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  • 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,…

  • Supreme Court upholds creche on public property

    WASHINGTON, March 9 (JTA) — A Supreme Court decision could lead to a proliferation of religious displays on public property. Without comment the court decided Monday to not hear a case challenging a lower court’s ruling upholding the right of Syracuse, N.Y. to sponsor a Nativity scene in a public park in the days surrounding…

  • 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…

  • 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…