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 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...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 21, 2019

David Friedman gave Netanyahu half a nod for West Bank annexation-what happens next?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—David Friedman, U.S. ambassador to Israel, said Israel “has the right to retain” some of the West Bank. Palestinians fumed, Jewish settlers rejoiced, and the punditocracy predicted gloom and doom. What was it exactly that...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 14, 2019

13 Democratic candidates delivered videos to this Jewish conference-the different messages hint at what's to come

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Everyone started by praising the American Jewish Committee, naturally enough. But in their video greetings to the group’s annual policy forum here, 13 Democratic candidates...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 14, 2019

AIPAC and J Street support bipartisan effort to restore funds for Israeli-Palestinian peace dialogue

WASHINGTON (JTA)-An array of pro-Israel groups are backing a bipartisan bill that would seed investment in the Palestinian areas and restore funding to peace dialogue programming that the Trump admini...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 17, 2019

New Israeli Lounge at Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts named the winner of a redesign competition for its Israeli Lounge, a tribute to the U.S.-Israel relationship that Israel contributed...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 17, 2019

Anti-Zionist imam delivers opening prayers in the House

WASHINGTON (JTA)—An imam who has wished for the end of Zionism, called for a third Intifada and likened Israel to Nazi-era Germany, delivered the opening prayer for a session of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Omar Suleiman, the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 10, 2019

Israeli ambassador calls New York Times 'cesspool of hostility' on Holocaust Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Israeli ambassador to the United States linked The New York Times to the “Jew-hatred of growing parts of the intellectual class.” Ron Dermer was speaking Monday in the U.S. Capitol at the annual Holocaust Days of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Features    May 10, 2019

Famed Nazi hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld: It feels like the 1930s

WASHINGTON (JTA)-It's not an unfamiliar frame for describing the rise of the new nationalism: There's a bad wind blowing through the West, and nothing less than democracy is at stake. What makes it...

 

Shooting at San Diego-area synagogue leaves 1 dead, 3 wounded

(JTA)-A shooting at a Chabad synagogue in Poway, near San Diego, California, has left one person dead and three injured, including a child. Police in Poway detained a white 19-year-old San Diego man...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 3, 2019

AIPAC calls out Bernie Sanders

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The American Israel Public Affairs Committee pushed back against Sen. Bernie Sanders for calling Benjamin Netanyahu’s government “racist.” The pro-Israel lobby, in a tweet that did not mention the Democratic presidential...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 19, 2019

Trump gets hero's welcome at Jewish Coalition conference

LAS VEGAS (JTA)—President Donald Trump questioned traditional Jewish support for Democrats in a stem-winding speech to Jewish Republicans. “How did you support President Obama, how did you support the Democrats?” Trump said Saturday addressing...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 12, 2019

The Trump team's Middle East peace plan: It's beginning to look a lot like one state

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Trump administration officials have been silent and notably leak-free about what exactly is in the Middle East peace plan that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is shaping-until...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 5, 2019

Ilhan Omar lashes out at Pelosi, Netanyahu for their AIPAC jabs

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Rep. Ilhan Omar hit back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after they called out the first-year congresswoman at the AIPAC policy conference for her attacks on the lobby and support for...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 5, 2019

AIPAC stands up to critics-but what it stands for is more elusive

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The American Israel Public Affairs Committee wants you to know it will not be silenced. “When they try to silence us, we speak up, and when they tell us to sit down, we stand up, we stand up,” Howard Kohr, the Israel lobby’s...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 29, 2019

Prominent pro-Israel donor pulls out of AIPAC conference

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Adam Milstein, a major pro-Israel funder, has withdrawn from speaking at the annual AIPAC policy conference following a series of tweets in which he accused two Muslim lawmakers of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 22, 2019

Trump touts new Republican group, 'Jexodus,' urging Jews to bolt Democratic Party

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump promoted on his Twitter feed a group founded by Republicans that hopes to draw young Jews away from the Democratic Party. “‘Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party,’” Trump said Tuesday...

 

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