Netanyahu prefers scrapping Iran deal over fixing

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Iran nuclear deal must be amended or cancelled, but suggested that scrapping the deal may be preferable.

“Israel’s policy regarding the nuclear deal with Iran is very simple – change it or cancel it, fix it or nix it,” Netanyahu said Tuesday, addressing the launch of this year’s United Nations General Assembly in New York. [Read more…]

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Jewish U.S. senators urge Netanyahu to protect pluralism in Israel

Haredi Jews try to prevent a group of American Conservative and Reform rabbis and Women of the Wall members from bringing Torah scrolls into the Western Wall compound during a protest march in the Old City of Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Haredi Jews try to prevent a group of American Conservative and Reform rabbis and Women of the Wall members from bringing Torah scrolls into the Western Wall compound during a protest march in the Old City of Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

(JTA) – Bernie Sanders is among seven Jewish U.S. senators who sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to implement an agreement to expand an egalitarian prayer plaza at the Western Wall.

Netanyahu’s cabinet put a hold in June on the deal passed in 2016, drawing the ire of North American Jewish leaders. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu says non-Orthodox Jews used Western Wall deal to gain recognition

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel of using their partnership in the Western Wall agreement as a clandestine way to gain recognition.

Netanyahu told reporters in New York on Monday night that the Reform and Conservative movements wanted to get recognition “via the backdoor, secretly, under the pretext of a technical clause of joint administration of the Western Wall,” Army Radio reporter Ilil Shahar said in a tweet. [Read more…]

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Trump ignores Israeli-Palestinian peace in UN speech, says U.S. cannot ‘abide’ Iran nuclear deal

President Donald Trump speaking at the 72nd General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 19, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump speaking at the 72nd General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 19, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaking at the 72nd General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 19, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly that the United States cannot “abide” the Iran nuclear deal as it stands but notably omitted mention of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

“We cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for an eventual nuclear program,” Trump said Tuesday on the first day of this year’s General Assembly in New York. Again calling the deal “one of the worst” he had ever encountered, the president said it was “an embarrassment to the United States and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me.” [Read more…]

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Israeli defence officials reportedly oppose changing Iran deal

(JTA) – Israel’s intelligence community opposes the drastic changes sought by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, according to a report.

Several sources, who were not named, told the Haaretz daily that the defence establishment in Israel does not agree with the demand articulated by Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman that U.S. President Donald Trump scrap or revise the deal, the daily reported Friday. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu to meet with U.S. Jewish leaders

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet this weekend in New York with organizational Jewish leaders.

Unlike in previous years, the meeting will be low-key, with no public events, according to Jewish Insider. Netanyahu’s relationship with the organized American Jewish community has been fraught in recent months after he reneged on a deal that would have formalized non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall. [Read more…]

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