Statement by Jewish Democrats on the recent developments in Israel

Tuesday, the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) released the following statement on the recent developments in Israel: “We recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and support moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem at the right time. Yesterday, however, was not such a time because of the Trump administration’s failure to acknowledge broader U.S. strategic objectives…

The Hill: Juan Williams: Trump’s nest of hawks

Is President Trump more likely to start a war now that John Bolton is his national security advisor? Bolton strongly supported the U.S. going to war in Iraq in 2003 when he was a State Department official in President George W. Bush’s administration. His militaristic viewpoint led him to write recently that a Trump administration…

Jerusalem Post: Abbas sets conditions for hearing out Trump’s anticipated peace plan

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday the Ramallah-based Palestinian leadership will only engage with the Trump administration’s anticipated peace plan if it backs a two-state solution and recognizes east Jerusalem as the capital of “the State of Palestine.” “We will not listen to anything that comes [from the Trump administration], regardless of what…

Haaretz: Will Jared Kushner’s loss of security clearance affect his Mideast peace plan?

Former peace negotiators are divided on whether Jared Kushner’s loss of access to top secret intelligence will hurt his attempts to promote an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, after it was reported Tuesday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had “downgraded” his security clearance. “While losing access to top secret intelligence will limit some of…