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 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 22, 2021 

Lapid happy with what he heard at meeting with Blinken about Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Yair Lapid got what he wanted out of his Washington visit: the word “every,” instead of “other.” During Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s first meeting with President Biden in August, the American president,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 22, 2021 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Jewish AG, declares candidacy for governor (JTA) — Josh Shapiro, the Pennsylvania attorney general who made national headlines last year pushing back against attempts to reverse Joe Biden’s win in the state, is...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 15, 2021

Federations spend $54M on security

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Jewish Federations of North America is launching a campaign to expand its security program to every federation in the country, an initiative that will cost $54 million. JFNA CEO Eric Fingerhut announced the initiative on...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 15, 2021

Rand Paul obstructs quick vote on Iron Dome funding

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul blocked an expedited vote to approve $1 billion in funding to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system and received swift criticism from an array of pro-Israel groups. Sen. Robert Menendez, the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

Kamala Harris 'strongly disagrees' with student who said Israel was carrying out ethnic genocide

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Vice President Kamala Harris "strongly disagrees" with a university student who told her that Israel was carrying out "ethnic genocide," her office said, pushing back against...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

GOP flier in Virginia House race shows Jewish Democrat and a pile of gold coins

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A GOP flier distributed to homes in the Virginia suburbs of Washington depicts the Jewish Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates at a table stacked high with gold coins, a pairing of images of Jewish candidates with...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

In first UN speech, Bennett sounded different than Netanyahu

(JTA) — In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the twin threats of Iran and the coronavirus, in keeping with his quest for a relationship with the international community that...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

Ocasio-Cortez: 'Yes, I wept'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive congresswoman from New York, said she changed her vote from “no” to “present” on a bill for special funding for Israel’s anti-missile Iron Dome defense system because of the ...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 1, 2021

On Abraham Accords anniversary, there is accord on calling it 'Abraham'

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Wrapping up the feel-good-fest that marked the first anniversary of the Abraham Accords, the normalization agreements between Israel and four Arabs states, U.S. Secretary of State... Full story

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 1, 2021

House approves Iron Dome funding

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved an extra $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system, following a pushback effort from Israel-critical progressives that had limited reach. The...

 

The Jewish Marine who went viral cradling a baby got his start keeping kids happy at a JCC

(JTA) - Meryl Jaffe says she's like any Jewish parent keeping track of her kids on social media, except it can be terrifying. When she heard President Joe Biden deployed 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 24, 2021

The six Palestinians who escaped an Israeli prison have all been recaptured

(JTA) - Israel captured the remaining two Palestinian prisoners of the six who riveted the country with their escape from a maximum facility two weeks ago. Israeli police and army troops surrounded a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 24, 2021

Muslims and Jews join in Congress

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A congressional letter backed by Muslim and Jewish groups is urging the federal government to make kosher and halal meat available to observant Jews and Muslims through an emergency food program. Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y.,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 24, 2021

Naftali Bennett made the Time 100 list - it's because of 'courage,' his Arab-Israeli coalition partner writes

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has made Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, and his Arab-Israeli coalition partner Mansour Abbas thinks he knows why. “It all comes down to courage,” Abbas, the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 24, 2021

A year later, the Abraham Accords draw a rare show of unity from Trump and Biden officials

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jared Kushner had plenty of folks to praise at an event here last Tuesday marking the first anniversary of the Abraham Accords, the deals he brokered normalizing relations between Israel and four Arab countries. There were the...

 

Ida Nudel, the face of Jewish persecution, dies at 90

(JTA) — Ida Nudel, the Russian Jewish refusenik whose 16-year effort to leave the Soviet Union moved figures as diverse as Republican Secretary of State George Schultz and activist actress Jane Fonda, has died. The Jerusalem Post reported that she...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 17, 2021

US and Israel have set up joint team

(JTA) - In a significant move, Israel and the United States have set up a joint team at the national security adviser level to contain Iran, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told U.S. Jewish leaders in...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 10, 2021

Biden calls for 'swift confirmation' of Deborah Lipstadt

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a Rosh Hashanah call last Thursday with a thousand rabbis across the denominational spectrum, President Joe Biden rededicated his presidency to combating hate and extremism and called on the Senate to swiftly confirm his...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 10, 2021

Rashida Tlaib calls on Israel to release the body of a woman who tried to kill Israeli troops

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib called for Israel to return the body of a woman who was killed while she attempted to kill Israeli soldiers. In a Twitter thread on Saturday, Tlaib, one of Israel’s harshest critics in...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 3, 2021

Biden and Bennett focus on Iran in first meeting

WASHINGTON (JTA) - In his first meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Joe Biden said that although he prefers diplomatic means to keep Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,...

 

Ed Asner dies at 91

(JTA) - Ed Asner, the Emmy award-winning Jewish actor who trademarked a gruff, flawed, and loving persona as Lou Grant in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and co-starred in the Pixar fan favorite animated...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 3, 2021

After Afghanistan's last Jew refused to leave, his would-be Jewish rescuers helped dozens of other Afghans escape instead

(JTA) - Zebulon Simantov, Afghanistan's last Jew, has not left Kabul, despite the best efforts of some Jewish figures and organizations. One of them was Moshe Margaraten, a haredi Orthodox fixer...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 27, 2021

Bob Dylan sued for allegedly sexually abusing 12-year-old girl in 1965

(JTA) — A woman is suing Bob Dylan for sexually abusing her when she was 12 under a New York law that temporarily lifted limitations on such lawsuits. The woman, identified in court documents as JC, says the Jewish rock star groomed and exploited...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 27, 2021

The Abraham Accords just turned 1 - here's how each of the agreements are holding up

WASHINGTON (JTA) — While most of the foreign policy world is focused on President Joe Biden’s moves in Afghanistan in the wake of the stunning turn of events there, the first anniversary of another important Middle East development quietly took...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 13, 2021

In-person General Assembly canceled

(JTA) — The Jewish Federations of North America has canceled the in-person portion of its signature annual event, the General Assembly, citing the coronavirus. The umbrella group for local federations had planned to combine online and in-person...

 

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