When the new Congress convenes in January, it will be missing several longtime pillars of support for Israel on Capitol Hill.
When President Bill Clinton chose in January 2001 to unveil his Clinton Parameters for Arab-Israel peacemaking, he chose an Israel Policy Forum gala to do it. Four years later, then-Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sought the same audience to announce then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s willingness to negotiate with the Palestinians.
Key congressional leaders introduced legislation that would provide further assistance to the Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.
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.
Gary Ackerman, one of the veteran Jewish members of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced he would not run again. Ackerman, who has served 29 years as a Democrat from Queens/Long Island, said he was stepping down at a time that his reelction was reassured.
Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) has made appeals to Egyptian officials on behalf of Ilan Grapel, the American-Israeli jailed in Egypt and the congressman's former intern. Grapel faces espionage charges as early as next week, reportedly for sending emails about his encounters in Cairo, where he was an interning for a nongovernmental organization that assists refugees from Sudan and elsewhere.