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  • Republicans and Democrats both try to paint the other side’s candidates as worse for the Jews

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — When Ron DeSantis, the Republican congressman running for governor of Florida, was asked in a debate to defend his record on race, he pivoted to his Democratic opponent’s record on Israel. DeSantis and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum each have a problem that won’t go away — DeSantis with racially charged language and…

  • Hadassah reopens Washington advocacy office

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hadassah is reopening its Washington office nearly a decade after the women’s Zionist group closed its operations there in the wake of its unwitting involvement in Bernard Madoff’s investment fraud. Ellen Hershkin, the president of the group, on Monday named Karen Paikin Barall as the director of Hadassah’s new government relations office…

  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen honored in Israel for her record on eve of retirement

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, touring Israel on one of her final overseas trips as a congresswoman, is being feted as one of the Jewish state’s best friends in Congress. Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1989, met Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A day…

  • Israel is a hot, if not always relevant, topic in Florida’s governor debate

    (JTA) — Israel took center stage during a gubernatorial debate in Florida, even when its relevance to the issues wasn’t always apparent. Ron DeSantis, the Republican congressman whose endorsement by President Donald Trump helped him secure his party’s nomination for governor, twice brought up the country in a debate Sunday evening with his Democratic rival,…

  • Why are some pro-Israel voices speaking out against Jamal Khashoggi?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two weeks after he disappeared, Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Washington Post columnist, is getting his reputation run through a wringer, and some pro-Israel voices are joining the pile-on. Even as gruesome allegations emerge that he was tortured, murdered and dismembered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, some Israel supporters have joined other…

  • Majority of American Jews say you can support Israel and criticize its government

    This article first appeared in The Tell, JTA’s weekly newsletter that highlights all the important Jewish news from Washington. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Thursday. (JTA) — A poll commissioned by a new group founded by Jewish Democrats, the Jewish Electorate Institute, found that Jewish voters favor Democrats over Republicans, 74-26…

  • AIPAC reemphasizes support for two states as Trump administration prepares peace proposal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee reemphasized its support for a two-state solution as the Trump administration nears completion of a peace proposal that might stop short of recommending the establishment of a Palestinian state. “AIPAC remains fully supportive of direct negotiations leading to a two-state solution — a Jewish state of…

  • Trump praises lawmaker for bodyslamming a journalist

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump praised a congressman for a physical attack on a journalist, mimicking the assault to cheers at a rally. “I had heard that he bodyslammed a reporter,” Trump said Thursday night at a rally in Missoula, Montana, referring to Rep. Greg Gianforte, a Republican congressman from the state. “Any guy…

  • Ted Cruz slams ‘rabidly anti-Israel’ J Street in debate with Beto O’Rourke

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Ted Cruz called J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, “rabidly anti-Israel” in the Texas Republican’s debate with his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke. “Congressman O’Rourke is fond of saying he doesn’t take PAC money, but the truth is different,” Cruz said Tuesday after O’Rourke accused the incumbent…

  • Chelsea Clinton calls out Louis Farrakhan over anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Chelsea Clinton called Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism “dangerous” and said laughter in response to it “made my skin crawl.” Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was reacting on Twitter to a Farrakhan tweet in which the leader of the Nation of Islam said “I’m…