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  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES If and when Hillary Clinton runs, she’s going to need Jewish votes

    WASHINGTON, June 7 (JTA) — First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton believes that it is in the long-term interests of the Middle East for there to be a state of Palestine. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had Yasser Arafat removed from a 1995 concert at Lincoln Center saying the Palestinian Authority chairman is a terrorist…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS AIPAC must again shift gears to reflect a new Israeli regime

    WASHINGTON, May 25 (JTA) — A decision to drop its long-standing opposition to a Palestinian state could not have come at a better time for the pre-eminent pro-Israel lobbying group. Stung by attacks from aides to Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak who have charged that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a Likud-oriented organization…

  • Jewish groups attack Gore’s plan to aid religious charities

    WASHINGTON, May 25 (JTA) — Vice President Al Gore walked into the minefield of church-state separation this week when he proposed expanding a controversial “charitable choice” program that gives federal money to religious organizations. Gore’s plan, announced in a campaign speech Monday in Atlanta, drew immediate fire from some of his strongest supporters in the…

  • Gore rejects Palestinian demands to revive partition, ‘single out’ Israel

    WASHINGTON, May 24 (JTA) — Vice President Al Gore is siding with Israel in two key disputes with the Palestinian Authority. Speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday night, Gore rejected Palestinian demands to resurrect the United Nations’ 1947 Partition Plan that divided Palestine into Jewish and Arab states with Jerusalem as…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES After election dust settles, U.S. will push peace process forward

    WASHINGTON, May 17 (JTA) — The Clinton administration has a simple message for Israelis and Palestinians: The peace process must move forward without delay. As soon as Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak forms his coalition, the State Department plans to execute a Middle East plan that has been carefully crafted during the last five months…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Abdullah comes to U.S. talking of peace, asking for debt relief

    WASHINGTON, May 19 (JTA) — Jordan’s King Abdullah stepped out from his father’s shadow on his first visit here since assuming the throne of the Hashemite Kingdom in early February. Sounding much like King Hussein, and wearing a beard that reminded many of his late father, Abdullah staked out familiar territory by pledging support for…

  • THE VIEW FROM AMERICA Religious pluralism advocates expect more support from Barak

    WASHINGTON, May 18 (JTA) — For those American Jews who want to see the peace process move forward and who oppose Orthodox control over religious affairs in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu was not their man. But will incoming Prime Minister Ehud Barak become the champion of their convictions? Barak, 57, left the military four years ago…

  • Poll: Almost half of U.S Jews support Palestinian statehood

    WASHINGTON, May 17 (JTA) — Almost as many American Jews as all Americans support the establishment of a Palestinian state, according to two polls released this week. While some 44 percent of 1,000 American Jews polled by the American Jewish Committee support Palestinian statehood, 66 percent said the “goal of the Arabs is not the…

  • Arab Americans want to correct ‘imbalance’ at State Department

    WASHINGTON, May 16 (JTA) — A broad coalition of Arab-American groups has launched a campaign to correct what they call the “imbalance” of American Jews working in the Clinton administration. The effort to convince the Clinton administration to hire more Arab Americans to work at the State Department and White House comes on the heels…

  • After election dust settles, U.S. will push peace process forward

    WASHINGTON, May 16 (JTA) — The Clinton administration has a simple message for Israelis and Palestinians: The peace process must move forward without delay. As soon as Israel’s new government is in place, the State Department plans to execute a Middle East plan that has been carefully crafted during the last two months of stalemate,…