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De Blasio: Israel Support Part of Mayor's Job

01/27/2014
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Bill de Blasio, New York’s newly installed mayor, said defending Israel was part of his job.

“Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel,” de Blasio said at a private New York event of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee first reported Friday by the Capital New York news website.

De Blasio: No greater ally on earth than Israel. Michael Datikash

Obama Officials To Jewish Groups: New Sanctions Are 'Dangerous'

01/16/2014
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WASHINGTON -- Two top Obama administration officials urged Jewish groups not to back new Iran sanctions, calling them “dangerous.”

A L’Chaim To Conservative Judaism

JTS chancellor: ‘Complacency’ and ‘despair’ … ‘are forbidden;' ‘both are distractions from the task at hand.’

11/22/2013
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I’ve spent the better part of my adult life as a scholar of American Judaism, with a special focus on figures at the center of Conservative Judaism, and I’ve spent most of those years enjoying the benefits of Conservative Jewish institutions, conversations and communities.

Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen

Working Together to Expand Support for Israel on Campus

11/13/2013
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The Jewish community is rightly concerned with a campus environment that is too often hostile to Israel. Public demonstrations, inflammatory language and personal attacks by anti-Israel organizations seek to exploit the spirit of open debate and public action central to American academic life.

Some Jewish Groups Will Suspend Lobbying For Iran Sanctions

11/05/2013
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WASHINGTON — AIPAC and the American Jewish Committee refused a White House request to suspend lobbying for new sanctions on Iran.

Outside Of My Israel ‘Comfort Zone’

A gap-year student’s view about the conflict is seriously challenged. What happens next?

10/23/2013
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With a chuckle in his voice and a gleam in his eye, as if my assertion — that college campuses were a hotbed of anti-Israel activity — were funny, Yitzhak Mansdorf moved on to his next question. How would I feel, he asked me, if on completing his program to educate young American Jews about the Israel-Palestinian conflict, I were no longer a Zionist?

Irwin Mansdorf: “More nuanced view of Israel.”

AIPAC To Lobby Lawmakers For Syria Strike

09/09/2013
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AIPAC officials reportedly said the pro-Israel group will lobby U.S. lawmakers to authorize a retaliatory strike on Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

Statute Cited In Fox News Furor Has AIPAC History

Controversial law was at the heart of a case targeting two former lobbyists for pro-Israel lobby.

05/28/2013
JTA

Washington — With its talk of signal books, sketches and photographic negatives, the Espionage Act suggests a period long ago consigned to Cold War-era thrillers.

In fact, the law is even older, first drafted in 1917, at a time when secret orders were conveyed by telegraph and semaphore codes were bound in pocket-sized books weighted with lead so they could be thrown overboard at the approach of the enemy.

Fox News’ James Rosen, left, interviewing Secretary of State John Kerry. U.S. State Department

New Alliance Complicates Jewish Energy Policy Position

Little-known group pitching domestic fossil fuels, to consternation of some major Jewish players.

03/19/2013

Washington — On page 15 of the most recent edition of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association’s newsletter, beneath griping about perceived threats to the industry posed by President Obama’s tax and energy policies, was a nugget of positive news:

A delegation of the Council for a Secure America meeting in Jerusalem.Admon HaCohen, courtesy Council for a Secure America

VIDEO: White House Details Obama Mideast Visit

03/19/2013

The White House on Friday posted this preview of President Obama's Middle East trip this week, by Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser.

Taken with a couple of major league newspaper pieces, it adds up to a White House quid pro quo bid to the Israelis: We'll make pleasant noises about the Jewish connection to the land, you make pleasant noises about peace.

 

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