Tag: Donald Trump

US ambassador to Israel reportedly says evicting settlers ‘could lead to civil war’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Evicting hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers from the West Bank “could lead to civil war in Israel,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told American Jewish leaders.

His remarks were first tweeted and reported on Israel’s Channel 10 by journalist Barak Ravid, who said he received the remarks from three participants at the meeting.

Friedman spoke Monday night during an off-the-record briefing in Jerusalem for about 100 American Jewish leaders at a meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations.

The U.S. Embassy and the Presidents Conference disputed the report.

“We have seen…

Ohio’s Josh Mandel ends US Senate bid, citing wife’s health

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing his wife’s health, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has dropped his bid to challenge U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in November.

“We recently learned that my wife has a health issue that will require my time, attention and presence,” Mandel, a Republican, said in a release. “In other words, I need to be there. Understanding and dealing with this health issue is more important to me than any political campaign.”

Mandel, a Jewish Marines Corps veteran, was making his second try at unseating Brown, a Democrat. He lost soundly to Brown in 2012.

Mandel had…

For Israelis in Japan, the North Korea nuclear threat is business as usual

TOKYO (JTA) — Outside this city’s largest synagogue, a wailing siren drowns out the sounds of traffic.

The cacophony alarms a boisterous group of students headed to the nearby United Nations University. Fearing an earthquake, they instinctively run into the middle of the small street in the busy, upscale neighborhood of Shibuya.

But they relax and giggle nervously when they realize that the siren emanating from the Shiritsutokyojogakkan Elementary School, opposite the synagogue, has nothing to do with seismic activity. Rather it is part of a nationwide series of drills designed to ready the population of this island nation…

New Jewish group supports independence for Kurdistan

(JTA) — Several prominent Jews in Europe and North America joined an organization fostering Jewish-Kurdish friendship and supporting independence for Iraqi Kurdistan.

The Jewish-American lawyer Alan Dershowitz joined the honorary board of the Brussels-based Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan last month, along with Irwin Cotler, a former justice minister of Canada, and Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, two well-known hunters of Nazis from Germany, the group’s founder and president, Joel Rubinfeld, told JTA Wednesday.

Also on the honorary board of the coalition are Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Charles Tannock, a British lawmaker at the European Parliament…

Anthony Weiner will serve time in a federal prison with residential treatment for sex offenders

(JTA) — Former congressman Anthony Weiner will serve his sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl at one of the few federal prisons with a residential treatment for sex offenders.

Weiner, who was sentenced to 21 months, will serve his time at the Federal Medical Center, Devens, in Ayer, Massachusetts, located about an hour’s drive northwest of Boston, the New York Daily News reported.

He is scheduled to enter the facility on Nov. 6.

Weiner, 53, pleaded guilty in May to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor and had faced up to 10 years in prison. He…