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  • U.S. still plans to send F-16s to Egypt in coming weeks

    July 10, 2013 | 4:51 pm

    The United States still plans to go through with the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the coming weeks, U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Wednesday, even after the Egyptian military's ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

    The disclosure came as Washington treads a...

  • Russia’s Putin warns against aggravating Syria crisis

    May 14, 2013 | 8:06 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday it was important to avoid actions that might aggravate Syria's civil war, a veiled warning against foreign military intervention or arming anti-government forces.

    Russia and the United States are trying to bring the warring sides...

  • Can’t we all just not get along?

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 29, 2013 | 10:07 am

    Maybe the problem with Washington isn’t that there’s too little comity  – there’s too much.

    Old hands lament the passing of the era when, by day, partisans went after one another red in tooth and claw, but when the sun hit the treetops the enmity took a breather.  Thanks to the...

  • JFN: Funding social change

    March 19, 2013 | 9:30 am

    Kafi D. Blumenfield delivered these remarks to the Jewish Funders Network International conference on March 18, 2013 in Beverly Hills.

    As the CEO of a public foundation, a woman married to a Jewish man, raising our kids in the reform tradition and member of a social...

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  • 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...

  • Obama to governors: Tell Congress to stop spending cuts

    February 25, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    President Barack Obama urged state governors on Feb. 25 to pressure Congress to prevent $85 billion in across-the-board government spending cuts from going into effect on March 1, saying he is willing to reach a compromise with Republicans.

    But the president gave no indication...

  • Ehud Barak coming to Washington for consultations

    February 11, 2013 | 11:33 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is traveling to Washington to meet with top defense officials.

    Barak, who announced in November that he was retiring from politics and did not run in the January elections, "will meet with senior administration officials and the heads of the...

  • Israel reportedly notified U.S. about attack on Syria

    January 31, 2013 | 9:42 am

    Israel gave Washington advanced notice about its attack Wednesday on a Syrian target, U.S. officials told The New York Times.

    The newspaper on Thursday cited unnamed U.S. officials as saying they believed the target of the airstrike was a convoy carrying sophisticated...

  • The next four years- more of the same. Thoughts after Israel’s elections

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 23, 2013 | 10:40 am

    Yesterday, while I was casting my vote, it suddenly hit me: no matter which new parties will rise and fall, when it comes to the global system, nothing in the next four years will change.


    It wasn't easy for me to decide to whom to give my vote. It is only my second time voting...

  • Susan Rice wins Jewish plaudits

    December 5, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    The very quality that helped get Susan Rice in hot water with some in Washington is what pro-Israel groups have come to appreciate — she is a vigorous and reliable defender of the Obama administration’s foreign policies.

    Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who is...

  • Obama, Netanyahu talk ‘de-escalation’

    November 16, 2012 | 4:02 pm

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed "de-escalation" of the Gaza conflict.

    "Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza," said a White House statement released late Frdiay.  "The...

  • U.S. wins re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council

    November 12, 2012 | 11:40 am

    The United States succeeded on Monday in its bid for re-election to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council, a Geneva-based watchdog that has been criticized by Washington and Israel for singling out the Jewish state for criticism.

    The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly also...

  • Recipe for marijuana cholent

    November 12, 2012 | 9:32 am

    Now that the states of Colorado and Washington have legalized the recreational use and commercial sale of marijuana for its residents 21 years or older, there are all sorts of way to get creative in incorporating the new legal substance with Jewish edibles. Here's a recipe for...

  • BBC correspondent slammed for ‘Jewish lobby’ tweet

    November 8, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    The umbrella organization of British Jewry criticized the BBC's correspondent in Washington for referring to the "Jewish lobby" in a tweet about the U.S. election.

    Katty Kay used the term in a question-and-answer session on Twitter, raising the ire of the Board of Deputies of...

  • Do You See Beyond Your Own Life?

    By Ilana Angel

    November 4, 2012 | 11:03 pm

    I met my friend Michael 20 years ago when we worked at the same company.  I was immediately drawn to him and his kindness.  He is one of those people who exude warmth.  We worked together for about four years, and eventually over time lost touch with each other. 

