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  • Ex-Israeli FM Tzipi Livni decries British summons on war crimes allegations

    (JTA) — British police asked Tzipi Livni to appear for an interview regarding war crimes allegations while she was Israeli foreign minister in 2008-09. Livni, who was headed to London for a conference convened by the Haaretz newspaper, declined the voluntary summons on Thursday before leaving Israel, the newspaper reported Sunday. Israeli officials took the…

  • Rocket fire hits Sderot kindergarten building

    (JTA) — Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip hit a building in Sderot that reportedly is a kindergarten. The building was empty at the time of Friday’s attack, The Associated Press reported. In response, Israeli airstrikes hit components of Hamas’ infrastructure in Gaza, the army said in a statement Saturday. No one was injured in the…

  • Democrats’ platform recognizes Palestinian aspirations, rejects ‘occupation’ language

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Democrats altered their platform to reflect Palestinian aspirations but rejected language calling for Israel to end its occupation of the West Bank and settlement activity. According to an Associated Press report emailed to reporters late Saturday by the Bernie Sanders campaign, the platform calls for a two-state solution but does not frame…

  • Jewish man who sought Libertarian presidential nomination found dead

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Marc Allan Feldman, a candidate for the Libertarian presidential nomination who pitched his candidacy citing Jewish lore, was found dead in a hotel. Feldman, a Cleveland Clinic doctor, was found in a Cleveland-area motel on Wednesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. He was 56. Coroners have yet to list a cause. The…

  • Bernie Sanders says he will vote for Hillary Clinton

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders said he would vote for Hillary Clinton in November, but that he was not ready to endorse her. Sanders, the Independent Vermont senator, told CNN and MSNBC on Friday morning that his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination would get his vote. “In all likelihood, it will go to Hillary…

  • Iran deal advocate was on payroll of Boeing, which profited from deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A paid consultant for Boeing advocated for the Iran nuclear deal without revealing his ties to the aircraft maker and its vested interest in the deal’s success. Thomas Pickering, a former ambassador to Israel, was one of the most persistent advocates for the sanctions relief for nuclear rollback deal, testifying before Congress and…

  • A reflective Bernie Sanders, acknowledging Clinton as nominee, talks Trump, Larry David and what moved him to tears

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Acknowledging for the first time that he will not be the Democratic presidential nominee, Bernie Sanders said he was not yet ready to endorse Hillary Clinton. In an expansive interview aired Wednesday on C-Span, Sanders said he hoped to speak at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia next month, but did not yet…

  • Clinton, Sanders Democratic platform drafters find common ground on Israel, Palestinians

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two delegates to the Democratic Party’s platform drafting committee — one appointed by Hillary Clinton and the other by Bernie Sanders — said the platform must reflect the hardships faced both by Israelis and Palestinians. “Israelis today live in fear of acts of terror that can turn peaceful marketplaces and neighborhoods into…

  • Ex-envoy Michael Oren to Netanyahu: Don’t agree to US defense assistance offer

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, reportedly is counseling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to conclude an agreement with the Obama administration to expand and extend defense assistance to Israel. According to the Jerusalem Post, the U.S.-born Oren, a Knesset member with the centrist Kulanu party, opposes the agreement…

  • Marco Rubio decides to run for reelection, citing intention to kill Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Marco Rubio cited his intention to kill the Iran nuclear deal in his decision to run for reelection to the Senate. The Florida Republican, first elected in 2010, opted out of running to keep his seat when he announced his candidacy last year for the Republican presidential nomination. He was driven…