Israel’s defense minister proclaims peace closer than ever

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel is “far closer” to an agreement with the Palestinians than it has ever been before.

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 TV station Thursday, Liberman expressed confidence that an offer of normalized relations with Arab states would bring the...
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Israeli support for gay marriage is at an all-time high

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Ahead of Tel Aviv Pride, 79 percent of Israelis Jews told pollsters they support allowing same-sex marriage or civil unions for gay couples.

According to Hiddush, the religious pluralism group that commissioned the poll released Thursday, public support for allowing gay couples to marry in Israel...
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Publication of pro-terrorist ad in The Forward raises eyebrows in Jewish media world


( — The decision by the Jewish weekly newspaper The Forward to publish a paid advertisement supporting imprisoned Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti is being questioned by some editors of other American Jewish newspapers.

The full-page ad appeared in The Forward’s June 2 edition. It was sponsored by...
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Abbas reportedly ready to suspend settlement freeze demand to restart peace talks

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is willing to suspend his demand that Israel freeze West Bank settlement construction as a condition for restarting peace talks, a top adviser said.

Abbas is also willing to mute his campaign to single Israel out for condemnation at the United Nations...
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Montana congressman donates $50,000 to protect journalists after assaulting reporter

(JTA) — Republican congressman-elect Greg Gianforte of Montana has apologized for body slamming a Jewish reporter for The Guardian, a London-based newspaper, on the eve of a special election.

Gianforte late on Wednesday also announced a $50,000 donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

“My physical response to your legitimate...
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Arab countries are turning on Qatar. What does it mean for Israel?

By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) – Five Arab nations cut ties with Qatar on Monday, escalating a long-simmering competition for preeminence in the region into actions that could set the stage for war.

Saudi Arabia, which is leading the charge, has cut off Qatar’s only land crossing – and what...
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50th anniversary of Jerusalem reunification celebrated at Capitol, Knesset


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, together with the speaker of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a simultaneous celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

The event Wednesday, organized by Israeli Ambassador to...
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In Jerusalem, Nikki Haley calls UN a ‘bully,’ says Kotel visit will change her life

(JTA) — Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, called the U.N. a “bully” against Israel, during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu thanked the envoy for “standing up for Israel” in the U.N.

“You know, that’s all I’ve done, is tell the...
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Kapparot can continue in NY, appeals court rules

(JTA) — The pre-Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot can continue in New York, a New York appeals court found.

The Appellate Division First Department in Manhattan on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision that declined to block the pre-Yom Kippur slaughter of chickens in 2015, when the Alliance to End...
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Ship named for Gabby Giffords to be commissioned next week

(JTA) — A United States Navy warship named for Gabby Giffords will be put to sea next week. The ship will be officially named Gabrielle Giffords in honor of the Arizona Democratic congresswoman who survived a 2011 gunshot wound to the head. It will be the first Navy ship named...
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