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  • Obama and Netanyahu disagree, in private and in public

    March 6, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agree, at least in principle: Keep the talk on what to do about Iran behind closed doors. But once they’re behind those doors, they can’t agree — and they can’t seem to resist bringing their disagreements...

  • EU expands Syria, Iran sanctions

    May 23, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    The European Union expanded its sanctions against Syria and Iran.

    The new sanctions imposed Monday target Syrian leader Bashar Assad and other top Syrian officials, and designate an additional 100 Iranian individuals and entities believed to be fronting for Iran’s nuclear weapons...

  • Digesting Obama’s speech—some goes down easy, some hard

    May 19, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    Within hours of President Obama’s Middle East policy speech, Israeli leaders and Jewish groups on the left and right were picking through his remarks on Israel, alternately praising, fretting and criticizing.

    The big news was that Obama called for negotiations based on the pre-1967...

  • Jewish groups strategize for statehood debate at UN

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 20, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    The path to international recognition of Palestinian statehood by September — when the Palestinians plan to bring the matter before the U.N. General Assembly — seems clear.

    The question before Israel and its supporters who oppose such recognition is how to create a detour.

    Some...

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  • Former Jewish Agency head tapped as Israel’s next ambassador to U.S.

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One of Sallai Meridor's first acts as chairman-elect of the Jewish Agency for Israel was to deliver relief to a Muslim country, Albania.
     
    The delivery of food and medicine to refugees from the Kosovo crisis in April 1999 was a first for the organization best known for rescuing...
  • Dems hit back at GOP Israel ads

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Top Democrats are mounting a furious counterattack against claims by Jewish Republicans that the GOP is likelier to favor Israel.
     
    "Say 'no' to this effort to somehow target Democrats as being opposed to Israel," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who is Jewish, said Sept.28 in a hastily...
  • World plays waiting game with Hamas

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The call for a Palestinian national unity government has unified just about everyone except the Palestinians. After navigating sessions clouded over with vituperation and nuclear threat, leaders attending last week's U.N. General Assembly seized upon the faint prospect of Mahmoud...
  • Libby, Judaism and the Leak Probe

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Joshua Muravchik, perhaps the pre-eminent expert on the interventionist foreign policy that has become known as neo-conservatism, was looking for non-Jewish neo-cons to prove that the movement isn't pervasively Jewish, he naturally included Lewis Libby.

    "Non-Jews figuring...

  • U.S. Rejects Israel’s Offer of Aid Workers

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The United States turned down offers of expert assistance from Israel and other nations in the crucial first days after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

    Instead, the United States solicited material assistance from Israel that was probably superfluous by the time the...

  • AIPAC Probe Fails to Erode Support

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The public resurrection of a federal investigation involving Washington's top pro-Israel lobby has done little to shake Jewish confidence in the group -- but some organizations worry about the long road that now appears ahead.

    FBI investigators searched the Washington headquarters...

  • Social Issues Still Divide Jews, GOP

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Call it the tale of two Mellmans.

    Mark Mellman, one of John Kerry's top four advisers, launched a talk with Jewish Democrats in Boston last month with a drasha (short sermon) on the meaning of Tisha B'Av, the Jewish fast day that happened to fall during the party convention. Then,...

  • CIA Nominee Backs Lesser Mideast Role

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rep. Porter Goss' distance from Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking was likely a plus in securing the nomination to lead the CIA.

    In fact, Goss (R- Fla.), President Bush's choice to succeed George Tenet as intelligence director, is about as far from the CIA's peacemaking efforts in the...

  • Ronald Reagan

    By Ron Kampeas

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ronald Reagan's presidency was a time when U.S. Jewish power grew to new levels of influence -- and when Jews learned of its limits.

    Thanks to Reagan, who died Saturday at age 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's, the years 1981-1989 saw the consolidation of bipartisan support...

  • Kerry Vies for Jewish Vote

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A Kerry administration would avoid the pressure other presidents have used to nudge Israel in peace negotiations, and would consult closely with the Jewish state before launching any new Mideast peace initiative.

    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the presumptive Democratic nominee for...

  • Bush Still Waiting for Reward

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon is already reaping political dividends from last week's historic exchange of letters with President Bush, but the U.S. president's payoff depends a great deal on what Israel does next.

    The Bush administration wants to see clear signs in coming weeks that Israel will...

  • Slaying Raises U.S. Peace Plan Concern

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The death of Sheik Ahmad Yassin will pave the way to Palestinian moderation, Israel and its friends in Washington say.

    But others, including Bush administration officials, are worried that the road just got a lot bumpier.

    The United States scrambled Monday to reassure the world --...

  • Terrorist Leader

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Mohammed Abu Abbas, the terrorist whose botched ocean-liner hijacking in 1985 ended in the murder of an elderly American Jew and set back the Palestinian cause, has died in American custody.

    His death, confirmed Tuesday by a U.S. official in Washington, buried the opportunity to put...

  • Who Has Kerry’s Ear?

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that he's running for president, Sen. John Kerry's openness to a broad range of Jewish opinion is making some in the pro-Israel community nervous -- and others hopeful.

    The very quality that attracted Jewish voters to him as a longtime Massachusetts senator is now earning the...

  • Dems Plan to Win Back Jewish Votes

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Worried by signs of President Bush's soaring popularity among Jews, Democrats launched a coordinated campaign 18 months ago to win back Jewish votes.

    In recent interviews with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, top Democrats who attended the meetings disclosed the secret strategy...

  • Peace Petition GetsWolfowitz’s Support

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A grass-roots petition for Israeli-Palestinian peace, chugging along slowly for months, took off last week when a powerful and surprising name was attached to it.

    Paul Wolfowitz, the U.S. deputy secretary of defense who is a close adviser to President Bush, voiced strong support for...

  • Israel Addresses Fence Concerns

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Israel is plotting each meter of its security fence with great care and consideration, Israeli officials say -- not just to keep terrorists out, but to keep the United States on Israel's side.

    With the Bush administration close to Israel on most other issues of Middle East...

  • Wesley Clark’s Rabbinical Lineage

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Raised a Southern Baptist who later converted to Roman Catholicism, Gen. Wesley Clark knew just what to say when he strode into a Brooklyn yeshiva in 1999, ostensibly to discuss his leadership of NATO's victory in Yugoslavia.

    "I feel a tremendous amount in common with you," the...

  • World Left Guessing on Arafat’s Future

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In September 1982, an Israeli sniper in Beirut had Yasser Arafat's head in his gunsights, and he waited for an order from Ariel Sharon, who in turn was awaiting word from Jerusalem: Kill him or set him free?

    Sharon, then defense minister, soon got the order from Prime Minister...

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