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  • Four times John McCain went maverick with his Jewish friends

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — war hero, presidential candidate, force of nature — has brain cancer, his family said Wednesday night, and he is garnering well-wishes from across the spectrum. More than a few are from Jews: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called McCain “A hero. A fighter. A friend.” Godspeed, @SenJohnMcCain….

  • Trump administration urges calm on Temple Mount

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration called on Israel and Jordan to work together to restore calm at the Temple Mount, saying it was “very concerned” about tensions at the Jerusalem holy site following the terrorist shooting there that killed two Israeli police officers. “The United States is very concerned about tensions surrounding the Temple…

  • Jake Tapper and Linda Sarsour mixed it up on Twitter. And it wasn’t about Jews. Or was it?

    Jake Tapper, the CNN anchor, uses Twitter as a platform to joke, kibbitz with friends and colleagues, and, as he does on his show, “The Lead,” to call out deviations from what he sees as basic American values like tolerance and free speech. One of his best-known encounters of the latter kind came last year,…

  • Christian Zionists still uncertain about Trump — but know they’re glad Obama is out

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Barack Obama is gone and the relief among the Christian Zionists and their Jewish friends who peopled certain corners of Washington, D.C., this week was palpable. Gary Bauer, the veteran evangelical activist, laid it out at the opening session of Christians United for Israel’s annual conference on Monday. A year ago, “from…

  • Trump administration slaps Iran with new sanctions after recertifying nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hours after recertifying the Iran nuclear deal President Donald Trump decried as a candidate, his administration slapped new sanctions on the country’s ballistic missile program. “The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security and prosperity,” Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman,…

  • Trump administration will continue to consult with Israel on Syria cease-fire

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration shares a goal with Israel of keeping Iran out of southern Syria, a spokesman said, and will continue consulting with Israel about a Syrian cease-fire that Israel’s government is vigorously opposing. “There’s a shared interest that we have with Israel, making sure that Iran does not gain a foothold,…

  • Trump administration recertifies Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration again recertified the Iran nuclear deal and pledged to strengthen its enforcement. The decision to recertify the deal Monday followed delays caused by President Donald Trump, who said during campaigning for the presidency that the agreement reached in 2015 by the Obama administration was the worst he had ever…

  • Schumer on Senate floor calls anti-Zionism a form of anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Charles Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor that anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism. Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader in the Senate and currently the highest-ranking Jewish lawmaker, added his remarks on anti-Zionism to a speech he was giving on health care. At the end of that speech,…

  • Christian pro-Israel group lobbies to cut funding to Palestinians

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Christians United for Israel activists will lobby for a congressional bill that cuts nearly all U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority until it stops payments to the families of Palestinians jailed for or killed in attacks on Israelis. The pro-Israel group, meeting this week in Washington, D.C., for its 12th conference, on…

  • Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s lawyer, apologizes for threatening emails

    (JTA) — Establishing a connection with a fellow Jew usually doesn’t demand an apology. But calling that fellow Jew a “bitch” and declaring threateningly and obscenely that “I know where you live” apparently does, especially if you are President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. Marc Kasowitz said Thursday that he would apologize for a series of…