    We recently...

  • U.S. extends $4 billion in loan guarantees to Israel

    October 25, 2012 | 9:46 am

    The United States extended nearly $4 billion in loan guarantees to Israel through 2016.

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his Israeli counterpart Doron Cohen signed the agreement on Wednesday in Washington.

    In 2002, during the global recession, the U.S. had approved $9 billion in loan guarantees that allow Israel to sell bonds internationally with the backing of the United States.

    As part of the deal, Israel also must hit certain economic targets regarding the size of budget deficits and levels of government spending.

  • Can Arnold Schwarzenegger save Washington politics?

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 27, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    Can a Hollywood action hero save Washington politics?

    That seems to be the aim of former California “Governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger, who last week launched the new Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at USC with characteristic bravado. 

    “If you don’t have...

  • 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...

  • Nathan Diament bestrides Orthodox, Washington worlds

    July 10, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    Nathan Diament learned two things 22 years ago while watching Barack Obama play pickup basketball at the Harvard Law School gym.

    “He was a generous passer,” he said of the school’s Law Review editor and the future U.S. president. “He was competitive, but at an appropriate...

  • ‘The Exorcist’ at the Geffen: No green vomit, but plenty of evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 27, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    William Peter Blatty was a Georgetown University student in August 1949 when he came across a front-page story in the Washington Post titled “Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip.” Blatty, a devout Catholic, was fascinated by the accounts of the...

  • Can Mofaz influence Netanyahu?

    June 25, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    With his recent return to the top ranks of Israel’s government, Shaul Mofaz is receiving plenty of attention in high places for emphasizing renewed talk of peace with the Palestinians. It’s yet another high point in a relatively short political career — after 35 years of...

  • Washington letter to go back on display

    May 10, 2012 | 12:57 pm

    A 1790 letter by George Washington decrying bigotry to a synagogue in Rhode Island will go back on public display for the first time in a decade.

    In the letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Washington said that America would give “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no...

  • Iron Dome: Israeli necessity, American priority, strategic imperative

    May 8, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    For years, Sderot was a city under siege, the target of non-stop rocket attacks launched by Palestinian terrorists from Gaza. School was halted, synagogues were silenced and in a community defined by courage, the fragments of rockets and mortars – the vehicles of attempted murder...

  • Hopeful Dems eye top committee spots

    April 17, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    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.

    Two veteran congresswomen, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and...

  • Amos Oz inspires J Street conference in Washington, D.C.

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 28, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    “The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a pure tragedy of Greek proportions…because it is a clash between right and right…between two nations who have never known another homeland.”

    So said Amos Oz this week at the opening of the 3rd annual J Street Conference in Washington,...

  • Mission impossible

    By David Suissa

    March 27, 2012 | 4:27 pm

    After spending three days at the J Street conference in Washington, D.C., and hearing one speaker after another talk about the importance of a two-state solution, I’ve come to the conclusion that Jews are blessed with two attributes: one, an unlimited capacity to tolerate the...

  • Contrite and destitute: The new Jack Abramoff

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 8, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    “Former lobbyist and Washington insider — fell into the abyss, working to repent and repair.”

    That economical bio — just 91 characters, including spaces — appears at the top of Jack Abramoff’s Twitter feed, and it only hints at just how hard it is to size up this new...

  • Barak to meet with Panetta in Washington

    February 27, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is traveling to Washington to meet with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, and other key U.S. security officials.

    Barak, who left Israel on Monday, is arriving just days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet...

  • As Syria crackdown intensifies, debate rages over U.S. options

    February 21, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    As the Syrian government intensifies its assault on opposition strongholds, the debate is heating up in Washington over how to end the bloody crackdown and bring about regime change.

    The Obama administration has tried to ratchet up pressure on the Syrian regime through international...

  • Larry Greenfield to head JINSA

    By Tom Tugend

    February 8, 2012 | 5:35 pm

    Larry Greenfield, a Los Angeles-area native, has been named national executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs in Washington, D.C., JINSA president David Ganz has announced.

    JINSA was founded in 1976 as a non-partisan and non-sectarian think tank and...

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