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  • Did Ben Rhodes really dupe the media and the public about Obama’s Iran deal?

    As narratives go, this one was pretty straightforward. The Obama administration wanted a nuclear deal with Iran. A lot of folks, including Republicans, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, didn’t want the deal President Barack Obama wanted. Obama won. But a profile Sunday in The New York Times Magazine suggests there was…

  • Hillary Clinton calls BDS movement ‘harmful’ on eve of vote in her Methodist church

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — On the eve of a bid to have her church divest from companies allegedly profiting from Israel’s control of the West Bank, Hillary Clinton reasserted that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was counterproductive to peace. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, responded on Sunday to an appeal from the Israel Action Network,…

  • State Dept.: PA envoy likening Israeli soldiers to Nazis ‘deeply concerning’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority U.N. envoy’s likening of Israeli soldiers confronting stone throwers to Nazis putting down the Warsaw uprising was “deeply concerning,” the State Department spokesman said. Mark Toner responded Thursday to a JTA query about an April 27 news conference by Riyadh Mansour. “Obviously we would condemn any anti-Semitic remarks very…

  • Where Jewish conservatives stand on Donald Trump: A running tally

    (UPDATED MAY 12) WASHINGTON (JTA) — Never Trump? Always Trump? Never-doesn’t-last-forever-Trump? And what about Hillary or Bernie? Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, presents a quandary for Jewish conservatives. He said in December that he doesn’t want Jewish Republican money, and that he would be “neutral” when it comes to Israel and the Palestinians. He…

  • Donald Trump disavows David Duke’s praise

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump “totally” disavowed an anti-Jewish tirade on his behalf by white supremacist David Duke and said there was no place for anti-Semitism in society. The New York Times reported Thursday that the real estate magnate “totally disavows” the former Ku Klux Klan leader’s remarks. “Anti-Semitism has no place in our society,…

  • Jewish Cabinet member on Holocaust day: ‘Fear of the other’ rising in US

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A top Jewish Obama administration official decried the rise of “the fear of the other” in the United States at an event marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah. “I do not think a Holocaust is happening in America, but I do worry about what is happening when we betray the principle…

  • Obama calls for solidarity with European Jews, Jewish students on Holocaust Remembrance Day

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In his Holocaust Remembrance Day message, President Barack Obama called for solidarity with Jews facing anti-Semitism in Europe and on campuses. “Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community both at home and abroad,” Obama said in his statement released Wednesday afternoon, on the eve of commemorations. “We…

  • Donald Trump: No message for followers who flooded reporter with anti-Semitic abuse

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump said he had no message for supporters who deluged a reporter with anti-Semitic comments after she wrote a critical profile of his wife. “You’ll have to talk to them about it,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said Wednesday on CNN when told of the abusive phone calls, emails and social…

  • Republican Jewish group congratulates Trump but doesn’t praise him

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulated Donald Trump on becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, but otherwise withheld praise for the candidate. “The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulates Donald Trump on being the presumptive Presidential nominee of the Republican Party,” said the statement from the group issued Wednesday, a day after it became clear that…

  • Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy advisers are exactly who you’d expect them to be

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – It’s the season of the unconventional foreign policy adviser: Donald Trump takes advice from his son-in-law and real estate attorney, and Bernie Sanders cites folks who didn’t know they were advising him. In this field, Hillary Clinton’s inner circle of foreign policy advisers stands out for not standing out. The names she…