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.…

AP: Israel police recommend corruption charges against Netanyahu

Israeli police on Tuesday recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in two corruption cases, dealing an embarrassing blow to the embattled prime minister that is likely to fuel calls for him to resign. Netanyahu angrily rejected the accusations, which included accepting nearly $300,000 in gifts from two billionaires.…

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…

JDCA meets with Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon

On Wednesday, the chair and several board members of the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) hosted Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, for lunch and a wide-ranging conversation about the United Nations, Israel-U.S. relations, particularly views by different constituencies of the Democratic Party about the Prime Minister, certain government policies, and the…