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Complied from JTA news service

Trump sending top envoys to Mideast to advance Israel-Palestinian peace

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will soon send a team of his top aides, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, on a tour of the Middle East to advance “substantive” Middle East peace talks.

The delegation “will be meeting with leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” a senior administration official said in a statement sent to JTA.

The delegation will comprise Kushner, a top aide whose portfolio includes Middle East peace; Jason Greenblatt, the White House’s top peace negotiator; and Dina Powell, the deputy national security adviser.

The president, the senior administration official said, “believes that the restoration of calm and the stabilized situation in Jerusalem after the recent crisis on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif has created an opportunity to continue discussions and the pursuit of peace that began early in his administration.”

A lethal July 14 attack by terrorists that killed two Israelis police at the Temple Mount led Israel to install metal detectors. That was followed by increased tensions among Palestinians, who worship at the site, which is holy to Jews and Muslims. Israel removed the metal detectors following interventions by Jordan and by Trump administration officials.

The trip, which does not yet have dates, reflects Trump’s approach of brokering a broader Middle East peace and includes meetings with some of the regions most important players.

“The president has asked that these discussions focus on the path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, combating extremism, the situation in Gaza, including how to ease the humanitarian crisis there, strengthening our relations with regional partners and the economic steps that can be taken both now and after a peace deal is signed to ensure security, stability, and prosperity for the region,” the statement said.

Teen in JCCs case sold his bomb threat services, FBI alleges

The Israeli-American teenager accused of making hundreds of threats against Jewish community centers in the United States including Tampa sold his bomb threat services.

Michael Kadar, 19, from Ashkelon in southern Israel, also offered to frame others for the threats for a higher fee, the FBI reportedly alleges in newly unsealed court documents reported by The Atlantic and The Daily Beast.

The teen sold his services on AlphaBay, a “dark web” marketplace website selling illegal goods and services that was closed by U.S. authorities in July.

He reportedly sold his services from $30 for a single threat to $90 for “emailed bomb threat to a school districts\multiple schools + framing someone for it.”

The messages were found on a flash drive confiscated by the Israel Police during a raid on the teen’s bedroom earlier this year. Police reportedly identified an individual in California who is believed to have ordered and paid for Kadar’s threats.

He was arrested in Israel in March in a joint operation with the FBI. The teen’s parents and attorney have said Kadar has a benign brain tumor that affects his behavior, as well as a very low IQ.


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