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UN secretary-general calls for Palestinian state in statement marking 50th anniversary of Six-Day War

NEW YORK (JTA) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticized Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and called for the establishment of a Palestinian state in a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War.

The statement, issued Monday, said the war “resulted in Israel’s occupation of the...
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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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Trump wants to sell lots of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Why are Israel (and its friends) keeping quiet?

By RON KAMPEAS

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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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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Israel Police, Islamic Waqf guards clash on Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel Police officers, guards from the Islamic Waqf and Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount clashed at the holy site.

On Wednesday, police detained at least 15 young Jewish activists who bowed down in prayer at the site. Jews are prohibited from praying and worshipping at the...
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Liberman: Abbas is an Illegitimate Leader

By ANDREW FRIEDMAN

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman praised the new US administration following President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel, but said that the president’s praise for Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen, who is known by others a Mahmoud Abbas, as a peace partner was not accurate.

“I don’t believe Abu...
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Short on time, Yad Vashem packing emotion into Trump visit with story of one young victim

By ANDREW TOBIN

JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Donald Trump will spend just 30 minutes at Yad Vashem on the second and last day of his visit to Israel, but the leadership of the Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem plans to use the brief time to deliver a powerful message.

Rather than bombarding Trump...
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Trump: Netanyahu may join me at the Western Wall

(JTA) — President Donald Trump said he has not ruled out inviting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join him when he visits Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

“We have not yet made a final decision about my visit to the Western Wall,” Trump, who arrived in Israel today. Trump was interviewed by...
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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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Israeli-American teen accused of making threats attempted suicide 5 times

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The attorney for the Israeli-American Jewish teenager accused of making threats against Jewish community centers in the United States said his client has attempted suicide five times in the past two weeks.

The 19-year-old from Ashkelon, in southern Israel, is in the psychiatric ward of an Israeli prison after...
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