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  • Poll: Israelis much more confident in Obama than Palestinians

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israelis by a 4-to-1 margin are more confident than Palestinians in how President Obama handles his foreign policy, a poll found. The Pew Research Center poll released Thursday found that 61 percent of Israelis “express confidence in the American president to do the right thing regarding world affairs,” as opposed to 15… More ▸

  • Kerry, meeting Livni, sounds optimistic note on peace

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with top Israeli peace negotiators and suggested they were closer to reviving talks with the Palestinians. “This is a continuation of a number of conversations that we’ve been having,” Kerry said Wednesday at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to Rome, where he was meeting… More ▸

  • Israel’s envoy to Jordan summoned over alleged Jerusalem violations

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Jordan summoned Israel’s ambassador to its Foreign Ministry over concerns about alleged restrictions on Muslim worship on the Temple Mount. Daniel Nevo was summoned Wednesday over the alleged restrictions, as well as alleged Israeli desecration of holy sites in Jerusalem. The interview came after the Jordanian parliament voted unanimously on Wednesday to call on… More ▸

  • Assad: Syrian army can handle terrorist Israel

    (JTA) – Syria’s army is ready to deal with Israel, Syrian President Bashar Assad told an Iranian official on Syrian state television. “The Syrian people and its army, who have made important achievements by fighting terrorist and Takfiri groups, are capable of confronting Israel’s ventures that represent one of the many faces of terrorism targeting Syria… More ▸

  • Police question Jerusalem grand mufti over Temple Mount disturbance

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The grand mufti of Jerusalem was detained by Israel Police following an incident between Palestinians and Jews at the Temple Mount. Sheikh Mohammad Hussein was questioned Wednesday and released hours later in connection with Tuesday’s public disturbance in which Muslim worshipers threw rocks and chairs at Jews visiting the site, where the Al-Aksa… More ▸

  • State Dept. urges ‘freedom of worship’ after Easter charges against Israel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Obama administration said “freedom of worship is a core human right” in response to reports that Israel hindered the access of Palestinian Christians to holy sites on Easter Sunday. The State Department, in response to a reporter’s question about reports that Israel had kept Palestinian Christians from reaching Jerusalem on Sunday, the… More ▸

  • Ashton Kutcher heads to Israel

    Next week Israel will welcome its first big-name American visitor since Barack Obama, who was there in March. Okay, so this time it’s the star of “Two And A Half Men” and not the ruler of the free world, but still. Ashton Kutcher = pretty exciting stuff. The Kabbalah-practicing actor will bring along another attractive… More ▸

  • U.S. official talking ‘blood diamonds’ with Israel

    A top U.S. official is traveling to Israel to discuss trade with a focus on conflict diamonds. Jose Fernandez, the assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, arrived in Israel on Monday for a two-day visit, the State Department said in a statement. More ▸

  • Billions of locusts hatched in southern Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Billions of newly hatched locusts are spreading throughout Israel’s South. The young locusts identified in the Negev Desert area are the offspring of locust swarms that entered Israel from Egypt in March. They are unable to fly and are not yet big enough to cause crop damage, according to reports. Once the young… More ▸