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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Despite boiling sex scandal, U.S. vows to move ahead on peace

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (JTA) — President Clinton”s decision to bring the Middle East peace process into the Oval Office has set the stage for dramatic U.S. intervention. But even before the high-stakes presidential plan fully emerges, unrelated events are threatening to scuttle the initiative. The sex scandal that has rocked the White House and the…

  • Arrest of Palestinian opens way for probe of U.S.-Hamas link

    WASHINGTON, March 2 (JTA) — American prosecutors may finally have the chance to prove their accusations that Hamas uses money raised in the United States to facilitate terrorist attacks against Israel. Israel over the weekend made public the December arrest of a Palestinian accused of channeling U.S. donations to families of Hamas suicide bombers. Israeli…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Gore’s foray into diplomacy poses risks and opportunity

    JERUSALEM, May 4 (JTA) — By the time Air Force Two left Ben-Gurion Airport for the second and final time over the weekend, U.S. Vice President Al Gore had done much more than celebrate Israel”s 50th anniversary. He made his biggest foray into the diplomatic quagmire of the Middle East. Hoping to capitalize on Gore”s…

  • Ross heads back to Mideast as first lady calls for ‘Palestine

    WASHINGTON, May 7 (JTA) — The slim chances for a major Israeli-Palestinian breakthrough this weekend remain alive as President Clinton dispatched his top Middle East negotiator back to Israel for another round of talks. Dennis Ross, in talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will attempt to seal a deal on a phased Israeli withdrawal…

  • ISRAEL AT 50 Gore joins Israeli festivities celebrating state’s 50 years

    JERUSALEM, April 30 (JTA) — With a heavy dose of pomp and sentimentality, Vice President Al Gore joined Israel in celebrating its 50th anniversary. Gore began his two-day visit to Israel by focusing on Israel’s future potential during a visit to the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot. He then traveled on to Jerusalem, where he sought…

  • Jewish delegation presses Russia over weapons support

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (JTA) — On the eve of a possible U.S. military strike against Iraq, Jewish officials were in Moscow this week pressing Russian leaders to end their support for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and Iran. The three-day Russia trip, which ended late Wednesday, came as United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan traveled…

  • Bowing to pressure, Smithsonian pulls plug on `Israel at 50’ series

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (JTA) — The Smithsonian Institution has canceled a controversial “Israel at 50” series that was slated to take a critical look at the Jewish state. Bowing to pressure from some American Jewish groups and threats of congressional hearings, the Smithsonian pulled the plug on a seven-week speaker series scheduled for this spring….

  • Holocaust scholar apologizes; museum stands by appointment

    WASHINGTON, June 9 (JTA) — The incoming director of a Holocaust studies center at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has apologized for a 10-year-old article that compared Israeli policies toward the Palestinians to the Nazis’ treatment of Jews. In interviews and statements, John Roth, an internationally renowned Holocaust scholar who serves as chairman of the…

  • Israel’s Labor head launches own lobbying campaign in D.C.

    WASHINGTON, March 3 (JTA) — Two years after slamming Israel”s Likud Party for lobbying in the United States against the sitting Israeli government, the opposition Labor Party has begun a similar initiative on this side of the Atlantic. The White House warmly received Labor Party leader Ehud Barak on Feb. 20, as two top Labor…

  • REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK Fighting over the front seat; taking the long road around

    JERUSALEM, May 4 (JTA) — Fighting over the front seat: Israel’s obsession with security almost caused a diplomatic incident last week as agents with the Shin Bet and the U.S. Secret Service feuded over seating arrangements in Vice President Al Gore’s motorcade when he arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport. Much to the surprise of the Americans,…