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  • Jewish lawmakers inititate letter to Trump demanding Bannon’s removal from NSC

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two Jewish members of the U.S. House of Representatives spearheaded a letter by 50 House Democrats to President Donald Trump demanding the removal of Stephen Bannon from the National Security Council. The letter sent Friday and initiated by Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., decries the removal of the chairman…

  • Is Trump reversing course on settlements and Iran?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Israeli settlements are no big problem. Wait — maybe they are, after all. The Iran deal is trash. No, the deal is here to stay, despite being “weak.” On Thursday, the White House pronounced on Israel’s announced settlement expansion that it “may not help” peace, and it put Iran “on notice” for…

  • Stephen Bannon, in film treatment, described US Jews as unwitting ‘enablers’ of jihad

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a treatment describing a documentary on a purported Muslim plan to take over America, Stephen Bannon, now President Donald Trump’s top strategic adviser, described the “American Jewish community” as among unwitting “enablers” of jihad. Bannon, a former banker who transitioned into a career as an ultranationalist propagandist, culminating in his becoming…

  • Trump says settlement expansion ‘may not help’ peace

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Settlement expansion “may not be helpful” in achieving peace, the Trump administration said in its first pronouncement on an issue that has confounded U.S.-Israel relations for decades. The White House announcement Thursday evening comes a week after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced major settlement building initiatives in the West Bank and…

  • Report: Trump ready to add sanctions on Iran because of missile testing

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump reportedly is ready to add sanctions on Iranian entities to penalize Iran for its ballistic missile testing. Reuters, quoting “sources familiar with the matter,” reported Thursday that Trump would take care not to violate the Iran nuclear deal reached by the Obama administration trading sanctions relief for Iran’s nuclear…

  • Republicans on Senate committee present report comparing Israeli, US-Mexico barriers

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican majority on the Senate Homeland Security Committee published a report favorably comparing Israel’s security barriers with the existing fence on the U.S.-Mexico border. “Securing Israel: Lessons Learned From A Nation Under Constant Threat Of Attack” was posted Wednesday on the website of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and includes reportage…

  • Muslim, Jewish leaders raise Trump entry ban in congressional meetings

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Muslim and Jewish leaders shared concerns with lawmakers in Congress about President Donald Trump’s recent orders banning entry to refugees. The lobbying day Wednesday for the Muslim Jewish Advisory Council was planned before November’s election and was meant to focus on expanding hate crimes laws in the United States. But it was…

  • Trump, at prayer breakfast, vows to stop ISIS, ‘destroy’ religious politicking ban

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Painting a dark picture of a world at war with ISIS, President Donald Trump called on other nations to join the United States in confronting the threat “viciously” and said it underpinned his recent controversial bans on entry to the U.S. “We have seen unimaginable violence taken out in the name of religion, acts…

  • Congress proposes highest US civilian honor for Anwar Sadat

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate would honor Anwar Sadat posthumously with the Congressional Gold Medal for leading Egypt to peace with Israel. The medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress, would be conferred in 2018, the centenary of the late Egyptian president’s birth. “President Sadat was the first Arab leader…

  • Texas governor calls for laws blocking anti-Israel boycotts

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called in his budget for passing laws cutting off businesses from Texas pension plans that adhere to Israel boycotts and broadening laws banning state investments in Iran. “While Texas pension plans have the goal of maximizing returns to protect the financial future of our state’s retirees, this mission…