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  • Top Jews arrive in Israel as U.S. issues travel warning

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (JTA) – Undeterred by a U.S. State Department warning against traveling to Israel, hundreds continued to descend on Jerusalem for the largest annual gathering of leadership in North American Jewish communal life. On Wednesday, the State Department issued an “Israel Travel Warning,” as the Clinton administration continued to rattle the sabers of…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Livingston’s record on Israel forecasts change in Congress

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (JTA) – Israel”s foreign aid is a “leadership issue” Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) thundered at a private meeting last year with Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.). When Gingrich finished dressing down the House Appropriations Committee chairman, Livingston ordered one of his lieutenants to release a hold on $75.6 million in…

  • REMEMBERING YOM KIPPUR WAR Decision to resupply Israeli forces forever changed U.S. Mideast policy

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (JTA) – With Egyptian and Syrian troops inflicting heavy loses on Israel’s army and air force, a panicked Jewish state pleaded with the United States for help. Just days after Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on the holiest day of the Jewish year, Israel urgently needed more tanks, planes and…

  • U.S. and Israeli lawmakers join forces for missile defense

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (JTA) – For a few moments on Capitol Hill this week, Sally Minich and Aviva Grundland united in their grief and their message. Testifying before what is believed to be the first-ever joint hearing of the U.S. Congress and the Israeli Knesset, Minich and Grundland urged the legislators to support missile defense…

  • Florida Jewish Democrat gave Clinton idea for repentant prayer

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (JTA) – When Rabbi Jack Riemer wrote alternative High Holidays prayers in the 1970s, he never dreamed that his words would become the center of an American president’s penitent plea. But that’s exactly what happened last week in the East Room of the White House when President Clinton opened the Reform Jewish…

  • FIVE YEARS AFTER OSLO U.S.-Israel relations reflect ups, downs of peace process

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (JTA) – When Yitzhak Rabin grasped Yasser Arafat”s extended hand five years ago, observers from around the world tried to describe the sea change in Israeli-Palestinian relations that took place on the White House lawn. Almost all agreed that no superlatives adequately characterized that moment in history. Exuberant guests, including American Jewish…

  • Clinton phones Netanyahu, Arafat to press redeployment

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (JTA) – In a sign that the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks may move off of life support, President Clinton has personally urged the sides to conclude an agreement on an Israeli redeployment from the West Bank. Clinton called both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat from Moscow Wednesday…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish Democratic activists grapple with Clinton’s infidelity

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (JTA) – When Rabbi Eugene Levy launched a campaign on the eve of the 1991 High Holidays to rally national support for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, few of the rabbis he courted knew much about the governor from Arkansas. Now, as Clinton battles for his very political survival, the president needs help…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Clinton day with Peres, Leah Rabin sends clear message to Netanyahu

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (JTA) – For a few hours last week, the White House remembered an earlier era of Middle East peacemaking. As President Clinton was receiving an honor from former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and the wife of the slain Yitzhak Rabin, Leah Rabin, the sense of longing for those Israeli leaders was…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Jewish donors play major role in filling the Democratic coffers

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (JTA) – Unfazed by investigations into his fund-raising practices, President Clinton went to Florida last weekend looking to make a dent in the Democratic Party’s mounting $15 million debt. By the time Clinton returned to the White House, the Democrats were nearly $3.5 million richer – thanks in a large part to…