israel has killed Hamas’ third-in-command in the Gaza Strip, the United States confirmed on Monday. The killing earlier this month of Marwan Issa, alleged to be a mastermind of Hamas’ Oct. 7 invasion of Israel, is a significant achie...

 

Hamas fakes casualty figures: 'The numbers are not real'

(JNS) - The Hamas terrorist organization is disseminating fictitious figures for casualties in the current war in Gaza. That's the conclusion of a deep dive into the data published in Tablet magazine...

 
 By Joshua Marks    News    March 29, 2024

Biden to pressure Israel on alternatives to Rafah op

(JNS) — The White House will present alternative plans designed to dissuade Jerusalem from carrying out a full-scale military operation in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah when an Israeli delegation visits Washington early next week, Axios rep...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 29, 2024

Most Jewish Americans support Israel's war against Hamas, and how it's fought

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An overwhelming majority of U.S. Jews say Israel’s reasons for launching a war against Hamas are justified, and a substantial majority approve of how Israel is conducting the war. The Pew Research Center study published Thu...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

‘US taps Hamas ally Qatar to build port in Gaza’ By David Isaac (JNS) — At America’s request, Hamas ally Qatar has agreed to take charge of operating and financing the temporary pier on its way from the United States to the Gaza coast, Israel...

 

Biden admin to sanction entire Jewish outposts over 'settler violence'

(JNS) — The Biden administration is expected to impose new sanctions as early as Thursday on two Jewish outposts located beyond the Green Line that were allegedly used to launch attacks against Palestinians, according to an Axios report. The p...

 

The courage of Ethiopian Jews to return to their homeland

By Christine DeSouza In February Ethiopian National Project staff members Roni Akale and Grace Rodnitzki visited Central Florida for the BBYO convention. While here, Keith Dvorchik, in partnership...

 

'Israel is not a banana republic'

Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett chastised Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Thursday, after Schumer called for new elections in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s o...

 
 By Sergio Carmona    News    March 8, 2024

BBYO centennial draws thousands of Jewish teens to Orlando convention

(JNS) - Thousands of Jewish teens and adults from 46 countries gathered at a Rosen Shingle Creek hotel in Orlando, Fla., for BBYO's annual international convention. Held from Feb. 15-19, the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 8, 2024

Kamala Harris calls for 6-week 'immediate ceasefire' in Gaza and places onus on Israel to deliver aid

(JTA) — Vice President Kamala Harris called for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza and placed most of the onus on Israel for a shortfall in humanitarian aid entering the enclave. The call for a cessation of fighting was not actually a change in the U...

 

US opposes calls at ICJ for immediate Israeli withdrawal

(JNS) — The United States on Feb.21 called on the International Court of Justice not to issue an advisory opinion that Israel must immediately withdraw from Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem. Instead, Richard Visek, acting legal adviser at the U...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    March 8, 2024

UN head pushing back on US efforts to replace UNRWA in Gaza

(JNS) — The Biden administration is privately pressing several United Nations agencies to take over the responsibilities of the beleaguered UNRWA but is being rebuffed by U.N. chief António Guterres, according to a report by Devex. Anticipating th...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 8, 2024

Joe Biden is pressing Congress to send $14B to Israel - what is the emergency aid for?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA) — For months, President Joe Biden has asked for — and Congress has debated — sending wartime foreign aid to Israel as it battles Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The bill currently on the table, passed in a bipartisan vote by the S...

 

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