Month: December 2016

Netanyahu ‘deeply disappointed’ in Kerry’s speech, rejects UN vote

Benjamin Netanyahu giving a response to John Kerry’s speech about Middle East peace in Jerusalem, Dec. 28, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a policy speech by Secretary of State John Kerry, saying the emphasis by the United Nations and the Obama administration on settlement construction downplayed the role of Palestinian repudiation of Israel’s legitimacy as an obstacle to peace.

“How can you make peace with someone who rejects your very existence?” Netanyahu said in a speech Wednesday barely an hour after Kerry spoke in Washington, D.C. “This…

John Kerry rips Israel’s ‘pernicious’ settlement policy, lays out 6 principles for Mideast peace

Secretary of State John Kerry laying out his vision for peace between Israel and the Palestinians at the State Department in Washington, D.C., Dec. 28, 2016. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Secretary of State John Kerry laid out six principles that the United States believes must govern the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while rebuking Israel’s “pernicious policy of settlement construction.”

In lengthy remarks from the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Kerry said peace must provide for secure and recognized borders based on the 1967 lines, with mutually agreed…

Chicago filmmaker, activist David Steiner dies in Uganda bus crash

David Steiner made the award-winning documentary “Saving Barbara Sizemore,” about efforts to save a charter school in Chicago. (Facebook)

(JTA) — David Steiner, a documentary filmmaker from Chicago who was studying to be a rabbi, was killed in a bus crash in rural Uganda.

Steiner, 51, the creator of the award-winning documentary “Saving Barbara Sizemore,” about efforts to save a charter school in Chicago, was the only fatality in Monday’s crash. His son, Itamar, and another teen were injured.

Steiner was in Uganda filming a documentary about two Sudanese boys that he…

Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia of ‘Star Wars’ fame, dies at 60

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in a photo from Aug. 23, 1978. (CBS via Getty Images)

(JTA) — Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for playing Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” films, died days after suffering a heart attack on an airplane. She was 60.

Fisher’s family spokesman Simon Halls confirmed to multiple publications that she passed away Tuesday morning.

Fisher had been in intensive care at the UCLA Medical Center after having a heart attack on Friday during a flight from London to her home in Los…

John Kerry to deliver ‘comprehensive vision’ for Middle East peace

John Kerry at a meeting of the Mideast Quartet on the situation in Yemen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 18, 2016. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver a speech laying out his vision for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner confirmed Tuesday that Kerry would deliver the speech Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C.

“In the speech, the secretary will lay out a comprehensive vision for how he believes the conflict can be resolved in the Middle East,” Toner told reporters.

The announcement…