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November 7, 2005
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Abraham Foxman pledged to convene Jewish leaders to address what he described as a sophisticated coalition of groups aiming to “Christianize America.” Foxman said he will call the meeting sometime in January to discuss ways to address these concerns, which he said must be done delicately.

House and Senate conferees approved $2.5 billion in assistance for Israel. Approval in a Nov. 1 voice vote returned the full foreign-operations package to both houses for final approval, before it goes to President Bush for his signature. The package, approved by the House on Friday, keeps funding to Israel at current levels, but the Senate vote — likely to take place next week still could cut foreign aid by an across-the-board percentage because of the costly hurricane season. The package also preserves $150 million in assistance to the Palestinians as requested by President Bush.

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