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  • Tony Blair: Sunni states ready to normalize Israel relations on basis of Arab Peace Initiative

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Sunni Muslim countries are ready to normalize ties with Israel should Israel negotiate a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative. The Arab Peace Initiative, first proposed in 2002 and reaffirmed in recent years, calls for full…

  • Coexistence group raises more than $18,000 for beaten Bedouin Israeli

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — An organization advocating Jewish-Arab coexistence has raised more than $18,500 in a crowdfunding drive for a Bedouin Israeli who was beaten by off-duty police officers. The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality began the drive after Maisam Abu Alqian, 19, a Bedouin student from southern Israel, was beaten outside a Tel…

  • Likud signs coalition agreement with Yisrael Beiteinu

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — The ruling Likud and nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu parties inked a coalition agreement, paving the way for the latter’s entrance into Israel’s government. The two parties began negotiating on May 18, when reports emerged that Israel Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Liberman would replace Moshe Yaalon as the country’s defense minister. Yisrael Beiteinu will add…

  • Egypt reportedly pushing for Netanyahu-Abbas summit

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi reportedly is coaxing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to meet face to face. Sissi, according to Ynet News, is hoping to organize an Egypt-led peace summit in Cairo where the two leaders, who haven’t met formally since 2010, would negotiate directly….

  • Netanyahu may have accepted illegal travel perks, state comptroller says

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israel’s state comptroller is due to release a report claiming that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu improperly used funds for his and his family’s travel. The allegations, according to Haaretz, concern the years 2003 to 2005, when Netanyahu served as finance minister. According to the report to be released Tuesday, prepared…

  • Palestinians reject Netanyahu’s call for direct talks, support French plan

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority’s prime minister rebuffed the latest call by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for direct talks, opting instead to join a French-led multilateral peace initiative. “Time is short,” Rami Hamdallah said Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse. “Netanyahu is trying to buy time … but this time he will not escape the…

  • Donald Trump: No plans for trip abroad ‘at the moment’

    (JTA) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said a trip abroad would not be prudent “at the moment” because it would not sway voters. Trump’s comments, made Sunday to The Wall Street Journal, came amid reports that the Republican Jewish Coalition is planning an Israel trip for the billionaire real estate mogul. Earlier this…

  • New stage for Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick: The Knesset

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — A year and a half ago he was a fringe Temple Mount activist expected to die, the victim of a point-blank assassination attempt. This week he will enter the Knesset, the ruling Likud party’s replacement legislator for outgoing Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. Yehuda Glick’s journey — from the United States to…

  • Netanyahu’s US-born chief of staff appointed Israeli Cabinet secretary

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — David Sharan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s U.S.-born chief of staff, will be the Israeli Cabinet’s next secretary. The appointment was announced Monday, according to Israeli media reports. Sharan will manage the work of the 20-member Cabinet, which includes ministers from Israel’s soon-to-be six coalition parties and which votes on government policy….

  • Amsterdam to pay Jewish community $11M for Holocaust survivor taxes

    (JTA) — The city of Amsterdam will give its Jewish community $11 million as compensation for taxes imposed on Holocaust survivors who returned home to the Dutch capital following World War II. Upon their return, according to an article in The Telegraph on Monday, the survivors were made to pay a tax because their homes were left empty during…