Politics

Bibi’s Back in Town

07/09/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

What a difference a few weeks make, eh?

It was only a month or so ago that Israel’s relationship with the United States government was in serious trouble. First it was the visit of Vice-President Biden to Israel that was marred by Israel’s ill-timed announcement of new housing starts in East Jerusalem. President Obama was said to be furious. Then it was Israel’s handling of the Gaza flotilla that seemed to anger everyone in the world who was awake and breathing at the time.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Jewish Groups Oppose Holocaust Insurance Bill in Congress

07/09/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Six Jewish organizations signed a letter calling on the U.S. Congress not to advance a bill that would reopen the Holocaust insurance assessment process.

The American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B'rith International, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the World Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Restitution Organization condemned the Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2010 in a recent letter to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

The ADL, Arizona and anti-immigrant craziness

Some of the nastiest email I get is on the issue of immigration reform. To read these missives, you'd never know that Jewish groups have been at the forefront of the effort to overhaul a badly broken legal immigration system and offer a path to citizenship for those here illegally.

In Speech to Jewish Leaders, Netanyahu Endorses Two-State Solution, Hints at Shift on Jerusalem

07/07/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Appearing before Jewish leaders in New York a day after he met with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated  what he has rarely mentioned in more than a year — his commitment to a two-state solution, a pledge he first made in June 2009.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Presidents Conference executive vice-chair Malcolm Hoenlein

Different takes on the Netanyahu - Obama summit

Lots of different perspectives on yesterday's Netanyahu – Obama summit, but still not a lot of information about what happened behind closed doors.

Riverdale Synagogue Bomb Plot Case Carries High Stakes

Lawyers for Newburgh Four claim entrapment in incident cited as case in point for nonprofit security grants.

07/07/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

 When the trial of the so-called Newburgh Four, accused of a plotting to blow up two Riverdale synagogues, commences next month, it will be the first case of alleged anti-Jewish terrorism in a New York courtroom in more than 15 years.

NYPD officers patrol in front of Riverdale Temple, one of two Riverdale synagogues targeted in bomb plot. getty images

At Obama - Netanyahu Summit, Great Pomp But Questions Lingering

Bibi-Obama meeting high on atmospherics, low on specifics going forward.

07/07/2010
Washington Correspondent

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu staged a diplomatic dance in Washington on Tuesday meant to show the world — and their respective constituencies — that they are still in step.  

But the carefully choreographed atmospherics belied potential difficulties ahead and many unanswered questions, starting with these: will President Barack Obama stick to his stated goal of moving aggressively on the Israeli-Palestinian front despite a plateful of international and domestic political problems?

President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a “make-nice” meeting at the White House  Tuesday. getty images

Obama Reaffirms U.S. Ambiguity On Israel Nukes

07/07/2010

 (JTA) — President Obama said he will not press Israel when it comes to nuclear issues.” The United States will never ask Israel to take any steps that would undermine its security interests,” Obama said Tuesday after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, referring to a conversation they had on Obama’s efforts to have more countries abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Elena Kagan, Eye Candy Mentality & Jewish Wisdom

07/07/2010
JInsider

The news surrounding Elena Kagan’s nomination has focused on more than her legal qualifications — her looks have caused a lot of buzz, too. Michael Savage, talk show commentator, said that Kagan “looks like she belongs in a kosher deli.” Another writer questioned, “Why do Janet Napolitano, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan all look like linebackers for the New York Jets?” JInsider wanted to get a Torah perspective on the relative importance of physical appearance from one of our favorite and most thoughtful rabbis, Rabbi Naomi Levy (www.nashuva.com).

Elena Kagan
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