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 By Ron Kampeas    Opinions    May 4, 2018

Does Natalie Portman's snub of Netanyahu make her the face of liberal Zionism?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Natalie Portman’s statement explaining why she declined to attend an award ceremony in Israel in her honor was a pointed rebuke, and of a particular individual. “I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu,” she...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 6, 2018

'We march today because it's what we have to do to sleep tonight'

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The organizers of the March for Our Lives, almost all of them under 20, had a gun control agenda packed with specifics. They were able to get 800,000 people on and off of this city's...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 30, 2018

Trump administration 'deeply sympathizes' with victims in PLO terror lawsuit, but stands by opposition

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Trump administration in a statement said it “sympathizes deeply” with the families whose lawsuit against the Palestine Liberation Organization may soon be considered by the Supreme Court, but continues to maintain that the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 23, 2018

Trump administration backs PLO in terror lawsuit, angering conservatives

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Trump administration sided with the Palestine Liberation Organization in a terrorism lawsuit that the Supreme Court may soon consider, drawing an angry rebuke from conservatives, including one of its most steadfast Jewish...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 16, 2018

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman decries J Street's motto as 'blasphemous'

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, decried the phrase “pro-Israel, pro-peace”—a motto closely associated with J Street—as “blasphemous.” “Pro-Israel and pro-peace sounds like a completely reasonable...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 16, 2018

Five reasons Israel is ready for war with Hezbollah in Lebanon

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a simple, straightforward message this week when he toured Israel's border with Syria and Lebanon with top security officials. "Our face...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 9, 2018

What is AIPAC's role in the age of Trump?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—When candidate Donald Trump spoke at AIPAC’s Policy Conference in 2016 and said Barack Obama may be the worst thing that ever happened to Israel, many cheered, many choked and the organization apologized. The fallout from that...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 9, 2018

Why these supporters of a new US Embassy in Jerusalem think Sheldon Adelson shouldn't pay for it

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Sheldon Adelson’s offer to help pay for the new US Embassy in Jerusalem is getting a thumb’s down from a range of observers who support the embassy’s relocation. The Associated Press had the exclusive on Friday morning, and...

 

Billy Graham, who championed Israel, but had his image tarnished one time, dies at 99

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Billy Graham, the giant of American evangelism who was exalted by Jews for his championing of Israel at its hour of need and then condemned when a nasty anti-Semitic streak was...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Features    March 2, 2018

Jewish war veterans want the young warriors to tell their stories

ARLINGTON, Va. (JTA)-Jews don't serve in the military. Jews shouldn't serve in the military. Forget about being Jewish-the mission comes first. Like a lot of other Jewish dilemmas, what's old for...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 23, 2018

Why are Jewish leaders fighting about Qatar? Here's a scorecard

WASHINGTON (JTA)-There's a battle going on among pro-Israel leaders, and it's over Qatar. It's like watching ice hockey players clear the bench for a brawl, only the antagonists are all on the same...

 
 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...

 

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