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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)…

  • 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,”…

  • 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…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES At least for now, Congress heeds Barak’s plea to avoid ‘ill-timed

    WASHINGTON, July 27 (JTA) — As Israeli Prime Minster Ehud Barak made the rounds on Capitol Hill last week to urge lawmakers to avoid “ill-timed” initiatives that could frustrate his Middle East peace efforts, four key U.S. senators were working behind the scenes to force a vote on such a measure. The issue of relocating…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Barak seeks U.S. Jewish support as he pursues his peace policies

    WASHINGTON, July 20 (JTA) — Now that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has formed his government, set his peace policies and developed a warm relationship with President Clinton, he is working to line up the support of the American Jewish community. “Find a way to unite yourselves to send a clear and unequivocal message into…

  • Barak concludes Washington visit with a basket of gestures from Clinton

    WASHINGTON, July 20 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak wanted to send a message to his country’s Arab neighbors that the U.S.-Israeli relationship has recovered from the tensions that marked the tenure of his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu. President Clinton helped deliver the message this week — providing glowing endorsements of the premier, holding an…