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  • Jewish pols in Illinois clash over a running mate’s Israel stance

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Jewish congressman from Illinois pulled his support for a Jewish candidate in the state’s Democratic primary for governor after the candidate named a running mate who has been harshly critical of Israel. “On August 31, I was surprised to learn through press reports that Senator Daniel Biss had selected Chicago Alderman…

  • UN Ambassador Nikki Haley lays out case for US leaving Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, in a comprehensive speech laid out a possible case for the United States to leave the Iran deal, although she said no decision had been made. Haley’s argument, made Monday in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, was…

  • Jewish groups attack Trump’s call to end DACA immigration program

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — An array of Jewish groups and lawmakers attacked as immoral President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program granting protections to illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. The Trump administration said Monday that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program in six…

  • Jared Kushner was in the Middle East. Did Trump’s A team bring a peace plan?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Seven months into the Trump presidency, Israel and the Palestinians, along with other countries in the Middle East and experts on policy in the region, are still waiting for the U.S. administration to describe its preferred framework for peace there. Kushner, who Trump has charged with brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, arrived Wednesday…

  • Trump reaction to Charlottesville ‘not fine,’ US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel and a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, said Trump’s reaction to the deadly violence at a far-right rally in Charlottesville “wasn’t fine,” but he also faulted the media for being unfair to the president. Trump is doing a “great job,” Friedman told Israel’s Channel…

  • Three Jewish movements opt out of High Holidays call with Trump, citing ‘xenophobia’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Three streams of American Judaism will not participate in the traditional annual pre-High Holidays call with the president, saying Donald Trump has “given succor to those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia.” “We have concluded that President Trump’s statements during and after the tragic events in Charlottesville are so lacking in moral…

  • Trump at Phoenix rally insists he blasted racists, leaves out ‘many sides’ controversy

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump said the media misrepresented his condemnation of white supremacists last week, but he did not address the controversial elements of his remarks blaming all sides for violence at a far-right rally in Charlottesville. Trump, who unprecedentedly launched his campaign for re-election in 2020 almost as soon as he was…

  • Three Democratic senators press Trump administration on whether Gorka is under investigation

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Three Democratic senators again asked the Trump administration whether one of its top security officials is under investigation for allegedly lying when he became a U.S. citizen. Sebastian Gorka, a senior security adviser to President Donald Trump, “reportedly concealed his membership in the Vitézi Rend, a far-right anti-Semitic Hungarian organization with historical…

  • Peter Beinart told Twitter that his daughter was traumatized by Charlottesville. Twitter mocked him.

    (JTA) — Peter Beinart, the liberal Jewish essayist, shared his feelings about Charlottesville on Twitter on Aug. 18: “Yesterday my 9 year old saw some footage from Charlottesville. Then she asked me if there would be a second Holocaust,” he tweeted. Yesterday my 9 year old saw some footage from Charlottesville. Then she asked me…

  • Paul Ryan rejects constituent rabbi’s plea to censure Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Responding to a local rabbi at a town hall, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Donald Trump “messed up” in his Charlottesville comments but dismissed a bid by Democrats to censure the president as a “partisan hack-fest.” Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, fielded the question by Rabbi Dena Feingold, a constituent in his district,…