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WASHINGTON (JTA)-Adam Milstein, a major pro-Israel funder, has withdrawn from speaking at the annual AIPAC policy conference following a series of tweets in which he accused two Muslim lawmakers of...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

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 22, 2019

State Department drops Israel 'occupied' language

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Trump administration ended the policy of referring to the West Bank and the Golan Heights as “occupied” by Israel. The State Department’s annual report on global human rights issues, issued Wednesday, drops the “occupie...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 22, 2019

National Jewish group says community relations are in crisis

WASHINGTON (JTA)-An increase in anti-Semitism, an intensification of anti-Israel activity and decades of neglect have created a crisis in the Jewish community relations field, according to the umbrell...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 22, 2019

Trump calls on Omar to resign

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump called on Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to resign from Congress for what he said was her anti-Semitism. “It’s terrible what she said and I think she should either resign from Congress, or she should...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 22, 2019

Why these Democratic presidential hopefuls voted no on an anti-BDS bill

WASHINGTON (JTA)—AIPAC sounded relieved by the substantive Democratic backing in the Senate this week for a controversial pro-Israel bill initiated by Republicans. The Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S.1), which the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 15, 2019

Senate passes anti-BDS measure

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The U.S. Senate approved in a 77-23 vote a bill that codifies $38 billion in defense assistance to Israel and which provides legal cover to states that target the boycott Israel movement. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 15, 2019

5 Jewish takeaways from State of the Union address

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump linked his actions on Iran to the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, pivoting during his State of the Union address from his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal to a declaration that anti-Semitism must...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 25, 2019

Five Jewish things to know about Kamala Harris

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Kamala Harris, the junior senator from California, is reportedly set to announce her bid for the Democratic presidential nod. Harris, 54, is a progressive on most issues who draws...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 18, 2019

Call on US to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas again called on the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Israel is stepping up its campaign for international recognition of its claim to the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 18, 2019

Sanders lambasts introduction of anti-BDS bill as 'absurd'

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Sen. Bernie Sanders said it was "absurd" for Republicans to introduce as the Senate's first bill of this Congress a measure that would protect states that penalize Israel boycotters....

 

Ginsburg's personal trainer on how he keeps her healthy

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Bryant Johnson says pressure creates diamonds, and I think I just upped the carat level. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer did not know that his two other clients on the Supreme Court—Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan—are...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 11, 2019

Lawmakers reintroduce pro-Israel legislation

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., reintroduced pro-Israel legislation that did not get passed in the last Congress. Rubio, together with Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress, combined a number of Middle...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 28, 2018

Mattis leaves, argument on the Middle East explodes into the open

WASHINGTON (JTA)—James Mattis is quitting as defense secretary and his extraordinary resignation letter has brought into the open an argument among conservatives on whether to cut and run in the Middle East or whether to stay with no clear...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 14, 2018

When Israeli Americans meet, there's politics, partying and pride

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate, his Israeli-born wife, Miriam, and Haim Saban, the Israeli-American entertainment mogul, entered the deck of the pool complex at the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 14, 2018

Pence on Airbnb

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)—Vice President Mike Pence said the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel has “no place” in the U.S. market, and cited Airbnb’s delisting of West Bank Jewish settlements as an example of the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 2, 2018

A guide to the Jewish Democratic House candidates in the 2018 midterm elections

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Among the 36 Jewish Democrats running for the U.S. House of Representatives in November, 18 are incumbents and an equal number are challengers. Three Jewish Democrats are leaving the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 26, 2018

A guide to the Jewish Republican House candidates in the 2018 midterm elections

WASHINGTON (JTA)-There are 15 Jewish Republican candidates running in U.S. House of Representatives races this fall. Two are incumbents and 13 are challengers. JTA is breaking down the races,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 19, 2018

Jewish candidates in the 2018 congressional elections: The Senate

WASHINGTON (JTA)-There are 56 candidates for Congress who identify as Jewish. Among them are 41 Democrats: five are running for the Senate-three incumbents and two challengers. Among the 36 in the...

 

Nikki Haley, fierce defender of Israel, resigns as US ambassador to the UN

NEW YORK (JTA)-Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations and a strong defender of Israel in the world body, will leave her post by the end of this year. President Donald Trump in an Oval...

 

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