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  • House overwhelmingly approves resolution slamming UN, Obama administration

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly agreed to condemn a U.N. Security Council anti-settlements resolution and the Obama administration for allowing it through. The resolution, which passed Thursday evening  by a vote of 342-80, said the Security Council vote last month “undermined the long-standing position of the United States to oppose and…

  • Trump ally’s amendment would remove ‘two states’ from resolution condemning UN

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — One of President-elect Donald Trump’s closest congressional allies proposed removing all references to two states from a congressional bid to condemn an anti-settlements U.N. Security Council resolution. The three-sentence amendment offered Wednesday by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, to the resolution introduced earlier this week by Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of…

  • GOP senators introduce bill forcing president’s hand on moving embassy to Jerusalem

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Three Republican senators have introduced a bill that would force the president to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. The bill introduced Tuesday by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Dean Heller of Nevada and Ted Cruz of Texas would remove the presidential waiver from the 1995 law passed by Congress recognizing Jerusalem…

  • In Congress, a new battle emerges: 2 states or not 2 states

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – There’s a striking difference between competing bids in Congress addressing last month’s U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements. It’s not that they differ on the United Nations – the two nonbinding congressional resolutions under consideration condemn the Security Council, as well as the outgoing Obama administration for abstaining and not exercising…

  • With US abstention, Israel again forced to face reality of world’s rejection of settlements

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Ahead of the unknowns a Trump administration will bring to American Middle East policy, the Obama administration allowed a bracing reminder on Friday that the international community does not recognize the validity of Israel’s presence in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank. The U.S. abstention on the U.N. Security Council vote last week was hardly…

  • Keith Ellison in letter to Conservative rabbis ‘regrets’ past positions

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a lengthy letter to the Conservative movement’s rabbinical arm, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison said he regretted past positions that have unsettled Jews as he seeks the chairmanship of the Democratic Party. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, meanwhile, spoke Wednesday with about 50 Jewish Democrats about his own bid to head the…

  • Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem: the good, the bad and the unpredictable

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – President-elect Donald Trump said during his campaign he wants to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. His nominee for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has said he hopes he will work from an embassy in the city. Trump’s transition team has affirmed the intention to move the embassy, albeit without a timeline….

  • Israeli ambassador, echoing Trump, calls for US to move embassy to Jerusalem

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In remarks dovetailing with policies embraced by President-elect Donald Trump, Israeli U.S. Ambassador Ron Dermer delivered a forceful plea for the United States to move the embassy to Jerusalem. “Israel hopes that next year when the new American ambassador to Israel lights the menorah in his embassy, he will light it in…

  • Foxman blasts Trump’s Israel envoy pick for ‘ugly’ attack on ADL

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Abraham Foxman, the retired Anti-Defamation League director, said language that President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel directed at the group is “unacceptable” and “ugly.” “Ambassador-designate Friedman’s ugly language in describing ADL, its current CEO, and J-Street is unacceptable and it undermines the need for unity in our community to face…

  • Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner look for a shul. Can we keep politics out of it?

    (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, are shul shopping in D.C. — and it’s making headlines in the non-Jewish world. Reporting this in the mainstream media requires some explanation — an MSNBC anchor apparently believed the story was about Ivanka shoe shopping — but generally the narrative touches on…