Meeting with Abbas, Trump calls Manchester attackers ‘evil losers’

President Donald Trump shaking hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a joint news conference in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, May 23, 2017. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump shaking hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a joint news conference in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, May 23, 2017. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump shaking hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a joint news conference in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, May 23, 2017. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, Donald Trump condemned those behind the deadly bombing in Manchester, England, the night before as “evil losers.”

“So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term,” Trump said in a joint news conference with Abbas on the second day of the U.S. president’s two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank. “They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are.” [Read more…]

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Trump calls for coalition against extremists, insists Israel and Palestinians ready for peace in Jerusalem speech

President Donald Trump speaking at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump speaking at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaking at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump in the major address of his visit to Israel called for a coalition of nations to fight against extremism and insisted that both Israel and the Palestinians are ready for peace.

Trump was greeted with an extended standing ovation on Tuesday afternoon by a small audience of Israeli lawmakers and guests at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and his speech was punctuated by applause. [Read more…]

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Jewish groups praise Trump call for Muslim nations to confront Islamist extremism

(JTA) – Jewish groups praised U.S. President Donald Trump for calling on Muslim nations to confront Islamist extremism during a speech to Muslim and Arab leaders at a summit in Saudi Arabia.

“Drive them out of your places of worship, drive them out of your communities, drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this earth,” Trump said Sunday afternoon during a major speech to the Arabic Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.  [Read more…]

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Israeli agent undercover in ISIS at risk due to Trump intelligence leak, ABC reports

President Donald Trump is flanked by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office of the White House, May 10, 2017. (Russia Foreign Minister Press Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office of the White House, May 10, 2017. (Russia Foreign Minister Press Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – An undercover Israeli agent inside the Islamic State has been put at risk by U.S. President Donald Trump’s disclosure of classified information to Russia, ABC News reported.

The spy had provided Israel with intelligence about a plan by Islamic State, or ISIS, to cause the crash of a passenger jet on the way to the United States, according to the report aired Tuesday evening. Israel had shared the intelligence with the United States on the condition that it not be identified as the source of the information, unnamed current and former U.S. officials told ABC. [Read more…]

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Families of Israeli terror victims ask to meet with Trump during Israel visit

(JTA) – Over 100 family members of Israelis killed in terrorist attacks asked to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump during his scheduled visit to the Jewish state next week.

In their letter dated Monday, the 103 signatories also expressed concern about the president’s plan to facilitate talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), citing payment by the PA to convicted terrorists. [Read more…]

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Israeli official cancels participation in Amman event following dispute over Jordanian’s death

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli government minister cancelled his participation at an event in Jordan hosted by King Abdullah II following an argument between the two countries over the death of a Jordanian citizen.

Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis said he would not attend the ceremony highlighting regional scientific co-operation after Amman condemned the killing by an Israeli policeman as “heinous.” The Jordanian man had stabbed the officer repeatedly in an attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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Danish teen convicted of planning to bomb Jewish school

(JTA) – A Danish court convicted a 17-year-old girl of planning to bomb two schools in Denmark, including a Jewish one, using homemade bombs.

The girl, who was not named in the Holbaek District Court on Tuesday because she is a minor, was convicted of “attempting a terrorist act,” which can carry a life sentence, according to reports. She is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. [Read more…]

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