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Conference of Presidents Welcomes Senate Letter Calling for Intensified Efforts to Protect Jewish Communal Institutions

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(CPMAJO release) Stephen M. Greenberg, chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, welcomed the letter signed by all 100 U.S. senators calling on the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice and on the FBI to intensify their efforts to...

OU’s Allen Fagin Appointed Co-Chair of NY-Israel Commission; Joins Cuomo on Solidarity Mission to Israel

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Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Jerusalem in an expression of solidarity with the Jewish community, accompanied by the Orthodox Union’s Executive Vice President Allen Fagin.

Following a meeting with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, the governor announced the creation of a New York-Israel Commission, charged with assisting in the creation and promotion of opportunities for the development of new programs and economic partnerships celebrating the relationship between New York State and the State of Israel. Governor Cuomo appointed Mr. Fagin as co-chair of the commission.

“New York and Israel have always shared a deep cultural, social and economic bond and I am proud that we are working to...

US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley: Palestinians Must Stop Incitement, Engage in Direct Peace Talks With Israel

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(Barney Breen-Portnoy/ algemeiner.com) The Palestinian Authority must “stop its incitement to violence” and engage with Israel in “direct peace negotiations, rather than looking to the U.N.,” a top American diplomatic official said on Tuesday.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley made the statement after meeting with her Palestinian counterpart, Riyad Mansour—an encounter she described as “productive.”

“The U.S. is committed to supporting a true peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” she said.

Last month, Haley received warm praise from the pro-Israel community in both the U.S. and abroad after taking the U.N. Security Council to task for...

Bennett Preparing for National Leadership With Likud Merger

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(israelnationalnews.com) Jewish Home leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett believes that elections are not yet on the horizon. He estimates that the Netanyahu investigations will not lead to an indictment, but like his coalition colleagues he is also preparing for elections. Bennett has brought forward the internal elections and says he is aiming for leadership.

Bennett believes that before the election his party will gain ground in opinion polls and if Netanyahu will leave politics then the Likud party will shrink dramatically, which will leave the Jewish Home party as the only real alternative on the right. Bennett also believes that Yair Lapid’s candidacy for premier is bad...

Israeli Security Forces Bring Down Palestinian Weapons-Smuggling Network

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(JNS.org) A months-long joint operation between the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet security agency and the Israel Police to bring down a vast Palestinian terrorist weapons-smuggling network in the West Bank and Gaza concluded Tuesday, with Israeli forces seizing hundreds of illegal or restricted weapon parts and combat accessories as well as arresting nine people.

The operation, which began last summer, was initiated after Israeli customs officials uncovered packages holding weapon parts. The smugglers had labeled the packages as “plastic parts” or “cloth manufacturing.”

According to Israeli authorities, the smugglers ordered equipment online from undisclosed countries and...

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