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  • House passes Iran sanctions legislation

    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed sanctions against Iran’s energy sector.

  • Jews can live anywhere in Israel, deputy PM tells ZOA

    Israel’s deputy prime minister said Israel will “not compromise on the right of Jews to live in any part of Eretz Yisrael.”

  • Deciphering the Obama polls

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Opinion polls are expected to provide a simple answer to an important question: What are the people thinking? But the details often reveal a much more complicated picture. Take two recent surveys — one of American Jews and one of Israelis — dealing with attitudes about President Obama. The former found that…

  • Jewish environmental group increasing efforts as climate debate heats up

    As the debate over how to combat climate change heats up in Copenhagen, the Committee on the Environment and Jewish Life is ramping up its efforts to help make the Jewish community a key player in the discussion.

  • Senators send concerns on Turkey-Israel ties

    A bipartisan group of 10 senators wrote Turkey’s U.S. ambassador expressing concern about the “downward trend of relations between Turkey and Israel this past year.”

  • Obama administration wants Senate to hold off on Iran sanctions

    The Obama administration is asking the Senate to hold off on passing Iran sanctions legislation until the new year. Foreign Policy magazine reported that Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg sent a letter to Congress Friday also expressing "serious substantive concerns" with the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act: As I testified before the Congress in…

  • Bipartisan group of senators concerned about Turk treatment of Israel

    The Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb has the story on a letter from 10 senators to the Turkish ambassador expressing concern about the "downward trend of relations between Turkey and Israel this past year." An excerpt: Turkey’s exclusion of Israel from the recent exercise, Anatolian Eagle, which was also to include U.S. and NATO forces, was…

  • President Obama releases Chanukah message

    President Obama said the Chanukah story of the Maccabees “reminds us that faith and perseverance are powerful forces that can sustain us in difficult times and help us overcome even the greatest odds.”

  • Roskam’s secret signatures

    Does Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) have the secret to Middle East peace? He was showing Roll Call newspaper around his office recently and told a story about a map he had hanging on the wall (Link here, subscription required): During these trips, Roskam always carries a map. Upon meeting foreign leaders, he likes to ask…

  • Tidbits: Obama’s Nobel speech, abortion and health reform

    The Orthodox Union’s Nathan Diament says a reference to the MIddle East in the president’s Nobel speech Thursday may indicate a more "realistic" characterization of the conflict. The Jewish Federations of North America praises the House vote to extend IRA charitable rollover provisions through the end of 2010. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism…