Tag: Trump Administration

Chuck Schumer: Orthodox Jews should do more to call out Trump for failing to condemn neo-Nazis

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An otherwise congenial meeting between Jewish organizational officials and Democratic senators included a moment when Sen. Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said Orthodox Jews should do more to call out President Donald Trump for failing to confront hate in the United States.

Schumer, D-N.Y., described what he depicted as a tepid reaction to Trump’s equivocation following the neo-Nazi and white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.

Members of the Orthodox group present at the meeting on Wednesday, the Orthodox Union, responded by saying that it and other groups had expressed concerns about Trump’s…

Will Abbas’ explosive comments kill the peace process?

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Oslo Accords? “Killed,” the Palestinian Authority president says, blaming Israel.

The Israeli prime minister says the Palestinians are now “unmasked” — but naturally he blames the Palestinians.

Notably, the United States is silent.

The P.A. president, Mahmoud Abbas, delivered a rambling address of more than two hours this weekend to the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council.

“Today is the day that the Oslo Accords end,” he said. “Israel killed them.”

Abbas blamed the restrictions under which his Palestinian Authority operates and what he regards as Israel’s unrestrained occupation activity.

“We are an authority without any…

Palestinians insist US must rescind Jerusalem decision for peace talks to resume

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The chief negotiator for the Palestinians said they will not resume any kind of peace negotiations with Israel until the United States walks back its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“The Palestinian leadership will not accept any offers for negotiations unless the American decision on Jerusalem is annulled,” Saeb Erekat said Tuesday in an interview with the official Voice of Palestine radio, the official Palestinian Authority WAFA news website reported.

Erekat said the decision “removed Jerusalem from any negotiations.”

He also said the Palestinian leadership does not want to clash with the Trump administration, but…

Trump officials advised Israel to expand Jewish prayer at Western Wall, prevent it at Temple Mount

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The annual State Department report on religious freedoms emphasizes Trump administration efforts to maintain the status quo on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and encourage religious pluralism in Israel.

In the report released Thursday, the Israel section reflects the importance that the Trump administration attached to tamping down tensions that exploded in July after terrorists killed two Israeli policemen on the Temple Mount and Israel installed new security measures there. It also casts the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, whose nomination came under criticism from Jewish groups because of his previous lacerating attacks on liberal…

Aaron Sorkin says Trump too boring for ‘West Wing’ reboot

(JTA) — Aaron Sorkin, the creator of the hit series “West Wing,” dismissed the idea of a remake based on the Trump administration, saying the president is too boring to tell a compelling story.

“It would look like dead air,” Sorkin told ABC in an interview aired Thursday when asked about this possibility. “I don’t find him to be a terribly interesting character. He is exactly what he looks like.”

The main protagonist in “West Wing,” which in 2000 won the Golden Globes award in the best series category, was Josiah Bartlet, portrayed by Martin Sheen as a passionate, compassionate…