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  • Trump won’t move US Embassy to Jerusalem for now, senior official says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Trump administration reportedly will not be moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv for now. An unnamed senior administration official on Wednesday told Bloomberg News that it would be “unwise to do it at this time” as President Donald Trump is getting ready to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks to move the…

  • Ronald Lauder vs. Sheldon Adelson: Which Jewish billionaire has Trump’s ear on Israel?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Bill Clinton consulted with folks who came up with him in Arkansas, George W. Bush preferred Texan veterans of his family’s hard-fought political battles and Barack Obama had his Chicago peeps. Who does the first billionaire president go to when he wants real-deal advice? Other billionaires, naturally. Much has been made of…

  • Trump to visit Western Wall without Israeli leaders

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump will visit the Western Wall unaccompanied by Israeli leaders in order to emphasize the overarching message of his overseas tour: unifying the three Abrahamic religions against the common threat of terrorism. “No Israeli leaders will join President Trump at the Western Wall,” H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, said…

  • What Trump told the Russians, and why allies like Israel are worried

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — As of Tuesday morning, thanks to the unfiltered confessional that is Twitter, we now know this: President Donald Trump shared information with Russia about “terrorism and flight safety,” as he put it. Trump was responding, after about 12 hours, to a Washington Post report that he shared highly classified information with the…

  • White House: Trump ‘open’ to working with Iran to end Syria war

    The White House also said that Assad’s depravity had been enabled “with seemingly unconditional support from Russia and Iran.”

  • White House: Trump staffer’s Western Wall comment does not reflect administration policy

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Reported remarks by a Trump administration official rejecting Israel’s claim to the Western Wall were “unauthorized” and do not represent the position of President Donald Trump, the White House said. “The comments about the Western Wall were not authorized communication and they do not represent the position of the United States and…

  • 6 things you didn’t know about the Six-Day War

    (JTA) – The three paratroopers casting eyes upward at the Western Wall. The troops reveling in the waters of the Suez Canal. The sweeping views of a Galilee no longer vulnerable to shelling from atop the Golan Heights. Not to mention Naomi Shemer’s anthem “Jerusalem of Gold,” reissued after the Six-Day War with a new…

  • The death of the TV channel that once unified Israel

    (JTA) — On a chilly fall night in 1993, I learned that the bespectacled army reservist sitting across from me in an Ottoman-era building in Nablus and dining on watery yogurt and hard-boiled eggs was an executive at Israel’s then-nascent Channel 2. He wanted to continue our chat on Jane Austen — he noticed I…

  • Trump urges Russian foreign minister to ‘rein in’ Iran, Hezbollah in Syria

    Tamping down Iranian and Hezbollah ambitions in Syria has become a top Israeli priority.

  • Congress protects poverty assistance program from proposed Trump cuts

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Congress maintained funding levels for a poverty assistance program favored by Jewish groups in the face of proposed Trump administration cuts. A Jewish Federations of North America memo sent Wednesday to JTA and first circulated among member federations May 5 noted that the massive spending bill approved last week includes $120 million…