Times of Israel

• Top US commander for Mideast said to make secret Syria trip
Syrian Democratic Forces say General Joseph Votel met with group leaders for first time under Trump, ‘discussed increase of coordination and support’

• Where ancient instruments, vegan cuisine and Zionist history meet
Jerusalem’s historical Nahalat Shiva neighborhood, outside Old City, became such an eyesore it was nearly torn down in the 1970s. Instead, it has been stunningly revived

• US bars entry of Syrian who worked on Oscar-nominated film
Department of Homeland Security abruptly decides to block Khaled Khateeb, who shot film on nation’s civil war, citing ‘derogatory information’

• Three die in Gaza tunnel after inhaling gas
Five others injured in digging accident on Rafah border while attempting to fix a shaft destroyed by the Egyptian army

• Dershowitz threatens to leave Democratic party if Ellison elected DNC chair
US lawyer and Israel advocate says congressman’s ‘long history of sordid association with anti-Semitism’ and hard-left policies make him a disastrous choice

• Pence to Republican Jews: World will know US supports Israel
At RJC conference at Adelson casino in Las Vegas, VP praises top donor, says Israel has already grown stronger under Trump

• White House defends contacts with FBI over Russia reports
Trump administration says it had little choice but to turn to bureau over what it said was inaccurate media coverage of Moscow affair

• Germany: Angela Merkel’s party slips in poll
Social Democrats nudge ahead of chancellor’s conservative bloc for first time in over a decade

• Meet the gonzo Jewish filmmaker behind Trump’s fake news on Sweden
Latest piece joins Ami Horowitz’s controversial films on conditions in West Bank, Israeli flag on campuses

• Israeli deported, banned from Colombia following bomb ‘joke’ at airport
Joseph Bronfen, 48, en route to Tel Aviv after threatening to ‘use a bomb’ in his backpack over a domestic flight delay

• Jordanians protest price hikes, demand government ouster
Some 1,500 take to street in protest organized by Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood over economic woes

• ‘Punch a Zionist’ tweeter quits McGill student government
Igor Sadikov steps down after controversy surrounding Feb. 6 tweet some say incited violence

• Paris mayor, George Clooney fire back at Trump for insulting city
President raises hackles after saying at conservative meet-up that ‘Paris is no longer Paris’ after spate of terror attacks

• Combative Trump promises Americans safety and strength
In annual conservative meet-up, president again attacks media, vows ‘greatest military buildups’ in US history

• Homeland Security report disputes threats from Trump’s banned nations
Department’s intelligence arm finds citizenship ‘unlikely indicator’ of terror threat to US, few from 7 countries on travel ban were involved in terror

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