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  • What a date with an ‘attractive’ Israeli diplomat tells us about Washington’s spy paranoia

    (JTA) — How do you know the Russia spying thing is out of hand? When American men become so stupid they turn down dates with “attractive” Israeli women. Molly Ball, writing this week in The Atlantic, describes how congressional staffers are increasingly wary of encounters with foreigners because of the scandals that have besieged the…

  • Trump the change agent looks positively traditional on Mideast peace

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Trump administration rhetoric about Israeli-Palestinian peace is typical of a president who would make everything great: President Donald Trump is going to bring about a “historic” deal, the White House has said, one that would “reverberate positively throughout the region and the world.” What isn’t typical, at least for a president who has…

  • State Dept.: Trump adviser Jason Greenblatt is on ‘listening’ tour of Israel, West Bank

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s adviser on international relations, is touring Israel and the Palestinian areas to gauge attitudes to peacemaking and there will likely not be any developments from the trip, a Trump administration spokesman said. “He’s really there to listen to both sides and how they perceive getting to a…

  • Chelsea Clinton cites Purim in scoring congressman who says ‘demographics are our destiny’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Chelsea Clinton cited the lessons of Purim to chastise a congressman who said restoring Western civilization could not be done “with somebody else’s babies.” “Clearly the Congressman does not view all our children as, well, all our children,” Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, who lost the…

  • Lies I told about my dog

    (JTA) — I lied a lot about my dog, Zevy, who died the night before last of cancer, squeezed with his final strength under our bed, his favorite resting place. Here are some of the lies I told. We fell into a love trap devised by clever Israelis. Ten or so years ago CHAI, an…

  • ZOA endorses Israel’s anti-BDS law

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Zionist Organization of America endorsed a new Israel law that would ban entry to supporters of boycotting Israel or its settlements, setting it apart from an array of Jewish groups who oppose the law. “The ‘boycott, divestment and sanctions’ (‘BDS’) movement against Israel is unjustified, discriminatory, harmful economic terrorism, powered by…

  • Trump invites Abbas to the White House

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House. Abbas and Trump spoke on Friday and a Palestinian Authority spokesman soon after reported the invitation, saying the meeting would be aimed at reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which has been dormant since 2014. Sean Spicer, the White House…

  • Mike Pence to speak at AIPAC conference

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence and a bipartisan slate of top members of Congress are scheduled to address AIPAC’s upcoming annual conference. An American Israel Public Affairs Committee official confirmed to JTA that Pence will speak at the conference scheduled for March 26-28 in Washington, D.C. Pence, who enjoyed a long relationship with the…

  • Bill Clinton: Incitement before Rabin murder ‘prefigured’ current nationalist surge

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bill Clinton cited the incitement against Yitzhak Rabin prior to his assassination as a precedent for increased ultranationalist sentiment today. In remarks Thursday at the Bookings Institution in Washington, on the occasion of a book launch for Itamar Rabinovich’s “Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman,” the former president said that Rabin was subjected to a “relentless assault…

  • Jewish elderly advocates take aim at GOP’s proposed changes to health care

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two Jewish agencies charged with elderly care sharply criticized the new Republican health care bill. B’nai B’rith International, which sponsors low-income housing for the elderly, and the Jewish Federations of North America, which advocates for funds for the poor and the elderly, took aim changes contained in the American Health Care Act,…