Nikki Haley, fierce defender of Israel, resigns as U.S. ambassador to UN

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations in New York, March 8, 2018. (Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations in New York, March 8, 2018. (Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations in New York, March 8, 2018. (Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office)

NEW YORK (JTA) – Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations and a strong defender of Israel in the world body, has resigned, according to reports.

Axios and The New York Times reported Tuesday morning that the former South Carolina governor had stepped down from her position. [Read more…]

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In Jerusalem, Angela Merkel emphasizes Germany’s obligation to fight anti-Semitism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized her country’s special obligation to combat anti-Semitism during a speech at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Thursday, calling the Nazi genocide an “unprecedented” crime.

“Nearly 80 years ago, on the pogrom night of Nov. 9, the Jewish people in Germany faced unprecedented hate and violence,” she said in reference to the Kristallnacht pogrom. “But what followed were the unprecedented crimes of the Shoah and its break with civilization. From this comes the everlasting responsibility of Germany to remember this crime and to oppose anti-Semitism, xenophobia, hatred and violence.” [Read more…]

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At the UN: Netanyahu wants action against Iran, Abbas defends paying ‘hero martyrs’ who kill Israelis

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, in an address to the United Nations, rejected criticism of the PA for paying monthly salaries to Palestinians who kill Israelis or the families of the killers.

“I pay tribute to our hero martyrs and prisoners of war,” he told the General Assembly on Thursday. [Read more…]

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U.S. ambassador says Israeli security considerations trump Palestinian statehood

U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks on stage on during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks on stage on during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli security considerations would come before Palestinian statehood, the U.S. ambassador to Israel said a day after President Donald Trump said he favoured a two-state solution.

David Friedman for the first time also publicly referred to “a two-state solution,” referring to Israel and a future Palestinian state, during an interview with the Israeli public broadcaster Kan. He said that he has difficulty with the term because it means “so many different things to so many different people.” [Read more…]

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Netanyahu rejects invitation to UNESCO anti-Semitism conference

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an invitation to participate in a United Nations conference on Anti-Semitism.

The conference was held on Wednesday at the United Nations headquarters in New York under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. [Read more…]

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Trump, alongside Netanyahu, says he favours two-state solution

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump said ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he favours the two-state solution and that he hopes to reveal his peace plan within four months.

“I like the two-state solution,” Trump said, appearing Wednesday with Netanyahu at the United Nations during the world body’s General Assembly. “That’s what I think works best.” [Read more…]

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Netanyahu heads to UN General Assembly

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

Netanyahu left from Ben-Gurion International Airport on Tuesday morning, hours after the end of the first day of Sukkot. Jews in Israel only observe one day of the holiday; those in the Diaspora observe two. He landed in New York after sundown on Tuesday, the second day of the holiday. [Read more…]

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Trump administration orders closure of PLO offices in Washington

The flag of the Palestine Liberation Organization seen above its offices in Washington, D.C., Nov. 18, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
The flag of the Palestine Liberation Organization seen above its offices in Washington, D.C., Nov. 18, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The flag of the Palestine Liberation Organization seen above its offices in Washington, D.C., Nov. 18, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The Trump Administration ordered the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, D.C.

“We have permitted the PLO office to conduct operations that support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians since the expiration of a previous waiver in November 2017. However, the PLO has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in the announcement Monday. [Read more…]

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Trump adviser Stephen Miller learned nothing from his Jewish education, his childhood rabbi says

Stephen Miller, the White House senior adviser for policy, photographed at the White House, Dec. 15, 2017. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Stephen Miller, the White House senior adviser for policy, photographed at the White House, Dec. 15, 2017. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The childhood rabbi of Stephen Miller, senior advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, said Miller learned nothing from his Jewish education.

Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Beth Shir Shalom, a Reform synagogue in Santa Monica, devoted his Rosh Hashanah sermon Monday to denouncing Miller, the key architect of Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policies, The Guardian reported. He called Miller a purveyor of “negativity, violence, malice and brutality.” [Read more…]

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