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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...

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...

Former Reporter Arrested in Connection With Bomb Threats Against Jewish Institutions

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Federal authorities arrested Juan M. Thompson, a 31-year-old former reporter from St. Louis, last Friday in connection with eight bomb threats called into several Jewish institutions over the last month, including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), officials said.

Thompson, who was fired as a reporter for The Intercept, allegedly made threats to exact revenge against a woman who had ended a romantic relationship with him, according to law enforcement officials. Thompson has also been charged with cyberstalking.

According to law enforcement, Thompson does not appear to be behind the robocalls against dozens of Jewish community centers (JCCs) nationwide, which are still the subject of...

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