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Obama's speech, AIPAC's problem

 President Barack Obama's “Cairo II” speech yesterday may have complicated life for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), whose annual policy conference he will keynote on Sunday.

In his speech at the State Department, Obama advocated an Israeli-Palestinian agreement with borders “based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”

ZOA Lobbies for Embassy Move, P.A. Cut-Off

05/13/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A Zionist Organization of America mission to Congress lobbied for bills that would move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and cut off assistance to the Palestinian Authority if it declares statehood.

Some 400 delegates met with an array of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday.

They lobbied for bills that would remove the presidential waiver from existing legislation mandating the embassy's move from Tel Aviv and that would cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority in case it declares statehood unilaterally.

Some Are Abusing Title VI Protections, AJC Charges

04/27/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The American Jewish Committee said a government decision to classify campus anti-Semitism as prohibited discrimination is being abused by those seeking to silence criticism of Israel.

Pro-Israel hawk Shelley Berkley throws hat in Senate ring

One of the most hawkish pro-Israel voices in the U.S. House has announced that she thinks it's time for a promotion.

Rep. Shelley Berkley – who is Jewish - announced today that she will see the Democratic nomination to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. John Ensign, a Republican, who is retiring.

Picower Estate to Return $7 Billion Made in Madoff Scam

12/17/2010
JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The estate of one of the largest beneficiaries of Bernard Madoff’s multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme, Jeffrey Picower, has agreed to return $7 billion to Madoff’s victims.

The figure is the difference between the amount of cash that Picower, a Jewish investor, put into his account with Madoff and the amount that he withdrew, The New York Times reported. The deal was set to be announced at a news conference on Friday.

Obama administration hits Palestinian Authority for Temple Mount 'study'

Want to hear the latest from the anti-Israel Obama White House and those Israel bashers at the State Department?

In response to a question about the Palestinian Authority's endorsement of a “study” claiming that the Western Wall in Jerusalem is really part of the Islamic Waqf and not really Jewish at all, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley had this to say:

American Jewish Right Muted Ahead of Possible Extension of West Bank Settlement Freeze

09/14/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Don't expect a familiar American echo now that West Bank settlers are gearing up to fight the possible extension of Israel’s settlement freeze.

Activists on the left and right in Israel usually get their allies in the American Jewish community to fight for the cause of the day with congressional lobbying and protests to Israeli and American officials.

ZOA Blasted for Jordan Tactics

The Zionist Organization of America, known for its rapid-fire, aggressive style of political action, has been rebuked by the leading pro-Israel lobby group for turning its sights on Jordan, a top U.S. and Israeli ally.

08/06/1999
Washington Correspondent

The Zionist Organization of America, known for its rapid-fire, aggressive style of political action, has been rebuked by the leading pro-Israel lobby group for turning its sights on Jordan, a top U.S. and Israeli ally.
ZOA recently engaged in a “gratuitous attack on Jordan’s eligibility for U.S. assistance,” according to Lonnie Kaplan, president of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, and executive director Howard Kohr.

Indyk Blasts ZOA President

04/30/1999
Washington Correspondent

Indyk Blasts ZOA President

A top State Department official, criticized for hiring a pro-Palestinian activist, fired back with both barrels this week. Speaking before the Anti-Defamation League leadership conference on Monday, Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Martin Indyk read an angry statement defending his hiring of Joseph Zogby, a young lawyer and the son of longtime Arab-American leader James Zogby.

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