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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…

Rex Tillerson: US wants Iran out of Syria

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A condition of U.S. cooperation with Russia in the Syria arena is the removal of Iranian forces from the country, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

“The direct presence of Iranian military forces inside of Syria, they must leave and go home, whether those are Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces or whether those are paid militias, foreign fighters, that Iran has brought into Syria in this battle,” Tillerson said Wednesday in a wide-ranging news conference.

The other condition, Tillerson said, was that the end result should be a unified Syria with “new leadership” — the removal…

Muslim worshippers stay away from Temple Mount despite removal of metal detectors, security cameras

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Metal detectors and security cameras installed at entrances to the Temple Mount for Muslim worshippers were removed, but  the religious trust that administers the holy sites there said Muslims should continue to stay away.

The Muslim Waqf said Tuesday that it rejected any security measures, including advanced technologies, calling for “completely” free worship for Muslims at the site.

That morning, the security measures that Israel had been put in place less than two weeks ago were completely removed, hours after its Security Cabinet made the decision.

Late Monday night, the Security Cabinet said it would instead…

Businesses use Kushner’s White House connection to lure Chinese investors

(JTA) — Two businesses working with Jared Kushner’s family real estate company used his status  as a top aide to President Donald Trump to lure Chinese investors, even after the firm had apologized for touting the connection during a sales pitch in May, CNN reported.

References to Kushner are part of online promotions by two businesses that are working with Kushner Companies to find Chinese investors willing to invest in an apartment complex in Jersey City, New Jersey,  according to the CNN report published Friday.

The promotions for the project are posted in Chinese and refer to Kushner Companies as…

Trump administration slaps Iran with new sanctions after recertifying nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hours after recertifying the Iran nuclear deal President Donald Trump decried as a candidate, his administration slapped new sanctions on the country’s ballistic missile program.

“The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security and prosperity,” Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement Tuesday.

The statement targeted 18 entities and individuals “supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program and for supporting Iran’s military procurement or Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as well as an Iran-based transnational criminal organization and associated persons.” It…