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  • Battleground California

    By Jared Sichel

    May 28, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    If only Lauren Rogers had known what she was getting herself into when she signed up to go to Israel.

    During UCLA’s winter break in December 2013, the rising senior and outgoing financial supports commissioner for UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association (USAC) took an...

  • Jewish Dems blast Kerry for ‘Apartheid’ remark

    April 29, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Jewish Democrats called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to apologize for warning that the failure to achieve a two-state solution could lead to apartheid.

    “We express our deep disappointment that the Secretary of State has chosen to invoke the specter of ‘apartheid’ in...

  • After bruising Iran sanctions battle, AIPAC conference is all about comity

    March 4, 2014 | 11:40 am

    You’ve got your rousing church choir, your multi-denominational trio of rabbis quoting Torah, your montages of Israelis and Palestinians coming together and, above all, your pleas to please, please, please be nice to one another.

    Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, Jew,...

  • Netanyahu wants ‘durable peace’ with Palestinians soon

    March 4, 2014 | 9:25 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to work for a “durable peace” with the Palestinians in the coming weeks and reiterated his refusal to accept a deal with Iran that included any uranium enrichment capacity.

    Netanyahu in his speech Tuesday morning to the American Israel...

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  • AIPAC’s tough sanctions choice

    January 23, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    In previous AIPAC versus White House dustups, the pro-Israel lobbying group’s strategy was to speak softly and let Congress carry the big stick.

    But in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s face-off with the Obama administration over new Iran sanctions, congressional...

  • Florida federations push Nelson on Iran sanctions

    January 3, 2014 | 10:57 am

    Four Jewish federations in south Florida urged Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to sign on to legislation opposed by the Obama administration that would enhance Iran sanctions.

    The Dec. 30 letter was sent amid a renewed post-holiday push by some pro-Israel groups to pass the...

  • Pro-Israel groups backing away from confrontation with Obama over Iran

    December 6, 2013 | 4:24 pm

    When it comes to the deal between Iran and major powers, Israel and the pro-Israel community are retreating from a strategy of confrontation and working instead to influence the contours of a final agreement.

    In a conference call last week, Howard Kohr, the American Israel Public...

  • White House, amid heating tensions with Israel, to brief Jewish leaders on Iran

    October 29, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Amid an escalation of signals that the Obama and Netanyahu governments are parting ways on Iran strategy, the White House called in American Jewish leaders for a briefing on short notice.

    A small coterie of Jewish organizational leaders will meet Tuesday afternoon with top staff...

  • Obama to Congress: Talk tough on sanctions, but don’t do anything

    October 28, 2013 | 3:11 pm

    The Obama administration may be on a collision course with pro-Israel advocates over an intensified sanctions bill that the White House fears may scuttle negotiations to resolve the standoff over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.

    The American Israel Public Affairs...

  • Freshman congressmen call on Obama to enforce Iran sanctions

    October 8, 2013 | 9:47 am

    A bipartisan group of freshmen congressmen called on the Obama administration to use all the sanctions passed by the House of Representatives against Iran to stop it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

    Many of the 78 legislators who signed the Oct. 4 letter returned recently...

  • AIPAC discouraged Rouhani overture, Rabbi Wolpe says

    By Jared Sichel

    September 25, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    The pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC “actively discouraged” an effort by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to reach out to Iranian-American Jews in Los Angeles, according to Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe.

    During Shabbat services on Sept. 21, Wolpe informed his congregation,...

  • Jewish groups set to back Obama on Syria

    September 3, 2013 | 1:48 pm

    Jewish groups backing President Obama’s call to strike Syria are citing moral outrage and U.S. national security as primary considerations — but concern for Israel, however muted, also looms large in their thinking.

    A lingering sensitivity over misrepresentations of the role of...

  • Ron Dermer bringing to envoy’s post loyalty to Netanyahu, history of abrasiveness

    July 9, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    “I was with him when,” Ron Dermer laced his address to the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.

    Dermer used the phrase five times in the first five minutes of the speech — the “him” being Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Two elements of the address, made just weeks...

  • Khameini: U.S. elections controlled by ‘Zionists’

    June 14, 2013 | 10:02 am

    On the eve of Iranian elections, the country’s religious leader said on his Facebook page that American elections are controlled by the “Zionist regime.”

    “U.S. president is being elected only from two parties while Zionist regime is controlling everything behind the scenes,” said...

  • Putting the pieces together

    June 5, 2013 | 11:10 am

    Much has been written about the world’s heroes — big and small — but sometimes making a major difference in someone’s life doesn’t take a single word. 

    Consider the example of Ruth Maouda, a sterling senior at YULA Girls High School who volunteers for Etta Israel Center, an...

