Tag: The New York Times

Michael Oren rejects report of Israeli nuclear ‘doomsday’ plan for Six-Day War

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli government minister Michael Oren, a former ambassador to the United States, rejected a report that Israel was prepared to detonate a nuclear bomb in the Sinai Peninsula if necessary to win the Six-Day War with its Arab neighbors.

The New York Times published a report Saturday about the existence of the “doomsday” plan, based on an interview by leading Israeli nuclear scholar Avner Cohen with retired IDF Brig.-Gen. Itzhak Yaakov, who claims to have created the plan for the Jewish state.

Yaakov, who oversaw weapons development for the Israeli military, detailed the plan to Cohen in…

Jared Kushner: What you need to know about the scandal engulfing Donald Trump’s son-in-law

(JTA) — Jared Kushner was once hailed as the key to Donald Trump’s surprise election victory.

Now Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser is at the center of the biggest controversy plaguing the administration: its ties to Russia.

Kushner is facing heat following reports of two meetings with figures close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Democrats say his White House role should be diminished. Republicans, most crucially his father-in-law, are backing him up.

Confronting scandal — and overcoming it — is nothing new for the real-estate scion turned presidential aide.

Kushner is an observant Jew and, like JTA, he’ll likely…

Trump stands by Jared Kushner amid FBI probe and reported tensions

(JTA) — President Donald Trump praised his son-in-law Jared Kushner for the work he has done in the White House amid FBI scrutiny of Kushner’s contacts with Russia and rumors of tension in their relationship.

“Jared is doing a great job for the country,” Trump said in a statement to The New York Times Sunday evening about one of his closest advisers. “I have total confidence in him. He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very…

Jared Kushner reportedly urged Trump to challenge appointment of special counsel to head Russia probe

(JTA) — Jared Kushner encouraged President Donald Trump to contest the Justice Department’s appointment of a new overseer of its investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, according to a report.

On Wednesday afternoon, after being informed that acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel, Trump gathered his staff, including Kushner, his Jewish son-in-law, The New York Times reported.

While most staff members counseled Trump to accept the appointment Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to the president, “was one of the few dissenting voices, urging the president…

Philippines president tells Trump he may not be able to visit US because he’s ‘supposed to go to Israel’

(JTA) — The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, told President Donald Trump that he may not be able to visit the White House because he is “supposed to go to” Israel and Russia.

Responding to Trump’s invitation on Saturday to visit the United States, Duterte said Monday, “I cannot make any definite promise. I’m supposed to go to Russia; I’m also supposed to go to Israel,” The New York Times reported.

Also Monday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said there was no set date for Duterte’s visit, which he reportedly had been planning since last month, The Times of Israel reported.

Trump drew criticism…