JTA: State Department official: US and Israel are best friends forever

A State Department official just compared the U.S.-Israel alliance to her relationship with a BFF from junior high. Really. But first, a little background. Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, is on a Middle East tour this week. His stops include Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Egypt. One of his main topics is Israeli-Palestinian peace.…

JTA: Chuck Schumer: Orthodox Jews should do more to call out Trump for failing to condemn neo-Nazis

An otherwise congenial meeting between Jewish organizational officials and Democratic senators included a moment when Sen. Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said Orthodox Jews should do more to call out President Donald Trump for failing to confront hate in the United States. Schumer, D-N.Y., described what he depicted as a tepid reaction to Trump’s equivocation…

JTA: Why Democrats sat on their hands when Donald Trump celebrated recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel made it into his State of the Union speech. “Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate just months before: I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he said, to applause, mostly from Republicans. Trump segued from that to…

TOI: Poll shows Democrats increasingly ditching Netanyahu, not Israel, experts say

A new poll showing that support for Israel is becoming an increasingly partisan issue in the US has sparked questions over the significance of the apparent divide, as well as predictable partisan warfare… Jewish Democrats repudiated the suggestion that their party was not sufficiently supportive of the Jewish state. “I really resent the Republicans or…