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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Senator Rand Paul blocking U.S. military aid to Israel

Sen. Rand Paul speaks during a hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, July 25, 2018. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Sen. Rand Paul speaks during a hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, July 25, 2018. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaks during a hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, July 25, 2018. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is blocking U.S. military aid to Israel.

Paul, who has previously called to cut defence assistance to Israel, recently put a hold on the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018, which codifies into law the $38 billion defence aid package for Israel over 10 years that was negotiated in the final days of the Obama administration. [Read more…]

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U.S. not delaying peace plan over Israeli government turmoil, ambassador to Israel says

U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks on stage on during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks on stage on during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, denied reports that the Trump administration is delaying the rollout of its peace plan due to the recent upheaval in Israel’s government.

Friedman also called reports about a high-level meeting last week that included U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss the timing of the peace plan “wildly inaccurate” in a statement released Monday that was posted to the U.S. Embassy in Israel’s website. [Read more…]

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U.S. Justice Department refuses Israel’s request to allow Jonathan Pollard to immigrate there

Jonathan Pollard, left, arrives at a federal courthouse in New York with his wife, Esther, to check in at a probation office just hours after he was released from prison, Nov. 20, 2015. (Ilana Gold/WCBS-TV via AP Images)

Jonathan Pollard, left, arrives at a federal courthouse in New York with his wife, Esther, to check in at a probation office just hours after he was released from prison, Nov. 20, 2015. (Ilana Gold/WCBS-TV via AP Images)

(JTA) – The U.S. Justice Department has refused a formal request by Israel to allow convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard to immigrate there.

The refusal, first reported on Wednesday by Israel’s Hadashot news, came several years ago. Wednesday marked three years since Pollard, now 64, was let out of a federal prison after serving 30 years of a life sentence. [Read more…]

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American-Israeli behind JCC bomb threats sentenced to 10 years in prison

A teenager suspected of being behind over 100 bomb threats to Jewish Community Centres in the U.S. and Canada at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court in Israel, March 23, 2017. (Flash90)

A teenager suspected of being behind over 100 bomb threats to Jewish Community Centres in the U.S. and Canada at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court in Israel, March 23, 2017. (Flash90)

(JTA) – A 20-year-old American-Israeli man convicted of making hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish community centres and Jewish schools in the United States, Canada and four other countries, as well as to airlines, was sentenced to ten years in prison in Israel.

The sentence for Michael Kadar, who holds dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and whose name is barred from publication in Israel, was delivered on Thursday in Tel Aviv District Court. Kadar was convicted on several counts including extortion, conspiracy to commit a crime, money laundering and assaulting a police officer. [Read more…]

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Hate crimes against Jews in U.S. rise by 37 per cent

(JTA) – Hate crimes against Jews in the United States rose by more than a third last year and accounted for 58 per cent of all religion-based hate crimes, according to data released Tuesday by the FBI.

Overall, hate crimes increased by 17 per cent in 2017, the data showed, with 7,175 hate crimes reported, up from 6,121 in 2016. Some of the increase may be because more police departments are reporting their hate crimes data to the FBI than ever before, six per cent above the previous year. [Read more…]

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