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  • Israel’s traffic cops have a friend in Sheriff David Clarke

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County is no stranger to controversy — take, for example, the time in 2015 when he likened former President Barack Obama to Hitler. But could he arbitrate an Israeli fender-bender? A medal he sports on his uniform appears to make that case. Clarke’s latest headline-grabbing move was…

  • Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting charge

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Former congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty to a charge related to the sexting scandal that played a major role in last year’s presidential election. Weiner appeared in a federal courtroom in Manhattan on Friday and plead guilty to ”transferring obscene material to a minor.” He has yet to be sentenced, and could…

  • House passes bill that would enhance reporting on European anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill that would add greater detail to State Department reporting on anti-Semitism in Europe. The Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017 passed Wednesday requires the State Department to report to Congress on security challenges to European Jewish communities and to the police forces where…

  • The pro-Israel right is starting to feel unease with Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Zionist Organization of America launched two broadsides against a Trump administration it has ardently defended, signaling a growing unease on the pro-Israel right with the president’s Israel policies. The ZOA, the flagship for the conservative pro-Israel community, slammed President Donald Trump for retreating from a campaign pledge to move the U.S….

  • Trump waives nuclear sanctions, keeping deal with Iran in place

    The Trump administration added sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile testing.

  • Trump won’t move US Embassy to Jerusalem for now, senior official says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Trump administration reportedly will not be moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv for now. An unnamed senior administration official on Wednesday told Bloomberg News that it would be “unwise to do it at this time” as President Donald Trump is getting ready to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks to move the…

  • Ronald Lauder vs. Sheldon Adelson: Which Jewish billionaire has Trump’s ear on Israel?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Bill Clinton consulted with folks who came up with him in Arkansas, George W. Bush preferred Texan veterans of his family’s hard-fought political battles and Barack Obama had his Chicago peeps. Who does the first billionaire president go to when he wants real-deal advice? Other billionaires, naturally. Much has been made of…

  • Trump to visit Western Wall without Israeli leaders

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump will visit the Western Wall unaccompanied by Israeli leaders in order to emphasize the overarching message of his overseas tour: unifying the three Abrahamic religions against the common threat of terrorism. “No Israeli leaders will join President Trump at the Western Wall,” H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, said…

  • What Trump told the Russians, and why allies like Israel are worried

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — As of Tuesday morning, thanks to the unfiltered confessional that is Twitter, we now know this: President Donald Trump shared information with Russia about “terrorism and flight safety,” as he put it. Trump was responding, after about 12 hours, to a Washington Post report that he shared highly classified information with the…

  • White House: Trump ‘open’ to working with Iran to end Syria war

    The White House also said that Assad’s depravity had been enabled “with seemingly unconditional support from Russia and Iran.”