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AJCongress Stands Alone on Pledge Issue

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Efforts to forge a compromise position on the debate over the Pledge of Allegiance have left the American Jewish Congress standing alone, at odds with its erstwhile allies in both the civil-rights community and religious groups.First the Jewish group broke with other civil-rights groups, including the Anti-DefamationRead More


Bush’s Odds in 2004 Depend on the Economy

By Gus Tyler

At this moment, one of the hottest political questions is: Who will be the Democratic candidate for president? Right now, Howard Dean appears to be the frontrunner. But he is not necessarily the only candidate who could fare well in a contest with President Bush. Almost any one of the serious present aspirants has a good chance to win comeRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Kerry Question: Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, after jumping down Howard Dean’s throat last fall when Dean suggested that America should pursue an “evenhanded” policy in Middle East negotiations, used a similar phrase himself on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, according to a tape supplied by a rival campaign.Dean later apologized forRead More


Moscow Moves To Install Chabad Ally as Top Rabbi

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The deputy mayor of Moscow is pushing for the merger of the offices of the two rival chief rabbis of Russian Jewry, the Forward has learned, in what is being seen as a bid by the government to install one as the sole representative of the divided community.The deputy mayor, Alexander Reisen, convened a meeting December 20Read More


Israel Fears Isolation, Sanctions Over Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Bracing for a ruling against its separation fence by the World Court — which could pave the way for South Africa-style international sanctions — Israel and its allies here are considering a campaign to discredit the court as a biased organ of the United Nations.The proposed campaign is highly controversial even amongRead More


Embattled Foundation Enlists Eizenstat

The Ford Foundation has hired a former Clinton administration official with strong ties to the Jewish community to help promote a new policy forbidding grant recipients from supporting terrorism or bigotry.The appointment of Stuart Eizenstat comes as key leaders in Congress say they will move forward to investigate the use ofRead More


Pressured, Assad Offers Charm Campaign

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continued his version of a peace offensive this week, publicly offering to give up weapons of mass destruction if Israel agreed to do the same, knowing in advance that it won’t.Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon replied in kind, sending a message to Assad that if the Syrian leader agrees in advanceRead More


Ethiopians Protest Immigration Delays

By Nacha Cattan, With Reporting From Ha’aretz.

Israel’s absorption minister is under fire for reportedly speaking out in opposition to a Cabinet decision to immediately bring up to 20,000 Ethiopians of Jewish descent to Israel.Several Israeli media outlets have reported that the minister of immigrant absorption, Tzipi Livni, disparaged the idea of bringing the Falash Mura, descendents ofRead More


Showdown Looms for Sharon in Party Fight

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon traded verbal blows this week with the apparatus of his ruling Likud party, with disputes ranging from pure ideology to naked power in the background. The stage has now been set for a dramatic showdown next month that could have a profound effect on both.The party’s top decision-making authority, the LikudRead More


Culture Wars Spark Flip-Flop On States’ Rights

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a historic about-face in the debate over federalism, conservatives are increasingly attempting to curtail states’ rights over social issuues through congressional legislation and the federal courts, while liberals are arguing for local control on several fronts.This shift was onRead More


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