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  • Abbas: Palestinians ready to join peace initiative

    (JTA) — The Palestinians are ready to participate in a peace initiative, the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said. “We are ready to participate in any regional or international initiative with the objective of a comprehensive and fair solution,” the president’s spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeina, said in a statement, the French news agency…

  • Israeli Supreme Court orders arms dealer extradited to US

    (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court ordered an Israel arms dealer who allegedly sold American-made fighter jet parts to Iran to be extradited to the United States. Following Sunday’s Supreme Court decision, the justice minister has to sign off on the extradition of Eli Cohen, 66, of Bnei Brak. The Jerusalem District Court last year approved…

  • Israeli medalist’s Olympic name patch raises over $50,000 for charity

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, a bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics, brought in $52,100 for charity in an auction for her Olympic name patch. Twenty-two individuals placed 87 bids for the signed and dedicated patch during the weeklong auction on eBay that closed Monday. The buyer was not identified. The proceeds will be donated to the Tel…

  • Son of terror victim calls on world scouts to drop Palestinian association

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The son of an American man killed in a Jerusalem terror attack has called on the world scouting organization to drop the membership of the Palestinian branch, which has glorified his father’s killer. The Palestinian Scout Association, which was accepted six months ago as full member of the World Organization of the Scout…

  • Barbra Streisand says she will move to Australia or Canada if Trump wins

    (JTA) — Barbra Streisand told Australian TV that she will move to Australia or Canada if Donald Trump is elected president of the United States. Streisand, 74, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton and is a well-known Democratic Party supporter, made the threat to move during an interview Sunday aired on an Australian version of the “60…

  • Soldier faces manslaughter probe in shooting of unarmed Palestinian

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian man who witnesses say charged a West Bank guard post and ignored warnings to stop is being investigated for negligent manslaughter. The soldier, a member of the haredi Orthodox Netzah Yehuda battalion, was questioned Sunday under caution as a suspect in a crime, according to…

  • Haredi parties threaten government crisis over Shabbat rail construction

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Haredi Orthodox parties in Israel are threatening to leave the ruling coalition and bring down the government over the construction of a Tel Aviv train station on the Jewish Sabbath. Late Saturday night, the heads of the religious parties demanded a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and issued calls for him…

  • Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, ex-defense minister and longtime Knesset member, dies at 80

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, a former Labor Party leader and defense minister who served in the Knesset for 30 years, has died. Ben Eliezer, who withdrew from the country’s presidential election in 2014 over corruption charges, died Sunday in a Tel Aviv hospital. He was 80. Known by the nickname “Fouad,” Ben-Eliezer served in the…

  • Report: Sheldon Adelson meets with Donald Trump, suggests he demonstrate humility

    (JTA) — Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson told Donald Trump in a private meeting that the Republican presidential candidate must demonstrate a measure of humility, The New York Times reported. Adelson, a billionaire casino magnate, also told Trump in the meeting last week in Adelson’s suite at the St. Regis Hotel in New York that he…

  • Trump campaign CEO made anti-Semitic remarks, his ex-wife says

    (JTA) — Donald Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon made anti-Semitic remarks over a private school in Los Angeles that accepted his twin daughters, his ex-wife charged during a court battle over post-divorce financial issues. Bannon’s second wife, Mary Louise Piccard, said in a sworn court declaration that Bannon said he did not want to send…