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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Move on U.S. Embassy delayed; thorny issue may be resolved soon

    WASHINGTON, May 18 (JTA) — President Clinton has delayed by two weeks a decision that would prevent moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Tuesday’s delay in issuing a waiver came as Senate and administration negotiators neared an agreement to elevate American representation in Jerusalem by having the U.S. ambassador to…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Jewish coalition changes name, forms PAC to support Republicans

    WASHINGTON, May 9 (JTA) — Jewish Republicans know that in politics, money often speaks louder than words. That’s why the National Jewish Coalition announced last week a restructuring that includes the establishment of a political action committee to funnel political contributions directly to Republican congressional and presidential candidates. As part of the reorganization, the pro-Republican…