Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s former Middle East negotiator, isn’t sure that Israelis and Palestinians are ready for peace


TEANECK, N.J. (JTA) — Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s former Middle East negotiator, made his first public speech since leaving the White House on Sunday night.

Greenblatt, 52, who worked as a lawyer for Trump for two decades prior to joining the administration, spoke at Congregation Keter...
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Israeli intelligence helped US assassinate top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, report says

(JTA) — Israeli intelligence helped the United States in its mission to assassinate top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

“Intelligence from Israel helped confirm the details,” NBC News reported on Friday.

In “Airport informants, overhead drones: How the U.S. killed Soleimani,” NBC News traces the operation to kill  Soleimani, the head...
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Jewish campus group Hillel promotes data guru to CEO


WASHINGTON (JTA) — After a six-month search, the Jewish campus group Hillel International is sticking to the path hewn by its previous CEO in choosing a close associate as his successor.

Hillel’s board announced Tuesday that Adam Lehman, the group’s former chief operating officer and interim CEO,...
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Palestinian teen convicted of killing American-Israeli activist Ari Fuld

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian teen was convicted in a West Bank military court of murdering American-Israeli activist Ari Fuld.

Khalil Jabarin, 17, from the village of Yatta, near Hebron, also was convicted on Monday in Judea Military Court for three other murder attempts.

Jabarin stabbed Fuld, 45, a father...
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US embassy in Jerusalem issues security alert following Soleimani killing

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United States Embassy in Jerusalem issued a security alert on Monday for U.S. citizens in Israel after the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani prompted Iran to promise “harsh revenge.”

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to remain vigilant...
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Two Israelis drown in Tel Aviv elevator

Two people were pronounced dead following their rescues from a flooded elevator in Tel Aviv following torrential downpours from winter rains on Saturday.

In two separate rescues, a man was pulled from the flooded cab in a residential building at 3:00 p.m. suffering from hypothermia. Identified only as a man...
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Netanyahu ends Danny Danon’s term as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not extend the term of Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Danon’s term officially expired on Tuesday, the same day that the announcement that his term would not be extended was made, Israel’s Channel 12 first reported.

Danon’s term was...
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Aussie Jewish groups slam Israel for choosing health minister who helped alleged pedophile

(JTA) — Jewish groups in Australia have decried Israel’s appointment to health minister of a lawmaker who is accused of helping an alleged pedophile sheltering in Israel to avoid deportation.

Yaakov Litzman, who heads the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism party and serves as deputy health minister, was appointed to...
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Tesla to launch operations in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The electric car maker Tesla is set to launch Israeli operations in January. Tesla will be the first car manufacturer to sell its vehicles in Israel rather than through an importer.

The company, owned by Elon Musk, will start by opening a pop-up store at a mall...
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Netanyahu easily wins Likud party primary to remain prime minister candidate


(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won his party’s leadership primary with 71.5 percent of the vote, according to an exit poll.

A tweet by Direct Polls, an Israeli firm, showed challenger Gideon Saar with 28.5 percent.The poll had a margin of error of 3.2...
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