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Draft resolution condemning Israeli plans to annex settlements is circulating at the UN

(JTA) — A draft resolution condemning Israel’s plans to annex West Bank settlements is circulating in the U.N. Security Council.

The text — a salvo against President Donald Trump’s Palestinian-Israeli peace plan announced last week in Washington, D.C. — is being circulated to the 15 member states of the Security...
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Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas targets in retaliation for rockets and explosive balloons from Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli fighter jets in retaliatory airstrikes hit what the military called Hamas terrorist targets in the southern Gaza Strip.

The strikes late Tuesday night came hours after three rockets were fired into southern Israel. Two people reportedly were injured while running to bomb shelters.

The rockets launched...
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Yad Vashem apologizes for ‘unfortunate errors’ in films screened at Auschwitz commemoration

(JTA) — Yad Vashem apologized for what it said were inaccuracies in some Holocaust films shown at a ceremony it hosted last month.

The apology, sent Monday by email to several prominent Holocaust scholars, noted “a number of inaccuracies that resulted in a partial and unbalanced presentation of the historical...
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On the streets of Ramallah, Palestinians shrug at Trump’s peace plan

By SAM SOKOL

RAMALLAH, West Bank (JTA) — Standing outside the Al Siwadi juice shop, located near this Palestinian city’s central Al Manari Square downtown, a man named Maher complains about the recently released U.S. peace plan.

Trump’s plan is designed to “give the rich Jews what they want,” Maher...
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Netanyahu meets with Putin in Russia, then returns home with pardoned Israeli-American Naama Issachar

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew from Washington to Moscow, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to fill him in on the details of the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan.

Following the meeting on Thursday morning, Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, greeted Naama Issachar, the...
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What the Democratic presidential candidates have said about Trump’s Middle East peace plan

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Democrats running for president have hewed to the party line in criticizing the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan rolled out by President Donald Trump: Unilateral annexation of settlements is the wrong way to go.

The tone was first set by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and...
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2 Israelis originally from Gaza arrested for spying for Hamas

(JTA) — Two Israeli citizens accused of spying for Hamas have been arrested. The men are originally from the Gaza Strip, but were allowed to move to Israel because they have Israeli mothers — one an Arab Israeli and one a Jewish Israeli.

They were arrested at the beginning of...
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Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s former Middle East negotiator, isn’t sure that Israelis and Palestinians are ready for peace

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

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

By RON KAMPEAS

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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