Congress

Bibi's Dangerous Legacy

The bitter and divisive battle being led by Bibi Netanyahu will likely fail to block the Iran nuclear agreement but it could well succeed in doing what the Iranians and the Arabs only dreamed of:  irreparable damage to Israel and to the American Jewish community.

Much of the community leadership here is marching in lock-step behind Netanyahu and his Republican allies, leaving far behind a rank and file that doesn’t share their opposition to the deal or their vehement disdain for President Barack Obama.

How Not To Influence Friends In Congress

07/28/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

‘Senator Schumer, I’m looking at you,” conservative talk radio personality Monica Crowley announced defiantly during last Wednesday’s grassroots “Stop Iran Now” rally in Times Square. She was figuratively addressing Chuck Schumer, the key New York politician who could help reverse U.S. approval of the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Gary Rosenblatt

Relief Over Jerusalem Passport Case

Limited High Court ruling seen by pro-Israel community as preserving some congressional role in foreign policy.

06/08/2015 - 20:00

Washington — Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in the Supreme Court decision that will keep “Israel” off the passports of Jerusalem-born Americans, begins by calling Jerusalem a “delicate subject.”

Menachem Zivotofsky, left, with his father Ari, second from left, and attorneys Aliza Lewin and Nat Lewin.  JTA

Obama Gets Backing For Iran Talks

President Obama got a strong show of support from Jewish members of Congress and Democratic leaders this week in his efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran.

A letter signed by 150 House Democrats urged the President to "stay on course" for a negotiated "strong and verifiable agreement" that will "prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon."  They cautioned, "War itself will not make us safe. "

Why The Iran Deal Makes Sense

04/06/2015 - 20:00

On Oct.2, 2002, President George W. Bush asked and received authorization from Congress to go to war with Iraq.  Just one month before, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Congress saying, “If you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations in the region.”  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

No Heroes

Not Esther, Ahasuerus or anybody walking the stage in Washington last week, either.

03/04/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

While the events of the book of Esther and the Persian monarchy’s intended annihilation of the Jewish community of the day reside within the realm of myth, the danger posed by the ayatollahs of those same lands today is no fiction.  This was not the case Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington to make this week.  No one doubts the Iranian threat; the question only is how to address it.

The Banquet of Esther. Wikimedia Commons

Bibi's Congress Speech Transcript

03/02/2015 - 19:00

The following is a transcript of the address Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered to Congress on March 3, 2015. The text was provided by the Prime Minister's Office.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking about Iran during a joint meeting of Congress, March 3. Getty Images

Netanyahu To Congress

A deal with Iran paves the way to the bomb.

03/02/2015 - 19:00

In his address to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued that the proposed nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran will lead inexorably to a nuclear-armed Iran and war in the Middle East.

Bibi Campaigning On Clash With U.S.?

New ad's comparison with ’48 raises fresh questions.

02/22/2015 - 19:00
Contributing Editor

It was a stretch, but we were trying to believe it — that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Congress speech is all about safeguarding Israel and not motivated by electioneering. But in 30 seconds on Saturday, this all went out of the window.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu’s ‘Joint’ Pain

Address to a session of Congress moves to center of campaign, seen as blow to U.S.-Israel relations.

01/27/2015 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The awkward state of Israeli relations with the U.S. administration has been in the mix as an issue in the Israeli election campaign ever since the ruling coalition fell apart in December.

Boehner’s invitation a boon to Bibi? Getty Images
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