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  • 4 liberal Jewish groups join call on Trump to nix national security adviser choice

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Four liberal Jewish groups have joined a drive calling on President-elect Donald Trump to rescind the choice of Mike Flynn as his national security adviser, citing the general’s hostility to Islam and his retweeting an anti-Semitic tweet. “He has written that ‘fear of Muslims is rational’ and said that ‘Islam is a political…

  • Trump’s defense chief pick said Israel can be a pain, but few in pro-Israel camp seem to care. Why?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for defense secretary is on the record decrying the burdens that Israel places on the United States and warning that the Jewish state could be headed toward apartheid. And with one notable exception, the right-wing pro-Israel community is enthusiastically on board. In 2013, Gen. James Mattis, then recently retired…

  • House introduces version of Senate bill targeting campus anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan slate of leading House members introduced a bill that would expand how the Department of Education defines anti-Semitism in advising learning institutions on how to identify discrimination. The bill introduced Friday by Reps. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., replicates a similar bill passed last week by the Senate,…

  • Netanyahu will take up ‘bad’ Iran deal with President Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he looked forward to speaking to Donald Trump about what to do about the “bad” Iran deal once Trump is president. “As far as President-elect Trump, I look forward to speaking to him about what to do about this bad deal,” Netanyahu said Sunday, addressing the…

  • Israeli defense chief: Assad and Iran must leave Syria as part of deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said any outcome in Syria must include the ouster of the Assad regime and its Iranian backers, a posture that could lead to tensions with President-elect Donald Trump. “What is crucial for any deal on Syria, two preconditions: Assad out of Syria, Iranians out of Syria,” said…

  • Azerbaijan’s embassy to co-host Hanukkah party at Trump’s DC hotel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Azerbaijan’s embassy is hosting a Hanukkah party at a hotel owned by President-elect Donald Trump and his family. The party will take place Dec. 14 and will celebrate “freedom and diversity,” said the invitation, obtained Friday by JTA, a signal of closer ties between the west Asian nation and Israel and some…

  • Keith Ellison would be a ‘disaster’ as DNC head, Haim Saban says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Haim Saban, a major Democratic Party funder, said Rep. Keith Ellison’s election as chairman of the Democratic National Committee would be a “disaster” for the relationship between Jews and the party, signaling a looming crisis between the party’s progressives and the centrist pro-Israel community. The scathing broadside delivered Friday by the Israeli-American…

  • Trump names Jewish billionaire Stephen Schwarzman to head economic advisory team

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump named Stephen Schwarzman, a leading money manager and a contributor to Jewish and Catholic causes, as chairman of a group of leading businessmen who will advise him on economic policy. Schwarzman, a billionaire who founded the Blackstone Group, an equity management firm, will lead a 16-person “strategic and policy…

  • Donald Trump condemns bigotry ‘in all its forms’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump condemned bigotry while speaking at a victory rally. “We condemn bigotry and prejudice in all its forms,” Trump said Thursday in Cincinnati in a rare address since defeating Hillary Clinton several weeks ago. “We denounce all of the hatred and we forcefully reject the language of exclusion and separation….

  • Senate joins House in extending Iran sanctions, handing Trump a tool to pull out of nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate joined the House of Representatives in extending Iran sanctions for a decade, preserving a tool should President-elect Donald Trump seek to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The Senate approved the extension Thursday by a 99-0 vote. The House overwhelmingly extended the sanctions last month. The sanctions were due…