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  • Kerry to meet Iranian foreign minister to discuss nuclear deal, Syria

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Iranian counterpart to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and the crisis in Syria. Kerry will meet Javad Zarif in New York on Tuesday, a State Department statement said Monday. The two top diplomats will “discuss implementation of the JCPOA,” the statement said,…

  • How Bernie Sanders just became the rabbi of the Jewish left

    Bernie Sanders has undeniably earned a place in history as “the first Jewish presidential candidate of a major party to win state nominating contests.” And until recently, that seemed like it would more or less sum up of his Jewish legacy as a candidate. For most of the campaign, Sanders had seemed to avoid talking about his Jewishness. It…

  • John Kerry to join Joe Biden in addressing J Street

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Secretary of State John Kerry will join Vice President Joe Biden in addressing J Street’s annual gala on Monday night. The liberal Jewish Middle East policy group announced Kerry’s attendance over the weekend. Biden’s participation was announced last week. Leaders of the group and its student affiliate, J Street U, met Friday…

  • More than 90 percent of the House urges Obama to reject biased UN moves on Israel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — An overwhelming majority of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to reject any actions by the United Nations that are biased against Israel. The letter undersigned by 394 House Republicans and Democrats — more than 90 percent of the 435 representatives — was sent to Obama on Thursday amid reports…

  • In NY debate, Bernie and Hillary spar over the meaning of ‘pro-Israel’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders accused Hillary Clinton of neglecting the Palestinians, and Clinton said her rival was more prone to criticizing than solving problems when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Independent senator from Vermont and the former secretary of state had a lengthy and heated exchange on Israel and the Palestinians during…

  • Amid rumors, White House rules out giving Iran access to US dollar

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration will continue to block Iran’s access to the dollar or the U.S. financial system, its top sanctions official said amid speculation to the contrary. “We will not provide Iran access to the U.S. financial system, and we will not restore the ‘U-turn’ authorization,” Adam Szubin, the acting undersecretary of the…

  • John Kasich to Orthodox Jews: Abraham, not Moses, the star of the Torah

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — John Kasich bantered with haredi Orthodox Jews about which biblical figure was most significant and other lessons from the Jewish Bible. On Tuesday, the Ohio governor and one of three Republicans left vying for the party’s presidential nomination toured a Jewish book store in Borough Park, a Brooklyn neighborhood, Jewish Insider reported….

  • John Kasich: NATO could play a role in transmitting Judeo-Christian values

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Making NATO a policing organization would play a role in transmitting what John Kasich has described as Judeo-Christian values, the Republican presidential candidate said. “With Europe, I said that NATO needed to be transformed into a policing and intelligence organization,” Kasich, the governor of Ohio, said in an extensive interview with the…

  • Ivanka Trump: Dad was ‘very supportive’ of my Jewish conversion

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ivanka Trump said her father, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, was fully supportive of her conversion to Judaism. “My father was very supportive,” she said at a CNN town hall meeting featuring the presidential candidate and his family broadcast Tuesday evening. “He knows me. He knows and he trusts my judgment. When…

  • Navy to name destroyer for Carl Levin, former dean of Jewish senators

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Navy is naming a destroyer for Carl Levin, the dean of Jewish senators prior to his retirement and once the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “It is a great honor to name this ship in recognition of such a dedicated public servant,” Ray Mabus, the secretary of the Navy,…