Tag: President Donald Trump

US Ambassador David Friedman says his remarks about Abbas were not a call for regime change

JERUSALEM (JTA) — U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said the United States was not looking to “replace” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and that reports implying he said otherwise misquoted him.

On Wednesday, the Religious-Zionist newspaper Shevii released excerpts of an interview with Friedman to be published on Friday in which the ambassador is quoted as saying, “If Abu Mazen is not interested in negotiating, I am sure that someone else will want to. If Abbas creates a vacuum, I am convinced that someone else will fill it, and then we will move forward” with the peace process.

Some…

Trump dismisses David Shulkin as veterans’ affairs secretary

(JTA) — President Donald Trump has dismissed Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin and named his White House physician to the post.

Trump announced his decision to fire Shulkin, which had been widely expected, in a tweet late Wednesday afternoon.

His replacement is Dr. Ronny Jackson, 50, an active-duty rear admiral in the Navy who has served for the past three administrations as a White House physician. In January, Jackson spoke of Trump’s mental and physical health in glowing terms following his annual physical.

Shulkin, who is Jewish, has been embroiled in scandals in recent weeks, including overspending on travel…

Israel to waive construction permits for US Embassy in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s National Council for Planning and Construction will waive the usual rezoning approval and construction permits for the work in turning the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem into the American embassy.

The council on Tuesday said it would authorize the waiver in order to allow the work to be completed before the planned May 14 move of the embassy from Tel Aviv. The move is timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel’s founding.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump said he may be present for the opening of the embassy in Jerusalem.

Jewish Republican donor reportedly took $2.7 million from UAE lobbyist to influence Trump administration

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A major Jewish Republican donor accepted $2.7 million from an adviser to the United Arab Emirates to influence Trump administration policy at a time of tension between the UAE and its neighbor, Qatar, The New York Times reported.

Elliott Broidy, the deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee and a member of the board of directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition, was paid the money by George Nader, an adviser to the Emirates, in a bid to influence President Donald Trump. Broidy was an early Jewish backer of Trump in the…

Peru’s president, son of Jewish refugee who fled Nazis, resigns over vote-buying scandal

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Peru’s president, whose father was a Jewish refugee who fled the Nazis, offered his resignation a day after the release of videos that showed key allies trying to buy the support of opposition lawmakers.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, 79, spent months fighting off attempts to oust him and had vowed not to resign. But he faced an impeachment trial set for Thursday, which he appeared likely to lose, and the release of the videos made his decision inevitable.

“I don’t want to be an obstacle for our nation as it finds the path to unity and…