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  • Jewish refugee group helps reunite Syrian family following Trump immigration order

    (JTA) — A Syrian family was reunited with help from the resettlement agency HIAS after the mother and her two daughters were temporarily prevented from traveling to the United States by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. Razan Alghandour and daughters, Hanan, 8, and Lian, 5, were reunited Thursday with their husband and father,…

  • Outpost bill heading for final vote in the Knesset

    (JTA) — A controversial bill that would legalize some settlements built on private Palestinian land is expected to be put to a final vote in the Israeli parliament. Coalition chairman David Bitan told The Times of Israel that the Knesset vote on the so-called outpost bill would “definitely” take place Monday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who…

  • Israel strikes Gaza following rocket attack

    (JTA) — The Israeli Air Force attacked targets in the northern Gaza Strip following the firing of a rocket that landed in an empty field near the southern city of Ashkelon. The aerial attack on Monday came hours after Israeli tanks shelled targets in Gaza, according to media reports. Both strikes came in response to the…

  • In London, Netanyahu calls for new sanctions on Iran

    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in London for talks with his British counterpart, Theresa May, called for new sanctions on Iran following its test of a ballistic missile. In remarks before the two leaders met privately on Monday, Netanyahu said Britain should follow the example of the United States, which on Friday introduced new sanctions…

  • John Kerry rips Israel’s ‘pernicious’ settlement policy, lays out 6 principles for Mideast peace

    (JTA) — Secretary of State John Kerry laid out six principles that the United States believes must govern the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while rebuking Israel’s “pernicious policy of settlement construction.” In lengthy remarks from the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Kerry said peace must provide for secure and recognized borders based on…

  • John Kerry to deliver ‘comprehensive vision’ for Middle East peace

    (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver a speech laying out his vision for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. State Department spokesman Mark Toner confirmed Tuesday that Kerry would deliver the speech Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C. “In the speech, the secretary will lay out a comprehensive vision for how he believes the conflict…

  • UN passes anti-settlement resolution, US abstains

    (JTA) — The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution condemning Israeli settlements, with the United States abstaining. The resolution was adopted Friday afternoon with 14 votes in favor and only the U.S. abstention. It called Israeli settlements “a flagrant violation of international law” that damage the prospects of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict….

  • Israeli forces train for Amona evacuation

    (JTA) — Hundreds of Israeli security personnel trained ahead of the planned evacuation of an illegal West Bank outpost. Soldiers and Border Police officers took part in the exercise this week at the Tzeelim military base in southern Israel, according to a Channel 2 report cited by The Times of Israel. They are expecting to encounter…

  • EU expresses ‘strong opposition’ to West Bank outpost bill

    (JTA) — The European Union expressed its “strong opposition” to a bill now under consideration in the Israeli Knesset that would pave the way toward the legalization of numerous settlement outposts in the West Bank. In a statement Thursday, the union said the Regulation Bill, which passed its first of three readings late Wednesday, threatened…

  • Keith Ellison says Israel comments ‘taken out of context’

    (JTA) — Rep. Keith Ellison, a candidate to head the Democratic National Committee, said an audio recording in which he said American foreign policy bows to Israeli interests was “taken out of context.” “The audio released was selectively edited and taken out of context by an individual the Southern Poverty Law Center has called an…