A quiz show in Argentina asked ‘which country has Tel Aviv as its capital?’ But it didn’t know the answer

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – A television quiz show in Argentina experienced a confusing moment in the final round of competition when it asked: “Which country has Tel Aviv as its capital?”

With a new car on the line, Guido Kaczka, celebrity host of “La Tribuna de Guido,” or “The Panel of Guido” on national television Channel 13, on Thursday evening during the live broadcast called for a surprise commercial break. The break came after contestant Lucas answered “Israel,” but went on to clarify that this is disputed “especially since the United States recently declared that Jerusalem is the capital.” His competition, Rocio, had previously guessed that the answer was Iran.

Kaczka, who is Jewish, announced the unscheduled commercial break, saying that the production team needed to consider the issue and determine the correct answer. [Read more…]

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U.S. diplomats flee West Bank workshop after Palestinian protesters storm event

A view of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank (Maysa Al Shaer/Wikimedia Commons)
A view of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank (Maysa Al Shaer/Wikimedia Commons)

A view of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank (Maysa Al Shaer/Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – U.S. diplomats holding a business workshop in the West Bank for Palestinians fled after protesters stormed the meeting over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

About five protesters threw tomatoes and kicked the diplomats’ car on Tuesday as they were leaving the Bethlehem event, Agency France-Presse reported, and held signs expressing their opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem announced last month. [Read more…]

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B’nai B’rith honours Guatemalan president for embassy move to Jerusalem

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, right, receiving an award from B’nai B’rith. (B’nai B’rith)
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, right, receiving an award from B’nai B’rith. (B’nai B’rith)

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, right, receiving an award from B’nai B’rith. (B’nai B’rith)

(JTA) – The president of Guatemala was honoured with an award from an international Jewish organization for his decision to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem and for his unwavering support of Israel.

Jimmy Morales received the Human Rights Award from global and regional B’nai B’rith officials during a ceremony Thursday in Guatemala City. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu tells the Palestinians ‘stop kvetching,’ start negotiating

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Davos, Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. (GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Davos, Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. (GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Davos, Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. (GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom)

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that U.S. President Donald Trump has a “very able team” led by Jared Kushner working on brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Netanyahu also called them “very creative” during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria onstage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The interview, held Thursday, was broadcast Sunday on CNN. [Read more…]

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Al-Qaida commander who called on Muslims to attack Jews and Americans put on U.S. terror list

(JTA) – A senior al-Qaida leader was placed on the U.S. State Department’s list of global terrorists a day after he called on Muslims to “attack the Jews and the Americans everywhere” in response to the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

According to the State Department announcement Tuesday regarding Khalid Batarfi, “This designation seeks to deny Batarfi the resources he needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks.” Among the consequences of the designation, “all of Batarfi’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.” [Read more…]

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Pence prays at Western Wall

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prays at the Western Wall during a private visit on Jan. 23, 2018. ( Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prays at the Western Wall during a private visit on Jan. 23, 2018. ( Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence prays at the Western Wall during a private visit on Jan. 23, 2018. ( Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence made what is billed as a private visit to the Western Wall.

Pence and his wife, Karen, spent about 10 minutes at the site on Tuesday, the last stop on the Israel leg of the vice-president’s Middle East trip. They each approached and prayed at the wall, the vice-president in the men’s section and his wife in the women’s section. [Read more…]

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Mike Pence says U.S. Embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of next year

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaking to the Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2018. (Ariel Schalit/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaking to the Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2018. (Ariel Schalit/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaking to the Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2018. (Ariel Schalit/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence said the U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem by no later than the end of next year during an address to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

In his address Monday, the first by a U.S. vice-president to the Knesset, Pence also called the Iran nuclear deal a “disaster” and said “the United States of America will no longer certify this ill-conceived agreement.” [Read more…]

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