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One month into the Obama administration, Jewish communal leaders seeking high-level access appear to have come crashing through an open door. Within four days in mid-February, Jewish leaders were invited to two high-level conference calls — one with senior foreign policy officials who discussed the upcoming United Nations-sponsored Durban conference on racism, and the other with Middle East special envoy George Mitchell.
Federal prosecutors in the national security case against two former pro-Israel lobbyists suffered legal blows this week that could affect their chances of winning or even lead the government to reconsider going forward with the case.
Several days before Israelis went to the polls, as it became clear that Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party was emerging as the nation’s third largest, Harvard University mathematician Dennis Gaitsgory called his friend Josh Tenenbaum, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and told him he could not sleep at night.
On paper, it has never been easier for Palestinians whose land has been appropriated by Israeli settlements to have their day in court.
Outside the office of Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president of Hebrew College, is a model of the original design for the college’s Newton, Mass., campus, created by star architect Moshe Safdie. Only half the campus has been built. Asked if the school plans to build the other half, Lehmann chuckled.