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 By Josh Hasten    News    September 21, 2018 

Deconstructing the Oslo Accords 25 years later: Was it a gift or a curse?

(JNS)-It's hard to believe that it's been a quarter of a century: Sept. 13 marked the 25th anniversary of the 1993 signing of the U.S.-brokered Declaration of Principles between Israel and the...

 

Trump shutters PLO office in D.C.

(JNS)—Amid tensions between the Trump administration and the Palestinian Authority, the former announced on Sept. 10 that the Washington offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization will close in the same week as the 25th anniversary of the...

 

US Congress votes $38 billion defense aid to Israel into law

(JNS)—A bipartisan bill that would cement U.S. military aid to Israel into law has passed a major hurdle on Wednesday night. The U.S. House of Representative approved the measure, known as the Ileana Ros-Lehtinen U.S.-Israel Security Assistance...

 

Paraguay's embassy is leaving Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel closed its embassy in Paraguay following an announcement by the South American country that it was relocating its embassy back to Tel Aviv four months after moving to Jerusalem. The move comes as Paraguay joins the effort to...

 
 By Ariel Kahana    News    September 21, 2018 

US ambassador believes Golan will be 'part of Israel forever'

(Israel Hayom via JNS)-U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman believes that the Golan Heights will remain under Israeli sovereignty, and certainly won't be placed back in the hands of Syria's...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Thousands mourn Ari Fuld, prominent Israel activist stabbed to death by Palestinian JERUSALEM (JTA)—For more than four hours, thousands mourned at a West Bank cemetery for Ari Fuld, the victim of a terrorist stabbing who is being called a hero and...

 

Kids get a 'time out' from the unrest near Gaza

(JNS)-For five months now, since March 2018, Israeli communities bordering Gaza have sustained ongoing terrorism and arson from hundreds of rockets and incendiary devices, causing constant stress and...

 

Reform congregation wins landmark legal battle to build synagogue

Recently, JTA reported that a Reform congregation won a legal battle to build a synagogue building in the central Israeli city of Hod Hasharon, a wealthy city located several miles north of Tel Aviv....

 

No deal with Israel? No Palestinian aid

On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump told Jewish leaders that the Palestinians would not receive any more aid from the U.S., unless they made a deal with Israel. Trump made the remarks during a conference call placed in anticipation of the...

 

Abbas says Israel-Hamas deal 'over my dead body'

Israel’s Channel 10 News published a report on Tuesday based on comments from a senior Fatah official demonstrating Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ intense hostility toward any potential deal between Israel and the...

 

J.K. Rowling calls out writer over Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism

(JTA)—J.K. Rowling went head to head with a fellow British writer on Twitter over his criticism of Jewish complaints about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Simon Maginn, who has written five thrillers under his own name and satirical comedies...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Trump said Jared Kushner should not serve in White House (JTA)—President Donald Trump last year agreed with a former aide that Jared Kushner should not serve in the White House due to potential complications involving Kushner’s business...

 

After 26 years, popular Jewish email available in Hebrew and Spanish

It all started with 50 faxes. Yes, faxes. In 1992, after moving to South Florida, Rabbi Kalman Packouz was fascinated with the latest technology, a fax modem. So he found a way to put it to good use,...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 31, 2018

Nazi camp guard Jakiw Palij deported from US to Germany

(JTA)-A former guard at a Nazi concentration camp was deported to Germany overnight from the United States, where he had lived for decades. Jakiw Palij, 95, had lived in Queens, New York. He served as...

 

Episcopal bishop apologizes after sharing false stories about Israeli atrocities

(JTA)—A senior clergywoman in the Episcopal Church of Massachusetts has apologized for comments accusing Israel of fabricated atrocities. During a speech last month to the church’s General Convention, Bishop Suffragen Gayle Harris claimed that...

 

PepsiCo to acquire Israel's SodaStream for $3.2 billion

JERUSALEM (JTA)—PepsiCo will acquire the Israeli home soda maker manufacturer SodaStream for $3.2 billion, the soft drink giant said Monday. PepsiCo plans to maintain the Israeli company’s current base of operations in the Negev. SodaStream...

 

Son of Mahmoud Abbas doesn't believe in two-state solution

(JNS)—An Israeli report has revealed that the son of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas told a top Trump administration official that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is unrealistic. According to Israel’s Channel...

 

Only Jewish education can help bridge the Israel-Diaspora divide

MOSCOW (JTA)—Israel’s passage of the nation-state law brought another round of barrages across the Atlantic underlining the growing alienation of the world’s two largest Jewish communities. The issues are increasingly familiar: American...

 
 By Amos Yadlin    News    August 31, 2018

Why a former Israeli military intelligence chief stands with the Druze

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Israel's new "nation-state" law, which is widely viewed here as clumsy, unnecessary and unwise, must be amended. That's why I was proud to join tens of thousands of Israelis on Saturday...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 31, 2018

Randi Weingarten wants the teachers' union to love Israel

By Ben Sales (JTA)-The statement, issued the day Israel passed a controversial bill defining itself as a Jewish nation-state, could have come from any number of liberal American Jewish groups. "We...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Israeli equestrian rider withdraws from world championships due to conflict with Yom Kippur JERUSALEM (JTA)—An Israeli equestrian rider has withdrawn from next month’s world championships because the competition will take place on Yom Kippur....

 

Iran Action Group created

(JNS)—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday the founding of the Iran Action Group, which will “be responsible for directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department’s Iran-related activity.” “For...

 

Jerusalem hostel blacklists Jon Stewart and others

A hostel in Jerusalem’s Old City has published a list of “haters of Israel” who have been banned “because of crimes committed against the Jewish people,” drawing derision and ridicule from those blacklisted. The Jerusalem Heritage House des...

 

Trump approves largest-ever aid package to Israel

and United with Israel US President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act on Monday, which includes $550 million in assistance to Israel and temporarily halts the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey. This comes amid tensions...

 

If Israel has such bad PR, why does it remain so popular?

The first mention in JTA of the Hebrew word “hasbarah” was in 1988, at the height of the first intifada. The article focused on Israelis and American Jews and their deep concern that the media were distorting the unrest and showing the Israeli...

 

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