Michael Flynn lied about bid to stop anti-Israel resolution at UN

Michael Flynn, left, arriving for his plea hearing at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Michael Flynn, left, arriving for his plea hearing at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Michael Flynn, left, arriving for his plea hearing at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Michael Flynn, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, including about his efforts to stave off a UN Security Council resolution opposed by Israel.

Flynn offered his plea Friday in a federal court in Washington, D.C., on charges that he lied twice about conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016, when Trump was president-elect and president Barack Obama was still in office. [Read more…]

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Russian Jews protest official’s reiteration of ‘anti-Semitic myth’ on czar’s death

(JTA) – Russia’s largest Jewish group protested a local bishop’s claim, repeated by a justice ministry official, that the country’s last czar was murdered by Jews for ritual purposes.

Marina Molodtsova, a senior investigator for a special ministerial committee on the 1917 slaying of Nicholas II of Russia, said on Monday during a conference in Moscow that her committee will conduct “a psycho-historical examination” to find out whether the execution of the royal family was a ritual murder, Ria Novosti reported. [Read more…]

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U.S. security officials arrive in Israel to discuss Syria border deal

Israeli forces standing guard on the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Israeli forces standing guard on the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. National Security Council officials arrived in Israel for talks with their Israeli counterparts.

Representatives of other security agencies are also participating Tuesday in the discussions, which are focused on the recent U.S.-Russia ceasefire agreement for Syria as well as on Iran. [Read more…]

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U.S.-Russia cease-fire could reportedly leave Iran-backed forces within three miles of Israel’s border

Hezbollah soldiers near the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
Hezbollah soldiers near the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Hezbollah soldiers near the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Iranian-backed forces in Syria could reportedly remain as close as three miles from Israel’s border under a recent cease-fire agreement reached by the United States, Russia and Jordan.

An Israeli official said militias allied with Iran would be allowed to maintain positions as close at three to four miles to some parts of the border while being pushed up to around 19 miles away in others, Reuters reported Monday. The positions of the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime will affect the arrangements, the anonymous official said. [Read more…]

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Chabad rabbis get back one book from disputed Schneerson collection held by Russia

(JTA) – Rabbis of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement were able to obtain in Israel a book belonging to the Schneerson collection that they are fighting to get back from Russia.

The volume was discovered recently at the Kedem Auction House in Israel and returned to the Chabad rabbis in the United States, according to a statement Thursday from the office of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who celebrated the book’s return with the rabbis. [Read more…]

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Russian government official wrongly claims her country saved Bulgarian Jews from deportation

(JTA) – Condemning an anti-Semitic attack on a Soviet Army monument in Bulgaria, a Russian government official erroneously said her country’s soldiers saved the Jews of Bulgaria from deportation to Nazi camps.

The graffiti spray-painted on the Soviet Army monument in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia on Oct. 31 read “100 years Zionist occupation.” [Read more…]

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Trump reportedly no longer trusts advice from son-in-law Jared Kushner

Ivanka Trump walks with her husband, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, toward Marine One while departing Washington, D.C., with her father U.S. President Donald Trump, Feb. 17, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump walks with her husband, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, toward Marine One while departing Washington, D.C., with her father U.S. President Donald Trump, Feb. 17, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump believes his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is giving him bad advice, according to a Vanity Fair report.

The report Wednesday, citing sources “briefed on Trump’s thinking,” said Trump has confided in two right-wing provocateurs, Roger Stone and Stephen Bannon, that he no longer trusts Kushner. Bannon for the first eight months of Trump’s presidency was his top strategic adviser and reportedly clashed frequently with Kushner. [Read more…]

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Israeli intelligence reportedly discovered Russian hack into U.S. classified documents

(JTA) – Israeli intelligence discovered that Russian hackers were using antivirus software to steal classified information from the United States, The New York Times reported.

The antivirus software is made by a Russian company, Kaspersky Lab, which is used by 400 million people worldwide, including officials at about two dozen American government agencies. [Read more…]

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Israel-Russia trade leaps by 25%

(JTA) – Amid tightening of economic cooperation between Russia and Israel, their trade has grown in 2017 by 25 per cent, officials from both countries revealed.

The increase in the first six months of 2017 was over approximately $380 million US in trade exchanged hands between Russia and Israel in the corresponding period the previous year. [Read more…]

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Jerusalem hospital for disabled children to help ‘sorely lacking’ treatment in Russia

(JTA) – In a move designed to address the growing plight of disabled Jewish children in Russia, their community paired up with an Israel-based world-leader in treating their problems.

The Sept. 14 signing of a cooperation agreement between Shalva, an Israeli organization with over 25 years of experience in treating children with disabilities, and the Russian Jewish Congress followed the 2015 discontinuation of services for hundreds of thousands of disabled persons in Russia in the framework of a health reform that critics say is cruel. [Read more…]

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