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.…

JDCA calls on Sec. Tillerson to visit Israel amid violence in Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is currently traveling to five countries in the Middle East, will not be visiting Israel despite the escalation of violence with Syrian and Iranian forces. The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) calls on the secretary of state to add Israel to his itinerary to show solidarity and coordinate…

Tablet: After vandalism attack in Iranian synagogue, reports of Jews arrested

Following a vandalism attack at a synagogue in Shiraz, Iran earlier this week, the Iranian Jewish community is further roiling from unconfirmed reports that several Jews had been arrested on unknown charges. According to news reports, vandals broke into the Kenisa’eh Hadash (New Synagogue) on Sunday night, desecrated two Torah scrolls and prayer books, and…