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  • Blaming Condi

    Here’s the reworked “column” version of my blog post on right-wingers who slam Condi but can’t bring themselves to say a negative word about Bush. Well, here’s a great example: Aaron Klein, author of “Schmoozing With Terrorists,” writes about U.S. aid in the territories being used to attack Israelis, and blames it all on Rice… More ▸

  • If only Bush knew

    Even if one disagrees with today’s editorial in The New York Sun raising questions about the Annapolis conference, the neoconservative newspaper deserves credit on at least one point: It avoids the intellectually dishonest argument advanced by many pro-Bush pundits that Condoleezza Rice, and not the president, is the proper address for criticism of the current… More ▸

  • Our man in D.C.

    D.C. Bureau Chief Ron Kampeas and I discuss his first day covering the Annapolis Summit. Click the play button below to listen. [audio:/images/archive/112607_kampeas_eden.mp3] To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast, click here. More ▸

  • Olmert to U.S. Jews: Israel will decide on Jerusalem

    What does Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert say about American Jewish groups that say he has no right to negotiate a deal that would divide Jerusalem? Here’s what he told JTA’s Ron Kampeas at a press briefing on Monday: “Does any Jewish organization have a right to confer upon Israel what it negotiates or not?… More ▸

  • Susser Speaks: Annapolis and the Day After

    Is Annapolis going to be a case of form over substance? Will the conference propel Israel’s ties with Syrians or Saudis forward? Will the Palestinians and Israelis get down to the nitty gritty? JTA’s Leslie Susser talks with Associate Editor Uriel Heilman. Click the play button below to listen. [audio:/images/archive/112607_heilman_susser.mp3] To subscribe to JTA’s Behind… More ▸

  • Dinner with ZOA: Two Morts, a Weiner, Bibi Sr., a Berkley hawk

    I spent several hours on Sunday night at the Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner, which was held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Under the leadership of its president, Mort Klein, the ZOA has been the most consistent and, often, the most effective American opponent of Israeli territorial concessions and U.S. support for the… More ▸

  • Letter: Don’t forget Jerusalem

    The plot thickens in the fight over whether the American Jewish groups will aid or obstruct the Bush-Olmert-Abbas diplomatic push (the third option is to say nothing). Check out this letter – recently obtained by JTA – from eight communal leaders who want the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to reassert its… More ▸