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 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...

 
 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...

 

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