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  • New hurdles mark double blow for non-U.S. citizen immigrants

    WASHINGTON, March 10 (JTA) — Immigrants to America took a double hit from Washington last week when a plan to restore food stamps hit a snag in Congress at the same time that the Clinton administration erected new hurdles in the citizenship process. In an effort to eliminate fraud in the citizenship process, the Immigration…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Netanyahu calls on U.S. Jews to help make the Israeli case

    WASHINGTON, May 18 (JTA) — Striking an emotional and fiery tone, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended his U.S. visit this week with a call to pro-Israel activists to support his brand of peace with security. But Netanyahu, in a Sunday evening speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and in numerous other public…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES From Oregon to North Dakota, Jewish politics, too, are local

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Feb. 24 (JTA) — From Oregon to Massachusetts, from Texas to North Dakota, the Jewish agenda is adapting to the old political adage that “all politics are local.” Communities once driven by concerns such as anti-Semitism and Soviet Jewry now are training their energies with greater frequency on home-grown issues. Take the case…

  • Long-awaited Netanyahu visit goes according to premier’s plan

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”s long-sought visit to Washington this week could be headlined, “The crisis that wasn”t.” Despite predictions that the visit would highlight the gap between Israel and the Clinton administration, Netanyahu”s own analysis of his meetings were echoed by American officials. “The goodwill is there, the pieces…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Son of German Jews, Holbrooke points to wife as his ‘Jewish story

    WASHINGTON, June 23 (JTA) — Richard Holbrooke only spent a year as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, but he tried to make sure that his hosts would not forget this son of German Jews. Visitors to Holbrooke’s official residence were greeted by an ambassador who proudly displayed a photo of his grandfather, a Jewish businessman,…

  • Jewish Agency seeking $60 million emergency aid

    WASHINGTON, March 24 (JTA) — Reeling under a mountain of debt, the Jewish Agency for Israel has turned to North American Jewry for emergency assistance. At a closed-door meeting in Washington this week, Jewish Agency leaders implored top officials of about a dozen large federations to send an emergency advance of $60 million to the…

  • Religious pluralism gets airing despite efforts to stay away

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Feb. 24 (JTA) — Despite concerted efforts to keep the religious pluralism debate off the agenda of the annual gathering of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, it just couldn’t be done. A seemingly innocuous resolution marking Israel’s 50th anniversary led to bitter debate on the issue among delegates to the umbrella organization,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Arafat issues charter details, but will the Israelis buy them?

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (JTA) — Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat has delivered a document on the explosive issue of the Palestinian Covenant that U.S. officials hope will remove a major stumbling block in the peace process. But while the Clinton administration is putting a positive spin on Arafat’s first detailed outline of how the Palestinians…

  • Palestinians press their case to upgrade status at the U.N.

    WASHINGTON, June 25 (JTA) — The Palestinians appear determined to press their claim to statehood at the United Nations. U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright this week failed to convince the Palestinians to halt their effort to upgrade their status at the world body from observer to what is called “near state.” Instead, Palestinian Authority…

  • Albright speaks of ‘trouble;’ Ross heads back to capital

    WASHINGTON, March 30 (JTA) — Just what did Madeleine Albright say to American Jewish organizational officials when she prevailed upon them to help convince Israel to take concrete steps forward? “Ladies and gentlemen, we are in trouble here on this process. We need your support,” the U.S. secretary of state said in a conference call…