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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…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Gore ventures into peacemaking, boosts outreach to American Jews

    WASHINGTON, April 28 (JTA) — Wrapping himself in the blue and white of Israel’s flag, Vice President Al Gore has launched his campaign for American Jewish support. From the dais at Jewish conferences to a Jewish day school in Washington — and now Israel itself — Gore has begun to step out from behind President…

  • Umbrella Jewish group set to reaffirm voucher opposition

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (JTA) — A yearlong Jewish communal study on vouchers is ending the way it began — under attack. With the Jewish Council of Public Affairs poised to reaffirm its overwhelming opposition to vouchers for private and parochial school students, the Orthodox Union has lambasted the umbrella body of national Jewish organizations and…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Case of fugitive U.S. teen focuses attention on others

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (JTA) — Are Israelis committing crimes in the United States and fleeing home to avoid prosecution? In some cases, yes. But recent developments suggest that while these alleged criminals can run, they can’t necessarily hide. The issue came to the fore in September, when a Maryland teen-ager claimed Israeli citizenship in an…

  • Arafat expected to feel heat from Clinton on security issues

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (JTA) — Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat will hear a stark U.S. assessment of his failures in the security arena when he meets with President Clinton and his top foreign policy advisers this week. According to U.S. officials, Clinton plans to warn Arafat to end his threats that violence will return to…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES U.S. move to engage Iran worries supporters of Israel

    WASHINGTON, June 22 (JTA) — Now that the United States is willing to engage Iran — both on and off the soccer field — Israel and its supporters in Washington are determined to ensure that the Clinton administration does not sugarcoat Tehran’s support for terrorists and its efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction. In…