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Iran Debate Intensifies, Fault Lines Widen

White House-Jerusalem rift playing out among U.S. Jews as pressure builds on Israel defenders.

07/21/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Sen. Chuck Schumer, a major supporter of both President Obama and the State of Israel, has become the focus of intense attention among critics of the Iran nuclear deal. With opponents having launched a major and risky campaign this week to convince 13 Democratic senators to buck the White House and kill the agreement in Congress, Schumer, a Democratic leader in the Senate and self-proclaimed protector of Israel, is seen as the swing vote.

Gary Rosenblatt

AIPAC Calls For Rejection Of Iran Deal, J Street Launching Campaign Backing Pact

07/15/2015 - 20:00

Washington — AIPAC called on Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, saying it does not meet critical markers that the influential pro-Israel lobby outlined in recent weeks. But the liberal Jewish Middle East lobby J Street announced a multimillion-dollar campaign to support the agreement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking in Washington, D.C., at AIPAC’s annual conference, March 2, 2015. JTA

After Iran Deal, Watching Senator Schumer's Balancing Act

07/13/2015 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The white smoke that wafted out of the chimney Tuesday at Palais Coburg in Vienna signaled the start of an intense lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill over the fate of the Iranian nuclear agreement, pitting two longtime adversaries, Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu.

White House: Looking To Next Israeli Government To Recommit To Two States

03/23/2015 - 20:00

Washington — The Obama administration said it would look to the new Israeli government to recommit itself to the two-state solution.

Hillel's Missed Opportunity

03/10/2015 - 20:00

In pulling out of the JStreet Conference, the campus organization's leader forfeited a chance to inspire our next generation.

The organized Jewish community’s ongoing debate over if, when and how to deal with J Street is in the news again. On the eve of the controversial left-wing lobby’s national convention, set for March 21-24 in Washington, D.C., Eric Fingerhut, the international president and CEO of Hillel International, has announced his withdrawal as a featured speaker. His statement said that “after reviewing the full list of speakers,” he concluded “any benefit that might have come from this opportunity would be overshadowed by concerns regarding my participation amongst other speakers who have made highly inflammatory statements against the Jewish state.”

Hillel's Fingerhut Withdraws From JStreet Conference

03/09/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Eric Fingerhut, president of Hillel International, said today that he is withdrawing from the annual conference of the J Street “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization because he objects to some of the other speakers.

Under Cloud Of Iran Talk, AIPAC Quietly Courts Progressives

03/08/2015 - 20:00

Washington — At the AIPAC conference, a sea of 16,000 Israel supporters spent their time talking Iran policy amid the swirling controversy over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

Leahy, A Senior Democratic Senator, Says He’ll Stay Away From Netanyahu Speech

02/10/2015 - 19:00

Washington — Sen. Patrick Leahy became the most senior Senate Democrat to say he will not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

A Time Of War, A Time Of Peeping Tom-ism

From Gaza to a D.C. mikveh to a Cuban jail cell, a look back at the top stories of 2014, plus leading figures we lost.

12/22/2014 - 19:00

1. The Gaza War

In July, Israel launches its third major Gaza operation in six years. Dubbed Operation Defensive Edge, the campaign begins with 10 days of intensive airstrikes in Gaza. After several failed cease-fire attempts, a ground invasion of Gaza follows.

“Death of Klinghoffer” protestors,” Getty Images
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