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  • Guidelines on funding faith groups applied 6 years after proposal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Six years after a White House religious advisory panel grappled with how the government should fund faith groups, its recommendations are being implemented. The Orthodox Union on March 31 praised the Obama administration for issuing regulations based on recommendations made in 2010 by its Faith-Based Advisory Council, which included three leaders of…

  • Obama blames Iranian behavior for lack of business interest

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama rebuked the Iranian regime for inhibiting investment through its rogue behavior. Obama at a news conference Friday ending last week’s nuclear summit addressed reports that his administration would ease sanctions that keep Iran from engaging in dollar transactions in order to bring about benefits to Iran’s economy in exchange…

  • Donald Trump’s campaign denies he scolded his Jewish son-in-law over Israel visit

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump’s campaign denied a report that he reprimanded his Jewish son-in-law after a planned visit to Israel fell through because of the candidate’s controversial comments on Muslims. New York magazine, in a profile of the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nod, reported Sunday that Trump was upset with…

  • Caught between White House and its critics, Sen. Ben Cardin pledges to renew Iran sanctions

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – The top Democrat handling foreign relations in the Senate says he will endeavor to get Congress to reauthorize Iran sanctions before year’s end, a key goal of pro-Israel activists. “There’s general agreement we have to extend the sanctions against Iran, and we need to do it before they expire at the end…

  • Erdogan meets with Jewish leaders, seeks avenues to cooperation

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Jewish leaders here reportedly to smooth ties as Turkey and Israel seek to reconcile. Jewish groups in attendance included the Anti-Defamation League, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, B’nai B’rith International, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Conference of Presidents of Major…

  • Netanyahu to Kerry: Declare Israel doesn’t commit extrajudicial killings

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked John Kerry to publicly state that Israel does not carry out extrajudicial killings, after a group of U.S. lawmakers asked the secretary of state to investigate such claims. Meanwhile, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the lead lawmaker making the request, rebuked Netanyahu for his initial response…

  • Major drop in rejections leaves Israel near US visa waiver threshold

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The rate of U.S. visa refusal for Israelis dropped substantially last year, nearing the threshold that would allow Israel into the U.S. visa waiver program. The drop was revealed Wednesday in a release by Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., who has advocated for allowing Israel into the visa waiver program, which allows nationals…

  • Netanyahu: Congressional Dems’ human rights query should go to Palestinians

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said a call by 11 Democrats in the U.S. Congress to investigate alleged human rights abuses by his nation’s military should instead be directed at Palestinian inciters. “Israel’s soldiers and police officers defend themselves and innocent civilians with the highest moral standards against bloodthirsty terrorists who…

  • Bill Clinton brings Hillary’s message to NY meeting of leading rabbis

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Former President Bill Clinton met with over 20 leading rabbis in the New York area to discuss his wife Hillary’s presidential campaign. The meeting Tuesday in Midtown Manhattan was off the record and lasted for two hours, twice the amount of scheduled time. Participants would not discuss the content. Rabbi Joseph Potasnik,…

  • Donald Trump: A nuclear Saudi Arabia may be inevitable

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said nuclear proliferation, including in Saudi Arabia, may be inevitable. Speaking Tuesday on CNN, Trump said he opposed nuclear weapons proliferation, but it may be inevitable, in part because of the nuclear deal reached last year between Iran and six major powers led by the United States….