Michael Flynn lied about bid to stop anti-Israel resolution at UN

Michael Flynn, left, arriving for his plea hearing at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Michael Flynn, left, arriving for his plea hearing at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Michael Flynn, left, arriving for his plea hearing at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Michael Flynn, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, including about his efforts to stave off a UN Security Council resolution opposed by Israel.

Flynn offered his plea Friday in a federal court in Washington, D.C., on charges that he lied twice about conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016, when Trump was president-elect and president Barack Obama was still in office. [Read more…]

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Jewish groups slam Trump for anti-Muslim retweets

President Donald Trump speaking to the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 7, 2017. (Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump speaking to the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 7, 2017. (Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – An array of Jewish groups condemned U.S. President Donald Trump for his retweet of three incendiary videos posted by a British anti-Muslim agitator.

“It is no longer alarming that our @POTUS is tweeting violent anti-Muslim videos created by far right extremists – it is a **four alarm fire.**,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said Wednesday on Twitter. “Of course this will embolden bigots in the US and abroad.” [Read more…]

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Pence says Trump mulling ‘when and how’ to make embassy move

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump continues to consider “when and how” to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Vice-President Mike Pence said.

“President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Pence said Tuesday at an event in New York organized by the Israeli mission to the United Nations (UN) marking the 70th anniversary of the UN General Assembly vote to recognize Israel on Nov. 29, 1947. [Read more…]

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Palestinians’ Washington office can remain open, but only for peace activities

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 will allow the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, D.C., to remain open but will require it to “limit its activities to those related to achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.”

The U.S. State Department announced the decision Friday, saying the restrictions could be lifted after 90 days if the United States determines the Israelis and Palestinians are engaged in “meaningful” peace negotiations. [Read more…]

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Hamas, Hezbollah join Israel and U.S. in condemning Egypt mosque attack

(JTA) – Both Hamas and Hezbollah joined the United States, Israel and other nations in condemning a massive terrorist attack at a mosque in Egypt that killed more than 230 people.

In the attack Friday afternoon, an explosion ripped through the Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, roughly 25 miles west of the town of El-Arish in the north of the Sinai Peninsula. After the explosion, gunmen opened fire on the worshipers gathered for weekly Friday prayers, officials said. [Read more…]

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Mike Pence to address Knesset during December Israel visit

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaks at the Christians United for Israel conference in Washington, D.C., July 17, 2017. (CUFI)

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaks at the Christians United for Israel conference in Washington, D.C., July 17, 2017. (CUFI)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence will address the Knesset when he visits Israel next month.

Senior officials in Jerusalem told Israel’s Channel 10 news that Pence had suggested speaking to the Knesset, and that his offer was accepted. [Read more…]

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