Israeli president shown in faked photos wearing Arab headdress

(JTA) – Israel Police have launched an investigation into faked photos showing President Reuven Rivlin wearing an Arab headdress, or kaffiyeh.

The images were created after Rivlin rejected a pardon for a former Israeli soldier who shot and killed a downed Palestinian attacker, and hark back to those featuring prime minister Yitzhak Rabin by right-wing opponents of his peace overtures to the Palestinians. [Read more…]

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Israel’s president rejects pardon request for soldier who shot downed Palestinian terrorist

Elor Azaria at a military court hearing in Jaffa, Aug. 30, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Elor Azaria at a military court hearing in Jaffa, Aug. 30, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin rejected a request to pardon a former Israeli soldier convicted of shooting and killing an injured Palestinian terrorist as he lay on the ground.

Rivlin rejected the request to pardon jailed soldier Elor Azaria, who is serving a reduced sentence of 14 months in prison for the murder. [Read more…]

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Israel’s president plays peacemaker between his government and North American Jews

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shaking hands with Richard Sandler, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the group’s General Assembly in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2017. (Jeffrey Brown/JFNA)
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shaking hands with Richard Sandler, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the group’s General Assembly in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2017. (Jeffrey Brown/JFNA)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shaking hands with Richard Sandler, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the group’s General Assembly in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2017.
(Jeffrey Brown/JFNA)

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Reuven Rivlin played peacemaker Monday night – between North American Jews and Israelis.

Speaking at the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, Israel’s president sympathized with attendees’ complaints that Israel was ignoring their calls for religious pluralism there, but also urged patience with Israel’s political process. [Read more…]

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Federation movement demands Israel reverse ‘divisive’ moves on Western Wall, conversion

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) called on Israel to reverse its “divisive and damaging” steps to freeze an agreement on egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall and its support of a bill that would grant a monopoly to Orthodox authorities in Israel over conversions to Judaism.

The JFNA’s board of trustees, representing Jewish communal philanthropies across the United States and Canada, passed the resolution Monday morning on the second day of the organization’s annual General Assembly here. [Read more…]

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Israeli defense minister asks president to pardon soldier who shot downed Palestinian terrorist

Elor Azaria at a military court hearing in Jaffa, Aug. 30, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Elor Azaria at a military court hearing in Jaffa, Aug. 30, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman asked the country’s president to pardon an Israeli soldier convicted of shooting and killing an injured Palestinian terrorist as he lay on the ground.

In a letter sent Sunday to President Reuven Rivlin on behalf of jailed soldier Elor Azaria, Liberman said: “We must put an end to the affair that shook Israeli society, and at this time show leniency and mercy to the soldier,” Ynet reported. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu to appear via satellite at Jewish Federations’ General Assembly

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly next month via satellite on the last day of the conference.

Netanyahu will be interviewed live from Israel, as he was last year. He appeared in person at the 2013 and 2015 General Assemblies and by satellite in 2014 and last year. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu not confirmed for JFNA General Assembly

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not confirmed to address the Jewish Federations of North America annual General Assembly next month, a rarity for the signature Jewish community event.

“The leadership of the State of Israel is always represented at Jewish Federations’ annual conference,” Rebecca Dinar, the JFNA spokeswoman said Sunday in a statement to JTA. “And, as is our practice, the prime minister is always invited. However, because Prime Minister Netanyahu was just in the United States six weeks ago for the United Nation’s General Assembly, and because of the distance from Israel to Los Angeles, he was understandably unable to fit it into his schedule this year. This does not preclude the possibility of a live satellite or video message from him, as he’s done in the past, and that option is under discussion.” [Read more…]

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Trump provides hope for Middle East peace, Israel’s president tells U.S. Jewish leaders

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to the Middle East offers a brighter outlook to the region, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told American Jewish leaders in a wide-ranging conference call.

“With the election of President Trump, we have new hope for peace and reconciliation with our neighbours,” Rivlin said in the conversation Wednesday with leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in honour of the Jewish New Year, according to his office. [Read more…]

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