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  • NJCRAC delegates hear upbeat reports on U.S.-Israel relations

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Washington “more hopeful than ever” about achieving peace and security in the Middle East, according to Israel’s ambassador to the United States. In talks last with President Clinton, “all subjects were raised of common interest,” including the “peace process in all its aspects,” Ambassador…

  • Arafat says one thing to U.S. Jews, another to United Nations diplomats

    NEW YORK, March 5 (JTA) — An American Jewish group told Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat this week that it was counterproductive to call in third parties in the dispute over planned Israeli construction in eastern Jerusalem. Arafat, in turn, conceded that it was “preferable” to engage directly with Israel in such disputes. But a…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS U.N. charges of Israeli torture spur debate over painful issues

    NEW YORK, May 13 (JTA) — Israel, more than many nations, has grappled to find a balance between its security needs and the protection of human rights and democratic principles. The state’s judicial and law-enforcement establishments believed they had more or less come to grips with that balance in a complex codification of rules governing…

  • Jewish coalition joins effort to enhance Ethiopian absorption

    NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (JTA) — One year ago in Jerusalem, a violent protest of Ethiopian Jews erupted after the discovery that Israeli health officials were disposing of their blood donations for fear of HIV contamination. Consensus was that health officials had bungled badly. But there was also a recognition that the Ethiopians were expressing…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israeli settlements place U.S. Jews in awkward role

    NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (JTA) — President Clinton”s public criticism of Israeli settlement policies last week put American Jews in a position they most dislike and fear — squarely between the U.S. and Israeli governments. It also exposed, however briefly, deep differences in the community that ordinarily are papered over by the preference for consensus….

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Elections to Zionist Congress hinge on success of deal-making

    NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (JTA) — The registration forms have been printed for the U.S. election of delegates to the next Zionist Congress. But whether they will be mailed out is anybody”s guess. Reform and Conservative Zionists believe that they have the most to gain by an election and that the fight for religious pluralism…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Alarm sounds over conversion, but passage of measure probable

    NEW YORK, March 5 (JTA) — Israel runs a risk of dividing world Jewry if it passes legislation reinforcing exclusive Orthodox control over conversions in Israel. American Jewish leaders sounded this alarm in a flurry of meetings last week with Israeli officials in Jerusalem. Nonetheless, the Americans believe that unless something dramatic develops, the legislation…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Slogans, ballots and intrigue: Time for another Zionist Congress

    NEW YORK, May 20 (JTA) — “In one very important election concerning Israel, only Americans can vote,”” blares the blue- and- white form in bold black letters. “Send for your ballot today.”” The race is on. All across the country, rabbis are calling on their congregants to vote in the upcoming election of representatives to…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Netanyahu angers non-Orthodox on conversion bill during U.S. visit

    NEW YORK, April 7 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”s cancellation of an appearance before a major Reform movement gathering this week in Washington deepened the anger provoked by the advance of divisive conversion legislation in the Knesset. And Netanyahu did not help the cause of harmony by quipping at a Monday afternoon news…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES As immigrants begin to lose aid, Jewish groups try to limit damage

    NEW YORK, April 1 (JTA) — Elizabetta Kostoveskaya is paralyzed from a stroke and suffering from Alzheimer”s, homebound in a subsidized apartment run by the Council for Jewish Elderly in Chicago. Since her emigration from Kiev in 1992, the 84-year-old has relied on government assistance, to which she was entitled for five years as a…