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  • Ahead of Iraq Report, Views Mixed on Wisdom of Engaging with Syria

    Virtually everyone in Washington agrees that Syria is a weak state. But differences arise over whether its peace feelers to Israel and the West are a genuine white flag or just a feint to entrap its stronger enemies. A seminar Monday at the government-funded U.S. Institute of Peace outlined those differences in the wake of… More ▸

  • Israel Backers Say No Need to Worry As Iraq Study Group Prepares Report

    Headed by a man who once cursed out the Jews and beset by leaks suggesting accommodation of Israel’s worst enemies, the study group on how to get U.S. troops out of Iraq has raised fears of new pressures on Israel. Jewish and Israeli officials who have consulted with members of the Iraq Study Group say… More ▸

  • Seeking Iraq Exit Strategy, U.S. Pushes Israel Toward Peace Talks

    Ahead of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s upcoming visit to Washington, Israel and the United States are discussing ways to strengthen Palestinian moderates and jump-start a new peace process. In a bid to bolster Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ more moderate Fatah party, the Americans would like to see Israel release the popular jailed Fatah leader,… More ▸

  • Suddenly, Washington Sees That Iraq, Lebanon Issues Are Linked

    A funny thing is happening on Israel’s way into Lebanon: Its war with Hezbollah is converging politically with the civil war now convulsing Iraq. In Baghdad, tens of thousands of Shi’ite marchers swore allegiance last week to their Hezbollah co-religionists; some even pledged their lives. “Mahdi Army and Hezbollah are one, let them confront us… More ▸

  • Lieberman’s Support for Iraq War Creates Dilemma for Jewish Backers

    Six years after Joe Lieberman presented Jewish Democrats with an unprecedented triumph, he may pose an intractable dilemma. If the U.S. senator from Connecticut loses an Aug. 8 primary to a come-from-nowhere challenger, Jewish Democrats may have to choose between loyalty to the party and the man who made history in 2000 as the first… More ▸

  • Iraq War Names Intoned During Jewish College’s Vigil

    At a memorial ceremony held Monday at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion that marked the third anniversary of the beginning of the war, the names of 5,708 Iraqis and coalition troops who have perished were read out. Among the roughly two dozen participants was Sharon Kunitz, a second-year cantorial student whose 20-year-old son,… More ▸

  • Policy Group Seeks Consensus on Katrina, Steers Clear of Iraq

    A defining moment at this week’s gathering of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, an organization that seeks consensus on Jewish policy, came during a fierce debate on the Iraq war. It was defining because the organizers had already decided they would not formally debate Jewish policy on the war. The decision to debate the… More ▸

  • U.S. Jews Oppose Iraq War, Anti-terror Efforts, Poll Finds

    Most American Jews disapprove of the war in Iraq and the way the United States is handling the campaign against terrorism, according to a new study. The American Jewish Committee’s annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion, released Wednesday, found that 70 percent of U.S. Jews disapprove of the Iraq war, with 28 percent backing it…. More ▸

  • Poll Finds Jews Oppose Iraq War, Split on Use of Force Against Iran

    The American Jewish Committee released its annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion. Following are some of the significant findings: 70 percent of those questioned disapprove of the war in Iraq; 28 percent approve; 2 percent were not sure. 60 percent of respondents disapprove of the way the U.S. government is handling the campaign against terrorism;… More ▸

  • As Iraq Conflict Winds On, Community Finally Feels Free to Join Public Debate

    After staying largely in the shadows for several years, the organized American Jewish community has jumped full throttle into the debate over the Iraq war. The debate reached a crescendo last week when the Republican Jewish Coalition took a full-page ad in The New York Times, expressing support for the war and chastising the Union… More ▸