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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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This lawyer yelled at restaurant employees for speaking Spanish. Now he’s in trouble.

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — It’s hard to say what inspired Aaron Schlossberg to go off on a bigoted tirade against employees at a local cafeteria.

But one day later, he has officially transformed from being a random lawyer in midtown Manhattan to being the new face of...
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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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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

By MARCY OSTER

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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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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Jared and Ivanka arrive in Israel for Jerusalem Embassy dedication

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner and the rest of the official American delegation to Israel for the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem arrived in Israel.

The delegation is led by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also arrived with the White House advisors...
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Here’s 3 reasons from supporters of Trump’s decision

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump may have expected fanfares when he announced the U.S. would be leaving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and certainly Israel, Saudi Arabia, a number of Jewish groups and some foreign policy hawks exulted.

But some of that support was tempered by Republicans...
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Iran threatens to start ‘industrial scale’ uranium enrichment if nuclear deal fails

(JTA) — Iran threatened to start nuclear enrichment on an “industrial scale” following the United States’ decision to exit a deal offering Tehran international sanctions relief.

In a statement Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Zarif said Iran would attempt to save the nuclear deal through negotiations with the...
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Iran’s options now that Trump has pulled the US out of the nuclear deal

By BEHNAM BEN TALEBLU

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An inflection point in American policy towards Iran came this Tuesday afternoon, when President Trump announced he will re-impose nuclear sanctions on Iran and effectively withdraw the U.S.from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal. Having done so, the administration should anticipate the range of...
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