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  • Eizenstat: Added aid to Israel, the Palestinians ‘locked at hip

    WASHINGTON, March 8 (JTA) — U.S. aid to Israel and the Palestinian Authority promised during last October’s Wye peace talks is intrinsically linked and must move forward as one package, according to a senior State Department official. Responding to Israeli concerns that the United States was preparing to deliver money to the Palestinians but not…

  • Israeli ruling against extradition evokes dismay, but no aid threats

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (JTA) — Official Washington reacted with relative calm to an Israeli Supreme Court decision not to extradite a Maryland teen-ager to stand trial for a 1997 murder. Although officials, including Attorney General Janet Reno, expressed disappointment with the ruling, the reaction contrasted sharply with Israel’s initial announcement that it would not extradite…

  • Israeli ruling against extradition evokes dismay, but no aid threats

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (JTA) — Official Washington reacted with relative calm to an Israeli Supreme Court decision not to extradite a Maryland teen-ager to stand trial for a 1997 murder. Although officials, including Attorney General Janet Reno, expressed disappointment with the ruling, the reaction contrasted sharply with Israel’s initial announcement that it would not extradite…

  • Umbrella group kills resolution on funding for Jewish education

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (JTA) — A move to call for increased local Jewish spending on Jewish education has collapsed amid concerns over turf. Delegates at the annual conference of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs killed by a wide margin a resolution that would have called on local Jewish community relations councils to convene priority…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES In tackling affirmative action, group considers student views

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (JTA) — The cab driver taking Ari Alexander to his internship did not like that a white teen-ager was going to teach in a predominately black public school in West Philadelphia. “Oh, you’re going to help the black kids,” the black cab driver said, accusing the University of Pennsylvania sophomore of heaping…

  • Republican abortion proposal worries Jewish GOP activists

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (JTA) — For years, the Republican Party has reached out to Jewish voters by touting its big-tent approach. Just as the party is beginning to reap the rewards of its efforts at the ballot box, the latest anti-abortion battle is threatening the GOP’s success in the Jewish community. At its winter meetings…

  • Israeli finance minister moves to phase out U.S. economic aid

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (JTA) — For years, Israel has talked about ending its dependence on American foreign aid. Now the Jewish state is doing something about it. Israeli Finance Minister Ya’acov Ne’eman came to Capitol Hill and the White House this week to respond to Republican congressional proposals aimed at phasing out $1.2 billion in…

  • Jewish activist charges ADL head, Jewish journalist with defamation

    WASHINGTON, June 30 (JTA) — Jewish activist Morton Klein is charging the head of the Anti-Defamation League and a Jewish journalist with defamation, but appears to be backing away from the perceived threat of legal action. In letters from his attorney, Klein demanded apologies from Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL, and J.J. Goldberg,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES American Jews squeezed by Washington, Jerusalem

    WASHINGTON, March 31 (JTA) — Are Washington and Jerusalem on a course that will force the American Jewish community to choose between Bill and Bibi? U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s plea for Jewish support has placed the community squarely between Washington and Jerusalem as they tussle over the next step in the Israeli-Palestinian peace…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish war veterans dead but not forgotten at Arlington

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (JTA) — For decades, Christmas wreaths have decorated many of the Jewish graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Well-intentioned volunteers lean thousands of donated wreaths on headstones throughout the nation’s premier cemetery for veterans. And each year for the past few years, a couple of days before Christmas, Ken Poch removes the wreaths…