Ori Nir; With Reporting by Jta.

Allies Warning That Aid Cut To P.A. Could Bolster Tehran

By Ori Nir; With Reporting by Jta.

WASHINGTON — As the White House intensifies its efforts to deny international aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, several of America’s European and Arab allies are warning that such an approach could boost Iranian influence in the territories and increase support for Hamas in the Arab world.The fear in European and Arab capitals isRead More

Ex-Aipac Aide To Seek Dismissal of Case

By Ori Nir; With Reporting by Jta.

WASHINGTON — Steve Rosen, the former pro-Israel lobbyist indicted last month for allegedly conspiring to obtain and disclose classified information, intends to ask a federal judge to dismiss his case on the grounds that the government has refused to disclose key evidence, the Forward has learned.According to sources closeRead More

Sharon Gets Nod for Gaza Plan at Aipac Parley

By Ori Nir; With Reporting by Jta.

WASHINGTON — Despite fears of discord, Israel’s prime minister received a rousing show of support Tuesday when he presented his Gaza disengagement plan to a cheering crowd of some 5,000 of America’s most influential pro-Israel activists at the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.For months communal insiders hadRead More

Leaders Stress American Side of Aipac

By Ori Nir, With Reporting by Jta.

WASHINGTON —Howard Kohr confronted the elephant in the room head-on as he opened the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.Kohr, Aipac’s executive director, told the estimated 5,000 delegates that the organization would not be harmed by the FBI investigation of two recently dismissed AipacRead More


By Ori Nir With Reporting by Jta

Iran, via Israel: The newly appointed chair of the House subcommittee on the Middle East returned last week from a visit Israel with a new focus.In her new capacity as chair of the subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia of the House International Relations Committee, Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenRead More

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