  • Lots of listening, no grand initiatives expected on Obama’s Mideast trip

    March 12, 2013 | 10:55 am

    When President Obama visits Israel next week, Gavriel Yaakov wants him to jump-start the peace process.

    “I’m excited,” said Yaakov, 67, sitting in a Tel Aviv mall. “I want negotiations to get to an agreement on a long-term peace with the Palestinians.”

    Yaakov said he trusts...

  • Sequester cuts to Israel expected to be $155 million

    March 5, 2013 | 4:08 pm

    The sequester is expected to cost Israel $155 million in defense assistance.

    A senior staffer on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee told JTA that defense assistance to Israel would likely be cut by 5 percent, or between $150 million and $160 million of the...

  • Oren opens AIPAC with appeal for pro-Israel outreach

    March 3, 2013 | 8:52 am

    Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to Washington, opened the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference with an appeal for pro-Israel outreach to African Americans, Latinos and Muslims, and others.

    "Reach out to the churches in your community, to the...

  • No Obama or Bibi, but AIPAC conf. still looking to make noise

    February 26, 2013 | 11:12 am

    Next week’s annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington may be as notable for what -- and who -- is missing as what’s planned.

    For the first time in at least seven years, neither the U.S. president nor the Israeli prime minister will attend. In addition, for the second year in a...

  • Biden to address AIPAC conference

    February 26, 2013 | 7:43 am

    Vice President Joe Biden will address the upcoming AIPAC policy conference.

    Biden will speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on the morning of Monday, March 4, officials in the White House and with AIPAC told JTA.

    His speech comes ahead of President...

  • Arne Christenson to manage policy and politics at AIPAC

    February 19, 2013 | 11:35 am

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee appointed public affairs professional Arne Christenson as its managing director for policy and politics.

    Christenson, who worked at AIPAC as chief lobbyist in 1993-95, moves into a position that was newly created by the organization.

    ...
  • Yes, there is a Jewish lobby

    January 16, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Sorry to burst everyone’s branding bubble, but there is a “Jewish lobby.” It happens to be pro-Israel because it’s Jewish — not the other way around.

    Jews don’t like hearing non-Jews use the term in public, and perhaps they shouldn’t. But as an interest group, Jews as such are...

  • Obama administration: PLO’s U.N. elevation broke no laws

    January 10, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    The Obama administration said the Palestinians' ascension in U.N. membership status did not violate U.S. law.

    William Burns, the deputy secretary of state, in a Jan. 8 determination said the Palestinians did not break the U.S. law that requires shutting down the Palestine...

  • Jewish groups stake out opposing positions on penalizing Palestinians

    December 31, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Two major Jewish groups are at odds over the prospect of penalties for the Palestinians in the wake of their enhanced U.N. status.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee in recent weeks has backed two congressional bids to at least shut down the Palestine Liberation...

  • The Hagel dialectic: Defenders and detractors tussle over Israel record

    December 19, 2012 | 9:18 am

    The expected nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary has sparked an outcry from segments of the pro-Israel community.

    Media reports in recent days have said that Hagel, a Republican who represented Nebraska from 1997-2009 in the U.S. Senate, is...

  • Congressional letter urges Obama to shut PLO office

    December 11, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Incoming and outgoing leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are circulating a letter calling on President Obama to close the Washington office of the PLO.

    Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Edward Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)  are...

  • Senate passes enhanced Iran sanctions

    November 30, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    The U.S. Senate, urged by AIPAC, unanimously approved tightened Iran sanctions.

    "In an effort to circumvent international sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran, some purchasers of Iranian oil and natural gas have been using gold and other precious metals to pay for petroleum...

  • AIPAC calls for review of U.S.-Palestinian ties

    November 29, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called for a "full review" of the U.S. relationship with the Palestine Liberation Organization, including shutting its Washington office, in the wake of its obtaining non-member state status at the United Nations.

    "In requesting this...

  • AIPAC taps Marshall Wittmann, veteran political player, as spokesman

    September 20, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    AIPAC named Marshall Wittmann, a veteran political player who has worked for Democrats, Republicans and Independents, as its spokesman.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee has not formally announced Wittmann's appointment, although he is at work this week.

    Wittmann,...

  • In Christian version of AIPAC, CUFI draws 5,600 to Washington for pro-Israel lobbying

    July 17, 2012 | 10:46 am

    Seven years on, many Jews still have lingering questions about the addition to the pro-Israel lobbying scene of Christians United for Israel, the project of evangelical leader Rev. John Hagee.

    Hagee believes he has a biblical mandate to press on and is undeterred.

    “As Isaiah...

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