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  • Justice Department: Trump can appoint son-in-law Jared Kushner to White House post

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump can appoint his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner as a White House senior adviser, the Justice Department concluded. In a 14-page opinion issued Friday, the department’s Office of Legal Counsel said that a federal anti-nepotism law passed in 1967 “does not bar this appointment because of the President’s special hiring authority.” The opinion, written by Deputy…

  • Netanyahu, Trump to hold phone conversation Sunday

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump have scheduled a telephone conversation. Trump and Netanyahu will talk on Sunday evening, Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday morning. “There are many issues between us including the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the situation in Syria and the Iranian threat,” Netanyahu said. He added…

  • Municipal committee approves new eastern Jerusalem housing

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jerusalem municipal committee approved housing units in Jewish and Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem over the Green Line demarcating the pre-1967 borders. On Sunday, the city’s planning and building committee on Sunday approved the future construction of  566 housing units in the Pisgat Zeev, Ramot and Ramat Shlomo neighborhoods. Another 105 housing…

  • Israelis rally in Tel Aviv in solidarity with women’s march

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hundreds of Israelis, mostly women, rallied in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. The Saturday night rally, marking the first full day that President Donald Trump spent in office, was one of dozens taking place in cities around the world in support…

  • Israeli officials congratulate Trump on inauguration

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated President Donald Trump on his inauguration as 45th president of the United States. “Congratulations to my friend President Trump. I look forward to working closely with you to make the alliance between Israel and America stronger than ever,” Netanyahu posted to Facebook and Twitter shortly before…

  • Orthodox rabbi’s anti-Trump prayer causes a stir

    (JTA) — Jews have been praying for the welfare of the governments they live under for hundreds of years. But what happens when they lose faith in the individuals elected to lead those countries? That’s the dilemma faced by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, an Orthodox rabbi who is president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash in Phoenix and founder and president of Uri…

  • American-Israelis to rally in Tel Aviv in solidarity with DC Women’s March

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A solidarity rally to coincide with with the upcoming Women’s March on Washington will be held in front of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. The rally is scheduled to take place on Saturday night and will coincide with the march in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of Israeli Americans are expected to take…

  • Trump tells Israeli reporter in Washington he will move embassy to Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump told an Israeli reporter that he will move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Trump made the remarks at an event Tuesday evening in Washington, the Israeli daily Israel Hayom reported on Thursday. Israel Hayom reporter Boaz Bismuth, who served as Israel’s ambassador to Mauritania for four years until 2008, attended the event…

  • Israel receives first Arrow 3 rocket interceptors

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli Air Force received the first advanced interceptors of the Arrow 3 missile defense system, which is being jointly developed by the United States and Israel. The rockets, worth about $2.2 million each, were delivered Wednesday, according to reports in the Israeli media. The Arrow 3 missiles were designed to enable interception…

  • Women of the Wall ordered to be searched at holy site despite high court ruling

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Women planning to participate in a Women of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall were ordered to subject to a body search despite a Supreme Court injunction against the practice. The women rejected the searches on Thursday morning and instead held their morning service at the security checkpoint at the entrance…