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  • 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…

  • Behind the headlines, a reporter’s observations

    WASHINGTON, July 20 (JTA) — Behind the headlines from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s visit to the United States, some observations: Israel commandeers White House: White House officials went out of their way to accommodate Barak, who wanted Israeli reporters to receive a briefing before their deadlines after his first meeting with President Clinton on…

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

    WASHINGTON, July 19 (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…

  • Geneva conference set to open as diplomatic efforts fail to halt it

    WASHINGTON, July 14 (JTA) — Amid a flurry of diplomatic activity on both sides of the Atlantic, the United Nations was set to open a conference in Geneva on Thursday to criticize Israeli settlement activity. Organized at the request of the U.N. General Assembly, the signatories to the Fourth Geneva Convention, which governs the treatment…

  • Warm welcome for Ehud Barak signals new era in U.S.-Israel ties

    WASHINGTON, July 15 (JTA) — The White House officially ended three years of testy diplomatic relations with Israel this week as it rolled out the red carpet for Israel”s new prime minister. But Ehud Barak”s relations with organized American Jewry got off to a more rocky start when some Jewish officials criticized the prime minister…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Policy disagreements could test a new era in U.S.-Israeli relations

    WASHINGTON, July 12 (JTA) — When the dust settles from official Washington”s euphoria that is greeting Israel”s new prime minister, fundamental policy disagreements are likely to test President Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. How they handle the challenge of reconciling differing positions on key issues such as settlements, refugees and borders will set…

  • First lady disagrees with husband, calls Jerusalem ‘indivisible capital

    WASHINGTON, July 8 (JTA) — First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton began her all-but-certain campaign for Senate this week with an attempt to assuage Jewish concerns about her views on U.S. policy in the Middle East. Following the tradition of most congressional candidates, Clinton expressed support for Israeli control of Jerusalem. But unlike most candidates, her…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Future of U.S.-Iranian relations could depend on fate of 13 Jews

    WASHINGTON, June 28 (JTA) — The future of the Clinton administration”s diplomatic dance with Tehran could depend on the fate of 13 Jews who face execution in Iran. President Clinton”s overtures to Iran began two years ago when the Islamic Republic elected Mohammad Khatami, a relative moderate, as president. Now, members of the U.S. Congress…