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  • 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…

  • Congress seeks to cut funds to Palestinian T.V.

    WASHINGTON, April 21 (JTA) — Every day in the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinian children gather in front of television sets to watch the “Children’s Club.” But unlike “Sesame Street,” on which the show is loosely based, these children learn more than simple math and the value of sharing. They learn about the glory of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • Egyptian tabloid mocks U.S. ambassador as ‘rabbi

    WASHINGTON, March 10 (JTA) — This time the notoriously anti-Semitic Egyptian press went too far. A government-supported tabloid magazine accused the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Daniel Kurtzer, of masquerading as a “Jewish rabbi disguised as a diplomat.” Kurtzer, an Orthodox Jew who took up his post in mid-January, had flown a rabbi in from Washington…

  • 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,…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS U.S. administration responding to Jewish concerns of pressure

    WASHINGTON, May 12 (JTA) — The organized American Jewish community is warning the White House that it has gone too far. After giving President Clinton a pass as he sought for months to get Israel to break the Middle East impasse, Jewish groups this week objected with near unanimity as Israel increasingly faced pressure, blame…

  • Jewish activists celebrate Senate vote on food stamps

    WASHINGTON, May 13 (JTA) — The only thing that stands between 250,000 legal immigrants to the United States and food stamps is action by the House of Representatives and President Clinton. And that action is expected soon. The U.S. Senate this week approved a sweeping restoration of the nutrition program by an overwhelming 92-8. Jewish…