Trump wants ‘conflict-ending settlement’ between Israelis and Palestinians

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking “a conflict-ending settlement” for Israelis and Palestinians, his spokesman said ahead of Trump’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The statement Wednesday by Sean Spicer, who was confirming the May 3 visit, is an indication that Trump is determined to extract a deal from the sides. [Read more…]

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Donald Trump to host Palestinian president next month

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, meeting with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy, at the Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan, March 28, 2017. (Handout)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, meeting with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy, at the Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan, March 28, 2017. (Handout)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, meeting with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy, at the Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan, March 28, 2017. (Handout)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on May 3 in Washington DC, a Palestinian official confirmed.

The visit was confirmed to the Jerusalem Post Sunday by top Palestinian official Ahmad Majdalani. Other Israeli media outlets cited a report in the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad, which quoted senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad as saying the meeting would go ahead on May 3 and that that a Palestinian delegation will travel to Washington, D.C., on April 23 for preliminary meetings with the Trump administration. [Read more…]

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Abbas warns of ‘unprecedented steps’ to end political division with Hamas

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would take decisive action to end the political split between his regime and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

“These days, we are in a dangerous and tough situation that requires decisive steps, and we are to take these decisive steps,” Abbas said Wednesday, according to an Associated Press report citing the official Palestinian news agency Wafa. “Therefore, we are going to take unprecedented steps in the coming days to end the division.” [Read more…]

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Sean Spicer apologizes for Holocaust remarks amid criticism from U.S. and Israeli Jews

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer answering reporters’ questions at the White House in Washington, DC., April 10, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer answering reporters’ questions at the White House in Washington, DC., April 10, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer answering reporters’ questions at the White House in Washington, DC., April 10, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(JTA) – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized for claiming that Adolf Hitler never used chemical weapons amid widespread criticism and calls for his job, including from U.S. Jewish leaders and Israeli politicians.

After repeatedly trying to clarify his comments, made Tuesday in a White House press briefing about last week’s chemical attack in Syria and Russia’s position on it, Spicer later in the day told CNN he was sorry to anyone he had offended. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu says Israel will continue to care for Syrian wounded

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel will continue to care for Syrians wounded in the country’s civil war as part of its “humanitarian effort” to help the embattled country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu also reiterated Israel’s full support of the United States’ airstrike on a Syrian military installation in the wake of a chemical attack on the rebel-held province of Idlib in northern Syrian, believed to have been delivered by government airstrike. Some 86 men, women and children died in the attack, which was believed to have released deadly sarin nerve gas. [Read more…]

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