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  • Knife-wielding Palestinian teen shot and killed in Jerusalem as Trump tours nearby

      JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel Police officers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager who attempted to stab them just outside the Old City of Jerusalem as President Donald Trump was visiting holy sites in the city. The teen, who was identified by the Palestinian Maan news agency as a 16-year-old from Bethlehem, approached the Border Police…

  • Rex Tillerson says Western Wall is ‘part of Jerusalem,’ avoids mention of Israeli sovereignty

    (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would not say that the Western Wall is part of Israel when asked about by a reporter during the presidential flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel. Tillerson met with reporters in the back of Air Force One on Monday morning during the flight to the second stop on…

  • Trump, family make private visit to Western Wall

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Donald Trump visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to go to the holy site. Trump arrived there under heavy security Monday afternoon with his wife, Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. No Israeli politicians or officials accompanied the family. U.S. officials reportedly had rejected a request by…

  • Jewish groups praise Trump call for Muslim nations to confront Islamist extremism

    (JTA) — Jewish groups praised President Donald Trump for calling on Muslim nations to confront Islamist extremism during a speech to Muslim and Arab leaders at a summit in Saudi Arabia. “Drive them out of your places of worship, drive them out of your communities, drive them out of your holy land and drive them…

  • Trump, landing in Israel, heralds ‘rare opportunity’ to bring peace and stability

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Donald Trump arrived in Israel for a whirlwind 28-hour visit, saying his trip to the region has given him “new reasons for hope.” Air Force One touched down on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International Airport shortly after 12:30 p.m. Monday. The landing represented the first direct flight ever between Israel…

  • Romania’s Parliament passes law providing more money for Holocaust survivors

    (JTA) — Romania’s Parliament passed legislation that would provide increased direct financial support for Holocaust survivors. The funds, a monthly payment of up to $97.98 per month for each year of deportation or detention, will be available beginning in July to those who were persecuted in Romania between 1940 and 1945, including deportees to ghettos and concentrations…

  • Ehud Olmert punished by Israel Prison Service for possessing classified information

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Prison Service has punished former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for having classified documents in his possession in jail. Olmert has lost telephone privileges and a planned furlough, the Israeli media reported over the weekend. The first Israeli prime minister to serve time in prison and be sentenced to jail, Olmert…

  • Peace Now reports 34 percent increase in new West Bank housing

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Construction starts in the West Bank grew by a third in 2016 over the same period in the previous year, according to a new report. Peace Now’s annual construction report, which was released Sunday, showed 1,814 new housing units began construction, an increase of 34 percent over 2015. Among the new building, according to…

  • 10,000 Israeli police and counterterrorism officials to secure Trump visit

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than 10,000 Israeli police units, counterterrorism units and border police will secure President Donald Trump and his 1,000-person entourage during his visit to Israel. There will be full security cooperation between the Israel Police and American security personnel during the two-day visit, Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told JTA on Sunday,…

  • Speaking to Muslim and Arab leaders, Trump calls to drive out terrorists and extremists

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump called on Arab and Muslim leaders gathered in Saudi Arabia to drive out terrorists and extremists. “Drive them out of your places of worship, drive them out of your communities, drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this earth,” he told the Arabic Islamic American…