David Friedman Confirmed As US Ambassador To Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed David Friedman as the U.S. ambassador to Israel in a Tweet, Thursday. Senators voted 52-46 and approved the first of President Donald Trump’s pick for ambassadors. Netanyahu said that Friedman would be warmly welcomed by Israel. Israeli envoy to the U.S. Ron Dermer also posted on Twitter congratulating Friedman. […]

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House GOP postpones vote on health care

WASHINGTON — House GOP leaders postponed a much-anticipated vote Thursday on legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act amid a Republican revolt that raised doubts about the fate of the measure as well as President Donald Trump’s self-proclaimed negotiating skills. After initially vowing to continue talks through the night, a frustrated White House told a […]

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House intelligence chair partially backs off claim about surveillance of Trump team

WASHINGTON — The head of the House Intelligence Committee partially backed away from his dramatic claim that officials in President Donald Trump’s transition team had been subjects of surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies, with an aide saying that Chairman Devin Nunes did not know “for sure.” On Wednesday, Nunes, R-Calif., said that names of transition […]

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Suspect in bomb threats may have been paid to harass JCCs

A teenager with dual US-Israeli citizenship who allegedly made hundreds of false bomb threats over the years to Jewish community centers around the world may have been paid for foreign entities to do so, Channel 2 reported Thursday night. The suspect, a resident of the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, was arrested by Israeli authorities […]

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Rick Perry questions presidential election results — at his alma mater

AUSTIN, Texas — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks the president stole the election. No, he’s not talking about President Donald Trump, Perry’s new boss as the former governor leads the Energy Department. He’s talking about Bobby Brooks, a kid from Belton who just was elected student body president at Perry’s alma mater Texas A&M […]

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No conflict for President Trump in leasing hotel from government, agency says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump can continue to lease a downtown Washington hotel from the federal government, a federal agency has decided, determining that the unprecedented arrangement does not present a conflict. The Trump organization has changed the lease to prevent the president from receiving any of the proceeds from hotel operations, a contracting officer […]

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Nunes trips on a high wire as chair of House intelligence panel, and Democrats pounce

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes seemed to set his partisan gloves aside when he stepped into the national ring as the new chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 2015. Now, upending the committee’s most politically sensitive investigation, the 43-year-old California Republican has antagonized the panel’s Democrats, who until now have […]

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Bipartisan bill would oppose UNHRC on BDS

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) —U.S. Representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-IL), Co-Chair of the GOP Israel Caucus, and Juan Vargas (D-CA) introduced the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, legislation to further combat the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. In the United States Senate, a companion bill was introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD). […]

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Senate confirms Friedman as US ambassador to Israel

Washington (dpa) – The Senate confirmed US President Donald Trump’s choice to serve as ambassador to Israel on Thursday. The upper chamber approved David Friedman 52-46 to the post. Friedman advised Trump throughout his presidential campaign and has taken a hard-line position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, going after US Jewish groups who support a two-state […]

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Suspect in JCC bomb threats also harassed Israeli institutions

A 19-year old man with dual US-Israeli citizenship was arrested for allegedly making a series of threats to Jewish institutions in the US and Europe. The suspect has a long record of criminal behavior, authorities in Israel said Thursday. The man, whose identity has not yet been released for publication, was suspected by police of […]

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Muslim Woman Cursed and Punched in New York

Police in Queens, New York, are hunting for a woman who insulted and punched a Muslim woman on the street earlier this month. The woman, according to police, approached a 26-year-old woman and told her “you stink, you fucking Muslim,” before punching her in the side of her neck, according to New York’s Pix11 and […]

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Trump to reporter: “I’m president and you’re not”

President Trump didn’t give an inch on his claims about wiretapping and voter fraud in an interview published Thursday, and told the journalist, “I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president and you’re not.” In the interview with Time magazine, Mr. Trump defended his tweets about former President Obama wiretapping his campaign headquarters, and […]

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Cubs’ Epstein named World’s Greatest Leader

Theo Epstein was tabbed World’s Greatest Leader by Fortune magazine, which published its annual list on Thursday morning. The Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations found himself atop a list that included Alibaba founder Jack Ma (No. 2), Pope Francis (No. 3), Melinda Gates (No. 4) and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (No. 5). LeBron James […]

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Minister vows to quit coalition if settlement freeze goes ahead

Uri Ariel, of the Jewish Home party, warns that halting building outside of main blocs would ‘not leave us any choice’ By Sue Surkes Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel attends the 14th annual Jerusalem Conference of the ‘Besheva’ group, on February 12, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) Jewish Home Minister Uri Ariel said on Thursday he would […]

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