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Jewish candidate for Illinois governor drops running mate over BDS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Jewish candidate for Illinois governor dropped his running mate over a disagreement about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Daniel Biss, a state senator, said in a statement Wednesday on his campaign website that he had made a “difficult” decision to part ways with Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa just a week after announcing their ticket.

Biss said that he had raised BDS in the interview process and understood that Ramirez-Rosa opposed it, but in subsequent discussions it became clear “that Carlos’ position has changed.”

In a statement Wednesday to the…

Israel condemns North Korea nuclear test

JERUSALEM (JTA) —  Israel condemned the nuclear test conducted by North Korea calling it a continuation of the country’s “pattern of defiant activity.”

North Korea carried out the underground test on Sunday, later claiming that it had set off a hydrogen bomb. The explosion was felt in South Korea and China, making it the most powerful bomb that North Korea has ever set off.

“North Korea must comply with all Security Council resolutions on this issue and refrain from testing and developing weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems,” Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement…

Israel finalizes order of 17 more F-35 stealth fighter jets from US company

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel finalized a deal to order 17 more F-35 stealth fighter jets from the U.S. company Lockheed Martin.

The planes were originally authorized and ordered in November 2016, but the negotiations with the company were completed over the weekend, according to reports.

Each plane costs about $100 million. The money comes from the 10-year, $38 billion U.S. military aid package for Israel signed by President Barak Obama in September 2016. Most of the aid must be spent in the United States. The order brings to 50 the number of F-35s to be built for Israel.

Two of the…

Australian broadcaster explains why it left Israel off the map

SYDNEY (JTA) — Australia’s national news service defended its decision to broadcast a graphic showing a map of the Middle East that included Palestine but not Israel.

Shown during an Aug. 17 segment on ABC News Australia, the map illustrated a story about how laws in 11 Muslim-majority countries and the Palestinian territories treat rape victims.

“The story was about the repealing of a law in Lebanon that allowed rapists to escape punishment if they married their victims,” a senior executive for the Australian Broadcasting Corp. told JTA. “The map showed other countries where this law had already been repealed…

Netanyahu plans to become first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit Latin America

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu is planning trips to Argentina and Mexico in September that would make him the first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit Latin America.

Netanyahu is scheduled to visit the region before flying directly to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, according to The Jerusalem Post. He would return to Israel for Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 20.

“Latin America has always been friendly to Israel, but I think we’re at a position where these relationships can be far, far, far advanced,” Netanyahu told President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala last fall.