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  • Reform movement joins health advocacy groups in urging rejection of Obamacare repeal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Reform movement joined an array of health advocacy groups in urging the U.S. Senate to reject a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the signature Obama presidency health care reform legislation. “Every U.S. Senator should vote no on health care repeal,” said the full-page ad appearing Monday in The New York…

  • Israel agrees to remove metal detectors at Temple Mount

    (JTA) — Israel will remove metal detectors from entrances to the Temple Mount after days of rioting by Palestinians furious at the installation of the devices in the wake of a deadly terrorist attack. “The Security Cabinet accepted the recommendation of all of the security bodies to incorporate security measures based on advanced technologies (‘smart…

  • Netanyahu does ‘not have a plan for peace,’ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does “not have a plan for peace,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., also calling for a U.S. “call for action” to Israel. “I am concerned that Prime Minister Netanyahu does not have a plan for peace, and doesn’t have a vision for peace,” Gillibrand said Saturday at…

  • ZOA calls on Rex Tillerson to quit over State Department saying Palestinian terrorism stems from ‘lack of hope’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Zionist Organization of America called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to resign over the State Department terrorism report that the ZOA called “bigoted, biased, anti-Semitic, Israel-hating (and) error-ridden.” “This Tillerson State Department Report blames Israel for Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks on innocent Jews and Americans, ignores and whitewashes the Palestinian…

  • Jared Kushner says Russia charges ‘ridicule’ Trump voters

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a rare public statement, Jared Kushner insisted he did not collude with Russia and said the query into suspicions of a relationship between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign “ridiculed” Trump voters. “Let me very clear, I did not collude with Russia, nor did I know of anyone else in…

  • Jared Kushner answers some Russia questions, but misses these big ones

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top aide, is appearing Monday in a closed meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee to describe meetings he had during the presidential campaign, and the transition and their ties, if any, to a probe of Russian influence in the 2016 elections. On Monday, Kushner released…

  • Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s envoy, heads to Israel to help reduce Temple Mount tensions

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s special envoy for international relations, is headed to Israel in a bid to help reduce tensions as Jerusalem’s Temple Mount remains a flashpoint and after a Palestinian terrorist killed three Israelis from the same family in a West Bank stabbing attack. “President Trump and his administration are…

  • B’nai B’rith slams State Dept. for saying ‘lack of hope’ drives terrorism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — B’nai B’rith International faulted the Trump administration for adopting the “Palestinian narrative” in the State Department’s annual report on terrorism. In the report released this week, the State Department listed as “continued drivers of violence” a “lack of hope in achieving Palestinian statehood, Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, settler violence…

  • Senators Cardin and Portman write to ACLU to defend anti-BDS bill

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — An anti-BDS bill with strong bipartisan backing would not infringe on First Amendment protections, its sponsors said in a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union, which opposes the proposal. “We cannot state this strongly enough: the bill does not ‘punish U.S. persons based solely on expressed political beliefs,’” says the letter…

  • Jewish Ohio Senate candidate condemns ADL, backs figures on ‘alt-lite’ list

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Josh Mandel, the Ohio treasurer who is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. senator, expressed solidarity with figures listed by the Anti-Defamation League as having a “hateful impact” on the political scene. “Sad to see @ADL_National become a partisan witchhunt group targeting people for political beliefs,” Mandel said Thursday on Twitter….