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  • Herzog confirms unity talks followed secret meeting on regional peace initiative

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog said he entered into negotiations to join a unity government a year ago on the basis of a secret regional peace initiative being negotiated at the time. Herzog, head of the Zionist Union camp, told American Jewish leaders on Monday that he demanded a total freeze on…

  • Bomb threats called in to at least 10 JCCs in fourth round of harassment

    (JTA) — At least 10 Jewish community centers were targeted with bomb threats on Monday — the fourth time in five weeks that JCCs across the country have been targeted. News reports indicated that threats were received on Monday morning by JCCs in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin; St. Paul; Houston; Buffalo, New York; Albuquerque, and Birmingham, Alabama….

  • Hitler’s personal telephone sold at auction for $243,000

    (JTA) — Adolf Hitler’s personal telephone engraved with his name sold at auction in Maryland for $243,000. The phone, identified by auction house Alexander Historical Auctions as “Hitler’s mobile device of destruction,” was sold on Sunday afternoon to an unidentified person who bid by phone. Bidding started at $100,000. The Siemens phone, which was originally…

  • San Francisco official wants personal apology from mayor for ‘Gestapo’ reference

    (JTA) — The San Francisco city supervisor has demanded a personal apology from Mayor Ed Lee for a text the mayor sent to his top staff people using the word “Gestapo” to describe legislation backed by the supervisor. The supervisor, Aaron Peskin, who is Jewish, told NBC Bay Area that he has not yet received…

  • Arab-Israeli man arrested for allegedly plotting Tel Aviv bus attack for ISIS

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Arab-Israeli citizen was arrested for allegedly plotting to bomb buses targeting Israeli soldiers on behalf of the Islamic State. Anas Haj Yehiye, 35, of the central Israeli city of Taibe, was arrested late last month, the Shin Bet security service announced in a statement issued Monday after a gag order on…

  • NBA’s Omri Casspi traded to New Orleans Pelicans

    (JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans from the Sacramento Kings. The deal announced Monday was part of a blockbuster five-player trade that had All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins and Casspi heading to New Orleans, ESPN reported Sunday. Sacramento receives Buddy Hield, a…

  • Netanyahu meets president, prime minister of Singapore in historic visit

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu, making the first visit to Singapore by an Israeli prime minister, met with his counterpart from the Southeast Asian country. In a statement issued after the meeting Monday with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Netanyahu said he was “following in your footsteps,” in reference to the “historic visit” to Israel…

  • Israel concerned about polarization of US society, Rivlin tells American Jewish leaders

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Reuven Rivlin told American Jewish leaders that Israel is concerned about the polarization of society in the United States. The Israeli president addressed the opening meeting of the annual leadership mission of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Organizations on Sunday evening. “In Israel, we are very concerned by polarization in society,…

  • Rockets fired on southern Israel from Sinai, ISIS claims responsibility

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula at southern Israel. The rockets fired on Monday came a day after the Islamic State, or ISIS, claimed that an Israel Air Force unmanned aerial vehicle on Saturday struck and killed at least four of the group’s members. They were traveling in a car…

  • Austrian woman convicted under law that makes Holocaust denial illegal

    (JTA) — An Austrian woman who questioned the Holocaust was found guilty of violating an Austrian law that makes Holocaust denial illegal. The woman, 53, was given a suspended jail sentence and fined $1,280 by a court in the western Austrian city of Feldkirch on Friday, the Associated Press reported. She criticized a post on…