Sheldon Adelson scoffed at the need for Israel to remain a democracy. The explosive opinion doesn’t seem to be a problem for groups funded by the casino billionaire’s river of cash.38
Part pep rally, part training and part family reunion, this week’s annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America drew some 3,000 people to a conference center outside Washington to cheer federations’ philanthropic work, listen to presentations ranging from European anti-Semitism to crowdfunding, and to schmooze.
The governments of President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were back on joshing terms this week, but the deep differences that led to recent name-calling exchanges still percolated.4
Mementos of Col. Jacob Goldstein slide across the screen: his photograph, his name, and a headline about the 1983 military campaign in Grenada.
It’s 3 p.m. on a Thursday and the Jerusalem light rail is packed with secular and religious, Jew and Arab, as it heads east from the city’s Central Bus Station.13
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