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  • US and Israeli defense chiefs talk Iran, ISIS at London meeting

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Liberman, and discussed Iran, a signal that the Obama administration was moving past Liberman’s likening of the Iran nuclear deal to the Munich pact. “The secretary and minister discussed regional security challenges in the Middle East including the ISIL threat, Iran,…

  • Three Jewish things to know about Elan Kriegel, Hillary Clinton’s numbers cruncher

    Politico ran a profile Thursday of Elan Kriegel, Hillary Clinton’s analytics person, and portrayed him as something of a hidden hand, a genius lurking behind curtains. Kriegel crunches the numbers over how much the campaign spends on voter outreach, and when and where. He earned his chops on Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, and is among…

  • Meet the Holocaust survivor who organized the generals’ endorsement of Trump

    Maj. Gen. (ret.) Sidney Shachnow, who helped initiate the letter released this week by the Trump campaign from 88 military leaders endorsing the Republican nominee, says Trump “has the temperament to be commander-in-chief.” Shachnow knows from temperament, although not perhaps of the Trumpian variety: As a child, he and his family survived the Holocaust in Lithuania,…

  • Donald Trump says Israel will be destroyed unless he is elected

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump said if he is not elected president, the Iran nuclear deal will destroy Israel. Last year’s deal, which trades sanctions relief for a nuclear rollback, “is going to destroy Israel — unless I get elected,” Trump told Cleveland-area labor leaders on Monday, according to The Columbus Dispatch. “Then Israel will…

  • Trump, Clinton talk tough on Iran following controversial report

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump and Clinton campaigns issued tough-on-Iran statements in the wake of a report alleging that negotiators allowed Iran secret loopholes in the nuclear agreement. The Institute for Science and International Affairs, a think tank founded by a former United Nations nuclear weapons inspector, David Albright, said in a report released this…

  • Mel Gibson confirms new project on Jesus’ resurrection

    (JTA) — Mel Gibson confirmed that he is making a movie about the resurrection of Jesus, recalling that he had the “tar kicked out of” him for his movie about the last days of the Christian messiah, “The Passion of the Christ.” “That’s a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because…

  • Bernie Sanders’ new movement endorses candidates with a range of Israel views

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Florida state senator caught up in a boycott-Israel controversy. A Wisconsin state representative who combated anti-Israel bias on his campus. The diversity of Israel-related outlooks among the 63 candidates endorsed by Our Revolution underscores the eclecticism of the left-leaning movement launched last week by Bernie Sanders. The endorsed candidates represent an…

  • Donald Trump Jr. retweets psychologist who believes Jews manipulate society

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump Jr. retweeted an attack on Hillary Clinton by Kevin MacDonald, a psychologist notorious for his theories of Jewish manipulation and control. The Aug. 29 tweet itself had nothing to do with Jews or the theories that have made MacDonald popular among Holocaust deniers. In it, MacDonald referred to Clinton’s interactions as…

  • Gallup: Jews favor Clinton over Trump, 52-23 percent

      WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish voters favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump 52 to 23 percent, according to poll tracking by Gallup. The only religious group showing stronger favorability ratings for the Democratic nominee in data collected from July 1-Aug. 28 is Muslims, who favor Clinton over Trump 64 to 9 percent, according to the…

  • Obama administration ‘concerned’ about Iran’s deployment of anti-aircraft missiles

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration expressed “concern” over the deployment of powerful anti-aircraft missiles near an Iranian enrichment facility ostensibly shuttered under the Iran nuclear deal, but said it did not violate embargoes. Iran over the weekend announced the deployment of the Russian-made S-300 missiles around the Fordow facility. “We’re concerned about the provision…