Turkey recalls ambassadors to US and Israel amid Gaza violence

(JTA) — Turkey recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Israel after at least 50 Palestinian protesters were reportedly killed at the Gaza border.

South Africa also recalled its envoy to Israel earlier on Monday, Agence France-Presse reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of “genocide” over the killings in...
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Here’s 3 reasons from supporters of Trump’s decision


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump may have expected fanfares when he announced the U.S. would be leaving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and certainly Israel, Saudi Arabia, a number of Jewish groups and some foreign policy hawks exulted.

But some of that support was tempered by Republicans...
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Iran threatens to start ‘industrial scale’ uranium enrichment if nuclear deal fails

(JTA) — Iran threatened to start nuclear enrichment on an “industrial scale” following the United States’ decision to exit a deal offering Tehran international sanctions relief.

In a statement Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Zarif said Iran would attempt to save the nuclear deal through negotiations with the...
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Why these Latin American countries support moving their embassies to Jerusalem


(JTA) — President Donald Trump’s decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew wide international criticism, with 128 countries including the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada voting in favor of a United Nations resolution condemning it.

But several countries saw Trump’s decision in a different light: as an example...
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Bahraini official supports Israel’s right to defend itself

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Bahraini foreign minister said Israel had a right to defend itself from Iran.

The message on Twitter Thursday, a day after Israel once again struck targets in Syria believed to house Iranian materiel and personnel, was unusual for an Arab leader in its blunt defense of...
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Israeli airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria kill 23, watchdog group says

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli airstrike on Iranian military installations in Syria left 23 people dead, according to a watchdog group.

Five of those killed are reported to be Syrian soldiers, and the other 18 from forces allied with it, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which...
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Iran’s options now that Trump has pulled the US out of the nuclear deal


WASHINGTON (JTA) — An inflection point in American policy towards Iran came this Tuesday afternoon, when President Trump announced he will re-impose nuclear sanctions on Iran and effectively withdraw the U.S.from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal. Having done so, the administration should anticipate the range of...
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Netanyahu praises US withdrawal from Iran deal as ‘correct, intelligent and courageous’


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, calling it “correct, intelligent and courageous.”

Trump’s announcement Tuesday that the United States would effectively withdraw from the deal, which curbed Iran’s nuclear program in exchange...
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Trump pulls US out of Iran nuclear agreement; reimposes sanctions

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump said he would not waive sanctions on Iran by a deadline Saturday, effectively pulling out of the Iran deal.

President Donald Trump announcing his decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House, May 8, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty...
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ADL reports estimates there were 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets in 2017


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League estimated that there were 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets out of the trillions posted on Twitter over a yearlong period.

In a report released Monday and timed with its annual Washington conference, the civil rights group’s Center on Extremism said its experts...
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