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  • Christian Zionists still uncertain about Trump — but know they’re glad Obama is out

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Barack Obama is gone and the relief among the Christian Zionists and their Jewish friends who peopled certain corners of Washington, D.C., this week was palpable. Gary Bauer, the veteran evangelical activist, laid it out at the opening session of Christians United for Israel’s annual conference on Monday. A year ago, “from…

  • Trump administration slaps Iran with new sanctions after recertifying nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hours after recertifying the Iran nuclear deal President Donald Trump decried as a candidate, his administration slapped new sanctions on the country’s ballistic missile program. “The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security and prosperity,” Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman,…

  • Trump administration will continue to consult with Israel on Syria cease-fire

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration shares a goal with Israel of keeping Iran out of southern Syria, a spokesman said, and will continue consulting with Israel about a Syrian cease-fire that Israel’s government is vigorously opposing. “There’s a shared interest that we have with Israel, making sure that Iran does not gain a foothold,…

  • Trump administration recertifies Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration again recertified the Iran nuclear deal and pledged to strengthen its enforcement. The decision to recertify the deal Monday followed delays caused by President Donald Trump, who said during campaigning for the presidency that the agreement reached in 2015 by the Obama administration was the worst he had ever…

  • Schumer on Senate floor calls anti-Zionism a form of anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Charles Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor that anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism. Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader in the Senate and currently the highest-ranking Jewish lawmaker, added his remarks on anti-Zionism to a speech he was giving on health care. At the end of that speech,…

  • Christian pro-Israel group lobbies to cut funding to Palestinians

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Christians United for Israel activists will lobby for a congressional bill that cuts nearly all U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority until it stops payments to the families of Palestinians jailed for or killed in attacks on Israelis. The pro-Israel group, meeting this week in Washington, D.C., for its 12th conference, on…

  • Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s lawyer, apologizes for threatening emails

    (JTA) — Establishing a connection with a fellow Jew usually doesn’t demand an apology. But calling that fellow Jew a “bitch” and declaring threateningly and obscenely that “I know where you live” apparently does, especially if you are President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. Marc Kasowitz said Thursday that he would apologize for a series of…

  • Middle East Quartet, in first Trump-era statement, expresses concerns about Gaza

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The first meeting of the coordinating body that oversees Middle East peace since President Donald Trump took office expressed its concerns over the “worsening humanitarian situation” in the Gaza Strip. The Middle East Quartet, which represents the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union, met Thursday in Jerusalem to…

  • Alan Gross, after spending 5 years in a Cuban prison, is starting over in Israel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Alan Gross contacted me a couple of months ago over Facebook Messenger. There was something he thought I should know. I was pleasantly surprised. I’d only exchanged pleasantries with Gross in the several times I’d seen him since his release from a Cuban prison in December 2014, ending five years of imprisonment…

  • Trump’s lack of State Department appointments can hurt Israel, experts say

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Carmel Shama HaCohen, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, is second to none in his admiration for the Trump administration’s United Nations envoy, Nikki Haley. In fact, he’d like to clone her. Shama HaCohen appreciated Haley’s efforts in trying to head off last week’s vote by UNESCO’s Heritage Committee naming Hebron’s Old City an…