Deeply divided Senate confirms David Friedman as envoy to Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate confirmed David Friedman, a confidante of President Donald Trump who outraged some Jewish groups with his broadsides against liberal Jews, as ambassador to Israel.

The 52-46 vote on Thursday afternoon hewed mostly to party lines. Only two Democrats — Sens. Robert Menendez of New...
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Netanyahu praises China upon completing state visit there

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked the Great Wall of China at the end of a state visit to China.

During the visit, which ended Wednesday, the University of Haifa signed an agreement with the Hangzhou Wahaha Group, a Chinese conglomerate, and the Institute of Automation at...
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Palestinian terrorist who killed American teen gets 4 life sentences

( — Palestinian terrorist Mohammed Abdel Basset al-Kharoub, who was convicted of murdering American teen Ezra Schwartz in November 2015, received four life sentences from Israel’s Ofer military court.

Schwartz, 18,  a Massachusetts native, was studying in Israel for his gap year before his planned attendance of Rutgers University. He was...
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Report: Lawmaker plans database of Israeli citizens supporting BDS

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s public security minister plans to set up a database of Israeli citizens involved in supporting boycotts against Israel or West Bank settlements.

Gilad Erdan, the minister of public security and strategic affairs, whose office is responsible for coordinating Israel’s response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...
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Co-founder of BDS movement arrested in Israel for tax evasion

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel was arrested in Israel for tax evasion.

Omar Barghouti, a Qatari-born Palestinian who lives in northern Israel with his Israeli-Arab wife, was arrested Monday and questioned before being released a few hours later on bail, the...
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Why Netanyahu is threatening to dissolve the government over a TV station


TEL AVIV (JTA) – What is “Bibi” up to?

That was the question many in Israel were asking Sunday morning after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly threatened to bring down his own government to cancel reforms to state media. According to Hebrew reports, Netanyahu told ministers on Saturday...
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Israeli planes strike in Syria, intercept anti-aircraft fire

(JTA) — Israel’s military carried out aerial strikes in Syria and intercepted missiles launched at its aircraft from the ground, the Israel Defense Forces  said in an unusual statement.

No Israelis were hurt during the strikes Thursday night or from the anti-aircraft fire, according to a statement by the IDF...
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Arab-Israeli lawmaker who smuggled phones into jail to serve 2 years

(JTA) — An Arab-Israeli lawmaker who smuggled cellphones to Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons will resign and serve two years in jail as part of a plea bargain.

The deal involving Basel Ghattas of the Balad party, which is part of the Arab Joint List, was worked out and agreed...
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Netanyahu reiterates vow on new settlement for Amona evacuees ahead of 2nd Greenblatt meeting

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hours before meeting with a Trump envoy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured residents of the evacuated Amona outpost that he would honor his commitment to build them a new community.

Netanyahu was scheduled to meet Thursday, for the second time this week, with Jason Greenblatt, President...
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Bibi blames Sara for gifts


(TPS) — Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has changed his version of his statements to the police relating to the investigation into the gifts he and his family received from tycoons Arnon Milchan and James Packer. He now claims he “didn’t know” that his wife Sarah received hundreds...
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