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  • Palestinians retake center stage

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (JTA) — With the United States devoting much energy in recent weeks to Israeli-Syrian peace talks, the Palestinians are trying to make sure they are not left out in the cold. Their effort was helped when last week’s planned Israeli-Syrian negotiations were canceled, enabling the Palestinians to retake center stage. With no…

  • Shoval’s ‘second coming’ ends

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (JTA) — During the last few weeks, Zalman Shoval put the finishing touches on what he describes as his “second coming” as Israel’s ambassador to the United States: He delivered a speech at the National Press Club, hosted a party at his official residence for more than 400 Beltway types and was…

  • Hillary’s appearance raises Jewish eyebrows

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (JTA) — In November it was Suha Arafat. This week it was the Rev. Charles Norris. As first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton gets closer to officially announcing her candidacy for the Senate in New York, her efforts to navigate the intense ethnic politics of the state have gotten her into situations that…

  • Holocaust museum chief to step down

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (JTA) — After 22 years of helping to lead the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum through its successes and controversies, Miles Lerman has decided that it is time for him to scale back his role at the institution. Lerman told President Clinton last week that he plans to step down as chairman…

  • U.S. Jews grapple with shifting reality on Syria

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (JTA) — In 1993, American Jews slowly came to accept the reality that Israel was making peace with Yasser Arafat and his Palestine Liberation Organization, which was long thought of as Israel’s enemy No. 1. Now, nearly seven years later, they are grappling with another major shift as Israel negotiates a deal…

  • U.S. Jews grapple with shifting reality on Syria

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (JTA) — In 1993, American Jews slowly came to accept the reality that Israel was making peace with Yasser Arafat and his Palestine Liberation Organization, which was long thought of as Israel’s enemy No. 1. Now, nearly seven years later, they are grappling with another major shift as Israel negotiates a deal…

  • Price tag roils Israeli-Syrian talks

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (JTA) — The price tag of an Israeli-Syrian deal could prove as controversial as any deal itself. Even as an accord between Israel and Syria appears far from certain, Jewish supporters and opponents of the talks are gearing up for a bruising battle on Capitol Hill over the billions in funds that…

  • Price tag roils Israeli-Syrian talks

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (JTA) — The price tag of an Israeli-Syrian deal could prove as controversial as any deal itself. Even as an accord between Israel and Syria appears far from certain, Jewish supporters and opponents of the talks are gearing up for a bruising battle on Capitol Hill over the billions in funds that…

  • The ups and downs of peace talks

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (JTA) — Predictions that peace talks between Israel and Syria would be difficult appeared to be on the mark as officials got down to business this week. As the talks resumed Monday in Shepherdstown, W.Va., the United States was already playing down expectations that the new round of talks would lead to…

  • Great Expectations’ not being read by negotiators

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (JTA) — As peace talks resumed this week between Israel and Syria in Shepherdstown, W.Va., the United States was already playing down expectations that the new round of talks would lead to an agreement. “I think it’s fair to say that Charles Dickens’ novel ‘Great Expectations’ is not the novel that is…