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  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Survey of U.S. Jews intensifies debate over just where they stand

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 22 (JTA) — The debate over just where American Jews stand when it comes to the Middle East peace process heated up this week with the release of a survey whose respondents were sharply critical of the current Israeli government. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, an umbrella organization of local…

  • Cold vibes from White House on eve of Netanyahu meetings

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (JTA) — The White House is turning a cold diplomatic shoulder toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even as it prepares for his arrival. In the wake of recent Israeli Cabinet decisions that signal further defiance of an American call for a “credible and substantial” redeployment from the West Bank, President Clinton…

  • Jewish lawyer charges CIA with ‘double standard’ for Jews

    WASHINGTON, June 10 (JTA) — A Jewish lawyer with the CIA is threatening to sue the federal government for singling out Jews as security risks. Adam Ciralsky, 28, was placed on administrative leave in October, when CIA officials revoked his security clearance after he was questioned about his Jewish connections, according to a source with…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Jewish group urges Clinton to release Jonathan Pollard

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (JTA) — Four weeks after promising to call on President Clinton to free convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has sent a letter to the White House urging “immediate” action. Pollard is serving a life sentence for passing classified information to Israel. The delayed letter…

  • 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…

  • 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 Arab Americans voice anger as Clinton backs off pressure

    WASHINGTON, June 15 (JTA) — With great pains and no clear-cut conclusions, the American Jewish community has debated for months whether the Clinton administration is exerting too much pressure on Israel. But among many in the Arab American community, there is no uncertainty. In their view, Clinton capitulated in his showdown with Israeli Prime Minister…

  • 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…