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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Arafat expected to feel heat from Clinton on security issues

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (JTA) — Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat will hear a stark U.S. assessment of his failures in the security arena when he meets with President Clinton and his top foreign policy advisers this week. According to U.S. officials, Clinton plans to warn Arafat to end his threats that violence will return to…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES U.S. move to engage Iran worries supporters of Israel

    WASHINGTON, June 22 (JTA) — Now that the United States is willing to engage Iran — both on and off the soccer field — Israel and its supporters in Washington are determined to ensure that the Clinton administration does not sugarcoat Tehran’s support for terrorists and its efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction. In…

  • Maryland prosecutors reject Israeli deal on teen who fled

    WASHINGTON, March 3 (JTA) — An American teen-ager who fled to Israel after allegedly committing a brutal murder in Maryland will remain, for now, in the Jewish state. Maryland prosecutors this week rejected a compromise offered by an Israeli judge that would have brought Samuel Sheinbein back to the United States to stand trial. Under…

  • 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…

  • NEW ANALYSIS Jewish split over policies spills over to public arena

    WASHINGTON, April 7 (JTA) — An aggressive lobbying campaign to warn against American pressure on Israel has led to an unusually bitter and public split in the American Jewish community over both policy and tactics. The effort, which resulted in a recent flurry of congressional letters, has also sent competing signals to the Clinton administration…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • Jewish activists smile as food stamps are restored

    WASHINGTON, June 23 (JTA) — With the stroke of a pen, President Clinton has restored food stamps to some legal immigrants, including thousands of Jews from the former Soviet Union. A few yards from the place Clinton revoked the benefits as part of the 1996 welfare reform law, the president, in a Rose Garden ceremony,…