White House: Trump ‘open’ to working with Iran to end Syria war

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Trump administration said it was open to working with Iran to end the Syria conflict.

“The United States remains open to working together with both Russia and Iran to find a solution that leads to a stable and united Syria,” Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, said Monday in opening remarks at the daily news briefing. “But in order for us to work together to bring an end to the violence in Syria, Russia and Iran need to acknowledge the atrocities of the Assad regime and use their influence to stop them.” [Read more…]

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At UN debate, Arab states heed Haley’s plea to focus more on Iran

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking at a Security Council meeting in New York City, April 12, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking at a Security Council meeting in New York City, April 12, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking at a Security Council meeting in New York City, April 12, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A number of Arab states heeded the plea by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN), to focus more in a Middle East debate on the threat posed by Iran than on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Haley, this month the president by rotation of the UN Security Council, convened a council session on the Middle East. [Read more…]

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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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