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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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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Netanyahu reportedly asks Trump to allow Pollard to immigrate to Israel

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)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has asked U.S. President Donald Trump to allow convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard to immigrate to Israel.

Netanyahu made the request after agreeing in May to provide economic goodwill gestures to the Palestinians, Israel’s Channel 2 first reported Tuesday. [Read more…]

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