Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Education Department scrutinizes universities for anti-Israel bias

Betsy DeVos testifying
Betsy DeVos. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

The Education Department told Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to restructure their joint Middle East studies program, claiming there was not enough “positive imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region," the New York Times reports.

The state of play: In a letter assistant Secretary for postsecondary education Robert King wrote that the Duke-UNC program "appears to lack balance," alleging that it failed to abide by the standards of Title VI of the Higher Education Act, which grants college funding for international studies and foreign language programs.

Netanyahu claims Trump peace plan could be presented within days

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Cabinet ministers the Trump administration is going to present its plan “within days” after the Sept. 17 elections — most likely even next week, ministers who attended the meeting told me.

  • Netanyahu said he was citing new information he got last night from Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the United States.

Why it matters: Netanyahu used the “Trump argument” to convince the attorney general to approve the establishment of a new settlement in the Jordan Valley, which he brought to a vote at the Cabinet 2 days before the elections. Netanyahu needed to pass the move to boost his campaign.