Charles Krauthammer, conservative columnist who fiercely defended Israel, is dead at 68

Charles Krauthammer in his office in Washington, D.C., March 16, 1985. (Ray Lustig/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Charles Krauthammer in his office in Washington, D.C., March 16, 1985. (Ray Lustig/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Charles Krauthammer in his office in Washington, D.C., March 16, 1985. (Ray Lustig/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

(JTA) – Charles Krauthammer, a fierce defender of Israel and one of the most widely read conservative columnists of his generation, has died.

He was 68. The Pulitizer Prize-winner wrote earlier this month that he had an aggressive form of cancer and had weeks to live. The letter appeared on the websites of both of his employers, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post. [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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Louis Farrakhan attacks Jews and Judaism from his Chicago pulpit

Louis Farrakhan speaking at a news conference at the Mosque Maryam in Chicago, March 31, 2011. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Louis Farrakhan speaking at a news conference at the Mosque Maryam in Chicago, March 31, 2011. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Louis Farrakhan speaking at a news conference at the Mosque Maryam in Chicago, March 31, 2011. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan attacked Jews and Judaism during a three-hour sermon from his pulpit at Mosque Maryam in Chicago.

The May 27 sermon was his first major public speaking appearance since February, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). [Read more…]

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ABC cancels Roseanne Barr’s show after star’s racist comments

Roseanne Barr at a SiriusXM Town Hall interview in New York, March 27, 2018. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Roseanne Barr at a SiriusXM Town Hall interview in New York, March 27, 2018. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Roseanne Barr at a SiriusXM Town Hall interview in New York, March 27, 2018. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

(JTA) – ABC cancelled the hit series “Roseanne” after its star posted racist comments on social media.

The network announced the cancellation on Tuesday after Roseanne Barr drew wide criticism for a tweet in which she mocked Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to president Barack Obama. [Read more…]

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Prince William to make historic visit to Jerusalem in June

Prince William in London, April 23, 2018. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Prince William in London, April 23, 2018. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Prince William in London, April 23, 2018. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Prince William will come to Jerusalem at the end of June, the British royal family said, during the first official visit to Israel by a senior British royal.

The announcement Friday about the visit sometime between June 24 and 28 was the first confirmation that William, whose official title is the Duke of Cambridge, will visit the Israeli capital, according to a report by The Associated Press. [Read more…]

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U.S. dedicates embassy in Jerusalem amid jubilation and violence

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump, adviser to and daughter of President Donald Trump, revealing a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump, adviser to and daughter of President Donald Trump, revealing a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump, adviser to and daughter of President Donald Trump, revealing a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The United States dedicated its embassy in Jerusalem.

Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin during the Monday afternoon ceremony recited the “Shehechyanu” prayer, said when one is thankful for a new or unusual experience. [Read more…]

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Trump says he rejected plans for larger Jerusalem embassy

President Donald Trump speaking to supporters at a campaign rally in Elkhart, Ind., May 10, 2018. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump speaking to supporters at a campaign rally in Elkhart, Ind., May 10, 2018. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaking to supporters at a campaign rally in Elkhart, Ind., May 10, 2018. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump told a rally that he rejected plans for a larger embassy in Jerusalem, suggesting that the move next week to a consular building in Israel’s capital was permanent.

Trump’s rejection of the long-term plans for a larger embassy in Jerusalem is at odds with plans laid out just months ago by administration officials, which depicted the imminent move of the embassy to a consular building as a stopgap, with a larger permanent embassy to be built within the next decade. He also appeared to vastly underestimate the cost of the interim move. [Read more…]

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