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  • Hollande: After deadly Nice attack, all of France living under the threat of Islamist terrorism

    (JTA) — Speaking after a mass killing on Bastille Day in the coastal city of Nice, French President François Hollande said all of France is living under the threat of Islamic terrorism. “After Paris in January 2015 and then St. Denis in November last year, and now Nice, in its turn, is touched, it is…

  • Trump postpones VP pick, citing Nice attack

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump postponed the announcement of his pick for vice president, citing the deadly mass killing in France, but also acknowledging indecision over the prospects. “In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow’s news conference concerning my Vice Presidential announcement,” Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, said Thursday…

  • Pence leads the pack of pro-Israel picks for Trump’s VP

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Mike Pence, a pro-Israel stalwart, had only one hurdle to clear when he addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition a year or so ago. Matthew Brooks, the RJC’s executive director, said there were a “lot of questions” at the group’s springtime event about a law the Indiana governor had signed recently allowing businesses…

  • Donald Trump praises Republican Party platform as most pro-Israel ever

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump praised the Republican Party platform as “the most pro-Israel of all time!” — a signal to pro-Israel Republicans that he embraces their outlook. Trump’s tweet Wednesday appeared to be aimed at assuaging doubts among pro-Israel Republicans that the party’s presumptive presidential nominee will hew to its pro-Israel trajectory of recent…

  • Trump made $250K pledge to Friends of the IDF, someone else paid

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Someone else paid Donald Trump’s pledged contribution of $250,000 to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, according to the Washington Post. The Post reported Thursday that Trump promised the group a donation in 2007. FIDF spokesman Ryan Greiss told the newspaper that someone else made good on the pledge. Greiss would…

  • What was Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinking in criticizing Donald Trump?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — What was RBG thinking? U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg launched a broadside against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over the the last week, calling him unfit for office. She subsequently said she regretted her comments, but not before voices on the right and left criticized her for seeming to compromise the high…

  • Trump reportedly set to name Mike Pence, a pro-Israel stalwart, as VP choice

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump reportedly is set to name as his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, whose congressional career was marked by his leadership on pro-Israel issues. The New York Times first reported the pick on Thursday, quoting anonymous campaign officials. However, the newspaper cautioned that the selection was not yet a certainty…

  • Ginsburg ‘regrets’ her attacks on Donald Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she regrets her public attacks on Donald Trump. “On reflection, my recent remarks and response to press inquiries were ill advised and I regret making them,” she said in a comment delivered by the court on Thursday. “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public…

  • Ivanka Trump’s rabbi among Republican convention speakers

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Speakers at the Republican National Convention are scheduled to include the rabbi who converted Donald Trump’s daughter to Judaism and the pastor who said Bernie Sanders needed to embrace Jesus. On Thursday, the Republican National Convention released a list of speakers as notable for who is absent as it is for the…

  • Possible Clinton VP choice, an ex-NATO chief, slammed Iran deal and has close Israel ties

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A former NATO commander being considered as a running mate for Hillary Clinton has called for a formal U.S.-Israel defense treaty and was sharply critical of the Iran nuclear deal. James Stavridis, a retired four-star admiral, is being vetted by Clinton’s campaign to join the former secretary of state as she accepts…