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  • John Kasich to Orthodox Jews: Abraham, not Moses, the star of the Torah

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — John Kasich bantered with haredi Orthodox Jews about which biblical figure was most significant and other lessons from the Jewish Bible. On Tuesday, the Ohio governor and one of three Republicans left vying for the party’s presidential nomination toured a Jewish book store in Borough Park, a Brooklyn neighborhood, Jewish Insider reported….

  • John Kasich: NATO could play a role in transmitting Judeo-Christian values

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Making NATO a policing organization would play a role in transmitting what John Kasich has described as Judeo-Christian values, the Republican presidential candidate said. “With Europe, I said that NATO needed to be transformed into a policing and intelligence organization,” Kasich, the governor of Ohio, said in an extensive interview with the…

  • Ivanka Trump: Dad was ‘very supportive’ of my Jewish conversion

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ivanka Trump said her father, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, was fully supportive of her conversion to Judaism. “My father was very supportive,” she said at a CNN town hall meeting featuring the presidential candidate and his family broadcast Tuesday evening. “He knows me. He knows and he trusts my judgment. When…

  • Navy to name destroyer for Carl Levin, former dean of Jewish senators

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Navy is naming a destroyer for Carl Levin, the dean of Jewish senators prior to his retirement and once the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “It is a great honor to name this ship in recognition of such a dedicated public servant,” Ray Mabus, the secretary of the Navy,…

  • Hillary Clinton: Differences with Israel would be dealt with in private

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary Clinton said that as president, she would handle disagreements with Israel “in a respectfully and preferably private way” — a rare dig at how President Barack Obama handled the relationship. “I think any disputes or disagreements should be handled in a respectfully and preferably private way, so we don’t give any…

  • Joe Biden to address J Street on heels of AIPAC address

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vice President Joe Biden will address J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group announced Monday. The April 18 event comes a month after Biden, the Obama administration senior figure closest to the pro-Israel community, addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a prominent Israel lobbying group often at odds with…

  • Fearing Trump, Republican Jews give Cruz another look

    LAS VEGAS (JTA) – Ted Cruz came here to woo Republican Jews over the weekend, and in the absence of his opponents for the GOP presidential nomination came away with qualified support based not on who he is but who he is not — Donald Trump. Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich skipped the spring meeting of the Republican…

  • AIPAC opposes further sanctions relief for Iran

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee opposes further sanctions relief for Iran, citing its ballistic missile tests and its continued backing for sides fighting in the region. “If Iran wants additional sanctions relief, it must first change its behavior,” the prominent Israel lobby said in an April 7 statement, which was accompanied…

  • Lawyers who named Alan Dershowitz in sex case say it was a ‘mistake’

    (JTA) — Lawyers who named Alan Dershowitz in a filing naming men alleged to have had sex with underage girls now say it was a mistake. The joint statement Friday by Dershowitz, Bradley Edwards and Paul Cassell say the sides have dropped dueling lawsuits arising from the case. “Edwards and Cassell acknowledge that it was…

  • Senate bill eases path to claims on art stolen by Nazis

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Claimants seeking the return of Nazi-looted artworks would have more time under a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate. The measure introduced last week would reset the statute of limitations, making it six years from the date that the art in question is identified and located, and from when the claimant has…