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  • White House briefing of AIPAC activists ends in communication breakdown

    2 days ago

    Got questions about the Iran nuclear deal? Too bad, if you were an AIPAC activist at a briefing this week with top Obama administration officials.

    At the briefing Wednesday, Howard Kohr, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee director, stopped his activists from asking...

  • Federation: Take it back

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    In the hours immediately following the announcement of the Iran nuclear deal, the Jewish community fell victim to a rare and unbecoming phenomenon:  groupthink.

    The word went out from Zion, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu castigated the deal before it had even been...

  • U.S. Republicans, pro-Israel groups step up campaign against Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    Top Republicans vowed on Wednesday to do their utmost to scrap President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran as the biggest pro-Israel lobby geared up for an all-out campaign to pressure wary lawmakers into rejecting the agreement.

    A bigger push against last week's historic...

  • Chessmasters: Israel and the Iran deal

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    Critics of the Iran deal unfailingly say that the American negotiators, including President Barack Obama, were no match for their wily Iranian counterparts.

    The Persians, they remind us, excel at the culture of the bazaar. The Persians, they point out, invented the game of chess....

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  • The Iran Nuclear Agreement: What should Congress do?

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    2 weeks ago

    Growing up an American Jew in Los Angeles, I was always told if you ask three Jews you will get four opinions. Last Friday night, I went to shabbat services at Stephen Wise Temple. I began by reading the words below from Rabbi Joshua Knobel about Pioneers and the weekly parsha....

  • AIPAC to fight White House head to head in battle over Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    Cancel your summer vacations.

    That was the order AIPAC’s executive director, Howard Kohr, gave his employees in a staff meeting convened this week at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee after the United States announced the Iran nuclear deal.

    With the influential...

  • Israel’s lesson for a Latina

    May 13, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    I’d been to Israel before as a CBS news correspondent covering Saddam Hussein lobbing Scuds into Tel Aviv. I marveled at Israel’s spirit and saw firsthand how critical America’s alliance is to Israel’s security. But my last trip was very different. 

    I was part of an elite...

  • Alternate perceptions and #TheDress

    March 18, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    At the end of February, I encountered #TheDress, the week’s highest trending hashtag on Twitter. I saw #WhiteandGold, wondering whether those who saw #BlueandBlack were in on a worldwide prank. Like many, I simply could not fathom how others could see otherwise. 

    The...

  • A memorable march

    March 11, 2015 | 10:14 am

    Some 70 years ago, my now-89-year-old grandfather, Andrew Gardner, marched.  He marched, by force, in death marches, alongside so many who eventually perished at the hands of the Nazis.  This week, my grandfather marched through the vast Walter E. Washington Convention Center...

  • IAC goes to Washington ...  and plans to stay

    By Jared Sichel

    March 4, 2015 | 3:22 pm

    On the evening of March 1, just before a private Israeli-American Council (IAC) event for college students at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C., it was difficult for two of IAC’s co-founders, Shawn Evenhaim and Adam Milstein, to...

  • Sen. Robert Menendez’s rock star moment at AIPAC

    March 3, 2015 | 8:58 am

    Sen. Robert Menendez hands down got the most enthusiastic reception of any speaker so far at AIPAC’s annual conference.

    I’d say you could barely hear the New Jersey Democrat on Monday night but for the whoops and shouts, except that Menendez has a preacher’s style and his rich...

  • Bibi’s speech to Congress: Watch out for the details

    By David Suissa

    March 2, 2015 | 6:17 pm

    Don’t let anyone tell you that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday is not important, or, as President Barack Obama put it on Monday, a “distraction.” It’s hardly that. It’s more like a piece of history.

    First, as the hour approaches, we’re...

  • Rice opposes AIPAC’s Iran agenda, Menendez opposes Rice

    By Jared Sichel

    March 2, 2015 | 6:03 pm

    National Security Advisor Susan Rice‘s speech on Monday may go down as the most contentious in recent memory at an AIPAC policy conference, during a historically tense period of the U.S.-Israel alliance.

    She began by heaping praise on Israel, saying some words in Hebrew and...

  • Obama, Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy

    March 2, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    United States President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clashed over Iran nuclear diplomacy on Monday on the eve of Bibi’s hotly disputed address to Congress, underscoring the severity of U.S.-Israeli strains over the issue.

    Even as the two leaders...

  • Day 2 at AIPAC: Bibi’s pre-Congress speech, crowd welcomes Obama officials, and (less) anxiety about Speechgate

    By Jared Sichel

    March 2, 2015 | 12:59 pm

    This story has been updated: Rice opposes AIPAC’s Iran agenda, Menendez opposes Rice


     

    As nervous anticipation filled the halls Monday morning at the AIPAC policy conference in advance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address to Congress, there was one...

