It was the most haunted time of the Jewish year, the “Three Weeks” leading to Tisha B’Av, when Jerusalem’s walls crumbled, kingdoms fell, exile began, and clocks strike thirteen. “One of the ways God speaks is by way of the calendar, both for good and bad,” Rabbi Benjamin Blech, a Yeshiva University Talmud professor, tells us by phone. It was the time of the Inquisition, Germany’s entry into the First World War (a defeat that is linked to Germany’s precipitating World War II and the Shoah), and the disengagement from Gaza, leading to thousands of rockets and two wars. The changing deadline dates of the Iran deal blew like leaves through a graveyard, from last year’s July to November, to this April, June, and then July 14.
White House-Jerusalem rift playing out among U.S. Jews as pressure builds on Israel defenders.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer, a major supporter of both President Obama and the State of Israel, has become the focus of intense attention among critics of the Iran nuclear deal. With opponents having launched a major and risky campaign this week to convince 13 Democratic senators to buck the White House and kill the agreement in Congress, Schumer, a Democratic leader in the Senate and self-proclaimed protector of Israel, is seen as the swing vote.
Washington — AIPAC called on Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, saying it does not meet critical markers that the influential pro-Israel lobby outlined in recent weeks. But the liberal Jewish Middle East lobby J Street announced a multimillion-dollar campaign to support the agreement.
The white smoke that wafted out of the chimney Tuesday at Palais Coburg in Vienna signaled the start of an intense lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill over the fate of the Iranian nuclear agreement, pitting two longtime adversaries, Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu.
In pulling out of the JStreet Conference, the campus organization's leader forfeited a chance to inspire our next generation.
The organized Jewish community’s ongoing debate over if, when and how to deal with J Street is in the news again. On the eve of the controversial left-wing lobby’s national convention, set for March 21-24 in Washington, D.C., Eric Fingerhut, the international president and CEO of Hillel International, has announced his withdrawal as a featured speaker. His statement said that “after reviewing the full list of speakers,” he concluded “any benefit that might have come from this opportunity would be overshadowed by concerns regarding my participation amongst other speakers who have made highly inflammatory statements against the Jewish state.”
Eric Fingerhut, president of Hillel International, said today that he is withdrawing from the annual conference of the J Street “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization because he objects to some of the other speakers.