Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort to host gala for Israel’s 70th anniversary

A view of the Mar-a-Lago Resort in February 2017. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort to host gala for Israel’s 70th anniversary

A view of the Mar-a-Lago Resort in February 2017. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A view of the Mar-a-Lago Resort in February 2017. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(JTA) – An event marking Israel’s 70th year will be held at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The event scheduled for late March is organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which is selling tickets for $1,000 US per table, Haaretz first reported. [Read more…]

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Nikki Haley says Trump would stick to nuclear deal if partners helped crack down on missile violations

Nikki Haley speaking to reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York, March 27, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaking to reporters at UN headquarters in New York, March 27, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – If partner countries helped crack down on Iranian missile violations, it could persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to sustain the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said.

Nikki Haley made her remarks on Monday after leading a White House meeting of the 15-member UN Security Council and Trump. [Read more…]

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U.S. diplomats flee West Bank workshop after Palestinian protesters storm event

A view of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank (Maysa Al Shaer/Wikimedia Commons)
A view of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank (Maysa Al Shaer/Wikimedia Commons)

A view of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank (Maysa Al Shaer/Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – U.S. diplomats holding a business workshop in the West Bank for Palestinians fled after protesters stormed the meeting over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

About five protesters threw tomatoes and kicked the diplomats’ car on Tuesday as they were leaving the Bethlehem event, Agency France-Presse reported, and held signs expressing their opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem announced last month. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu tells the Palestinians ‘stop kvetching,’ start negotiating

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Davos, Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. (GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Davos, Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. (GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Davos, Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. (GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom)

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that U.S. President Donald Trump has a “very able team” led by Jared Kushner working on brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Netanyahu also called them “very creative” during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria onstage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The interview, held Thursday, was broadcast Sunday on CNN. [Read more…]

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Obama used to joke with staff that he’s ‘basically a liberal Jew’

Former U.S. president Barack Obama at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Jan. 24, 2018. (Gili Getz/Facebook)
Former U.S. president Barack Obama at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Jan. 24, 2018. (Gili Getz/Facebook)

Former U.S. president Barack Obama at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Jan. 24, 2018. (Gili Getz/Facebook)

(JTA) – Barack Obama said his administration refrained from vetoing a 2016 United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israeli settlements because the pace of their construction “skyrocketed.”

The former U.S. president, speaking Wednesday at New York’s Temple Emanu-El, also said that he and his staff would often joke that he was “basically a liberal Jew,” according to the British Daily Mail. [Read more…]

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Melania Trump tours U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Melania Trump visits the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, January 25, 2017. (Twitter)
Melania Trump visits the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, January 25, 2017. (Twitter)

Melania Trump visits the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, January 25, 2017. (Twitter)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Melania Trump toured the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people whose lives and families were broken by the horrors of the Holocaust,” the U.S. first lady said Thursday in a statement two days before Jan. 27, which was established by the United Nations to commemorate the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. “Yet it is also through our shared humanity that we come together now in commemoration, strength, and love.” [Read more…]

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Trump to Netanyahu: Palestinians ‘disrespected’ Pence and stand to lose aid

President Donald Trump, right, speaking with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 25, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump, right, speaking with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 25, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump (right) speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 25, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump said Palestinians disrespected Vice-President Mike Pence when they snubbed him this week and threatened to cut off assistance to the Palestinians unless they returned to the negotiating table.

“When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support, tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands, that money’s on the table, that money’s not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace,” Trump said Thursday at a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland. [Read more…]

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