WASHINGTON (JTA) The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously called for the release of Cpl. Gilad Shalit on the eve of the fourth anniversary of his capture by Hamas.
The bill passed Thursday, initiated by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), demands that "Hamas immediately and unconditionally release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit" and that the terrorist group allows "prompt access to the Israeli captives by competent medical personnel and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross."
My email inbox today has been chock full of statements from Jewish organizations and Capitol Hill politicians lauding final passage of the new, tougher Iran sanctions bill, and groups like AIPAC deserve a pat on the back for getting the legislation through a largely gridlocked Congress.
U.S. special Middle East Envoy George Mitchell generally shuns the limelight, but this week he was in Washington and keeping a pretty high profile.
On Monday the lead U.S. official in Israeli-Palestinian “proximity talks” offered a mildly upbeat assessment of the indirect peace talks at an event sponsored by the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital (JPDS-NC) at the 6th & I Historic Synagogue.
You don't hear a lot of politicians talking sense about Iran these days. Either they pretend tough talk and unilateral sanctions will do the trick, ignoring history and common sense, or they are part of the “don't bother me now” faction.
That's why I liked Rep. Gary Ackerman's statement to the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia this week during a hearing on the political reform movement in Iran.
Netanyahu’s friends on the Hill predict a squeeze on Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, sworn in on Tuesday as head of a cobbled-together coalition that has produced jitters in Washington, is an old hand at using Capitol Hill as a counterweight to Democratic presidents eager for peace process progress. But Netanyahu will find a changed environment when he makes his inaugural trip to Washington in May.
The Obama administration is confident it will retain strong Jewish support even as it ratchets up the pressure on Israel and offers clues that, unlike its predecessors, it means what it says about the thorny issue of Jewish settlements on the West Bank.
While the pro-Israel establishment is already reacting angrily to the administration’s shifted red lines on settlements, many analysts say President Barack Obama’s ability to soften tough positions with pro-Israel reassurances will prevent a broad Jewish backlash.
It’s one of the top political questions in the city: Will Anthony Weiner run for mayor?
The Queens-based congressman who made a respectable Democratic primary run in 2005, forcing a runoff only to cede the nomination to Fernando Ferrer, has often spoken about his intention to run again, but recent developments have sown doubts.
Thursday, September 17th, 2009
Some Jewish groups were quick to get out their press releases blasting the “Goldstone Report,” the result of a United Nations investigation into last winter’s Gaza war - so quick it seems unlikely many actually read the 575- page report.