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Heads of Hamas in Gaza recruited West Bank terrorists for large-scale attacks in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Security Agency said it uncovered attempts by the heads of Hamas in Gaza to establish a terror cell in the West Bank that would carry out “severe terrorist attacks” in Israel.

Hamas in Gaza recruited Hamas members in the West Bank, trained them in how...
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Trump says Israel would be ‘in big trouble’ without Saudi Arabia

(JTA) — President Donald Trump said that Israel would be “in big trouble” without Saudi Arabia, expanding on previous statements in which he linked the interests of both U.S. allies.

Trump revisited the issue Thursday during a Thanksgiving Day telephone call with members of the military from his home at...
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Children overturn headstones in Jewish cemetery in southwestern Poland

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Three children overturned 15 gravestones at the Jewish cemetery in Opole, in southwestern Poland.

Two 13-year-old boys and a 12-year-old girl told authorities that they did not know what kind of place it is and did not know its history.

Krzysztof Bielawski, founder of a website about Jewish...
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Shift or strategy: US votes ‘no’ on UN resolution censuring Israel on Golan Heights

BY SEAN SAVAGE

 – The United States for the first time voted against an annual U.N. resolution condemning Israeli control over the Golan Heights at the world body. The decision by the United States to change its stance on the resolution, after previously voting for years to abstain, may be...
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British promoter of Israel boycott arrested following apparently drunken rant on plane

(JTA) — A British activist promoting boycotts against Israel was filmed threatening similar action against Air India unless flight attendants serve her wine on a flight that ended with her arrest.

Simone O’Broin, 50, appeared inebriated when she went on a tirade aboard an Air India flight from Mumbai to London...
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Pompeo: Iranian economy will ‘crumble’ under newly-imposed sanctions

(JNS.org) — The Iranian economy will “crumble” under the newly reimposed U.S. sanctions that were lifted under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that America withdrew from in May, said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday.

“The Iranian regime has a choice: It can either do a 180-degree turn...
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In Europe, synagogues are protected like fortresses. It took decades to get there.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ 

BRUSSELS (JTA) — Will security at American Jewish institutions now mirror that of Europe, with its police protection, armed guards, panic rooms and sterile zones at synagogues?

It’s a possibility that is being debated more seriously than ever before following the Tree of Life Congregation shooting Saturday in Pittsburgh...
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Muslim groups raise over $115,000 for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims and families

(JTA) — A crowdfunding campaign by two Muslim groups has raised more than $115,000 for the victims the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, both the injured and the families of those killed.

The campaign on LaunchGood, a Muslim-focused crowdfunding site, surpassed two fundraising goals in under 24 hours, passing both the $25,000 and $50,000...
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Netanyahu makes first visit by Israeli prime minister to Oman since 1996

(JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu made the first visit to Oman by an Israeli prime minister since 1996.

Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, along with Mossad head Yossi Cohen and others, visited the Gulf state earlier this week and returned Friday, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. The trip to Oman,...
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Jared Kushner and Steve Mnuchin walk a fine line on the Saudi crown prince

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two of President Donald Trump’s top advisers, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, got caught up in the sensitivities of U.S.-Saudi relations this week, and it didn’t go well.

In each case, the grisly killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi became an issue...
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