The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee discussed the potential Iranian threat and instability in Syria with Israel's prime minister.
When the new Congress convenes in January, it will be missing several longtime pillars of support for Israel on Capitol Hill.
Amid the election season tumult, behind-the-scenes campaigns are also under way for who will be the next top Democrats on two key congressional committees — with Jewish lawmakers in the running for both leadership slots.
The benefactor of a controversial Jewish development in eastern Jerusalem is a major donor to U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the new head of the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee. Irving Moskowitz, a retired casino magnate, and his wife, Cherna, gave the maximum $4,800 each to Ros-Lehtinen's campaign in the most recent election cycle, Politico reported this week. Cherna Moskowitz additionally donated $5,000 to NACPAC, a pro-Israel political action committee that contributed $10,000 to Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) in the cycle. The demolition of the Shepherd Hotel began this week in the Arab neighborhood of Sheik Jarrah in eastern Jerusalem in order to make way for a development for 20 Jewish apartments funded by Moskowitz.