Ori Nir, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.


Terror Threat Puts Community on Alert

By Ori Nir, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

WASHINGTON — Following a threat this week by Palestinian militants to target “Zionists outside Palestine,” a national Jewish community terrorism alert system has been activated to determine whether Jewish institutions should take extra security precautions.“Our Secure Community Network people have been in touch with law enforcementRead More


White House Okays Hamas Candidates

By Ori Nir, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration has agreed to the unconditional participation of Hamas candidates in the upcoming Palestinian elections, despite strong opposition from Israeli officials, Congressional leaders and Jewish organizations.Contrary to recent press reports, the administration is not insisting that PalestinianRead More


Israel Urges Allies in D.C. To Ease Criticism of Cairo As Egypt Ups Gaza Effort; Sharon Passes Plan, but Pays Political Price

By Ori Nir; With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

WASHINGTON — Eager to protect Israel’s budding security relationship with Egypt, Israeli officials are urging Jewish activists in Washington to stop pushing for American political action against Cairo.The request from Jerusalem to Jewish organizations came days after a May 31 telephone conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Sharon andRead More


Saddam Nab Turns U.S. Focus Back To Mideast

By Ori Nir; With Reporting by Ha’aretz and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

WASHINGTON — The capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will lead to an intensification of White House efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, diplomatic sources say.Hussein’s capture, administration officials told Israeli and Arab diplomats this week, is likely to create a changed atmosphere in the Middle EastRead More






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