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Trump Meets Jordan’s King Abdullah Amid Talk of Regional Peace Initiative

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(JNS.org) Jordan’s King Abdullah II meets with President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday, following an Arab summit hosted in the Hashemite kingdom last week and amid talk of a new regional peace initiative headed by the Trump administration.

Trump and Abdullah are expected to discuss the Arab consensus on the...

10 Indian Bnei Menashe Couples Are Married in Israel

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(Shavei Israel release) Ten Bnei Menashe couples, all of whom immigrated to Israel from Mizoram, India, in February, married at Shavei Israel’s absorption center in Kfar Hasidim on Sunday, April 2, under Jewish law in the wake of their formal conversion.

The 10 couples were among 102 new immigrants who arrived in Israel last month thanks to the Jerusalem-based nonprofit Shavei Israel. They all hail from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram, which borders Burma and Bangladesh and is home to the second-largest concentration of Bnei Menashe in India after that of the state of Manipur. The new immigrants all plan to settle in Nazareth Illit, Israel, which already has a flourishing Bnei...

Palestinian Official: No Negotiations Without Settlement Freeze

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(Ilana Messika/TPS) Nabil Shaath, Fatah Commissioner for International Relations, said Wednesday that the Palestinian leadership will not come back to the negotiating table as long as Israel does not stop building in Judea and Samaria. He added that all settlement options must be based on the two-state solution.

According to Shaath, the Palestinians also want negotiations with Israel to be time-limited, and must include the release of security prisoners jailed in Israel before the Oslo period began in 1993.

Shaath’s statements follow on the heels of PM Netanyahu’s statements to the Cabinet that although no formal agreement with Washington has been reached regarding construction in...

AIPAC Conference Is an Exercise in Managing Reality

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WASHINGTON—In recent years, the AIPAC lobby’s policy conferences have centered on hot-button issues such as the emerging and later finalized Iran nuclear deal, tension between the Obama administration and Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress, and the surprising rise of candidate and now President Donald Trump.

For the 2017 iteration of arguably the world’s largest annual pro-Israel gathering, the issues remained sensitive, but reality set in. The Iran deal and a Trump presidency have become facts of life, albeit highly contested ones. The Obama era has come and gone.

At the AIPAC conferences of the past several years, questions on outcomes...

Terror Attack Outside Parliament Stuns London

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At press time, four people had been confirmed dead, a police officer had been stabbed and as many as 40 people had been run over outside London’s Parliament building as it was in session on Wednesday. The incident was being treated as a terror attack. London’s metropolitan police were called to the Parliament building at around 2:40 p.m. local time (10:40 a.m. EST) after reports of a vehicle crashing into a crowd at Westminster Bridge near Britain’s Parliament, resulting in horrific injuries. At least 10 people were treated at the scene. A woman was pulled alive from the Thames River where she had jumped or been thrown as the car hit the bridge railing. Witnesses say an assailant...

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