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  • AIPAC thanks Congress for including Israel assistance in spending bill

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee thanked Congress for including defense assistance for Israel in its omnibus spending bill. The bill includes $3.1 billion in defense assistance, $600 million in missile defense cooperation programs and $42 million for joint U.S.-Israel ventures in tracking and destroying tunnels, a method of terrorizing Israel that…

  • Top government officials brief Jewish security professionals

    There were presentations on best practices for dealing with a bomb threat, and trends in domestic terrorism.

  • Trump will visit Israel on first overseas trip

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump said his first overseas trip as president would be to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Vatican — a triad that signals his plan to join the three Abrahamic faiths in the fight against terrorism. Trump’s announcement and how his aides framed it to reporters sought to allay concerns stoked…

  • Bernie Sanders just defended Israel on Al Jazeera. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – In an appearance on Al Jazeera, Bernie Sanders defended Israel’s right to exist, rejected BDS as a tactic and assailed the United Nations for singling out the country for condemnation. The Vermont senator’s interview Wednesday on the Qatar-based network, known for its often hypercritical coverage of Israel, was consistent with a style…

  • Trump, Abbas link renewed peace talks to countering Islamic State

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would help bring about the defeat of the Islamic State terrorist group. “I know President Abbas has spoken out against ISIS” and other terrorist groups, Trump said Wednesday at a White House ceremony welcoming Abbas, using one of…

  • James Comey, under fire for presidential election tangles, cites JCC bombing case as an FBI success

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Under fire for election-related controversies, FBI Director James Comey cited a successful outcome in the JCC bomb threats case as an example of why the agency’s work remains vital. “Children frightened, old people frightened, terrifying threats of bombs at Jewish institutions, especially the Jewish community centers — the entire FBI surged in…

  • Trump’s ‘disruptive’ approach good for Israel, US national security adviser says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an Israel Independence Day message, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said President Donald Trump’s disruptive approach to governing coupled with the rise of the Islamic State presented new opportunities for regional peace. Trump “is a results-oriented businessman who feels an intense responsibility to succeed for his investors, in this case…

  • Abbas’ meeting with Trump may be his chance to shine. Does he have what it takes?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump wants a deal with Israel and the Palestinians. The Israeli and Palestinian leaders say they want Trump to make the deal. What could go wrong? For all the good cheer guaranteed when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets Wednesday with Trump at the White House, it’s a question that’s…

  • White House: No personnel announcement on Sebastian Gorka

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration has no announcement regarding the job of Sebastian Gorka, a counterterrorism adviser under fire from some Jewish groups and lawmakers for his ties to far-right Hungarian groups. “There’s no personnel announcement at the time,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Monday at the daily briefing. “I have no…

  • Reform movement conference focuses on ‘new vulnerability’ under Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Reform movement leader described a “new sense of vulnerability” in the United States at the movement’s biennial Consultation on Conscience. “We hear the demonization of immigrants, we the descendants of immigrants, we see refugees turned away at our borders, we witness our fellow citizens unjustly denied the right to vote, we…