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  • OneVoice NGO did not use US funds in bid to topple Netanyahu, Senate inquiry finds

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The NGO OneVoice did not use U.S. funds in its campaign to unseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a Senate inquiry found, and the State Department did not violate policies by funding the group. However, the report issued Tuesday suggested the State Department did not adequately assess the risks of funding OneVoice,…

  • Trump says Ginsburg’s mind is ‘shot,’ calls on her to resign from Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump called for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to resign, saying her “mind is shot” after she called him a “faker.” “Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me,” Trump said in a tweet posted late Tuesday night. “Her mind…

  • Republican convention will be short on Jews, long on mystery

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – They’re elusive, but show up in the right place at the right time — and you might find one! No, we’re not talking about the latest iteration of Pokémon Go. This is about tracking prominent Jewish GOPers and Jewish organizational representatives attending the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland. They’ll be barely…

  • Republicans’ platform excludes ‘2-state’ language

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Party’s Platform Committee unanimously agreed to language on Israel that omits references to a two-state solution — a change that came with little resistance from AIPAC. The committee meeting Tuesday in Cleveland voted on the language approved Monday by its national security subcommittee. A voice vote carried only “ayes” and…

  • Turkey, Egypt, eastern Africa: How ‘hard-liner’ Netanyahu pulled off a diplomacy trifecta

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – The conventional wisdom has it that earning the sobriquet “the most right-wing government in Israeli history” does not lead to diplomatic successes. In recent weeks, on the Turkish, Egyptian and African fronts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is proving the conventional wisdom wrong. How is it that the head of a government beating…

  • Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump blasts him for ‘selling out’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and said he would work with her to keep Donald Trump from being elected. “I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton …” Sanders said Tuesday at a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, before…

  • Rabbi decries removal of polling site status from Florida mosque

    (JTA) — A South Florida rabbi spoke up for a mosque that was delisted as a polling station. Palm Beach County removed the Islamic Center of Boca Raton as a polling site after receiving complaints from voters, WPTV reported Monday. That didn’t sit well with Rabbi Barry Silver of Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor in neighboring Boynton…

  • Republicans’ platform reportedly may exclude ‘two-state’ language

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republicans reportedly are considering removing from their party platform language calling for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The concept has long been a pillar of both Democratic and Republican policy in the region, and a stated policy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The U.S. seeks to assist in the…

  • Jewish DNC staffer, 27, killed near his home

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A young Jewish staffer for the Democratic National Committee was shot dead in an apparent robbery near his home in Washington, D.C. Seth Conrad Rich, 27, was shot early Sunday morning in the Bloomingdale neighborhood, near the Capitol, about a block from his home. Police in announcing the killing did not ascribe…

  • US Jewish leaders briefed after Islamic State ‘kill list’ includes Jewish names

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials briefed Jewish leaders on the inclusion of American Jews on an Islamic State “kill list.” Some 200 Jewish leaders joined the conference call on Friday organized by the Secure Community Network, the security arm of the national Jewish community, in the wake of the July 3 release of…