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  • Trump and Netanyahu to meet at U.N.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is one of six world leaders who will have bilateral meetings with President Donald Trump next week at the United Nations General Assembly. Trump will meet between Sept. 24-26 with Netanyahu, a White House schedule released Thursday said, as well as with the leaders of five other…

  • South Carolina congressman jokes about Abraham Lincoln groping Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A South Carolina congressman made a joke about Abraham Lincoln groping Ruth Bader Ginsburg, mocking the controversy over a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her 36 years ago. “I thought I was going to be late. Did you all hear the latest late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh…

  • Netanyahu calls Putin to blame Syria for downing of Russian plane

    (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told President Vladimir Putin of Russia that Syria was squarely to blame for the downing of a Russian military plane, and said he hoped Israeli-Russian military coordination would continue. Netanyahu’s statement describing his phone call Tuesday with Putin — issued just before the start of Yom Kippur…

  • These 2 billionaires love Israel but hate Trump, the president who has been closest to its government

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Buried deep in the latest Jewish Public Policy Institute report on the Israel-Diaspora relationship: President Donald Trump wants more credit for his pro-Israel policies. “Israel and U.S. Jewish organizations should sharpen their awareness of a trend of growing frustration within the Trump administration that the president’s pro-Israel moves (especially the transfer of…

  • How an encounter between Jews and Palestinians underlines the promise and failures of Oslo

    (JTA) — The wall separating Bethlehem from Israel-controlled territory is silent and noisy at once, like the breakdown in conversation between Israelis and Palestinians that helped kill the Oslo peace accords. It was only this year — in June, almost 25 years since the launch of the accords that were supposed to reconcile the sides…

  • Paul Manafort wanted ‘Obama jews’ to help his Ukraine lobbying campaign

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, solicited a senior Israeli official in a bid to get then-President Barack Obama to ease pressure on his clients, the Russia-allied leaders of Ukraine. The revelation Friday, which also included a plan to turn Obama’s Jewish supporters on the president, came Friday…

  • Julia Salazar, candidate whose Jewish identity was questioned, wins in NY primary

    (JTA) — Julia Salazar, whose revised claims to Jewish identity raised questions and challenges in the media, won her race for a New York State Senate seat in Thursday’s Democratic primary. The democratic socialist defeated 16-year incumbent Martin Malavé Dilan by 59-41 percent in a local but closely watched contest. Salazar’s biography came under close scrutiny…

  • How a Herman Wouk novel shaped the debate over removing an unfit president

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — It’s hard to follow the news these last weeks without running into a reference to the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides for the removal from office of a president unfit to serve. Questions about Donald Trump’s capacity to govern arise in “Fear,” Bob Woodward’s chronicle of the Trump presidency…

  • Joe Lieberman lauds John McCain’s accommodation of Jewish observance, love of Jerusalem

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In his eulogy for his close friend John McCain, Joe Lieberman recalled McCain’s accommodation of Lieberman’s Jewish observance, and his love of Jerusalem. Lieberman, the former senator from Connecticut, recalled traveling around the world with McCain, the Arizona Republican senator who died last week, together with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; the three…

  • Sheldon Adelson-backed pro-Israel campus initiative doubling to 80 campuses

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Maccabee Task Force, the initiative funded by billionaire philanthropist Sheldon Adelson targeting the campus BDS movement, will double its presence to 80 campuses and for the first time will operate in Canada. In place since 2016, the task force works with pro-Israel students on programs countering activities of the Boycott, Divestment…