June 17, 2019

Ron Kampeas, JTA

The Trump administration is encouraging the Palestinian Authority to assume control of the Gaza Strip and leaving the door open for a role by Hamas.
Ben Cardin, one of a handful of Senate Democrats who opposed the Iran nuclear deal, urged the Trump administration not to pull out of it.
Ambassadors to Washington for America’s four European partners in the Iran nuclear deal said they opposed reopening the pact to negotiation.
The number of times President Donald Trump mentioned Iran or its derivatives in his U.N. speech? Twelve, and each time to emphasize its threat.
If President Donald Trump does not formally renounce white supremacists, is it still worth engaging in a conversation with him?
American Jews overwhelmingly disapprove of President Trump in just about every area, scoring him lower than his predecessor even on topics like Israel.
Our email inboxes were stuffed last week with statements from Jewish organizations urging continued protection for Dreamers.
The ADL expressed concern that a witness at a congressional hearing on a controversial gun bill wrote a book arguing that gun control ...
"Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others)," Trump said.
There are apologies, there are non-apologies and there are apologies that never were. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are approaching.
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, in a comprehensive speech laid out a possible case for the United States to leave the Iran deal.
Trump in a statement said his hand was also forced by plans by attorneys general from conservative states to sue to kill DACA.
Kushner, who Trump has charged with brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, arrived Wednesday in Israel for his third visit to the region.
Sen. Paul Ryan said Donald Trump “messed up” in his Charlottesville comments but dismissed a bid by Democrats to censure the president.
Stephen Bannon, whose advice to President Donald Trump was that “darkness is good,” was thrust out into the light of the sunshiny day.
The Palestinian Authority expects the Trump admin to commit to a peace deal endgame before the end of August and prefers it would be the two-state solution.
Here in Charlottesville, the hatred was present and real and would before the day ended apparently kill someone. Only one side was visibly gripped by hate.
Michael Signer, the Jewish mayor of Charlottesville, has noted that for the first time in his life, he has been the target of intense baiting as a Jew.
A car traveling at a high speed plowed through a crowd during protests against a white supremacist gathering, killing one person and injuring at least five.
H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, removed from the National Security Council Ezra Cohen-Watnick.
Campaigning last year for the presidency, Donald Trump said the Iran nuclear agreement was the “worst deal” he had ever seen.
Did Anthony Scaramucci, sent packing from the White House on Monday, set a record for the shortest stint as communications director?
Jake Tapper, the CNN anchor, uses Twitter as a platform to joke, kibbitz with friends and colleagues, and, as he does on his show.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. has brain cancer, his family said Wednesday night, and he is garnering well-wishes from across the spectrum.
Alan Gross contacted me a couple of months ago over Facebook Messenger. There was something he thought I should know.
The Trump administration’s failure to replace her is part of a broader slowdown in naming top State Department positions.
The bromance between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of India and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel played out like a young adult summer novel.
The U.S. State Department’s office to monitor and combat anti-Semitism will be unstaffed as of July 1.
Sons exist, if a reporter probes, but campaigning for the Democrat Jon Ossoff in the tight 6th District special House election is a mother-daughter thing.
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