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  • In the Trump era, imams and rabbis seek a common strategy to counter anti-Muslim hostility

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – A year ago, when several dozen Washington-area Jewish and Muslim religious and lay leaders jostled for spots in a group picture, the mood was convivial. The most novel item on the agenda for that November 2015 confab was bringing in non-Middle Eastern Muslims into the Jewish-Muslim dialogue. The meeting and the venue…

  • Trump taps Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil chief with strong ties to Russia, for secretary of state

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump nominated Rex Tillerson, the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, who is close to the Russian leadership, as secretary of state. Trump in his statement Tuesday morning emphasized Tillerson’s executive skills. “Guiding operations around the world that include more than 200 offices, Mr. Tillerson knows how to manage a…

  • Trump aide: Moving embassy to Jerusalem is a priority

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump said moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is a major priority. “That is a very big priority for this president-elect, Donald Trump,” Kellyanne Conway told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt during his radio show Monday, according to Politico. “It is something that our friend in Israel,…

  • Peres family to light heirloom menorah at Obama’s last Hanukkah party

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Members of Shimon Peres’ family will light candles at President Barack Obama’s final Hanukkah party using a family heirloom menorah. Chemi Peres, the late Israeli president’s son, and Mika Almog, his granddaughter, will light the candles at the party Wednesday evening, more than a week before the start of the holiday, according…

  • Netanyahu says he will pitch Trump at least 5 ways to undo the Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he would present to President-elect Donald Trump multiple options to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal. “There are ways, various ways of undoing it,” Netanyahu said in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” broadcast Sunday. “I have about five things in my mind.” He said he…

  • Congress authorizes anti-missile programs for Israel worth $600 million

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Missile defense programs for Israel worth $600 million are included in a defense policy act approved by Congress. The Senate approved the $619 billion National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, a week after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill. It awaits President Barack Obama’s signature. The bill approves joint U.S.-Israeli…

  • Ohio Senate approves anti-BDS bill

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Ohio Senate approved a bill targeting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, all but assuring it will become law. The bill passed Thursday by a vote of 26-5 and now awaits Gov. John Kasich’s signature. The state’s House of Representatives passed the measure last month. The legislation prohibits the…

  • Trump set to name top Jewish Goldman Sachs official to economic post

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump reportedly is set to name a top Goldman Sachs official to coordinate his administration’s economic policy, his latest of several picks from a company he consistently attacked during his campaign. NBC reported Friday that Trump would name Gary Cohn, the financial firm’s president and CEO, as the head of…

  • The 4 eras of John Glenn

    John Glenn, the pioneer astronaut and former U.S. senator from Ohio, is gone. He was of our parents’ era. For those of us of a certain age, Glenn was the first recognizable American hero. He was the first American to orbit the earth, and his re-entry was hair-raising. He returned, modest, unassuming, the only astronaut…

  • Billionaire philanthropist Paul Singer, one-time Trump opponent, attends Trump fundraiser

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Paul Singer, the hedge fund billionaire, Republican fundraiser and major pro-Israel giver, attended a fundraising breakfast for President-elect Donald Trump after leading an effort during the primaries to keep him from the presidency. Singer attended the breakfast Wednesday at Cipriani, a New York City restaurant, CNBC reported. During the primaries, Singer helped…