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Following Withdrawal From Intelligence Post, Freeman Points Finger at Israel Lobby

By Nathan Guttman

The spectrum of arguments against the appointment of Charles “Chas” Freeman to Washington’s top intelligence assessment post ranged from his approach toward China to his ties with Saudi Arabia to his views on human rights.Read More


Jewish Nonprofits Cautiously Push Back on Obama Tax Proposal

By Anthony Weiss

In the short time that Barack Obama has served as America’s president, the organized Jewish community has been one of the young administration’s most solid bases of support for its liberal political agenda. But now, many of the major Jewish organizations are taking issue with a proposal that they fear will strike at their very lifeblood — charitable donations.Read More


Cantor and Specter: Alone, and Powerful

By J.J. Goldberg

Eric Cantor, a Republican congressman from Virginia, wasn’t anybody’s idea of a household name a few weeks ago, but you’ll be hearing a lot more about him in the weeks ahead because he’s emerging as one of President Obama’s biggest headaches.Read More


White House Access? Step Right In!

By Nathan Guttman

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.Read More


Prosecutors Lose Key Rulings in AIPAC Case

By Nathan Guttman

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.Read More


The First Lady of Fashion’s Quiet Muse

By Lisbeth Levine

An Israeli-born boutique owner known for putting together edgy outfits in unexpected ways is quietly dressing one of the most famous women in the world, first lady Michelle Obama.Read More


White House Reaches Out to Jewish Groups in Advance of Durban II

By Nathan Guttman

Senior officials in the Obama administration have reached out to Jewish leaders in an attempt to address the community’s concerns regarding the upcoming United Nations’s World Conference Against Racism, scheduled to take place in April.Read More


Obama Backtracks on Reform of Faith-Based Initiative

By Nathan Guttman

As a candidate, Barack Obama vowed to reform President Bush’s faith-based social services initiative — in particular Bush’s endorsement of the right of religious groups to discriminate in hiring members of their own groups in programs receiving federal funds under this program. But as president, Obama backtracked on that promise.Read More


American Jewish Leaders Ease Up Campaign Against United Nations

By Marc Perelman

National Jewish leaders have pulled back on their long-standing campaign against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides humanitarian services for Palestinian refugees — an early sign of caution in confronting a new administration, and of Congress’s determination reshape the country’s stance toward the U.N. more favorably.Read More


Israeli Uncertainty Buys Obama Time

By Nathan Guttman

Publicly, the administration of President Obama has pledged to “hit the ground running” in reviving Middle East diplomacy. But the indecisive results of Israel’s elections have provided the White House with breathing room it actually welcomes.Read More





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