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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

George Soros: Trump is a ‘would-be dictator’ destined to fail

George Soros

George Soros speaking in Berlin, Sept. 10, 2012. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Billionaire George Soros called President-elect Donald Trump a “would-be dictator” who is “going to fail.”

On the eve of Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., Soros said Thursday during a panel discussion in Davos, Switzerland, that Trump was “gearing up for a trade war,” which would have “a very far-reaching effect in Europe and other parts of the world,” Agence-France Presse reported Friday.

The “would-be dictator … didn’t expect to win, he was surprised,” the Hungarian-born financier and Jewish philanthropist told an audience of business leaders and journalists at the site of the World Economic Forum.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Trump appointees’ statements could signal he won’t scrap Iran deal

Donald Trump speaking at a rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots against the Iran nuclear deal in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, 2015. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump speaking at a rally against the Iran nuclear deal in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, 2015. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Donald Trump has been quick to bash the Iran nuclear deal, but slow to commit to doing anything about it.

This week he doubled down on his assessment of the agreement, which imposes limits on Iran’s nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions, as “one of the worst deals ever made.”

But the self-described dealmaker — who once told a room full of Republican Jews, “I’m a negotiator like you folks” — refused to say whether he would make any changes to the pact.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (Public Domain)

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (Public Domain)

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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Trump tells Israeli reporter in Washington he will move embassy to Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump told an Israeli reporter that he will move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Trump made the remarks at an event Tuesday evening in Washington, the Israeli daily Israel Hayom reported on Thursday.

Israel Hayom reporter Boaz Bismuth, who served as Israel’s ambassador to Mauritania for four years until 2008, attended the event sponsored by Trump’s close associate, chairman of the 58th Presidential Inauguration Committee Thomas J. Barrack Jr., for current diplomats serving in the United States.

Bismuth reported that during a conversation with Trump, he asked the president elect if he remembered telling him in a previous interview that he would move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Israel receives first Arrow 3 rocket interceptors

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli Air Force received the first advanced interceptors of the Arrow 3 missile defense system, which is being jointly developed by the United States and Israel.

The rockets, worth about $2.2 million each, were delivered Wednesday, according to reports in the Israeli media.

The Arrow 3 missiles were designed to enable interception of ballistic missiles beyond the earth’s atmosphere. Interception at that altitude enables missiles carrying nuclear warheads to be blocked farther from Israel and increases the overall odds of interception.

The American aviation firm Boeing and the U.S. Department of Defense are working together on the project, which is being run by Israel Aircraft Industries, a state-owned company. The missiles are being developed with U.S. funding.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Thousands of Jewish protesters join Women’s March targeting Trump’s policies and rhetoric

Women's March

Supporters of National Council of Jewish Women and other Jewish organizations come together on the National Mall for the Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. (Ron Sachs)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Thousands of Jews joined an estimated hundreds of thousands of protesters in the Women’s March on Washington protesting newly installed President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric.

The march Saturday, focusing on anticipated rollbacks in abortion rights under the new president and broader issues like discrimination against minorities and preserving former President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, included among its hundreds of official partners a number of Jewish groups.

Organizers estimated that it drew at least twice the 250,000 they had anticipated. Clogging the city’s streets and subway system for hours, it appeared to dwarf the crowds who had attended Trump’s inauguration the day before.

Similar marches took place across the country and around the world, drawing what media said were millions of women – as well as many men – to protest Trump and support a progressive agenda.
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From The Times of Israel

Jewish groups welcome parts of Trump inaugural address, slam others

Conference of Presidents says it ‘looks forward’ to working with administration, Anne Frank Center criticizes ‘hateful speech’

January 21, 2017, 1:46 am

President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

 

Reacting to the inaugural address of President Donald Trump, Jewish groups mostly stuck to their ideological bearings.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations praised the unifying portions of Trump’s speech and called on him to safeguard Israel’s security and other Jewish interests.

“We welcome President Trump’s acknowledgement of the need to heal the divisions in our country, to improve the lives of all Americans, to reinforce alliances and to strengthen our security,” the statement said. “We look forward to working with President Trump and his administration to deepen the historic special relationship between the US and Israel, enhance the safety and security of the Jewish state and its people and on other issues of vital importance to the American Jewish community.”

While Trump promised to “reinforce old alliances and form new ones,” he also said the United States “subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.’”

“We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own, and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay,” the new US leader said.
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From The Times of Israel

Jewish celebs share their thoughts on Trump inauguration

President-elect gets no love from overwhelmingly Democrat Jewish singers, actors and comedians

January 20, 2017, 5:48 pm

US President Barack Obama, right, presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Barbra Streisand during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 (AP Photo via JTA/Evan Vucci)

US President Barack Obama, right, presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Barbra Streisand during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 (AP Photo via JTA/Evan Vucci)

 

JTA — While Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration has empowered his supporters — whom many commentators say were ignored by the Democratic party — many liberal voters are feeling extremely nervous and anxious. The latter group — unsurprisingly— contains many Jewish celebrities.

Barbra Streisand, for instance, who vocally supported Hillary Clinton throughout the presidential campaign, called the president-elect “clueless, reckless, graceless, mindless and heartless” in a Huffington Post piece on Wednesday.

“He doesn’t just bring economic policies I happen to disagree with, or an approach to healthcare funding that could hurt millions of people. This isn’t simply a matter of Republican versus Democratic. This is a man who, on record and often on video, disparaged or outright ridiculed women, immigrants, the disabled and others.”

Other celebs have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions and fears about Friday’s inauguration.