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Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia

by Steve Holland and Anna Yukhananov, Reuters

11 hours ago

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about new sanctions imposed on Russia on July 29. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters

President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations... read full article

  • Amid uncertainty of an open-ended war, U.S.-Israel tensions rise

    by Ron Kampeas, JTA

    12 hours ago

    The dramatic developments in the war between Hamas and Israel have been accompanied by sharp ups and downs in U.S.-Israel relations.

    On Monday, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, made nice with the U.S. national security adviser, Susan Rice, before an...

  • In U.S., Gaza conflict reverberates on air and in the streets

    by Uriel Heilman, JTA

    13 hours ago

    In Europe, the fight over Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza has prompted violent street battles, firebombs thrown at synagogues and even a mid-game attack against a visiting Israeli soccer team by protesters in Austria.

    In America, it has been more a battle of commentary,...

  • Boxer reintroduces enhanced Israel ally bill with broad support

    by JTA

    17 hours ago

    Citing the Gaza war as a catalyst, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) re-introduced with broad bipartisan support a bill that would enhance U.S.-Israel strategic ties.

    “While we work toward a just peace in the Middle East and an end to the tragedy of war, it is critical that we...

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  • Bills condemning Hamas on ‘human shields’ introduced in Congress

    by JTA

    17 hours ago

    Resolutions under consideration in Congress that condemn Hamas for placing its weapons and fighters close to civilians have strong bipartisan support.

    The House non-binding resolution condemning Hamas for using civilians as “human shields” during the current Gaza conflict,...

  • Cruz lifts hold on State nominees prompted by FAA ban

    JTA

    1 day ago

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lifted his hold on State Department nominees after the Federal Aviation Agency explained to him its reasons for a 36-hour ban on flights to Tel Aviv.

    “I appreciate the FAA’s efforts to respond to my questions, and so I have lifted my hold on State...

  • Thousands attend N.Y. pro-Israel rally

    by JTA

    1 day ago

    Members of Congress and thousands of Israel supporters gathered for a solidarity rally near the United Nations.

    The Monday afternoon rally, organized by the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, was intended to show support for Israel...

  • Obama nominates Saperstein to religious freedom post

    by JTA

    2 days ago

    President Obama nominated Reform movement leader Rabbi David Saperstein as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department.

    Saperstein, a veteran civil rights activist, is director and counsel of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, a...

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