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Bush Eases Pressure on Both Sides Over Peace Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Seeking to prevent the unraveling of its so-called “road map” to Israeli-Palestinian peace, the Bush administration is scaling back its demands on each side in hopes of making it easier for each of them to comply. The apparent aim is to ease domestic political pressures on the leaders, as well as to defuse charges from each sideRead More


Newsdesk August 8, 2003

Nominee Could Split DemsDemocrats are weighing an effort to block the nomination of Henry Saad, an Arab-American judge from Michigan whom Bush has tapped for a seat on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, which handles federal appeals from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.Although he is a conservative Republican, Saad’sRead More


Searches for Missing American Teens Intensify

JERUSALEM — Police in the north were intensifying their searches this week for two teenagers, both American Jews, who have been missing since last week.One of the missing teens, Eliezer Zussiya Klughoft, 19, is the grandson of a chasidic leader in Brooklyn, the Skoliner rebbe, Rabbi Yisrael Avraham Portugal. A yeshiva student, he wasRead More


House Takes Aim at Judiciary on Church-State Cases

By Daniel Treiman

In what critics are describing as an unprecedented challenge to judicial power, the House of Representatives last week overwhelmingly approved two legislative amendments aimed at short-circuiting a pair of high-profile court rulings regarding church-state issues.In a 260-161 vote, the House approved an amendment to an appropriations bill July 23Read More


The Return of the Deficit

By Gus Tyler

The federal budget deficit for fiscal 2003 will be the largest in American history, according to the White House. The estimate is that the deficit will run to $455 billion for the year. It breaks all records by billions. The highest deficit up until this year was $290 billion in 1992 when George Bush Sr. wasRead More


AJCommittee Stands Alone on Controversial Nominees

Two high-profile nomination battles have left the American Jewish Committee in a lonely position: out front on behalf of a Middle East scholar condemned by Democrats and Arab groups and on the sidelines in the fight against one of President Bush’s most controversial judicial nominees.Of the three so-called Jewish defense agencies, a listRead More


Bronfman Criticizes Security Fence

The president of the World Jewish Congress criticized Israel’s security fence in a letter to President Bush.The fence, which Israel says is necessary against terrorist infiltration, is “complicated and potentially problematic,” Edgar Bronfman wrote to Bush on Monday. The letter is co-signed by Lawrence Eagleburger, a former secretaryRead More


The Do-It-Yourself Ethos of ‘I Do’

By Lisa Keys

Michael Endelman’s parents couldn’t quite recall their wedding canopy; a cursory look at wedding photos illuminated a beige cloth adorned with “some kind of greenery” and daisies. Like most standard-issue chupahs, it was pretty — and unremarkable.But when Endelman, 27, marries later this month in Marin County, Calif., he’ll standRead More


Abbas, Jewish Leaders Talk About Peace

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A meeting between Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and about 50 Jewish community leaders in Washington last week left most of the activists convinced of Abbas’s commitment to peace. The meeting also underscored the growing support for President Bush’s Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative among theRead More


Arrest of Settlers On Terror Charges Inflames Hebron

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — A pair of Jewish settlers from Hebron, arrested on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist cell, remain behind bars this week following legal maneuvers that have pitted many hard-line settlers against Ariel Sharon’s government.Yitzhak Pass — father of Shalhevet Pass, the 10-month-old killed by a sniper’s bullet in Hebron on MarchRead More





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