Benjamin Netanyahu has spent 30 years in public office, including 11 years as Israel’s prime minister, but this year his political future is being called into question as seldom before.14
(JTA) — The Reform movement’s Religious Action Center has joined the list of liberal Jewish groups objecting to President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel. In a Tuesday statement commenting on Trump appointments, the center’s director, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, questioned whether Friedman has “the temperament or judgment to represent the United…15
WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama said he conveyed to his successor Donald Trump that moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem could be “explosive.” “Obviously it’s a volatile environment when sudden unilateral moves are made that speak to the core issues or sensitivities of either side. That can be explosive,” Obama said Wednesday at his…16
(JTA) — Two senators introduced a bill providing protection from lawsuits to state and local governments passing anti-BDS legislation. On Tuesday, Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced the Combating BDS Act, which would increase legal protection for state and local governments that ban, limit or divest from companies “engaged in commerce-related or investment-related BDS…18
Outgoing U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro is leaving his diplomatic mansion in Herzliya but he’s not going home - instead, he and his family have rented a house in nearby Raanana to finish the school year.
Right wing Israeli lawmakers will waste no time advancing a bill to annex part of the West Bank after Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president.
“Bomb threats being reported at JCC’s in ME, MA, NY, CT, FL, Law Enforcement following protocols to keep people safe,” wrote the ADL’s Robert Trestan on Twitter.22
In the midst of a stormy confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos, Minnesota Senator Al Franken left the nominee speechless with attacks on her suitability for the position.
(JTA) — The San Francisco-based Koret Foundation has given the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv a $10 million grant — the largest from a U.S. philanthropic foundation in the museum’s 40-year history. The grant will establish the Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood, the museum said in a statement….
Whitefish will approve future applications from an online neo-Nazi group to hold an anti-Jewish march in the city.
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