Netanyahu reiterates vow on new settlement for Amona evacuees ahead of second Greenblatt meeting

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Hours before meeting with a Trump envoy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured residents of the evacuated Amona outpost that he would honour his commitment to build them a new community.

Netanyahu was scheduled to meet Thursday, for the second time this week, with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser on international relations, who has been touring Israel and the Palestinian areas since Monday to gauge attitudes to peacemaking. Netanyahu met with Greenblatt on Monday. [Read more…]

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Reform Jewish delegation calls meeting with Netanyahu ‘candid’

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A delegation from the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) had a “wide-ranging and candid conversation” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, the group said.

The delegation, led by the URJ’s president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, met with Netanyahu for an hour on Sunday, according to a statement issued by the congregational arm of the movement at the end of a weeklong leadership mission to Israel.  [Read more…]

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Trump adviser Jason Greenblatt is on ‘listening’ tour of Israel, West Bank

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser on international relations, is touring Israel and the Palestinian areas to gauge attitudes to peacemaking and there will likely not be any developments from the trip, a Trump administration spokesman said.

“He’s really there to listen to both sides and how they perceive getting to a peace process,” Mark Toner, the State Department spokesman, said Monday in the daily briefing for reporters. “I don’t expect any big developments out of this trip.”  [Read more…]

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UN chief says Temple Mount was home to Jewish temple, Palestinians demand apology

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

(JTA) – Palestinian officials are demanding an apology from the new United Nations chief after he said it was “completely clear that the Temple that the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple.”

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also told Israel Radio in an interview Friday with its New York correspondent that “no one can deny the fact that Jerusalem is holy to three religions today,” including Judaism.  [Read more…]

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Report: Trump plans funding cut to UN agencies granting full membership to Palestinian Authority

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly is working on an executive order to slash all funding to United Nation agencies that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or the Palestine Liberation Organization.

The executive order also would cut funding to UN agencies or other international bodies that support programs funding abortion, back activity bypassing sanctions against Iran or North Korea, “is controlled or substantially influenced by any state that sponsors terrorism,” or is blamed for systemic human rights violations, The New York Times reported Wednesday. [Read more…]

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U.S. State Department reviewing Obama’s decision to send $221 million US to Palestinians

(JTA) – The U.S. State Department is reviewing the Obama administration’s decision to send $221 million US to the Palestinian Authority on the morning of Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The State Department said it would look into the payment, which had previously been held up by congressional Republicans, and make adjustments in line with the Trump administration’s priorities, the Associated Press reported. [Read more…]

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