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  • 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,…

  • FBI: Dedicated team seeking return of Jewish agent missing in Iran

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The FBI says it has a dedicated team seeking the return of Robert Levinson, a former agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago. The announcement, included in a statement released Thursday on the 10th anniversary of Levinson’s disappearance, is unusual. Over the years, the State Department and the White House have noted the anniversary,…

  • DeVos praises Orthodox schools as model after meeting Agudah leaders

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos praised Orthodox Jewish schools as a model for publicly funded education. “I applaud Agudath Israel for their leadership and commitment to providing their community with access to educational options that meet the academic and religious needs of their families,” she said Wednesday after meeting with leaders of the…

  • Senate panel approves Trump’s Israel envoy in near party-line vote

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a narrow vote, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel. The committee voted Thursday 12-9 to confirm David Friedman, mostly along party lines. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. , was the only Democrat to vote in favor. The vote now goes to the full…

  • Ben Cardin comes out against David Friedman as ambassador, signaling party line vote

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he would oppose President Donald Trump’s nomination of David Friedman to be ambassador to Israel. “I believe it is critical for the U.S. ambassador to Israel to be seen as a unifying figure in this enduring relationship,” Cardin…

  • ADL is second establishment Jewish group to oppose Israel’s anti-BDS law

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League became the second establishment Jewish organization to speak out against Israel’s new anti-BDS law. “Israel’s democracy, pluralism, open society serve as best defense against #BDS,” the group said on Twitter on Wednesday, using the acronym for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. “New law harms rather than helps.” Israel’s…

  • AJC joins US Jewish groups criticizing Israel’s anti-BDS entry law

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Jewish Committee said it was “troubled” by a new Israeli law banning entry to foreigners who publicly call for boycotting the Jewish state or its settlements. The AJC’s statement, released a day after the law’s passage, was the first signal from the American Jewish establishment that it was unhappy with…

  • Liberman tells Mattis: We want US ‘active’ in the region

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis that the United States needs to remain active in the Middle East to ensure security and stability. Liberman met Tuesday with Mattis at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. According to an Israeli Defense Ministry readout, the meeting was friendly and covered strategic…