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  • Trump’s Israel envoy pick David Friedman: ‘No excuse’ for past rhetoric on liberal Jews

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — David Friedman at the launch of U.S. Senate hearings to confirm him as ambassador to Israel said there was “no excuse” for his past rhetoric targeting liberal Jews. In his opening remarks, Friedman said his attacks were “partisan rhetoric” during a heated presidential election campaign. Friedman is Trump’s longtime lawyer and was a…

  • Trump and Netanyahu: The mixed messages of a diplomatic lovefest

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – One state. Flexibility. Two states. Hold back on settlements. Stop Iran. When President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: What a press conference! But wait. In the Age of Trump, every post-event analysis requires a double take. Not so much “did he mean what he said?” – he appears to mean…

  • Netanyahu: Trump administration now ‘understands’ Jewish meaning of Holocaust

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was his impression that President Donald Trump’s administration now understands that the meaning of the Holocaust was the attempt to eradicate the Jews. Netanyahu said he did not bring up the White House’s controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement in his meeting Wednesday with Trump, but…

  • White House: Two-state outcome not necessary in peace talks

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — On the eve of a summit between President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a senior White House official said a two-state solution was not a necessary outcome of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. “A two-state solution that doesn’t bring peace is not a goal that anybody wants to…

  • In reviewing ‘Hobby Lobby’ opinion, Jews see reasons to diverge over Neil Gorsuch

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, handed down a decision that would make history a year later when it was upheld by the Supreme Court: Closely held corporations have the same religious freedom rights as individuals. The majority decision in the case…

  • 14 Jewish Democrats co-sponsor bill requiring Stephen Bannon’s ouster from NSC

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — At least 14 Jewish Democrats are among the sponsors of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would force President Donald Trump to remove Stephen Bannon from the National Security Council. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee and one of the co-sponsors, on Monday…

  • Letters from rabbis, Holocaust survivors decry Trump Israel envoy pick David Friedman

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Letters to the Senate from hundreds of rabbis, dozens of Holocaust survivors and 29 Holocaust scholars say the use of the term “kapo” by President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, should be a factor in considering his confirmation. An array of liberal Jewish groups organized three separate letters this week…

  • Michael Flynn, key Iran player, resigns just as Netanyahu arrives in Washington

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Michael Flynn, the national security adviser who emerged as a key player in President Donald Trump’s Iran strategy, resigned just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived for his first White House summit with Trump. Flynn quit late Monday after acknowledging that he had misled other administration officials, including Vice President Mike…

  • Senate confirms Steve Mnuchin for Treasury, David Shulkin for VA posts

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary and David Shulkin as secretary of Veterans Affairs. Mnuchin was confirmed Monday evening, 53-47, along party lines, with Joe Manchin of West Virginia the only Democrat to vote in his favor. He was sworn in the same evening by Vice President Mike Pence,…

  • When Netanyahu slept at the Kushners’ house — and other media tales of Trump’s Jewish confidantes

    (JTA) — Jared Kushner once lent Benjamin Netanyahu his bed. That’s a juicy takeaway from Jodi Kantor’s deep dive into the first son-in-law and his relationship with Israel published over the weekend in The New York Times. Netanyahu has long been a friend of the Kushners, and particularly Jared’s dad, Charles Kushner, a major donor…