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  • Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt after Netanyahu meeting: Making peace will ‘take time’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Arriving at an Israeli-Palestinian peace will “take time,” President Donald Trump’s top two negotiators said after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The United States officials and Israeli leadership underscored that forging peace will take time and stressed the importance of doing everything possible to create an environment conducive to peacemaking,”…

  • Jon Ossoff loses in crucial Georgia congressional race

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Karen Handel, a Republican, won a congressional race in Atlanta’s suburbs, defeating Jon Ossoff in a contest that Democrats had hoped would wound Donald Trump’s presidency. Handel defeated Ossoff, 52.1 to 47.9 percent, with all of the vote reported. Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker who is Jewish, had come just over a…

  • Rep. Jacky Rosen, Nevada Democrat, reportedly eyeing Senate seat

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, a freshman Democrat from Nevada, reportedly is eyeing a Senate run next year. Politico reported Monday that Rosen, a software developer whose only elective experience prior to her successful congressional run last year was as president of Ner Tamid, a Reform synagogue in suburban Las Vegas, was favored…

  • Billionaire Haim Saban, major Democratic donor, backs bill slashing funds to Palestinian Authority

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Haim Saban, a major donor to the Democratic Party, is backing a bill that would slash funding to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops payments to Palestinians jailed for attacks on Israelis. The participation of the Israeli-American entertainment mogul in the initiative of the lobbying affiliate of the Israeli-American Council is significant…

  • ADL urges hate crime probe in Virginia killing of Muslim girl

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League called on authorities to probe the slaying of a Muslim girl in suburban Virginia as a hate crime. “We urge the Fairfax County Police Department to investigate the murder as a possible bias crime,” Doron Ezickson, the ADL’s Washington, D.C., director, said in a statement Monday. “ADL has communicated that…

  • Jon Ossoff’s secret weapon in tight Georgia race: Jewish moms and daughters

    JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (JTA) — Clad in knee-length, loose fitting shorts, wicking T-shirts, baseball caps and sensible shoes, they cluster and clutch water bottles and exchange war stories awaiting the candidate’s arrival. Some bring their daughters — almost always their daughters. Sons exist, if a reporter probes, but it seems they are best left at…

  • Senate Democrats edge closer to endorsing major cuts to Palestinian Authority aid

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Top Senate Democrats said they were closer to signing on to a Republican-backed bill that would slash aid to the Palestinian Authority if it did not stop subsidizing Palestinians jailed for attacks on Israel. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader in the Senate, told attendants at the Orthodox Union’s annual Washington…

  • Candidates in special Georgia election receive threats

    ROSWELL, Ga. (JTA) — Candidates in a contentious special congressional election in Atlanta’s suburbs have reported receiving threats. “This afternoon we had some suspicious packages delivered to our house and our neighbors,” Karen Handel said in a statement read to reporters on Thursday by volunteers at her campaign outposts. “The packages contained threatening letters and…

  • Rex Tillerson retreats from commitment to fill anti-Semitism envoy position

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson retreated from his department’s commitment to fill the post of envoy to combat anti-Semitism, saying the effort may be more effective without one. “One of the questions I’ve asked is, if we’re really going to affect these areas, these special areas, don’t we have to affect it…

  • Suspect in shooting at Republicans baseball practice was Bernie Sanders backer

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — James T. Hodgkinson, the suspect in the shooting at a Republican team’s baseball practice for a charity game against congressional Democrats, backed Bernie Sanders, according to his social media account. Police say it is too early to determine a motive in the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.,…