Netanyahu and Pompeo discuss Hezbollah and Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo light Chanukah candles before the start of their meeting in Brussels on Dec. 3, 2018. (GPO)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo light Chanukah candles before the start of their meeting in Brussels on Dec. 3, 2018. (GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo light Chanukah candles before the start of their meeting in Brussels on Dec. 3, 2018. (GPO)

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the threat from Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iranian aggression during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels.

Netanyahu left for the meeting on Monday, hours after it was announced, and returned early on Tuesday morning. [Read more…]

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UNESCO teams with World Jewish Congress to launch a Holocaust education website

(JTA) – UNESCO, the United Nations agency that has rejected Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) have launched a website dedicated to Holocaust education and memory.

The website, called Facts about the Holocaust, was unveiled Monday at UNESCO headquarters in Paris by the scientific and cultural agency’s director-general, Audrey Azoulay, who is Jewish, and WJC President Ronald Lauder. Some 150 presidents of Jewish communities worldwide were on hand to sign a commitment to the preservation of Holocaust memory and to fighting anti-Semitism worldwide. [Read more…]

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Palestinian terror groups say they will observe cease-fire

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)Israe

(JTA) – Palestinian terror groups in Gaza reportedly have agreed to commit to a cease-fire of hostilities that have seen more than 400 rockets bombard southern Israel and Israeli retaliation in a 25-hour period.

Four mediators – Egypt, the United Nations, Norway and Switzerland – helped achieve the cease-fire, according to reports. [Read more…]

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UN General Assembly approves Palestine as head of largest bloc of developing countries

Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 22, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 22, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The United Nations General Assembly voted to approve the observer state of Palestine as the head of the largest bloc of developing countries.

Some 146 countries on Tuesday voted in favor of Palestine to head the Group of 77. Three countries – Israel, the United States and Australia – voted against, and 15 countries abstained. Twenty-nine countries did not vote. [Read more…]

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Nikki Haley, fierce defender of Israel, resigns as U.S. ambassador to UN

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations in New York, March 8, 2018. (Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations in New York, March 8, 2018. (Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations in New York, March 8, 2018. (Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office)

NEW YORK (JTA) – Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations and a strong defender of Israel in the world body, has resigned, according to reports.

Axios and The New York Times reported Tuesday morning that the former South Carolina governor had stepped down from her position. [Read more…]

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UNRWA employees evacuated from Gaza over security concerns

A boy sitting near sacks of flour distributed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) at the Al-Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza City, Gaza, Jan. 15, 2018. (Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A boy sitting near sacks of flour distributed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) at the Al-Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza City, Gaza, Jan. 15, 2018. (Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A boy sitting near sacks of flour distributed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) at the Al-Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza City, Gaza, Jan. 15, 2018. (Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Most of the international employees of the United Nations refugee agency in the Gaza Strip were evacuated after what the agency called “a series of worrying security incidents.”

Nine of the 11 members of the foreign staff of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) left Gaza for Israel though the Erez crossing on Monday. The crossing had been closed for the end of the Sukkot holiday, but was opened briefly to allow the evacuation, Haaretz reported. The newspaper said that the UNRWA employees had received death threats from local employees facing the loss of their jobs due to a financial crisis in the agency. [Read more…]

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At the UN: Netanyahu wants action against Iran, Abbas defends paying ‘hero martyrs’ who kill Israelis

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, in an address to the United Nations, rejected criticism of the PA for paying monthly salaries to Palestinians who kill Israelis or the families of the killers.

“I pay tribute to our hero martyrs and prisoners of war,” he told the General Assembly on Thursday. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu rejects invitation to UNESCO anti-Semitism conference

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an invitation to participate in a United Nations conference on Anti-Semitism.

The conference was held on Wednesday at the United Nations headquarters in New York under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. [Read more…]

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Trump, alongside Netanyahu, says he favours two-state solution

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump said ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he favours the two-state solution and that he hopes to reveal his peace plan within four months.

“I like the two-state solution,” Trump said, appearing Wednesday with Netanyahu at the United Nations during the world body’s General Assembly. “That’s what I think works best.” [Read more…]

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