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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Four years after congressional move, U.S. Embassy is still rooted in Tel Aviv

    WASHINGTON, June 21 (JTA) — Four years after the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed a law requiring the United States to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the mission remains firmly rooted outside the Jewish state’s capital city. President Clinton last Friday blocked the embassy move by invoking his authority to waive…

  • Congress’ initiatives on Palestinians spur Jewish support — and criticism

    WASHINGTON, June 15 (JTA) — Critics of the peace process have launched a campaign on Capitol Hill to reveal embarrassing details about the Palestinian Authority chairman’s lack of compliance with his peace accords. The proposals, highlighting those unfulfilled Palestinian promises made in peace deals with Israel, are drawing fire from supporters of the peace process…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Gore injects religion into campaign, sparking anxiety among some Jews

    WASHINGTON, June 15 (JTA) — Unhappy with the draft of a speech he was to deliver at the Jewish state”s 50th anniversary celebration and frustrated with five Jewish aides who were unable to discuss the first biblical references to Israel, Vice President Al Gore took a break for dinner while his staff scoured Air Force…