(JTA) – The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was among the 17 people slain by a gunman last week at a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, told U.S. President Donald Trump the school shooting should be the last.
“My daughter is in King David cemetery,” Pollack said at the White House session convened by Trump, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. “Never, ever will I see my kid, it’s an eternity.” [Read more…]
Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort to host gala for Israel’s 70th anniversary
(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…]
An interminable flu kept me indoors watching more television than usual and I can happily say the experience left me prouder than ever to be Canadian.
Watching too many Donald Trump cartoons makes one wonder, once again, how bad things can get in the United States. That is based on simple mathematics. The U.S. president’s base support is 30 per cent and you have to ask how healthy the U.S. can be when almost a third of the population thinks and talks like Trump. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Congress to pass a law that would extend foreign assistance only to “friendly” nations, a dig at the countries that voted in the United Nations to censure the United States for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate just months before: I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said Tuesday in his State of the Union address to Congress to a standing ovation from Republicans, as well as his Jewish daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner. [Read more…]
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…]
(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…]
(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump is just the man to get an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal done.
Just ask Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Israeli prime minister was gushing last week about Trump’s negotiating team, which is led by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. [Read more…]
(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…]
(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…]