Argentine president to hold historic meeting with Israeli survivors of 1992 embassy bombing

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – For the first time, an Argentine president will meet with the Israeli survivors and relatives of victims of the 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.

President Mauricio Macri will host a group of 30 Israelis on Friday morning at his official residence prior to a ceremony marking 25 years since the bombing, which killed 29 and injured more than 200. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu praises Putin’s fight against radical Islam in Russia visit

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Russia’s contribution to the fight against the Islamic State and al-Qaida during a one-day visit to Moscow.

In a statement issued prior to his meeting Thursday in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Netanyahu stressed that it is important to make sure that Iran does not step in to fill the vacuum left by those terror groups. [Read more…]

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Jewish groups decry Trump’s new immigration executive order

(JTA) – Jewish groups condemned an executive order issued by U.S. President Donald Trump banning new visas to the United States for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.

Trump on Monday signed an order blocking for 90 days new visas for citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iraq, which was included in an earlier version of the order that was blocked by federal judges, was not included in the new order. [Read more…]

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Michael Flynn, key Iran player, resigns just as Netanyahu arrives in Washington

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Michael Flynn, the national security adviser who emerged as a key player in U.S. President Donald Trump’s Iran strategy, resigned just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington for his first White House summit with Trump.

Flynn quit late Monday after acknowledging that he had misled other administration officials, including U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, about a phone call he had with the Russian ambassador in December before Trump assumed office. [Read more…]

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Iran says missile can reach Tel Aviv in seven minutes

(JTA) – A senior Iranian official threatened immediate retaliation against Israel if it is attacked, warning that Iranian missiles can reach Tel Aviv in seven minutes.

Mojtaba Zonour, a senior member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and a former Revolutionary Guards official, made the remarks over the weekend to Iran’s Fars news agency. Zonour also threatened to destroy the American military base in nearby Bahrain if Iran is attacked. [Read more…]

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In London, Netanyahu calls for new sanctions on Iran

British Prime Minister Theresa May with her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, at 10 Downing Street in London, Feb. 6, 2017. (Carl Court/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Theresa May with her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, at 10 Downing Street in London, Feb. 6, 2017. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

British Prime Minister Theresa May with her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, at 10 Downing Street in London, Feb. 6, 2017. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in London for talks with his British counterpart, Theresa May, called for new sanctions on Iran following its test of a ballistic missile.

In remarks before the two leaders met privately on Monday, Netanyahu said Britain should follow the example of the United States, which on Friday introduced new sanctions on Tehran and put the country “on notice” after its missile test. Trump administration officials said the test violated a UN Security Council resolution that calls on Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles for several years. [Read more…]

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Iran confirms missile test, claims it does not contradict nuclear deal

(JTA) – Iran’s defence minister confirmed that the Islamic Republic recently tested a missile, but asserted it did not contradict the nuclear deal the country signed with world powers.

“The recent test was in line with our programs and we don’t allow any foreign party to interfere in our defence affairs,” Brigadier Gen. Hossein Dehqan told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday, according to Fars, the semi-official news agency of the Iranian government. [Read more…]

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