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  • In ’78, Camp David’s campers were very different

    NEW YORK, July 11 (JTA) — When President Clinton invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to a summit at Camp David last week, he said he hoped the setting “will help to inspire them.” Clinton was alluding to the success that capped the 13-day effort in September 1978 involving President Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin…

  • Clinton’s law: Peace summit now

    NEW YORK, July 6 (JTA) — When President Clinton announced he would host Israeli and Palestinian leaders next week at Camp David, he repeatedly sounded what might be called a “law” of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Given the wide gaps between the Israeli and Palestinian positions, this might not be the best time for a summit. But…

  • Peace talks set for Washington: So what’s new?

    NEW YORK, June 7 (JTA) — We have seen and heard it all before. A high-level U.S. official visits the Middle East during an impasse in Israeli-Palestinian talks; a hurried series of meetings with both sides; the announcement of a new venue for the negotiations. But while there is more than a small element of…

  • Austria to pay Nazi-era slave laborers

    NEW YORK, May 17 (JTA) — Austria and seven other countries have agreed on the outlines of a new Austrian fund for Holocaust-era slave and forced laborers. The U.S. representative at talks held this week in Vienna, Deputy Treasury Secretary Stuart Eizenstat, praised the planned fund. But he called on Austria to act swiftly regarding…

  • U.S. firms to join restitution drive?

    NEW YORK, May 1 (JTA) — The drive to provide compensation to Holocaust-era victims has reached American shores. And those being asked to put up the funds are some of America’s largest corporations — Coca-Cola, Colgate Palmolive, Eastman Kodak and IBM. While few U.S. companies have admitted to charges that their overseas subsidiaries profited under…

  • Slave labor fund to go mostly to non-Jews

    NEW YORK, March 28 (JTA) — Jewish groups were the driving force behind the creation of Germany’s latest Holocaust compensation fund, but Jews will not be the primary recipients. Indeed, only about 30 percent of the approximately $5.2 billion fund will go to Jews or Jewish causes, according to a source close to the negotiations…

  • Clinton-Assad summit fails

    NEW YORK, March 26 (JTA) — It does not appear that Israeli-Syrian negotiations will resume any time soon. During a summit that lasted some four hours Sunday in Geneva, President Clinton and Syrian President Hafez Assad failed to reach a basis for resuming the negotiations. “The differences that remain” between Israel and Syria are “significant,”…

  • Lebanon strikes take on new meaning

    NEW YORK, March 15 (JTA) — The cycle of retaliatory violence in southern Lebanon has been a familiar spectacle for years, but this time there are major differences. The fighting that erupted this week after a monthlong lull came after Israel’s Cabinet decided to withdraw from southern Lebanon by July with or without an accompanying…

  • Poll: Swiss not ashamed of WWII

    NEW YORK, March 15 (JTA) — A large percentage of the Swiss are not troubled by their nation’s treatment of Jews during World War II, according to a just-released poll. The survey’s results appear to indicate that despite several years of accusations about Switzerland’s wartime record — as well as the critical findings of two…

  • Israel’s human rights record improves

    NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (JTA) — Israel’s human rights record improved last year while that of the Palestinian Authority grew worse, according to the U.S. State Department. The findings were included in the department’s annual report on human rights, which covered 194 countries. Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority “were responsible for serious human rights…