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  • Cruz to appear at Republican Jewish Coalition event; Trump and Kasich yet to confirm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ted Cruz will speak  at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual Las Vegas event. The Texas senator and presidential candidate is the only one of the three GOP candidates to confirm his appearance at the April 8-10 event. Matt Brooks, the RJC director, told JTA to “stay tuned” regarding possible attendance by the…

  • Obama’s Jewish liaison, earning thanks for a thankless job, says goodbye

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – You get to listen to Jews yelling at you. You get to listen to mandarins tell you why they won’t listen to Jews. You get to emcee a cappella competitions. Who wouldn’t want to be White House Jewish liaison? Matt Nosanchuk lasted nearly three years in a post — officially titled associate…

  • Republican Jewish Coalition targeting 4 races where GOP senators are at risk

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition named four incumbent GOP senators as at risk in a fundraising drive. The fundraising email sent Tuesday listed Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Mark Kirk of Illinois as needing RJC assistance in winning reelection. Each of the RJC…

  • Belgian and US security officials brief US police, Jewish officials

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Top Belgian and U.S. security officials briefed U.S. police and Jewish security officials on lessons learned from the Brussels attacks. The Secure Community Network, the security arm of major Jewish organizations that convened the conference call on Monday, said 300 police and Jewish security officials from across the United States joined the…

  • Georgia becomes 6th state to pass anti-BDS legislation

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Georgia became the sixth state to pass a law targeting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, and the fifth to include settlements as protected from boycott. The bill was approved March 24 by the State Senate in a 41-8 vote. Two days earlier, the Georgia House of Representatives passed the…

  • Jewish PAC endorses Hillary Clinton for president

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Jewish political action committee endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and pledged to help get out the vote for her. JACPAC cited Clinton’s work as secretary of state in trying to bring about Israeli-Arab peace and her embrace of pro-Israel positions, as well as her commitment to maintaining abortion rights. “A Hillary…

  • Polling shows Sanders, Clinton tied in high favorability among Jewish voters

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have virtually the same high approval ratings among American Jews. Gallup said in a March 24 article on its website that an aggregation of Jewish respondents to its daily polling showed Jewish voters favor Sanders, an Independent Vermont senator, at 61 percent favorable, and Clinton,…

  • Trump surprised by Israeli readiness to make a peace deal with the Palestinians

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump said Israel appears more ready to make an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal than he previously believed. “From the Israeli side, they would love to see a deal,” Trump, the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nod, told The New York Times in an extensive foreign policy Q&A posted over…

  • Sanders sweeps 3 Western states, winning handily

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Bernie Sanders handily won Democratic nominating contests in Washington state, Alaska and Hawaii, narrowing the delegate gap with front-runner Hillary Clinton but still facing a daunting challenge to secure the party’s presidential nod. With the Sanders’ victories on Saturday, Clinton now leads the Vermont Independent in the number of pledged delegates,…

  • AIPAC’s plans to ‘come together’ undone by Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Hear out Donald Trump. Ignore Donald Trump. There were two distinct approaches to the Trump moment this week at AIPAC’s annual conference here, and there were mutual warnings that one or the other side would get burned. The burn came fast, and it came to those who said listening to the front-runner…