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 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...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 28, 2017

Christian Zionists still uncertain about Trump-but know they're glad Obama is out

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Barack Obama is gone and the relief among the Christian Zionists and their Jewish friends who peopled certain corners of Washington, D.C., this week was palpable. Gary Bauer, the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Features    July 21, 2017

Alan Gross, after spending 5 years in a Cuban prison, is starting over in Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Alan Gross contacted me a couple of months ago over Facebook Messenger. There was something he thought I should know. I was pleasantly surprised. I’d only exchanged pleasantries with Gross in the several times I’d seen him...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 21, 2017

Lack of State Department appointments can hurt Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Carmel Shama HaCohen, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, is second to none in his admiration for the Trump administration’s United Nations envoy, Nikki Haley. In fact, he’d like to clone her. Shama HaCohen appreciated Haley’s...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 16, 2017

Arab countries turning on Qatar-what does it mean for Israel?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Five Arab nations cut ties with Qatar on Monday, June 5, escalating a long-simmering competition for preeminence in the region into actions that could set the stage for war. Saudi...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 9, 2017

Trump wants to sell lots of weapons to Saudi Arabia- So, why are Israel (and its friends) keeping quiet?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The year was 1981 and the director of AIPAC was calling for a "showdown" with the Reagan administration, saying "This country is being held hostage to the whims of the Saudis." At...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 2, 2017

Some Jewish groups breathe relief as Trump's woes distract him from his agenda

WASHINGTON (JTA)—It’s not quite schadenfreude, but some Jewish organizational officials are sighing in relief at President Donald Trump’s cascade of domestic woes, saying it may present opportunities for their relatively liberal agenda....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 19, 2017

James Comey, fired by Trump and reviled by Democrats, had admirers among Jewish defense officials

WASHINGTON (JTA)-"You make us better," James Comey told the Anti-Defamation League in his final public speech as FBI director. Judging from the applause in the conference room at the venerable...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 12, 2017

Trump, Abbas link renewed peace talks to countering Islamic State

WASHINGTON (JTA)-President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would help bring about the defeat of the Islamic State terrorist...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 12, 2017

Trump will visit Israel on first overseas trip

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump said his first overseas trip as president would be to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Vatican—a triad that signals his plan to join the three Abrahamic faiths in the fight against terrorism. Trump’s...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 12, 2017

Bernie Sanders just defended Israel on Al Jazeera Here's why that's a big deal

WASHINGTON (JTA)-In an appearance on Al Jazeera, Bernie Sanders defended Israel's right to exist, rejected BDS as a tactic and assailed the United Nations for singling out the country for...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 5, 2017

On Jews and the Holocaust, Trump signals that he finally gets it

WASHINGTON (JTA)-President Donald Trump got the memo on the Holocaust and the Jews. In a barrage of statements this week from the president and his aides, the Trump administration wants you to know,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 28, 2017

Trump says Iran 'not living up to the spirit' of nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Iran is not living up to the “spirit” of the nuclear deal, President Donald Trump said, the latest in a flurry of mixed messages on the deal his administration has relayed in recent days. “As far as Iran is concerned, I...

 

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