David Friedman chose the ‘controversial’ pastor who gave embassy prayer, State Department says

(JTA) — A Dallas pastor who has disparaged Jews, Mormons and Muslims was invited to deliver a prayer at the Jerusalem embassy dedication by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, the State Department said.

Robert Jeffress, the pastor of a Southern Baptist megachurch, is a Fox News contributor, a prominent...
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IAF attacks targets in Gaza overnight in response to Hamas attacks


(TPS) — The Israeli Air Force (IAF) attacked Hamas targets overnight between Wednesday and Thursday in response to a Hamas shooting at the city of Sderot on Wednesday, as well as several shooting incidents at Israel Defense Force soldiers along the Gaza-Israel security fence earlier in the...
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Israel defends Gaza crackdown as self-defense: ‘We are saving human life’

NEW YORK (JTA) —  Despite growing condemnation for the deaths of 60 Palestinians on the Gaza border yesterday, Israel defended its military’s actions as an act of self-defense in the face of a mass attack.

“We didn’t want it to happen, but we understood these were Hamas’ intentions,” Dani Dayan,...
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Palestinians, Israeli Arabs mark Nakba Day, but protests are less violent than expected

(TPS) — Several hundred Gazans burned tires and converged along the Gaza-Israel border Tuesday and firebomb kites ignited several fires on the Israeli side of the security fence Tuesday as protesters marked the so-called Nakba (disaster) Day, the anniversary of Israel’s founding which Palestinians consider to be their national catastrophe.

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Palestinian Authority recalls its US envoy over Jerusalem embassy move

(JTA) — The Palestinian Authority recalled its envoy to Washington, D.C., after the United States moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asked Husam Zomlot to return to Ramallah, Foreign Minister Riad Malki told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

“When they opened...
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BGU scientists find possible cancer breakthough


(TPS) — Scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have announced a possible breakthrough in the treatment of cancer.

BGN Technologies, BGU’s technology transfer company announced Monday together with The National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN)  that a research group led by  Prof. Varda Shoshan-Barmatz of the Department...
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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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US dedicates embassy in Jerusalem amid jubilation and violence


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United States dedicated its newly established embassy in Jerusalem in a high-profile ceremony attended by prominent Trump administration officials.

Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin pronounced the “Shehechyanu” prayer during the Monday afternoon ceremony, which is said when one...
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UPDATE: At least 62 Gazan Palestinians reported dead in border protests on day of US embassy dedication in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — At least 62 Gazan Palestinians have been killed at the border with Israel, where tens of thousands have gathered for protests in the hours before the dedication of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

About 50,000 Palestinians massed on the border by mid-afternoon on Monday. Several thousand...
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Dallas pastor set to lead prayer at US embassy dedication has slammed Jews, Muslims, Mormons

(JTA) — The Dallas pastor slated to lead a prayer at the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem has made derogatory remarks about Jews, Muslims, and Mormons.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who currently is running for the Senate in Utah, said in a tweet Sunday evening that...
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