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President-elect Macron and his French Jewish supporters may be on a collision course

PARIS (JTA) — French Jews may have voted en masse for Emmanuel Macron in the final round of France’s presidential elections, but that doesn’t make him their dream president.

Like many other supporters of the 39-year-old former investment banker, who on Sunday became the youngest French president in recent history, Jews...
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Jewish leaders pay tribute to Prince Phillip on his retirement

(JTA) — Jewish leaders in Great Britain paid tribute to Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who announced that he will retire from public engagements after August.

Buckingham Palace announced Thursday that the 95-year-old Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had the “full support of the Queen” in stepping...
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Trump removes tweet saying it was ‘honor’ to host Abbas

(JTA) — President Donald Trump deleted a tweet in which he said it was an “an honor” to host Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House a day after the two leaders met.

The tweet, which also included video from the two leaders’ meeting, was gone on Thursday,...
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Netanyahu cancels meeting with German foreign minister

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a meeting with Germany’s foreign minister after demanding he scrap a scheduled meeting with representatives of a left-wing Israeli organization.

Netanyahu said he would cancel his meeting scheduled for Tuesday with Sigmar Gabriel, who arrived in Israel on Monday, if he...
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Marine Le Pen: Ban halal and all ritual slaughter

(JTA) – Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, said she would ban halal slaughter of animals if she is elected, along with any other method of ritual slaughter without stunning.

Le Pen, who finished second with 21.5 percent of the vote in the first round...
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Ivanka Trump visits Berlin Holocaust memorial

(JTA) — Ivanka Trump visited a Holocaust memorial in Berlin hours after she was booed at the G20 women’s summit in the German capital for defending her father’s record on advocacy for women’s rights.

Trump visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Europe late Tuesday afternoon, walking through the...
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French Jewish leader: Our country’s democracy is in ‘real danger’

(JTA) — There is a “real danger” that France’s democracy will be destroyed by its next president, the leader of the country’s federation of Jewish communities warned ahead of the elections.

Francis Kalifat, the president of the CRIF Jewish umbrella group, sounded the alarm during an interview Friday with the...
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Trump says Iran ‘not living up to the spirit’ of nuclear deal

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Iran is not living up to the “spirit” of the nuclear deal, President Donald Trump said, the latest in a flurry of mixed messages on the deal his administration has relayed in recent days.

“As far as Iran is concerned, I think they are...
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French Jews are worried about Le Pen; now another presidential candidate scares them, too

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Even before the communist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon emerged as a serious contender for the presidency in France, the elections were shaping up to be a fateful moment for the country’s 500,000 Jews.

Many of them are deeply worried about the rise in the polls of...
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Trump administration certifies Iran compliant with nuclear deal

(JTA) — The Trump administration certified that Iran is in compliance with the deal it signed with world powers to rein in its nuclear program.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., certifying the compliance with the 2015 deal, which...
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