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 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 6, 2019 

In Atlanta, Jewish hopes for ousting Trump in 2020 are complicated by the race question

ATLANTA (JTA)-For Jewish voters, Bernie Sanders mentioning the Palestinians seemingly out of nowhere during last week's presidential debate here was a striking moment. But for some Jews in this state,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 15, 2019

Nita Lowey, retiring after 32 years in Congress, gets teary recalling her Jewish legacy

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Nita Lowey, who is retiring after 32 years in Congress, fields a question about her legacy as a Jewish lawmaker. No trouble there-she talks about Israel and her Jewish pride all the t...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 15, 2019

J Street presses candidates on conditioning aid to Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, is making conditioning U.S. aid to Israel on halting settlement expansion a plank ahead of the 2020 presidential elections. “Our aid is not intended to be a blank check,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 15, 2019

What presidential wannabes said at J Street

Taking a turn on J Street J Street convened its eighth annual conference this week, its 11th year of existence. The gathering attracted 4,000 activists and marked a major turning point in how Democrats treat Israel: Withholding aid to pressure the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 8, 2019

What exactly is Elizabeth Warren's Israel policy?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—When it comes to pressuring Israel, Elizabeth Warren doesn’t have a specific plan. The senator from Massachusetts, who has caught up in polling with front-runners for the Democratic presidential nomination, now faces intensified...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 8, 2019

Bernie Sanders: Some US aid money to Israel should go to Gaza

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders earned cheers at J Street’s annual conference when he said some of the money Israel receives from the United States for defense assistance should go to humanitarian relief in the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 1, 2019

Nearly 9 in 10 American Jews say anti-Semitism is a problem in US

WASHINGTON (JTA)-More than eight in 10 American Jews say that anti-Semitism has spiked in recent years and even more believe it is a problem in the United States, according to an American Jewish...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 25, 2019

The Democratic debate revealed the candidates' differences on Middle East policy

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (JTA)-The fourth Democratic presidential debate revealed fissures among the candidates on whether to keep U.S. troops in the Middle East. The 12 hopefuls on the stage Tuesday night...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 18, 2019

Gunmen kill 2 on Yom Kippur

(JTA)—At least two gunmen opened fire on a synagogue during Yom Kippur services and a kebab shop in Halle, a town in eastern Germany. The shooters reportedly were from the far right. The masked gunmen reportedly were repelled by the synagogue’s...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 18, 2019

How Pittsburgh changed the way Jews think about security

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Here's the sad paradox of the shooting nearly one year ago at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue: The killing of 11 worshippers, the worst attack on Jews in U.S. history, hit a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 4, 2019

The Trump-Ukraine controversy, and the Jews involved, explained

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A week ago, impeachment was not the flavor of the season. The interest in Robert Mueller’s special counsel report into Russian election interference had waned, and the testimony by Mueller before Congress in July failed to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 4, 2019

Pres. Trump's New Year's message

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump, speaking to nearly a thousand Jewish leaders to wish them a Happy New Year on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, said he would be tough with Iran but did not want military conflict. “Our country is reminded of the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 13, 2019

Jason Greenblatt steps down

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's top Middle East peace negotiator, is leaving the White House. Although the "ultimate" deal he helped craft has yet to be fully announced,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 6, 2019

Hadassah is back from the brink

WASHINGTON (JTA)-A decade after the Bernie Madoff debacle-one so serious that Hadassah officials refuse to even utter the Ponzi schemer's name-the women's Zionist organization is back. The finances...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 30, 2019

Palestinian and Israeli discovered a shared past when they met as Washington interns

WASHINGTON (JTA)-In its 10 years of placing young Palestinian and Israeli leaders with Congress members, no lawmaker asked New Story Leadership for one of each-until Jamie Raskin did. This summer,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 16, 2019

Not The Squad: Rep. Elissa Slotkin and her 'Gang of 9' offer Democrats a path of moderation

LANSING, Michigan (JTA)-Tom Dalton could be the poster boy for Elissa Slotkin's path to a second term and, she would argue, to Democrats keeping the U.S. House of Representatives. The 67-year-old...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 9, 2019

Jewish kid covers presidential debates

DETROIT (JTA)-For any reporter, careening in a year from reviewing restaurants to covering the presidential debates would be a pretty fast rise. But then again, Jefferson Henry Kraft is only 10 years...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 9, 2019

4 takeaways from the House's big vote against the Israel boycott movement

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The U.S. House of Representatives this week approved a nonbinding resolution that condemns the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel. Much was made of the 398-17 vote, one that earns the hoary journalist...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 2, 2019

House overwhelmingly condemns Israel boycott movement in resolution vote

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly condemned the movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel. The House vote Tuesday, July 23, on the non-binding resolution was 398-17. Opposing were 16 Democrats, including two...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 2, 2019

An 'aspiration' is not a 'right' to a Jerusalem capital

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Palestinians may aspire to a capital in Jerusalem, but do not have a right to one, President Donald Trump’s top Middle East peace envoy said. Jason Greenblatt on Tuesday was previewing the political segment of a long-awaited...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 12, 2019

Yair Netanyahu stars at pro-Trump student group's Jewish leadership conference

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Turning Point USA, a conservative student group that is most notable for its vocal advocacy for President Donald Trump, is hosting a conference here for young Jewish leaders that...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 5, 2019

White House unveils economic portion of Middle East peace plan

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Days ahead of a workshop where Jared Kushner sought tens of billions of dollars for his Middle East peace plan, the White House unveiled an outline of its economic portion, including proposals, like a Gaza-West Bank travel...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 5, 2019

Iran says it will abandon more nuclear deal commitments

WASHINGTON (JTA)-After Iran announced that it will abandon further commitments agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal, President Donald Trump threatened "obliteration" in "some areas" of the country....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 5, 2019

US Holocaust Museum rejects all 'analogies between the Holocaust and other events'

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum reiterated a strong rejection of analogies to the Holocaust in the wake of the debate surrounding the term “concentration camps” sparked by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. The museum ...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 28, 2019

Here's what Trump officials and supporters are saying to critics of his Iran policy

WASHINGTON (JTA)-President Donald Trump says he is "very prepared" for Iran. "We're looking at Iran," he said Tuesday when a reporter asked him what he had planned beyond sending another 1,000 U.S. tr...

 

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