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  • Trump meets Netanyahu: Where it can go right (and wrong)

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Benjamin Netanyahu is going to stride in through the White House front door. Donald Trump is not going to grimace while Netanyahu lectures. The talk in Washington this week, at least in Israel-obsessive circles, is about how the Bibi-Donald bromance, taking center stage Feb. 15 at a White House summit, is going…

  • Jared as Trump Whisperer? Why a hoary cliche can’t be good for the Jews

    “When the Jews are away, the goys will play.” Alec Baldwin, playing Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, is assured by an aide that his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared, have disappeared for Shabbat – not the Sabbath, not Shabbes: The Not Ready for Prime Time Player uses current Jewish parlance, the Hebrew “Shabbat.”…

  • Illinois warns EU on applying UN resolution that seems to alllow settlements boycotts

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In the wake of the U.N. anti-settlements resolution, the governor of Illinois warned the European Union that companies complying with boycotts of Israel or of its West Bank settlements face divestment by the governments of Illinois and other states. Gov. Bruce Rauner, in his Jan. 31 letter to Donald Tusk, the president…

  • Paul Ryan: Enforce the Iran nuclear deal, don’t dismantle it

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – House Speaker Paul Ryan said it makes more sense to rigorously enforce the Iran nuclear deal than to dismantle it, signaling diminishing support for pulling the United States out of the deal. Ryan, R-Wis., speaking on “Meet the Press” in an interview to be broadcast in full on Sunday, said the removal of sanctions…

  • Jewish disability activists lobby against changes to Medicaid, ADA

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Close to 200 Jewish disability activists lobbied against proposed Republican changes to Medicaid and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The activists lobbied in Washington on Thursday under the aegis of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the Jewish Federations of North America. In a summary statement, the groups were careful not…

  • Jewish lawmakers inititate letter to Trump demanding Bannon’s removal from NSC

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two Jewish members of the U.S. House of Representatives spearheaded a letter by 50 House Democrats to President Donald Trump demanding the removal of Stephen Bannon from the National Security Council. The letter sent Friday and initiated by Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., decries the removal of the chairman…

  • Is Trump reversing course on settlements and Iran?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Israeli settlements are no big problem. Wait — maybe they are, after all. The Iran deal is trash. No, the deal is here to stay, despite being “weak.” On Thursday, the White House pronounced on Israel’s announced settlement expansion that it “may not help” peace, and it put Iran “on notice” for…

  • Stephen Bannon, in film treatment, described US Jews as unwitting ‘enablers’ of jihad

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a treatment describing a documentary on a purported Muslim plan to take over America, Stephen Bannon, now President Donald Trump’s top strategic adviser, described the “American Jewish community” as among unwitting “enablers” of jihad. Bannon, a former banker who transitioned into a career as an ultranationalist propagandist, culminating in his becoming…

  • Trump says settlement expansion ‘may not help’ peace

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Settlement expansion “may not be helpful” in achieving peace, the Trump administration said in its first pronouncement on an issue that has confounded U.S.-Israel relations for decades. The White House announcement Thursday evening comes a week after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced major settlement building initiatives in the West Bank and…

  • Report: Trump ready to add sanctions on Iran because of missile testing

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump reportedly is ready to add sanctions on Iranian entities to penalize Iran for its ballistic missile testing. Reuters, quoting “sources familiar with the matter,” reported Thursday that Trump would take care not to violate the Iran nuclear deal reached by the Obama administration trading sanctions relief for Iran’s nuclear…