AIPAC paid $60,000 to group that peddles anti-Muslim conspiracy theories

WASHINGTON (JTA) – An American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) affiliate paid $60,000 during its campaign to thwart the Iran nuclear deal to a group that engages in anti-Muslim extremism.

Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, which was launched in the summer of 2015 to rally opposition to the Iran deal, paid the money to the Center for Security Policy, according to a report Wednesday by LobeLog, a Middle East policy news and analysis site. [Read more…]

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Mike Pence to keynote AIPAC conference

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and a bipartisan slate of top members of Congress are scheduled to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)’s upcoming annual conference.

An AIPAC official confirmed to JTA that Pence will keynote the conference scheduled for March 26-28 in Washington, D.C. [Read more…]

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Report: Israeli security officials met secretly with Trump security advisers

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli security officials reportedly met in secret with senior security advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump to co-ordinate policy between Israel and the Trump administration.

The meeting took place two weeks ago, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Sunday, citing an unnamed senior Israeli official in Jerusalem. The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed to Haaretz that the meeting took place, but did not divulge what was discussed. [Read more…]

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Trump administration defends Holocaust statement omitting Jews as ‘inclusive’

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day did not mention Jews or anti-Semitism because it was intended to be “inclusive,” Trump administration spokesperson Hope Hicks told CNN.

“Despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered,” Hicks said Saturday, responding to criticism by the Anti-Defamation League and others of the statement issues Friday, which referred to “the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust” without singling out the Jewish victims. [Read more…]

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U.S. State Department reviewing Obama’s decision to send $221 million US to Palestinians

(JTA) – The U.S. State Department is reviewing the Obama administration’s decision to send $221 million US to the Palestinian Authority on the morning of Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The State Department said it would look into the payment, which had previously been held up by congressional Republicans, and make adjustments in line with the Trump administration’s priorities, the Associated Press reported. [Read more…]

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Obama administration reportedly gave $221 million US to Palestinians hours before Trump inauguration

(JTA) – The Obama administration reportedly sent $221 million US to the Palestinian Authority on the morning of Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The administration told the U.S. Congress that it would send the funds hours before Trump was sworn in Friday, an anonymous State Department official and several congressional aides said, according to The Associated Press (AP). [Read more…]

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Obama told Trump that embassy move to Jerusalem could be ‘explosive’

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Barack Obama said he conveyed to his successor Donald Trump that moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem could be “explosive.”

“Obviously it’s a volatile environment when sudden unilateral moves are made that speak to the core issues or sensitivities of either side. That can be explosive,” Obama said Wednesday at his final news conference when asked whether he had consulted with Trump about moving the embassy from Tel Aviv. [Read more…]

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