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

    WASHINGTON, May 13 (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…

  • Israel policy caught in the middle of partisan politics on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON, May 11 (JTA) — Incensed at President Clinton’s plans in March 1998 to pressure Israel with a public blueprint for peace with the Palestinians, Jewish Republicans turned to Capitol Hill. But as Republican senators lined up to voice their opposition to the White House, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee stepped in. The effort…

  • U.S. senators pressing Clinton to move embassy to Jerusalem

    WASHINGTON, May 4 (JTA) — The quest for formal U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital shifted into high gear this week as four key senators worked to force the Clinton administration to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The lawmakers are working against a deadline set by a 1995…

  • Change in Iran’s terrorism status draws ire of advocates for Israel

    WASHINGTON, May 3 (JTA) — The United States’ decision to soften criticism of Iran by dropping its designation of Tehran as “the most active” state sponsor of terrorism has drawn criticism from many pro-Israel activists who view Iran as the greatest long-term threat to the Jewish state. The move, which came in the annual State…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Bolstered by Florida victory, voucher advocates set new goals

    WASHINGTON, May 3 (JTA) — Bolstered by a victory in Florida, advocates for school vouchers are hoping for similar successes around the country. Florida will have the first statewide, taxpayer-supported voucher system when Gov. Jeb Bush, who made the tuition credits a key part of his campaign, signs a bill passed last week by the…

  • U.S. asks Jewish federations to help resettle Kosovar refugees

    WASHINGTON, April 27 (JTA) — The U.S. government, criticized for refusing to open its doors to refugees during World War II, now wants Jewish federations to help take in Kosovar Albanians who have been forced from their homes. The Clinton administration has decided to accept 20,000 Kosovar refugees now living in Macedonian camps for resettlement…

  • Flap over Arab American appointee reignites debate over Jews at State

    WASHINGTON, April 27 (JTA) — Controversy swirling around the views of an Arab American aide at the U.S. State Department has reignited debate about the large number of Jews handling Middle East affairs for the Clinton administration. The flap stems from a campaign by the Zionist Organization of America to oust Joseph Zogby, who wrote…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES As hate claims young victims, the search for answers intensifies

    WASHINGTON, April 26 (JTA) — Now that hate has once again claimed the lives of innocent students, dumbfounded activists, teachers, clergy and politicians are searching for ways to stem the tide of teen-age violence. “We need to sort out what’s around in our world that’s facilitating this kind of thing happening,” Rabbi Fred Greenspahn, of…

  • Clinton tells Arafat he’ll speed up talks, discourages May 4 declaration

    WASHINGTON, April 26 (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority will receive no public reward from the United States if Yasser Arafat backs off of a threat to unilaterally declare statehood. Instead, President Clinton promised to speed up the pursuit of a final Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement, with the goal of reaching an agreement within one year. Clinton…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES As hate claims young victims, the search for answers intensifies

    WASHINGTON, April 21 (JTA) — Now that hate has once again claimed the lives of innocent students, dumbfounded activists, teachers, clergy and politicians are searching for ways to stem the tide of teen-age violence. “We need to sort out what’s around in our world that’s facilitating this kind of thing happening,” Rabbi Fred Greenspahn, of…