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Israel praises US for abstaining from UN human rights session on Gaza

Itamar Eichner| Latest Update:  03.23.15, 14:14 / Israel News
In first step of Obama administration's 'reassessment' of relations with Jerusalem, American delegation will not take floor at debate on human rights violations in Palestinian territories.
The United States will not take the floor at the main UN human rights forum on Monday during the annual debate on violations committed in the Palestinian territories, a US spokesman told Reuters. 

5 Things You Need to Know About the U.S.-Israel Relationship Under President Obama

March 01, 2015

Since Israel’s founding in 1948, the United States has stood firmly as its closest ally in the Middle East. The first country to recognize Israel, the United States has forged a deep and unshakable bond with Israel through a multifaceted relationship that reflects the depth and breadth of the ties between our people and the values that we share.

Marginalizing extremists is priority as religions envoy, David Saperstein says

Rabbi David Saperstein, the new U.S. envoy for religious freedoms, said one priority will be to identify moderates in religious communities who could marginalize extremists.

Speaking Friday at his swearing-in at the State Department, Saperstein said he would work with U.S. civil society groups “in shaping policies that contribute to isolating and delegitimizing extremist religious voices.”

White House Mideast adviser Phil Gordon to visit Israel

Ron Kampeas | JTA | February 5, 2015

The White House’s top Middle East official will speak in Israel at a conference on security and meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Phil Gordon, the special assistant to the president and White House coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, will travel to Israel on Feb. 15, Alistair Baskey, a National Security Council spokesman, told JTA in an email.