Trump adviser Jason Greenblatt did not request settlement freeze, Prime Minister’s Office says

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Prime Minister’s Office in Israel has denied Israeli media reports that Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser on international relations, asked for a settlement freeze during meetings in Israel.

“The reports concerning Mr. Greenblatt’s visit to Israel and any purported U.S. demands of Israel in talks regarding the settlements are false,” read a statement issued Thursday from the office, The Times of Israel reported. [Read more…]


Netanyahu praises China upon completing state visit there

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked the Great Wall of China at the end of a state visit to China.

During the visit, which ended Wednesday, the University of Haifa signed an agreement with the Hangzhou Wahaha Group, a Chinese conglomerate, and the Institute of Automation at the Chinese Academy of Sciences that will establish three joint artificial intelligence technology centers constructed in Haifa, Israel, Hangzhou, China and Beijing, and an initial investment of $10 million. [Read more…]


Netanyahu support for Trump’s wall triggers wave of online anti-Semitism in Mexico

(JTA) – The support expressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January for U.S. President Donald Trump wanting to build a wall separating the United States and Mexico has triggered an “alarming” wave of anti-Semitism online, according to an Argentine Jewish watchdog.

A report by the Argentine Observatorio Web released earlier this week analyzed comments in 22 online articles from the major Mexican newspapers El Universal, Excelsior and Milenio and concluded that nearly 40 per cent of the comments were anti-Semitic. The most recurrent themes were the vindication of Adolf Hitler, the representation of Jews as avaricious, greedy, usurers and guided purely by economic interest. [Read more…]


In latest Jewish establishment salvo defending two states, AJC urges U.S. Congress to back letter to Trump

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is rallying support for a congressional letter to U.S. President Donald Trump urging him to reaffirm support for a two-state solution, the latest signal that the American Jewish establishment is committed to preserving the policy.

On Wednesday, the AJC sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives asking them to sign on and support the letter authored by Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and David Price, D-N.C., and other measures that preserve peacemaking options even though “current conditions do not provide grounds for optimism.” [Read more…]


Netanyahu’s office: Prime minister and Greenblatt ‘made progress’ on settlements

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser on international relations, “made progress” on the issue of West Bank settlement construction, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The two met Thursday for the second time in a week and held “another positive discussion regarding the shared interest of the United States and Israel in advancing a genuine and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians that strengthens the security of Israel,” its statement on the meeting said. [Read more…]


Netanyahu reiterates vow on new settlement for Amona evacuees ahead of second Greenblatt meeting

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Hours before meeting with a Trump envoy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured residents of the evacuated Amona outpost that he would honour his commitment to build them a new community.

Netanyahu was scheduled to meet Thursday, for the second time this week, with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser on international relations, who has been touring Israel and the Palestinian areas since Monday to gauge attitudes to peacemaking. Netanyahu met with Greenblatt on Monday. [Read more…]


Argentine president to hold historic meeting with Israeli survivors of 1992 embassy bombing

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – For the first time, an Argentine president will meet with the Israeli survivors and relatives of victims of the 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.

President Mauricio Macri will host a group of 30 Israelis on Friday morning at his official residence prior to a ceremony marking 25 years since the bombing, which killed 29 and injured more than 200. [Read more…]