MK Bar-Lev: Sunni countries took cue from Trump on Qatar split

The decision by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar is especially significant for Israel, MK (Knesset Member) Omer Bar-Lev of the Zionist Union, said Monday.

Bar-Lev said the move by the five Arab countries reflected the emergence of  a Sunni...
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How Michael Bloomberg is defying Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords

NEW YORK (JTA) — Following the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, Michael Bloomberg is coordinating a group of American governors, mayors, universities and businesses that remain committed to fulfilling the United States’ obligations under the deal.

The media mogul and former New York City mayor also pledged...
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Jewish groups lambaste Trump’s pullout from climate accords

(JTA) — President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, earning statements of dismay from critics, including Jewish groups who regard the pullout as a diplomatic and environmental disaster.

Speaking Thursday at ceremony in the White House...
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Trump wants to sell lots of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Why are Israel (and its friends) keeping quiet?


WASHINGTON (JTA) – The year was 1981 and the director of AIPAC was calling for a “showdown” with the Reagan administration, saying “This country is being held hostage to the whims of the Saudis.”

At issue was the sale to Saudi Arabia of AWACS, aircraft with radar-enabled...
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Among Lithuania’s Jews, a fight for communal control takes a nasty ethnic turn


(JTA) — Dan Sofer and his wife considered it a great honor when they became the first couple since the Holocaust to be wed in Lithuania by a chief rabbi of that country.

Sofer, a Ukraine-born businessman from Israel, said his wedding in 2004 was a chance...
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Israel’s defense minister: Israel tweaked intel sharing after Trump revelations to Russians

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s defense minister said Israel made changes to how it shares intelligence with the United States in the wake of President Donald Trump’s revelation of highly classified information to Russian officials.

Avigdor Liberman told Army Radio on Wednesday that the change would not affect the close intelligence-sharing...
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22 killed in suspected terror attack at Ariana Grande concert in England

(JTA) – At least 22 people were killed in a suspected terrorist attack during a concert in northern England by the American pop star Ariana Grande.

Grande was not hurt in the explosion Monday night at the 21,000-seat Manchester Arena, which Prime Minister Theresa May said was likely a terrorist...
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Rabbi reportedly lets Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner fly with president on Shabbat

(JTA) — President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have received rabbinic approval to fly with him on Shabbat to the Middle East and Europe, Politico reported.

A White House official said the couple, who are Orthodox Jews, have received a rabbinical dispensation to join the president...
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Norway’s largest trade union calls for blanket boycott of Israel

(JTA) — Norway’s largest trade union reaffirmed its support for boycotts of Israel.

The assembly of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions on Friday called for a total boycott of Israel in a nonbonding resolution.

The confederation, known locally as LO, represents over 900,000 unionized workers in the country –...
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Brussels rabbi implores EU official to defend ritual slaughter in Belgium

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The chief rabbi of Brussels urged Frans Timmermans, a senior EU official, to intervene to prevent Belgium’s largest region from banning ritual slaughter of animals.

Rabbi Albert Guigui made the plea publicly in the presence of Timmermans, the First Vice President of the European Commission, during a...
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