Trump reiterates neutrality on two-state solution, but says he ‘likes’ it

(JTA) — President Donald Trump said he “likes” the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict while reiterating his noncommittal approach. Asked during an interview with Reuters Thursday whether he had backed away from the two-state concept during his Feb. 15 joint White House appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said, “No, I like the two-state solution.” But, he added, “I ultimately like what the both parties like.” His position diverges with that of previous U.S. presidents, who said two states was the only viable solution for read more


Metzger gets 4.5 years in prison for fraud after judge rejects plea deal

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A judge in Jerusalem rejected a plea deal between prosecutors and Yona Metzger, a former Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel. Under the deal signed in January, Metzger pleaded guilty to fraud, breach of trust and tax offenses. The Jerusalem District Court judge sentenced Metzger to 4.5 years in jail, more than the 3.5 years under the original plea bargain, but less than the 7 years that he could have sentenced. Metzger will be the first Israeli chief rabbi to serve jail time on corruption charges. He is scheduled to begin his prison sentence on May 3, at Nitzan Prison in Ramle. read more


Corporate-Startup Partnerships are Thriving in Israel – Red Herring

Red HerringCorporate-Startup Partnerships are Thriving in IsraelRed HerringWhen Greg Moran, CEO of Zoomcar, first traveled to Israel last year, he was expecting to have a few business conversations–maybe even to collaborate on a low-level project. His firm, India's first and largest self-drive car rental service, had been in ... read more



Netanyahu, Turnbull discuss increase of joint intel efforts by Israel, Australia

February 22, 2017, 6:33 PM (IDT) Following talks with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that he had thanked Turbull for Australia's support of Israel at the UN and that the two leaders had discussed the tightening of bilateral cooperation in the intelligence field. Netanyahu also called attention to American President Donald Trump's condemnation of the latest anti-Semitic threats in the US. He later met with representatives of Sydney's Jewish community and then attended a conference of 500 bu read more

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