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  • AIPAC says ‘no’ to vote on Iran sanctions bill

    By Jared Sichel

    February 7, 2014 | 9:35 am

    AIPAC, the main pro-Israel lobby on Capitol Hill, broke with its allies in the Republican Party, and came out against holding a vote on a new Iran sanctions bill until there is clear bipartisan support, The Hill reports.

    Here's a crash course on the last few months of...

  • Jewish Republicans caught in party shutdown crossfire

    October 8, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    The first lawmaker to speak at a closed-door Capitol Hill confab convened by the Republican Jewish Coalition’s women’s affiliate was, naturally enough, a woman. So was the second.

    Against the background of the current federal budget battle, that’s about all that united Sen. Kelly...

  • With deal struck, pro-Israel groups suspend lobbying for Syria strike

    September 16, 2013 | 2:50 pm

    Pro-Israel groups suspended their high-profile lobbying effort for a strike on Syria now that the United States and Russia have struck a deal to strip the Assad regime of its chemical weapons.

    A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which organized a Capitol...

  • As peace talks kick off, right wing intensifies efforts to influence their outcome

    August 6, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan has made it his mission over the years to warn members of Congress, particularly Republicans, of the perils of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    Dayan has been a regular visitor to Washington, his trips often coinciding with developments in the...

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  • GOP and the Jews, together again and talking

    April 23, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    He had them until abortion.

    U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) was addressing the Reform movement's Consultation on Conscience conference about his passion, human rights and success in creating mechanisms to combat human trafficking and shine a light on global anti-Semitism. The...

  • AIPAC makes its voice heard in Washington

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 5, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    It was a surprisingly sunny day Tuesday, ahead of an expected snowstorm, when the 12,000 or so AIPAC delegates concluded the three-day annual “policy conference” in Washington this week, ready to move on to Capitol Hill to lobby their representatives. They had been fully primed for...

  • 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...

  • Pro-Israel figures join ad endorsing Hagel as defense secretary

    January 23, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    A number of prominent pro-Israel Jewish figures joined an ad endorsing Chuck Hagel for the U.S. defense secretary post.

    Meanwhile, Christians United for Israel announced plans to bring 200 pastors and other Christian leaders to Washington to lobby against Hagel's confirmation,...

  • Howard Berman among major Israel supporters absent from new Congress

    December 11, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    When the new Congress convenes in January, it will be missing several longtime pillars of support for Israel on Capitol Hill.

    Gone from the House of Representatives will be veteran Jewish Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee;...

  • Avoiding the ‘Jewish fiscal cliff’

    November 28, 2012 | 11:09 am

    The main Capitol Hill sport these days (after obsessive coverage of the Petraeus scandal) is how the government can avoid the impending “fiscal cliff.” A similarly serious financial challenge lurks in the future of the Jewish community — namely, how do we better balance our books...

  • Hiding Israel

    By David Suissa

    August 8, 2012 | 11:28 am

    There are two ways to look at the Obama administration’s decision to exclude Israel from its global anti-terrorism initiative. If you recall, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Istanbul last month to convene the Global Counterterrorism Forum, the group of invitees...

  • Lugar’s defeat raises specter of more partisanship on foreign policy

    May 15, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    Richard Lugar was never considered to be one of Israel’s leading advocates on Capitol Hill.

    The veteran Republican senator from Indiana, who suffered a primary defeat last week after 35 years in office, is famously his own man.

    Lugar, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations...

  • On Capitol Hill, Gary Ackerman served with a sharp wit and a stubborn candor

    March 20, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    When Rep. Gary Ackerman decided to retire, he did it in the same manner that he served in Congress for the past three decades: on his own terms.

    The veteran New York Democrat had insisted for weeks that he would run again, so the announcement of his retirement came as quite a...

  • Opinion: Will Beit Shemesh lead to erosion on Capitol Hill?

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    January 3, 2012 | 11:55 am

    A compelling threat to the survival of a democratic Jewish state does not come from the Arabs or the Iranians but from within. Its repercussions threaten to reach far beyond the gender segregated sidewalks and buses of some Israeli cities to the heart of the Diaspora.

    ...
  • In Sherman-Berman race, grass-roots strength faces off with Capitol Hill heft

    November 29, 2011 | 2:33 pm

    The California race between Democratic congressional incumbents Howard Berman and Brad Sherman is seen as pitting experience against energy, compromise against confrontation and—painfully for many in the Jewish community—pro-Israel stalwart against pro-Israel stalwart.

    “These are...

  • Waskow arrested at poverty prayer on Hill

    July 28, 2011 | 4:34 pm

    Rabbi Arthur Waskow was arrested at a prayer protest in the U.S. Capitol to bring attention to proposed budget cuts to programs for the poor.

    Waskow was one of nine clergy who was arrested after refusing police orders to move while praying in the U.S. Capitol.

    The clergy members...

  • Wasserman Schultz brings Jewish identity to top party role

    April 12, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s first day as a sophomore in the U.S. House of Representatives, on Jan. 8, 2007, was marked by a number of extraordinary achievements for a woman barely out of her first term.

    Named to the Democratic caucus leadership. Named to the all-powerful...

  • Briefs: Pro-Israel doves launch D.C. lobbying effort, Carter—in Israel— calls Sderot attacks ’

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Pro-Israel Doves Launch D.C. Outfit


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    Pro-Israel doves are launching an initiative aimed at countering the influence of established Jewish organizations on Capitol Hill. In a conference call Tuesday, organizers announced the launch of J Street, a lobby outfit and a...

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