Jewish Agency picks Isaac Herzog as new head, spurns Netanyahu pick

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog speaking to the foreign press in Jerusalem, Feb. 24, 2015. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog speaking to the foreign press in Jerusalem, Feb. 24, 2015. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

(JTA) – Isaac Herzog, Israel’s opposition leader, will replace Natan Sharansky as the head of the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency for Israel.

Herzog, a rival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has served in the Knesset since 2003, also serving in various ministerial posts, including Diaspora minister. The Jewish Agency rejected Netanyahu’s preferred choice, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz – the first time the agency has rejected a prime minister’s pick for the position in 23 years, according to Haaretz. [Read more…]

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Sara Netanyahu indicted for fraud

Sara Netanyahu at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Sara Netanyahu at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sara Netanyahu at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

JERUALEM (JTA) – Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been indicted on fraud and breach of trust charges for ordering private meals from restaurants worth about $96,600 from high-end restaurants instead of using the residence’s cook to prepare meals.

The indictment alleging “systematic fraud” was filed Thursday in Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu’s son pressured him to tweet support for Trump’s Mexico Wall, report says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with his son Yair in Jerusalem, March 18, 2015. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with his son Yair in Jerusalem, March 18, 2015. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Yair Netanyahu, the son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pressured his father to post a tweet in support of U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

The tweet, made in January 2017, led the Mexican government to summon the Israeli ambassador to Mexico for a reprimand. The Mexican government also demanded an apology from Israel. [Read more…]

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Czech president says he’s ready to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem

President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman in Moscow in 2015. (The Kremlin)
President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman in Moscow in 2015. (The Kremlin)

President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman in Moscow in 2015. (The Kremlin)

(JTA) – Czech President Milos Zeman joked – presumably – that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to give up his own home in Jerusalem if the Czech Republic opened an embassy there.

Zeman spoke last week at a gala of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

Zeman, a staunch supporter of Israel, supports moving his country’s embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. [Read more…]

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UN General Assembly condemns Israel for Gaza violence; Canada among 35 countries which abstains

People running from tear gas at the Gaza border fence with Israel, May 15, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
People running from tear gas at the Gaza border fence with Israel, May 15, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

People running from tear gas at the Gaza border fence with Israel, May 15, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The United Nations (UN) General Assembly at an emergency meeting on the Gaza Strip condemned Israel for an “excessive use of force” and rejected U.S. bids to amend the resolution to also condemn Hamas.

The resolution, backed by Arab countries, also calls for “protection of the Palestinian civilian population” in Gaza. It is similar to one that was introduced at the UN Security Council earlier this month that was vetoed by the United States. [Read more…]

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Theresa May tells Netanyahu that U.K. is committed to Iran deal

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May welcoming Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to 10 Downing Street in London, June 6, 2018. (Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May welcoming Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to 10 Downing Street in London, June 6, 2018. (Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May welcoming Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to 10 Downing Street in London, June 6, 2018. (Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said her country was committed to staying in the Iran nuclear agreement in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in London.

“Along with France and Germany, the U.K. continues to believe [the nuclear deal] is the best route to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. We will remain committed to it as long as Iran meets its obligations,” May told Netanyahu on Wednesday, according to The Guardian. [Read more…]

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Terrorist plan targeted Netanyahu, Canadian delegation and U.S. Embassy building, security officials say

The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem sits on a traffic circle recently named for U.S. President Donald Trump. The compound is in the middle of Arnona, a quiet residential neighbourhood in the city’s south. (Ben Sales)
The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem sits on a traffic circle recently named for U.S. President Donald Trump. The compound is in the middle of Arnona, a quiet residential neighbourhood in the city’s south. (Ben Sales)

The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem sits on a traffic circle recently named for U.S. President Donald Trump. The compound is in the middle of Arnona, a quiet residential neighbourhood in the city’s south. (Ben Sales)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An eastern Jerusalem man was arrested for planning attacks on targets that include Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, as well as the U.S. Embassy, on behalf of a terrorist cell directed from Syria.

Muhammad Jamal Rashdeh, 30, an Israeli-Arab citizen, was arrested in April and indicted last week, the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, announced for the first time on Tuesday after a gag order on the case was lifted. Two other unnamed members of the terror cell were later arrested, according to the Shin Bet. [Read more…]

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