Sequester Cuts To Israel Seen At 5 Percent


The sequester is expected to cost Israel $155 million in defense assistance.

The sequester will affect funding that supports Israel's anti-missile Iron Dome system. Getty Images

Mood Shift At AIPAC


Much has been written, here and elsewhere, about what was said at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington this week, attended by some 13,000 delegates, clearly the biggest pro-Israel gathering of its kind.

At AIPAC, Pledges Of ‘No Daylight,’ But Worries About The Gaps

VP Biden and others vow unyielding support for Israel, but would U.S. take military action against Iran?

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Israel is imperiled, facing an existential threat from Iran, caught up in a rapidly and dramatically changing Mideast that is becoming more dangerous every day, and fighting an insidious international delegitimization battle.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat of New Jersey, addresses AIPAC on March 5. Getty Images

Obama To Visit Israel In Spring, Says White House


President Barack Obama will visit Israel for the first time as president this spring, the White House said.

AIPAC Calls For Review Of U.S.-Palestinian Ties

To date, laws passed by Congress would impose penalties on full U.N. membership, not non-member status.


The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called for a "full review" of the U.S. relationship with the Palestine Liberation Organization, including shutting its Washington office, in the wake of its obtaining non-member state status at the United Nations.

Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, speaks at the U.N. on Nov. 29. Getty Images

To The President And Prime Minister: Thank You Both

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Now that the dust is settling, both literally and figuratively, from Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, it is an appropriate time to reflect back on that very difficult if brief campaign, and particularly on how it ended– at least for now.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik.

Who’s Creating ‘Daylight’ Now?

Netanyahu comes in for some criticism for meddling in U.S. election.


Washington — In the U.S.-Israel relationship, “daylight” is back, but this time it’s Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is being called on to draw down the shades.

Netanyahu’s recent sharp rebuke of the Obama administration’s Iran policies has drawn equally pointed pushback from Jewish Democrats.

Bibi Netanyahu’s implied criticism of President Obama reflects Israeli-U.S. tensions. getyy images

AIPAC Thanks Leaders, Including Obama, For 'Steadfast' Support Of Israel


In a rare statement and at a time of sharp Republican criticism of President Obama's Israel record, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee thanked elected leaders including the president for "steadfast" support of Israel.

Let the Political Battle Begin: The Wars Among The Jews

The decision by Temple Israel of Miami to cancel an invitation to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) to speak at Friday evening services appears to be in response to the objections and threats of an influential Republican congregant. This sideshow may have signaled the beginning of the 2012 political campaign within the Jewish community.

Vilification Has No Place In Debates On Israel

Special To the Jewish Week

When our Brooklyn synagogue recently hosted two former State Department veterans, Elliot Abrams and Robert Malley, a few congregants and even a local merchant objected to our having invited Mr. Abrams, a known “war criminal.”  

Similarly, when our synagogue hosted Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian academic, others claimed our pulpit now had “Jewish blood on its hands.”  Another congregant asked, “How can you invite Malley?  He and the president hate Jews.”

Rabbi Andy Bachman is senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.
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