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  • Why are Zionists mocking Abbas for acknowledging Zionism?

    Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, visited Saudi Arabia this month and presented King Salman with a framed 1930s-era copy of the Palestine Post. The gift is not exceptional, maybe a little dull. But there are folks who are calling Abbas out – mocking him, even – for being a “Zionist.” Weirdly, the mockers…

  • Donald Trump says he would remove ban on religious nonprofits endorsing candidates

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump told conservative Christians he would work to remove restrictions on churches endorsing political candidates. “I think maybe that will be my greatest contribution to Christianity — and other religions — is to allow you, when you talk religious liberty, to go and speak openly, and if you like somebody or…

  • Jonathan Pollard could still cause damage with what he knows, US intelligence community says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. intelligence community favors continued restrictions on Jonathan Pollard, arguing that the one-time spy for Israel could still damage U.S. interests by revealing methods and identifying characteristics of U.S. assets. Intelligence community “sources and methods must be protected from disclosure in every situation where a certain intelligence interest, capability, or technique,…

  • Republican Jews call Bernie Sanders’ Israel critics ‘today’s Democratic Party’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition released internet videos attacking Democrats by going after Israel critics on the party’s platform drafting committee. The three ads released Tuesday target, respectively, Cornel West, a philosopher who backs the boycott Israel movement; Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who has been critical of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, and James Zogby,…

  • Israel’s first transgender army officer celebrates pride at embassy event

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – When Shachar was 2 years old, she asked her parents to keep her hair short. When she was 5, she asked them to throw out every skirt in her closet. When Shachar was 16, he realized he was a boy, and when he was 19 he got the army, Israel’s most daunting bureaucracy,…

  • Avigdor Liberman has first meeting as Israel’s defense minister with US counterpart

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s newly installed defense minister, Avigdor Liberman, met Monday with his U.S. counterpart, Ashton Carter. Liberman, who last month replaced longtime defense minister Moshe Yaalon, is in Washington, D.C., seeking to reassure Israel’s closet ally that the transition will be smooth. “Secretary Carter and Minister Liberman reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-…

  • Jared Kushner tensions reportedly behind ouster of Trump campaign manager

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Tensions between Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly were behind Lewandowski’s departure announced Monday by the campaign. On the same day, Lewandowski said separately that he stood by Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. The New York Times first reported what it said was a firing, and CNN followed up by reporting…

  • How Israel stays a ‘well-regulated militia’ with so many guns around

    Dirty, hot and exhausted Israeli soldiers waiting for their bus home from the army base tend, understandably, to be in a hurry to get on board. But when I was living in Israel during the first intifada, or Palestinian uprising, soldiers didn’t jostle to be first in line. Rather, the most coveted position was second. That’s…

  • Bernie Sanders shifts focus to Trump’s ‘bigotry,’ drops Israel talk in live stream

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders told his followers that the priority now was defeating Donald Trump and the bigotry he said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee represented. He pledged to work with Hillary Clinton to make sure that happens, although he did not yet withdraw from the race for the Democratic presidential nod. “The major…

  • Filibustering for gun control, senator invokes ‘hero’ Holocaust survivor

    In the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, engineering professor Liviu Librescu, a Romania-born Israeli Holocaust survivor, died blocking the classroom door and shouting “hurry” as his students fled through a window. It was Yom Hashoah, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day. Librescu, 76, was among 32 people killed in the mass shooting, the deadliest in U.S. history at the time. On…