Jewish groups were unhappy with this week’s decision by the Clinton administration to waive trade sanctions against three companies involved in a massive $2 billion gas development project in Iran
Green Light To Iran?
Jewish groups were unhappy with this week’s decision by the Clinton administration to waive trade sanctions against three companies involved in a massive $2 billion gas development project in Iran, although none were ready to call out their troops on Capitol Hill.
On Monday, President Bill Clinton, attending a U.S.-European Union economic summit in London, waived provisions of the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) applying to Total SA in France, Russia’s Gazprom and Petronas in Malaysia.
He won’t be here for the summit, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be all but unavoidable in Washington this week on a quite different mission: taking his case to the American public for bucking President Clinton’s proposal
Washington — He won’t be here for the summit, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be all but unavoidable in Washington this week on a quite different mission: taking his case to the American public for bucking President Clinton’s proposals to rekindle a gasping Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
This year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, which begins Sunday, will take place against a more dramatic backdrop than usual: a looming crisis in U.S.-Israel relations, an administration squeeze on Israel and tumult in the American Jewish community over how to respond.
AIPAC conferences are always at their best when there’s a big U.S.-Israel crisis, according to longtime observers of the pro-Israel lobby group. This year’s crisis should provide plenty of fireworks.
Washington — First Lady Hillary Clinton touched all the Jewish and pro-Israel bases and avoided treacherous curve balls in a Tuesday appearance before more than 2,100 delegates at Hadassah’s 85th national convention here.
Washington — In the first report card on American knowledge about the Holocaust and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum here, respondents indicated that they knew more about the destruction of European Jewry than many experts believed.
More important, a solid majority of the sample — a representative cross-section of 1,641 Jews and non-Jews — said they see Holocaust education as vitally important in preventing new instances of persecution and genocide.
New Role For EuropeansIn Mideast Peace Talks?
This week’s flurry of Mideast diplomacy, which came during a visit to the region by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, reflected a decision in Washington to continue its mediation role and to avoid an all-out confrontation with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at least for now.
Jerusalem — North American delegates to the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities, meeting here this week, got a preview of the substance and styles of the three main candidates for prime minister in Israel’s upcoming elections. And the candidates had a chance to see how their appearances were received by the leaders of diaspora Jewry.
Jerusalem — Shared worries and crises have a way of bringing people closer together.
That’s a positive way of assessing this year’s General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities, held here this week at a time of critical transition for America and Israel.
Gifts will be exchanged this Mother’s Day, but no gift more holy than a story, gifts from the old to the young. The stories are told in the dark, or over coffee, or while doing the dishes, standing in the kitchen.
Just as Yom HaShoah is reason to consider that Holocaust survivors are slipping away from us, along with their first-person stories that suffer in the retelling, Yom Ha’Atzmaut is equal reason to consider that the Jews who remember Israel’s birth and infancy are also fewer and fleeting.Let others talk about Israel’s anniversary with the removed sophistication of academics and professionals. I’d rather talk to grandmothers.