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Washington – J Street Slams Abbas Speech On Jerusalem As ‘Divisive, Inflammatory’

December 15, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Washington - J Street, the liberal Middle East policy group, condemned remarks by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinians may pull out of efforts to reach a settlement. Abbas made the threat in a speech Tuesday at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, where he also said the United States can no longer mediate peace talks because of President Donald Trump’s...

Washington – Why These Experts Say Trump’s Jerusalem Recognition Will Help The Peace Process

December 15, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Washington - When President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, many foreign policy experts called it a blunder. It could spark a conflagration of violence in the city, they said. It would alienate Palestinians who revere the city and ice any remaining hopes of a peace process. It could be the death knell for an increasingly elusive two-state solution. “Raising this...

Quantico, VA – Trump Touts Loyalty To Police But Delivers Attack On FBI

December 15, 2017 at 02:52 PM
Quantico, VA - Taking aim at the credibility of the FBI, President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on the bureau's leadership even as he praised state and local police officers as a bulwark against rising violence and crime. Trump denounced the bureau for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, calling it "really disgraceful" and continuing his practice of...

Washington – At Hearing, Non-Jewish Lawmaker Quote Famous Hasidic Rabbi

December 15, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Washington -  "The World is a Narrow Bridge" is a popular Hasidic song that has been embraced by Jews of all denominations. It comes from the writings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the 18th-century founder of a Hasidic movement. Here are the words: "The entire world is a very narrow bridge; the main thing is to vanquish fear." It's a good song for the Sabbath table, or when a friend...

Washington – Americans Pessimistic About Trump, Country: AP-NORC Pol

December 15, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump frequently casts his first year in office as a string of successes and campaign promises fulfilled. But less than a quarter of Americans think Trump has made good on the pledges he made to voters while running for president, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Among Republicans, just half say Trump has...

Germany – Berlin Police Ban Israeli, US Flags At Pro-Palestinian Demo

December 15, 2017 at 01:22 PM
Germany - Berlin police have banned American and Israeli flags at a pro-Palestinian march, after flag burning at previous recent protests prompted outrage in Germany. Police are also trying to crack down on anti-Semitic chants by having translators accompany the Friday march and record any illegal utterances. Jewish leaders condemned anti-Israel and anti-Jewish chants during protests in...

Budapest – Head Of Hungary’s Jobbik Renounces Party’s Anti-Semitic Ways

December 15, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Budapest - The leader of Hungary's Jobbik party says there is no way back to its far-right identity, including frequent anti-Semitic and racist remarks by its politicians. Gabor Vona tells The Associated Press that his priorities in government would be to get rid of corruption and restore democratic checks and balances. Jobbik is the strongest opposition group but far behind Prime Minister...

Brooklyn, NY – Video Shows Man Passed Out On Subway Tracks Before Rescue

December 15, 2017 at 12:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - New York City subway riders have rescued a man who passed out on snowy tracks as a train approached. Dramatic cellphone video on NBC New York shows the man lying face-down over the train tracks Thursday in Flatbush, Brooklyn, as a woman's voice pleads: "Sir, please wake up!" People on the platform yelled at the train operator to stop as others hoisted the man to safety. The...

Gaza City – 4 Palestinians Killed In Latest Jerusalem Fallout Clashes

December 15, 2017 at 12:29 PM
Gaza City - Four Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and dozens more wounded along with an Israeli officer in clashes across the West Bank and near Gaza's border on Friday as the fallout continued over President Donald Trump's announcement last week recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Protests in response to Trump's announcement, which departed from decades of U.S. policy that the...

Washington – Lawyer Who Struggled At Hearing To Become Judge Goes Viral

December 15, 2017 at 12:05 PM
Washington - A lawyer nominated by President Donald Trump to be a federal judge has become an internet sensation after having difficulty answering basic legal questions. Millions have now watched video of Matthew Spencer Petersen struggling with questions Thursday from Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican. Petersen, who serves on the Federal Election Commission, had difficulty...

Berlin – Holocaust Must Be Bigger Part Of Migrant Courses: German Minister

December 15, 2017 at 11:22 AM
Berlin - More emphasis should be placed on the Holocaust in integration courses for migrants, Germany's justice minister said, reflecting heightened unease among leading politicians about a spate of anti-Semitic acts including Israeli flag burnings. More than a million migrants have arrived in Germany in the last three years, many of them fleeing conflict in the Middle East, causing concern...

Washington – Trump Urges Moore To Concede Alabama U.S. Senate Race

December 15, 2017 at 10:59 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump called on fellow Republican Roy Moore on Friday to concede to Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama U.S. Senate race, following the party's stinging loss in the southern U.S. state earlier this week. Moore, whose controversial candidacy was beset by allegations that he sexually assaulted or pursued teenage girls while in his 30s, has so far refused to admit...

Washington – White House: FBI Records Show ‘Extreme Bias’ Against Trump

December 15, 2017 at 10:05 AM
Washington - The White House said Friday newly revealed FBI records show there is "extreme bias" against President Donald Trump among senior leadership at the FBI. The accusation came hours before Trump was scheduled to speak at the FBI training academy in Quantico, Va. Trump, who has described the agency as "in tatters," is to speak at a ceremony at the FBI campus for law enforcement leaders...

Jerusalem – Israel Questions Iranian Blogger After Giving Her Asylum

December 15, 2017 at 09:50 AM
Jerusalem - An Iranian blogger granted asylum in Israel has been questioned by its Shin Bet internal security service on suspicion of illegal communication with Iran, an Israeli official said on Friday. Israel admitted Neda Amin, who was previously based in Turkey, on humanitarian grounds in August, saying that she faced forced repatriation to Iran and would be at risk given her writings for...

West Bank – Palestinian With Suicide Belt Shot After Stabbing Israeli Border Police Officer

December 15, 2017 at 09:21 AM
West Bank - A Border Police Officer was moderately injured when a Palestinian man wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt tried to stab him in Ayosh Square between Ramallah and Beit El Friday afternoon amid disturbances throughout Judea and Samaria. The Palestinian was shot and neutralized by other Border Police officers on the scene and evacuated by the Palestinian Red Crescent in...

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