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  • FOCUS ON ISSUES U.S. free-trade deal may leave Israel running behind in pantyhose production

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (JTA) — Since Israel became a modern state, it has taken its share of blame for troubles in the Middle East and the world. But is the Jewish state also responsible for those annoying runs in women’s pantyhose? Not only is Israel a trailblazer in high-tech industries, the nation is also one…

  • Barak tells visiting congressmen to cool it on embassy issue for now

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has explicitly asked members of Congress to stop trying to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “We do not want to give the Palestinians any pretext for delaying the peace talks or postponing them,” Barak told Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky)…

  • Iranian Jews could be charged with spying as early as this week

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (JTA) — The fate of 13 Iranian Jews held on charges of spying for Israel could be decided Thursday when prosecutors are scheduled to present their case in an Iranian court. “The charges will be brought on Thursday,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Will George W. Bush be the candidate to break the Democratic lock on Jews?

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (JTA) — Now that George W. Bush has solidified his position as the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination by winning last weekend’s Iowa straw poll, the Texas governor will try to find support in unconventional places. But can a pro-life governor — who wants church and state to “work together,”…

  • Iranian Jews could be charged with spying as early as this week

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (JTA) — The fate of 13 Iranian Jews held on charges of spying for Israel could be decided Thursday when prosecutors are scheduled to present their case in an Iranian court. “The charges will be brought on Thursday,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American…

  • Clinton allows more refugees, but ‘too little’ for Jewish group

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (JTA) — The number of refugees allowed to enter the United States has increased for the first time in a decade. President Clinton last week authorized the legal entry of up to 90,000 refugees during fiscal year 2000, up from 78,000 this year. The allocation includes slots for 20,000 from the former…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Stop the presses: Hillary has Jews in her family! Voters ask, ‘So what?

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (JTA) — “OY VEY!” the New York Post blared across its front page in three-inch letters last week. “Hillary’s ALMOST Jewish.” An accompanying column carried the headline, “The First Shiksa wants to be a yenta? Oy!” New York’s supercharged Senate campaign took a distinctly Jewish turn last week when the Forward, a…

  • Congress moves to reduce Israel aid in plan worked out with Jewish state

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (JTA) — Congress is on its way to reducing foreign aid to Israel for the second year in a row. The cut is part of a plan worked out with the Jewish state to end economic aid by the year 2009. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 385-35 on Tuesday for a…

  • AIPAC accuses ZOA president of endangering U.S., Israeli interests

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is accusing a hard-line Jewish group of endangering American and Israeli interests by lobbying Congress to put conditions on U.S. aid to Jordan. AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby, has urged the Zionist Organization of America to end its campaign against aid to Jordan, according to…

  • Hillary Clinton outlines Mideast views in separate speeches to Jewish groups

    WASHINGTON, July 28 (JTA) — As Hillary Rodham Clinton proceeds with her all-but-certain bid for the Senate, the first lady is continuing to distance herself from controversial statements supporting Palestinian statehood. In back-to-back speeches to Jewish groups on Tuesday, Clinton, who had drawn fire from any in the Jewish community, sought to stake out pro-Israel…