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s full speech to AIPAC

    March 2, 2015 | 11:11 am

    Thank you. Wow, 16,000 people. Anyone here from California? Florida? New York? Well, these are the easy ones. 

    How about Colorado? Indiana? I think I got it. Montana? Texas? You're here in record numbers. 

    You're here from coast to coast, from every part of this great land....

  • AIPAC wants to talk Iran, but it can’t get away from speechgate

    March 2, 2015 | 10:59 am

    For all its focus on Iran, AIPAC can’t seem to get away from the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending speech to Congress.

    Speaking to attendees Sunday at the launch of the largest-ever annual conference of the American Israel Public...

  • Netanyahu warns an Iran deal could threaten Israel’s existence

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    March 2, 2015 | 8:35 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Monday that the nuclear deal it is negotiating with Iran could threaten Israel's survival and insisted he had a "moral obligation" to speak up about deep differences with President Barack Obama on the issue.

    ...
  • Netanyahu says U.S.-Israel relationship ‘stronger than ever’

    March 2, 2015 | 7:43 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that the alliance between his country and the United States is "stronger than ever" and will continue to improve.

    Netanyahu, speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington, said reports that the relationship between the two countries was fraying were "not only premature, they're just wrong."

  • U.S. ambassador to UN says U.S.-Israel relationship transcends politics

    March 2, 2015 | 7:36 am

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations told the main U.S. pro-Israeli lobbying group AIPAC on Monday that the U.S.-Israel relationship transcends politics "and it always will."

    Ambassador Samantha Power addressed the group shortly before a speech by Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Day 1 at AIPAC: Trusting Congress, expecting little from White House and anxious about Bibigate

    By Jared Sichel

    March 1, 2015 | 9:28 pm

    The marching orders to the reported 16,000 attendees were clear on the first day of this year’s AIPAC policy conference: push legislators to pass a proposed bill that would give Congress the right to approve or reject any nuclear agreement signed between the Obama administration...

  • AIPAC emphasizes Iran talks at record-breaking conference

    March 1, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    AIPAC launched its largest-ever conference with a focus on the Iran nuclear talks.

    The legislative focus of the conference, which started Sunday with a record-breaking 16,000 activists in attendance, is two bills that seek increased congressional involvement in the nuclear talks...

  • Obama should send high-level rep to AIPAC conference

    February 24, 2015 | 11:59 am

     The Obama administration reportedly will not be sending a senior representative to address next week’s annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    Snubbing AIPAC will help lock in the caricature of a president who dislikes Israel and disrespects the...

  • Bibi: Call off the play

    By Rob Eshman

    February 4, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    Liberal Democrats are the soft underbelly of American support for Israel, and John Boehner and Benjamin Netanyahu just gave them a swift kick.

    When the Republican speaker of the house went around President Barack Obama to issue an invitation to the prime minister of Israel to...

  • AIPAC holds fire as Iran deadline looms

    November 21, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    As the United States and other powers negotiate down to the wire on a nuclear deal with Iran, one voice has been unusually quiet – the main pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

    Israel deeply distrusts the attempt to reach a deal at talks in Vienna that would lift harsh international...

  • Moving and shaking: Tour de Summer Camps, Woman to Woman Conference and more

    By Ryan Torok

    October 1, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    The moon was still visible at 5 a.m. on Sept. 21 as cyclists registered at Camp Alonim in Simi Valley for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ second annual Tour de Summer Camps.

    More than 450 cyclists participated in the event, including Jay Sanderson, Federation...

  • Jewish groups as one backing congressional letter on anti-Semitism

    September 8, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    A bipartisan congressional resolution urging increased action by the United States and other countries to address resurgent anti-Semitism has wall-to-wall Jewish organizational support.

    In a letter to colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking co-sponsorship of the...

  • It’s over for the Jews of Europe

    August 15, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    It is now almost three years since I moved with my family to the United States. Life for a Jew in the USA is markedly different to the European experience. American Jews are proud of being Jewish, understandably, and they project that pride without equivocation. The idea that you...

  • Has Israel become a left-right issue?

    July 28, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    About a decade ago, my rabbi was promoting congregational AIPAC involvement.  His argument went that AIPAC was not necessary for our local liberal Jewish Congressman, who was a member of our synagogue.  If he ever did anything anti-Israel, the rabbi always had the option of...

  • A chance for empathy and compassion

    July 16, 2014 | 3:37 pm

    I arrived in Israel on June 30.  Just a week later, life was turned upside down as we searched for answers and for hope.

    After concluding a week of vacation in Beer Sheva, Mitzpe Ramon, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem, I joined a mission with 19 rabbis sponsored by the AIPAC...

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