Tag: State of Israel

Israel’s president rejects pardon request for soldier who shot downed Palestinian terrorist

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin rejected a request to pardon a former Israeli soldier convicted of shooting and killing an injured Palestinian terrorist as he lay on the ground.

Rivlin rejected the request to pardon jailed soldier Elor Azaria, who is serving a reduced sentence of 14 months in prison for the murder.

Earlier this month, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman sent a letter to Rivlin supporting a pardon and calling on the president to “show leniency and mercy” and to “put an end to the affair that shook Israeli society.”

Azaria, who has expressed no remorse for…

Israel denies entry to European officials under new anti-boycott law

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel announced it would not allow seven European officials to visit because of what it said were their efforts to promote boycotts of the country.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Monday that he would adopt the recommendation of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to deny entry to the members of a 20-person delegation. The group of European Parliament members and French mayors was to arrive next week.

According to the delegation, its primary purpose was to visit Marwan Barghouti and other Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails and offer them support.

Deri and Erdan suggested this…

Stephen Bannon: ‘I’m proud to be a Christian Zionist’

NEW YORK (JTA) — Stephen Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, called himself a “Christian Zionist” at the Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner.

He also praised Republican Jewish megadonor Sheldon Adelson for his help in guiding Trump through a sexual assault scandal.

Bannon, at what may have been his first speech at a Jewish event since becoming associated with Trump last year, received a standing ovation and loud applause throughout his speech on Sunday in New York. He was one of many current and former Trump administration officials to attend the event, including Ambassador to…

Israel wants a big cut from the nonprofit behind those blue tzedakah boxes

JERUSALEM (JTA) – American Jews dropped nickels and dimes into the Jewish National Fund’s blue charity boxes to help Zionists build the Jewish state.

More than a century later, the JNF, known in Hebrew as Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, is rich. It owns 13 percent of all the land in the country and brings in some $3 billion a year, most of it from land sales.

Israel now wants a big cut of that revenue to help fund state-run national infrastructure projects, and the government is pushing legislation that would force JNF to pay up. But JNF is holding out,…

Britain proud of role in creating Israel, Prime Minister Theresa May will say at Balfour celebration

(JTA) — Britain is “proud of our pioneering role in the creation of the State of Israel,” British Prime Minister Theresa May will say at a dinner to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.

A copy of May’s speech for the dinner on Thursday night was provided to and widely reported by the British media. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in London on Wednesday evening and will be May’s guest at the dinner.

“We are proud of our pioneering role in the creation of the State of Israel. We are proud to stand here today together with…