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Blinken: US will judge Israeli government on its policies, not its politicians

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Biden administration will base its relationship to Israel’s incoming government on the actions it takes, not the people installed in positions of power, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a speech Sunday.

Blinken’s speech, to the conference of the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group J Street, was notable because it offered the first official response to deepening questions about how...

Netanyahu on Trump’s dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes: ‘He shouldn’t do that’

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu, the incoming Israeli prime minister who has said that Donald Trump was Israel’s best-ever friend in the White House, said the former president’s dinner a week ago with two antisemites was a “mistake.”

‘I think that that’s what I would say about President Trump’s decision to dine with this person I think is wrong and misplaced,” Netanyahu said in an interview with...

Second fatality from Jerusalem bus stop bombings laid to rest

– Tadasa Tashume Ben Ma’ada, who died on Saturday of wounds sustained in the twin terror bombings in Jerusalem, was laid to rest at the city’s Har HaMenuchot Cemetery on Sunday.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of the 50-year-old father of six, who made aliyah from Ethiopia 21 years ago.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion revealed that he had met Ben Ma’ada the night before the attacks at the launch...

Israeli coalition deal gives far right’s Itamar Ben-Gvir control over the police, including in the West Bank

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — Itamar Ben-Gvir, the right-wing Israeli politician called a “pyromaniac” by his critics because of his penchant for inflaming his country’s deep tensions, will head Israel’s police forces, under the terms of a deal inked with Benjamin Netanyahu early Friday.

The deal would expand the ministry of internal security, the old name of the cabinet position in charge of the police, into the ministry of national...

Shin Bet arrests Gaza resident in connection with bus bombing plot

 The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced on Thursday that it had foiled a bus-bombing plot.

The would-be bomber, a Gazan with a work permit in Israel, had intended to detonate an explosive device aboard a bus in southern Israel, according to the Shin Bet.

The suspect, identified by the intelligence agency as Fathi Ziad Zakut, 31, of Rafah, was charged on Thursday with severe security offenses.

According to...

Netanyahu to Republican Jews: My controversial 2015 speech in Congress led to Abraham Accords

By RON KAMPEAS

LAS VEGAS (JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of a Republican invitation to speak to Congress in 2015 to decry the Obama administration’s Iran policy notoriously helped bring about a rupture between the once and future Israeli prime minister and Democrats.

Now Netanyahu says the decision helped cement secret ties with Arab countries that led five years later to the Abraham Accords, the 2020 agreements brokered by the...

Palestinian assailant kills 3 Israelis in the West Bank before being shot dead

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — A Palestinian assailant killed three Israelis in an extended attack before being shot dead in the northern West bank settlement of Ariel on Tuesday.

The attack comes after a period of relative calm following a wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks in the spring, which spurred a series of Israeli raids in the northern West Bank that have fueled tensions.

The 20-minute spree began when the...

Fake AIPAC’s endorsement of apartheid goes viral and top Jewish exec departs as Twitter turmoil mounts

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — For a short time Thursday night, Twitter users could see a post that would confuse anyone plugged in to the world of Israel advocacy.

“We ❤️ apartheid,” tweeted an account with the handle AIPAC, the acronym for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The account’s profile picture was the same red-and-blue Jewish star that the organization has long used on the social media platform.

The...

Biden congratulates Netanyahu on his win — and is told to expect more normalization deals

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden called Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on being reelected Israeli prime minister. Netanyahu said the two would work to expand the Abraham Accords.

“President Biden called me to congratulate me on my elections victory and said the U.S.-Israel alliance is as resilient as ever,’ Netanyahu said Monday in Hebrew on Twitter. “I thanked President Biden for our close personal friendship of...

Decisive victory: Netanyahu’s bloc secures 64 mandates

– With more than 4.7 million votes officially counted, or 99.87% of the total ballots cast in Israel’s election on Tuesday, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-religious bloc has emerged victorious.

According to the results the Central Elections Committee (CEC) announced on Thursday evening, Netanyahu’s bloc will pick up 64 seats. The far-left Meretz and anti-Zionist Arab Balad parties have been eliminated and will not enter the Knesset.

A...