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Will the US recognize a State of Palestine? The Biden-Netanyahu gap deepens over plans for Gaza’s future.


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Earlier this week, 99 out of the 120 members of the Knesset voted against unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.

The rare moment of near-consensus in Israel’s fractious parliament was meant as a rebuke of American efforts toward Palestinian statehood. Last week, reports emerged that the Biden administration was planning a renewed push for a two-state solution, perhaps going as far as unilaterally recognizing...

Theater charity Broadway Cares funds Gaza aid. After fielding complaints, it will support relief for Israelis, too.


(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — The philanthropic organization Broadway Cares said it would allocate funds to Israeli civilians in need after a New York rabbi filed a complaint against the theater charity for contributing to Gaza relief efforts.

In a statement to the New York Jewish Week, the nonprofit also acknowledged that it had “created confusion among our valued supporters.” The group vowed to provide...

Biden: Must be ‘temporary ceasefire’ before Rafah operation


( – U.S. President Joe Biden demanded a temporary ceasefire to secure the release of hostages in Gaza, claiming that the deal “has to” go through before Israel launches a military operation in the southern city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking at a quickly scheduled press conference on Friday about the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Biden was asked if Israel provided...

Republican opposition to Israel aid is the latest headache for the pro-Israel community


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Since Oct. 7, a growing number of Democrats have called for a ceasefire in Gaza, harshly criticized Israel or refused to send it more money. 

But increasingly over the past few weeks, when both chambers of Congress sit down to vote, it is a faction of Republicans, allied with Donald Trump, who have impeded additional foreign aid to Israel. In control of the House...

IDF rescues 2 hostages as it steps up operations in Rafah


(JTA) — The Israeli military has rescued two hostages in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, the second such rescue since Hamas took hundreds of Israelis captive on Oct. 7.

The overnight rescue operation, which was announced in the early hours of Monday morning, Israel time, comes as the Israel Defense Forces are shifting their focus to Rafah, a city on the border ere are currently more...

Eden Golan to represent Israel in Eurovision 2024 amid calls for Israel’s ban from song competition


(JTA) — Empty chairs representing the Israeli hostages held in Gaza lit up the stage of Israel’s “Rising Star” song competition show Tuesday night as 20-year-old Eden Golan, wearing a yellow ribbon pin, sang Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” — an emotional grand finale for the country’s auditions to the Eurovision Song Contest, which were postponed by several months due to the war.


Curacao or Bust: An Israeli destination bat mitzvah goes Caribbean

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

(WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO) – When the Hamas terrorist attacks occurred in Israel on October 7 and war immediately broke out, the plans of hundreds of b’nai mitzvah students worldwide intent on traveling to Israel to celebrate their major life cycle events were suddenly and unexpectedly put on hold or canceled.

Like other bat mitzvah candidates of her own age, Gabriella “Gabi” Kittrie, 13, had...

Biden sanctions 4 Israeli settlers for alleged violence against Palestinians and Israeli peace activists


WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden ordered strict sanctions on four Israeli West Bank settlers for alleged violence against Palestinians and Israeli peace activists.

Biden’s executive order Thursday represented an escalation of the diplomacy and pressure he has exerted on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to rein in extremists. A White House statement framed the action as a parallel to the multiple sanctions Biden has levied against...

TikTok’s pro-Israel investors face conundrum as platform is blamed for fueling antisemitism


(JTA) — Last year, as fighting swirled over the Israeli government’s efforts to reshape the country’s judiciary, Israeli and American critics turned their attention to Arthur Dantchik, a Jewish billionaire who bankrolled a think tank behind the proposed reforms.

After facing protests outside his Philadelphia-area home, Dantchik gave in. He announced that he would stop donating to the Kohelet Policy Forum, saying that Israel had become “dangerously fragmented”...

IDF kills 3 terrorists in Jenin hospital, thwarting imminent attacks


( – Israeli forces overnight Monday eliminated three members of a Hamas terror cell in the Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin in the West Bank area Israel calls Samaria. The cell was planning imminent terror attacks inspired by Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Israeli media reported the undercover operation took only 10 minutes, with forces entering the hospital dressed as doctors, nurses and...