Parents of soldiers killed in 2014 Gaza war rip Netanyahu at hearing

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The parents of soldiers killed in Israel’s 2014 Gaza War verbally attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government during a Knesset hearing, with one throwing a cup of water at a lawmaker.

At the Knesset State Control Committee hearing Wednesday on the state comptroller’s report on the war, the mother of Lt. Hadar Goldin, a soldier whose remains are still held by Hamas in Gaza, told Netanyahu that he has turned the bereaved families seeking the return of their children’s remains into “enemies of the people.” [Read more…]

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Trump wants ‘conflict-ending settlement’ between Israelis and Palestinians

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking “a conflict-ending settlement” for Israelis and Palestinians, his spokesman said ahead of Trump’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The statement Wednesday by Sean Spicer, who was confirming the May 3 visit, is an indication that Trump is determined to extract a deal from the sides. [Read more…]

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Donald Trump to host Palestinian president next month

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, meeting with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy, at the Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan, March 28, 2017. (Handout)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, meeting with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy, at the Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan, March 28, 2017. (Handout)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, meeting with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy, at the Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan, March 28, 2017. (Handout)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on May 3 in Washington DC, a Palestinian official confirmed.

The visit was confirmed to the Jerusalem Post Sunday by top Palestinian official Ahmad Majdalani. Other Israeli media outlets cited a report in the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad, which quoted senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad as saying the meeting would go ahead on May 3 and that that a Palestinian delegation will travel to Washington, D.C., on April 23 for preliminary meetings with the Trump administration. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu says Israel will continue to care for Syrian wounded

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel will continue to care for Syrians wounded in the country’s civil war as part of its “humanitarian effort” to help the embattled country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu also reiterated Israel’s full support of the United States’ airstrike on a Syrian military installation in the wake of a chemical attack on the rebel-held province of Idlib in northern Syrian, believed to have been delivered by government airstrike. Some 86 men, women and children died in the attack, which was believed to have released deadly sarin nerve gas. [Read more…]

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Israeli minister says Syria strike repositions America as regional leader

(JTA) – Adding to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s praise for the U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian army base, a senior Israeli Cabinet minister said it “restored America’s regional leadership in a big way.”

Yisrael Katz, the intelligence minister and a member of the Cabinet’s defense forum, spoke Friday with Army Radio about the U.S. strike the previous night in which dozens of guided missiles were launched at an army base of forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. Earlier this week, his military was accused of using chemical weapons in attacking rebel-held areas. [Read more…]

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On Trump’s order, U.S. missiles target Syrian airbase; Israel, Canada offer support

President Donald Trump delivering a statement on Syria from the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 6, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump delivering a statement on Syria from the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 6, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump delivering a statement on Syria from the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 6, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.S. warships launched 59 missiles at an airbase in northern Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack on civilians in U.S. President Donald Trump’s first major intervention in the Middle East.

The Tomahawk missiles hit Shayrat airfield on Thursday, north of Damascus, CNN reported, citing Pentagon sources. The Bashar Assad regime is believed to have launched the chemical attacks on Iblid province in northern Syria earlier this week which killed at least 82 civilians, including many children. [Read more…]

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Putin rebukes Netanyahu for blaming Assad regime for chemical attack

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Sept. 21, 2015. (Dmitri Azarov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Sept. 21, 2015. (Dmitri Azarov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)

(JTA) – Russian President Vladimir Putin scolded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for blaming Syria’s Assad regime for a devastating chemical weapons attack on civilians.

Russian media Thursday quoted Putin as saying “it was unacceptable to make groundless accusations against anyone without conducting a detailed and unbiased investigation.” Reports cited a Kremlin statement that said Netanyahu initiated the call to Putin. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu, Israeli lawmakers call for removal of Syrian chemical weapons

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community to remove chemical weapons from Syria in the wake of a reported attack in northern Syria that killed dozens.

“When I saw pictures of babies suffocating from a chemical attack in Syria, I was shocked and outraged,” Netanyahu said Tuesday afternoon, hours after reports and photos began circulating of an attack on the rebel-held province of Idlib. “There’s no, none, no excuse whatsoever for the deliberate attacks on civilians and on children, especially with cruel and outlawed chemical weapons.” [Read more…]

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