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  • 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…

  • 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…