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  • J Street, Americans for Peace Now, urge Congress not to obstruct Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two dovish pro-Israel groups joined a letter to Congress urging it not to obstruct the Iran nuclear deal. The letter, delivered Friday to the congressional leadership and copied to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, counsels against any “poison-pill provisions and measures that would seek to re-impose…

  • Donald Trump Jr. ripped for ‘gas chamber’ remark

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump Jr. was slammed by Democrats and the Anti-Defamation League for using the term “gas chamber” in a complaint about how the media treats Republicans and his father, the party’s presidential nominee. “The media has been her No. 1 surrogate in this,” Trump Jr. said on a Philadelphia area radio talk…

  • Iran becomes an issue in New Jersey race — although both candidates opposed the deal

    The congressional race in New Jersey’s 5th District is a bitter one, pitting a rarity — a hard-line conservative Republican congressman from the Northeast, Scott Garrett — against Josh Gottheimer, a lawyer who was a speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton and an executive at Microsoft. Now the Iran nuclear deal has become a battleground issue, with Garrett…

  • Obama’s $38B aid package to Israel comes with caveats: It’s generous, but on his terms

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Barack Obama’s near parting gift to Israel, a guarantee of $38 billion in defense assistance over a decade, distills into a single document what he’s been saying throughout eight fraught years: I have your back, but on my terms. The agreement signed Wednesday in the State Department’s Treaty Room here increases assistance for…

  • Congresswoman nixes BDS briefing in Capitol Hill building booked in her name

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A congresswoman whose office was set to sponsor the first conference in a congressional building backing the boycott Israel movement withdrew her support, canceling the event. On Tuesday, the office of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, told The Weekly Standard, a conservative news website, that the event organized by the U.S. Campaign…

  • Israel and the United States conclude 10-year defense assistance pact

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel and the United States concluded an agreement to extend defense assistance for a decade . Jacob Nagel, the Israeli prime minister’s national security adviser, signed off on the deal with his U.S. counterpart, Susan Rice, on Tuesday, and there will be a formal signing ceremony at the State Department on Wednesday….

  • Poll shows Hillary Clinton trouncing Donald Trump among Jewish voters

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary Clinton trounces Donald Trump among Jewish voters, but underperforms compared to her Democratic predecessors, according to an American Jewish Committee poll that depicts a Jewish community disenchanted with politics and anxious about the country’s future. The poll released Tuesday shows Clinton defeating Trump, 61 percent to 19 percent among Jewish voters….

  • US House of Representatives unanimously approves resolution honoring Elie Wiesel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution honoring the life and work of Elie Wiesel. The resolution approved by voice vote on Monday “reaffirms Elie Wiesel’s efforts to preserve the memory of those who perished and prevent the recurrence of another Holocaust, to combat hate and intolerance in any manifestation,…

  • James Woolsey, ex-CIA boss and strident Iran deal critic, joins Trump campaign

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — James Woolsey, a former CIA director known for his outspoken opposition to the Iran deal, joined the presidential campaign of Donald Trump as a senior adviser. In an announcement Monday by the Republican nominee’s campaign, Woolsey cast his decision to join mostly in support of recent promises by Trump to end budget cuts…

  • Republican Jewish Coalition goes door to door for senators in 3 swing states

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition said it reached 25,000 people on a day of campaigning in Jewish neighborhoods in swing states where incumbent Republican senators are at risk. About 200 RJC volunteers sporting “RJC Victory Team” T-shirts spread out Sunday to go door to door in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Cleveland and Broward…