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Samuel Lewis, Camp David Peace Broker, Dies At 83

03/12/2014
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Samuel Lewis, an influential U.S. ambassador to Israel who helped broker the Camp David peace agreement, has died.
Lewis, a career diplomat, died Monday at the age of 83.

He was ambassador to Israel from 1977-1985, a period during which Israel and Egypt achieved a peace agreement brokered by President Carter.

ZOA’s Klein Re-Elected, Fending Off Challenge From The Right

Vote was first real test for longtime president; rival cited ideological and fiduciary issues.

03/11/2014
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Morton Klein was overwhelmingly re-elected president of the Zionist Organization of America during the organization’s convention in Philadelphia Sunday.

Mort Klein faced charges of excessive salary but won re-election handily.

ZOA’s Klein Re-Elected, Fending Off Challenge From The Right

Vote was first real test for longtime president; rival cited ideological and fiduciary issues.

03/07/2014
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Morton Klein was overwhelmingly re-elected president of the Zionist Organization of America during the organization’s convention in Philadelphia yesterday.

Klein, 66, said the landslide win was a “clear repudiation of the false and outlandish claims of my opponent, and it was a mandate for the work I do at the ZOA.”

Morton Klein

In Washington, Bibi Upbeat On Peace, Firm on Iran

At AIPAC, Netanyahu envisions Israeli-Palestinian cooperation and the dark future of a nuclear Iran.

03/05/2014
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Washington — Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington determined to hold the line on Iran, but he also brought something new: an expansive vision of Middle East peace.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking Tuesday at the AIPAC conference in Washington. Getty Images

Signs Point To Continued Peace Talks

Hamas crackdown, Saudi pressure fuel hopes as Obama calls on Israel to make ‘difficult choices.’

03/05/2014
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The chances that U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will continue beyond next month’s deadline appeared to improve this week, after an Egyptian court banned the activities of Hamas and seized its assets. At the same time, a Saudi billionaire flew to Ramallah to encourage Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to make peace.

Factions Clash Over Hillel Israel Policy

Campuses need a haven where students don’t have to defend pro-Israel views, says group backing current guidelines.

03/04/2014
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A backlash against the growing Open Hillel movement has slowly been gaining support, with nearly 400 students backing Hillel International’s ban on partnerships with groups that delegitimize the State of Israel.

Brandeis junior Daniel Mael, left, and Ralph Fils, a BU sophomore. Photos courtesy of Daniel Mael and Ralph Fils.

Israeli Moonshot: The Video Game

Schusterman Family Foundation funds $25K prize for simulation that helps lunar team get off the ground.

03/03/2014
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As a public/private consortium in Israel prepares to send a robot to the moon next year, tech-savvy supporters can win $25,000 for developing the best interactive simulations of the mission.

Artist's conception of the craft SpaceIL hopes to land on the moon.

Jewish Groups Face Aggressive Cyber Threat, Warns SCN

02/27/2014
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U.S. Jewish groups face “a more concerted and aggressive effort” from Internet hackers, the national community’s security arm said in an alert.

“It is imperative that all IT departments understand how to mitigate the threat and are up-to-date on the necessary technologies and processes to use in order to be proactive and prevent these incidents,” said an alert Tuesday from the Secure Community Network, an affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America and of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Study To Look At Ashkenazi Genetic Mutation

02/27/2014
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(JTA) — A study sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research will investigate a genetic mutation found more often in Ashkenazi Jews.

‘This Is Cantor Trying To Reorient The Party’

After Auschwitz trip, House majority leader warns against dangers of isolationism.

02/26/2014
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Washington — When Rep. Eric Cantor took the stage last week at the Virginia Military Institute to deliver a wide-ranging foreign policy address, Auschwitz was on the House majority leader’s mind — and so, observers suggest, was the state of his party.

Rep. Eric Cantor said at the Virginia Military Institute last week. JTA
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