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 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 9, 2018

In the State of the Union, Trump vows to punish countries that criticized his Jerusalem decision

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump called on Congress to pass a law that would extend foreign assistance only to “friendly” nations, a dig at the countries that voted in the United Nations to censure the United States for recognizing...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 9, 2018

A Trump nominee makes Jewish groups choose between Israel and sexual harassment

WASHINGTON (JTA)—If there’s overlap between Hillel and the National Council of Jewish Women, it’s in two areas: defending Israel and combating violence against women on campus. Leaders of the campus Jewish organization took a look at the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 2, 2018

Mike Pence's faith drives his support for Israel-does it drive Mideast policy?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-When Mike Pence moved to Washington earlier this year, he and his wife took with them a framed phrase they had for years hung over their fireplace in their Indiana home, and then...

 

Will Abbas' explosive comments kill the peace process?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Oslo Accords? “Killed,” the Palestinian Authority president says, blaming Israel. The Israeli prime minister says the Palestinians are now “unmasked”—but naturally he blames the Palestinians. Notably, the United...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 19, 2018

Trumps waives Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump waived nuclear sanctions against Iran for what the White House said was the final time under the current deal. By the time the next waiver signing rolls around in 120 days, Trump wants a new deal in place...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 12, 2018

Will Iran protests kill the nuclear deal?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Iranians are taking to the streets in spontaneous demonstrations across the country to protest government corruption and a failing economy. The depth and breadth of popular Iranian...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 5, 2018

Why Trump's Middle East negotiator is beating expectations

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's chief Israeli-Palestinian negotiator, has an office just around the corner from the White House. On his computer monitor is a Post-it note,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 29, 2017

Why Jewish day schools are breathing a little easier on tax bill

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Lawmakers finalizing the proposed tax overhaul reportedly have removed a provision that had sent shivers through the graduate student and Jewish day school communities. The House...

 

Hummus among us: chefs debate what makes Israeli food Israeli

WASHINGTON (JTA)-It's lunch break during a one-day conference on "Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Society"-so naturally I'm eating lunch. Everything on my white plastic plate can be...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 22, 2017

Their troubled brother wandered into Gaza-now his Ethiopian-Israeli family wants US help to get him back

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Ilan Mengistu knows his pitch to rescue his brother, Avera, should be a no-brainer to Jews-"pidyon shvuyim," the redemption of the hostage, is among the greatest of commandments. But...

 

What Michael Flynn's plea could mean for Jared Kushner and Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI twice—both times about policy maneuvering with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, during...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 15, 2017

Jared Kushner talks about his peace plan, and leaves everyone guessing

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians will be comprehensive and pave the way for stability in the region. That's about all we know concerning Jared Kushner's plan, and...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 1, 2017

Judaism is the star at a Bible museum built by Hobby Lobby

WASHINGTON (JTA)—As the Burning Bush crackles, God is heard. “Mow-zes,” God says in the mysterious mid-Atlantic accent that Hollywood once trained its actors to use—the one Anne Baxter as Nefertiti used to summon Charlton Heston’s Moses in...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 1, 2017

What unites and divides Israeli Americans and their fellow Jews: The IAC conference takes a look

Not long ago Yahel Epel, a volunteer with the Israeli American Council, fulfilled her assigned mission: She assembled 200 Jews, half of them Israeli American, in a room in Denver on a Friday evening for a potluck dinner and a Shishi Yisraeli...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 17, 2017

Here are five Jewish takeaways from Election Day

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The big post-Election Day headline is the stunning Democratic sweep in Virginia's gubernatorial and House elections, coupled with the predicted Democratic win of the governor's...

 

What turmoil in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon means for Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—What is MBS? Why did Lebanon’s prime minister resign, and why in Saudi Arabia? What’s Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is Jared Kushner in all this? And what does it all mean for...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 10, 2017

State anti-BDS laws are hitting unintended targets and nobody's happy

WASHINGTON (JTA)-On May 2, Israel's Independence Day, Texas state Rep. Phil King stood smiling as Gov. Greg Abbott signed King's bill banning the state from doing business with boycotters of Israel....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 20, 2017

Three Supreme Court cases Jews are watching closely

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Supreme Court is back in session with a full bench of nine justices, so expect more momentous decisions after nearly a year of caution. Now that the high court is back to its previous equilibrium—four solid liberals, four...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 13, 2017

With America's blessing, Abbas signals a reconciliation with Hamas

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The Trump administration is encouraging the Palestinian Authority to assume control of the Gaza Strip and leaving the door open for a role by Hamas in the subsequent Palestinian...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 22, 2017

FEMA for houses of worship

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A tweet by President Donald Trump on Friday night, with Houston recovering from Hurricane Harvey and his sister Irma set to ravage Florida, is renewing hope among Jewish groups that have long advocated for emergency assistance to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 25, 2017

Hate in Charlottesville: The day the Nazi called me Shlomo

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (JTA)-The white supremacists, for all their vaunted purpose, appeared to be disoriented. Some 500 had gathered at a park here Saturday to protest this southern Virginia city's...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 25, 2017

PA wants two-state commitment from Trump administration

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The Palestinian Authority expects the Trump administration to commit to a peace deal endgame before the close of this month and prefers it would be the two-state solution. "We need...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 18, 2017

Trump calls McMaster 'pro-Israel' as national security adviser comes under fire from far right

WASHINGTON (JTA)—In an unusual statement, President Donald Trump called his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, “very pro-Israel,” an apparent bid to end a barrage of attacks from the far right that has depicted McMaster as hostile to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 11, 2017

Trump is thinking of breaking the Iran deal-here's how he could do it

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Campaigning last year for the presidency, Donald Trump said the Iran nuclear agreement was the "worst deal" he had ever seen. It was never exactly clear, however, what he intended to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 4, 2017

A Jewish professor taught at a Catholic school in a Muslim country-here's what happened

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Near the end of his first year teaching American studies at the Georgetown University campus in Qatar, Gary Wasserman introduced a dozen Israelis to a dozen undergraduates from...

 

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