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 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 7, 2017

Nikki Haley: Trump will not allow UN resolutions condemning Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The Trump administration will not allow a repeat of last year's United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel for its settlements, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 7, 2017

Three times AIPAC speakers weren't so bipartisan this year

WASHINGTON (JTA)-"Many voices, one mission." If AIPAC's 2017 annual policy conference slogan, popping up on the conference app on activists' smartphones, isn't clear enough, the morning pick-me-up...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 31, 2017

Deeply divided Senate confirms Friedman as envoy to Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The U.S. Senate confirmed David Friedman, a confidante of President Donald Trump who outraged some Jewish groups with his broadsides against liberal Jews, as ambassador to Israel. The...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 24, 2017

Trump and Netanyahu: Mixed messages of a diplomatic lovefest

WASHINGTON (JTA)-One state. Flexibility. Two states. Hold back on settlements. Stop Iran. When President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: What a press conference! But wait. In the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 17, 2017

As president, Trump less gung-ho about dramatic changes in Israel policy

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump have been talking each other up plenty since the latter’s election upset in November. But those expecting Trump to turn his kind words and pledges on Israel...

 

'Remember the 11 million'? Why an inflated victims tally irks Holocaust historians

WASHINGTON (JTA)—“Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.” It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesperson’s unit last week...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 3, 2017

At dawn of the Trump era, two Jewish tribes descend on Washington

WASHINGTON (JTA)-"Cantor Kaufman!" Rabbi Jonah Pesner shouted across the intersection of 3rd and D in Washington's Northwest quadrant, packed sidewalk to sidewalk with women in pink pussycat hats and...

 

Mary Tyler Moore turned the world on to fully imagined Jewish characters

(JTA)-There are plenty of paradigms in the history of humor for how Jews and non-Jews get along, or don't: as persecutors and victims, as saviors and saved, as allies against a common oppressor. All...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 27, 2017

In Congress, a new battle emerges: 2 states or not 2 states

WASHINGTON (JTA)—There’s a striking difference between competing bids in Congress addressing last month’s U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements. It’s not that they differ on the United Nations—the two nonbinding...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 20, 2017

Obama's two farewells: Urging Americans, Israelis to defend their values

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Barack Obama got his kishkes back. The president, whose alleged aloofness was the signature flaw cited by his rivals, his critics and at times his friends, ended his presidency with...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 20, 2017

Rebuke of UN shows a House divided over meaning of 'pro-Israel'

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Reps. Ed Royce and Eliot Engel are that Capitol Hill rarity: a Republican and a Democrat who truly have each other's back. And nothing unites Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the U.S....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 6, 2017

With U.S. abstention, Israel again forced to face reality of world's rejection of settlements

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Ahead of the unknowns a Trump administration will bring to American Middle East policy, the Obama administration allowed a bracing reminder on Friday that the international...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 30, 2016

Israel envoy pick shakes up American Jewish status quo

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Nearly six years ago, when President Barack Obama was set to elevate one of his top emissaries to the Jewish community to the Israel ambassadorship, Dan Shapiro asked for-and got-the endorsement of one of Obama's fiercest pro-Israel...

 

Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem: The good, the bad and the unpredictable

President-elect Donald Trump said during his campaign he wants to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. His nominee for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has said he hopes he will work from an embassy in the city. Trump’s transition team has...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 23, 2016

A tale of two Chanukah parties: Obama's last and Trump (International's) first

WASHINGTON (JTA) ­ Weird paradoxes have been packed into Chanukah observance forever. It's the holiday about killing infidels that is now celebrated as a victory of religious pluralism. It's the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 23, 2016

In the Trump era, imams and rabbis struggle to come up with a strategy to counter anti-Muslim hostility

WASHINGTON (JTA)-A year ago, when several dozen Washington-area Jewish and Muslim religious and lay leaders jostled for spots in a group picture, the mood was convivial. The most novel item on the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 16, 2016

Keith Ellison would be a 'disaster' as DNC head, Haim Saban says

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Haim Saban, a major Democratic Party funder, said Rep. Keith Ellison's election as chairman of the Democratic National Committee would be a "disaster" for the relationship between...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 9, 2016

Betsy DeVos, Trump pick for education, pleases Orthodox, spooks church-state separationists

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Add sweeping school reforms-and with them, funding for private schools that Orthodox groups embrace and secular Jewish groups fear-to the campaign promises that Donald Trump plans to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 9, 2016

John Kerry: There are 'things we can do' to preserve two-state solution

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry signaled in a speech that the Obama administration was still considering action on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in its final days,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 2, 2016

Keith Ellison's ascent signals the Democrats' willingness to redefine 'pro-Israel'

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The most shocking thing about talk of Keith Ellison's Israel record as he rises within the Democratic Party is how few think it's shocking. Rep. Ellison, D-Minn., is a leading...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 2, 2016

Jewish groups fret as Republicans retreat from two-state solution

WASHINGTON (JTA)-In recent months, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee have each emphasized what in recent years hardly needed...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 25, 2016

Does Trump want to scrap the Iran deal? If so, this is how he does it.

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Enforce the Iran deal. Violate the Iran deal. Leave it to Congress. Do nothing. President-elect Donald Trump has an array of options before him when he assumes the presidency on Jan. 21, according to supporters and opponents of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 25, 2016

Condemn or court? Bannon appointment a dilemma for Jewish groups seeking access to Trump

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Offer an open hand or a closed fist-or maybe both. Name names. Don't name names, hint. Quietly adjust wording. Welcome to the second week of the World of Trump, Jewish organizational...

 

Leonard Cohen dies at 82

(JTA)-Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82. "It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 18, 2016

RJC blasts ADL for slams

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The top official of the Republican Jewish Coalition said the Anti-Defamation League had potentially compromised itself with its criticism of President-elect Donald Trump's words and...

 

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