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Poll: Four In 10 Americans Support Contraception Mandate

06/03/2014
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More than four in 10 Americans support the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate, which requires nonprofits and businesses to provide birth control even if they have religious objections.

Most Americans do not support the contraception mandate. RNS

Water As A Challenge, And Answer, In Mideast Peace Talks

03/19/2014
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Water is the common denominator of the human experience. Our home is called the Blue Planet because of the spacious amounts of water covering the earth. Adding to our shared experience, water makes up about 60 percent of our body mass, and water plays a significant role in the world’s religions. The three Abrahamic religions, born out of the waterless deserts of the Middle East, all use water in significant ways.   Yet, freshwater, literally our source of life, makes up only 2.5 percent of all of the earth’s water, and so we are not surprised when we look at the Arab-Israeli conflict, and discover that water factors as a source of confrontation.

Kerry’s Framework: Key To Mideast Peace

Former Shin Bet head Ami Ayalon is stateside to promote the two-state solution.

03/11/2014
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Ami Ayalon, a former head of Israel’s internal security agency, is a founder of Blue White Future, a nonpartisan political movement committed to a two-state solution for Israeli-Palestinian peace. He was here this week for a town hall meeting organized by J Street’s $1 million national “The 2 Campaign” to build the “great constituency” Secretary of State John Kerry has called for to promote a two-state solution.

Ami Ayalon: Former Shin Bet head favors two-state solution.  Gili Getz

AIPAC Charts Roadmap

As confab nears, Israel lobby still trying to figure out its legislative agenda.

02/11/2014
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Washington — The highlight of AIPAC’s year is the final day of its annual policy conference, when thousands of activists ascend Capitol Hill to lobby for the passage of the organization’s legislative priorities.

 Senator Menendez: Hopes to avoid partisan process.  Getty Images

White House Names Envoy For Holocaust Survivors

01/28/2014
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The Obama administration named a special envoy to the Holocaust survivor community.

Aviva Sufian, a staff member at the Health Department’s Administration for Community Living, will be the special envoy for U.S. Holocaust survivor services, a White House announcement said Friday.

Split Over Tactics As Pollard Drive Heats Up

Link convicted spy to peace talks? Leaders divided on way forward after clemency fails.

12/31/2013
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After President Barack Obama again refused to include imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard on his Christmas clemency list, supporters of Pollard’s release are conflicted on how best to proceed.

Secretary of State John Kerry, here at a memorial service in November for slain Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. Getty Images

Understanding The Deal With Iran

Looking at the fine print of the agreement to curb the country’s nuclear program.

11/26/2013
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Tel Aviv — For the first time in a decade, the United States and a coalition of world powers have reached an agreement with Iran to curb the country’s nuclear program.

Is Iran deal a ‘historic mistake’ or a way to rein in the country’s nuclear program? Getty Images

In Parting Shot, Bachmann Raps Obama On Israel

 

In a video announcing her plans to leave Congress, Rep. Michele Bachmann cited her criticisms of the Obama administration’s Israel policies as among her accomplishments.

“I pointed out this administration’s despicable treatment toward our great friend and ally Israel, and at the same time giving little more than lip service to the ever increasing and dangerous nuclear threat of Iran,” Bachmann said in a video posted Wednesday on her election website.

After Syria Airstrikes, Obama Says U.S. ‘Coordinates’ With Israel

05/08/2013

An airstrike on a military research center in Syria, the second attack on Israel’s northern neighbor in three days, is being blamed on Israel.

Arms Sale Complicates Iran Picture

U.S. says yes to refueling tanker planes, no to bunker-busting bombs.

04/24/2013
Israel Correspondent and Staff Writer

Tel Aviv — The Obama administration’s announced arms sale to Israel this week has raised as many questions as it answers.

Chuck Hagel has reaffirmed Israel's right to defend itself. Getty Images
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