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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


House Takes Aim at Judiciary on Church-State Cases

By Chemi Shalev

WASHINGTON — There was a moment during his appearance with President Bush on the White House lawn last Tuesday when Prime Minister Sharon seemed to reveal more than he intended of his inner state of mind right now. Working through his prepared remarks, Sharon briefly fumbled with pages that appeared to be stuck together. Bush leaned overRead More


Dems Call Bush Soft on Saudis But Split on His Israel Stance

By Marc Perelman

Seizing on what they see as a rare opportunity to attack President Bush’s foreign policy without appearing unpatriotic, Democrats and liberals are rushing to condemn the White House for its stance on Saudi Arabia — and in some cases, on the Middle East peace process.The attacks are opening up a rift within the liberal camp,Read More


Moscow Targets Another Russian Jewish Oligarch

By S.A. Greene

MOSCOW — It’s becoming a familiar scenario: Kremlin prosecutors go after a prominent Jewish “oligarch,” and Washington reacts with stern warnings that Russia is risking all the progress it has made during the last decade.Just under three years ago, the target was Vladimir Gusinsky, the press baron and founding presidentRead More


Securing a Safe America Requires Accountability for 9/11 Mistakes

By Bob Graham

Last week, the declassified version of the House-Senate joint inquiry’s report into the September 11 terrorist attacks was finally released to the public, seven months after it was completed. The purpose of the report was not to assign blame for the horrific event, but to find out what could have been done to prevent it, or a more tragicRead More


Immigrant Policy Eyed as German Community Swells

By Nathaniel Popper

BERLIN — Barely two generations after the Holocaust, Germany may be edging Israel aside as the world’s most sought-after refuge for Jews fleeing persecution.That, at least, is the impression created by figures released this month showing that Germany had outpaced Israel last year for the first time ever as the main destination ofRead More


U.S.-Israel Showdown Seen on Security Fence As Sharon Meets Bush

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Officials here are concerned that growing American-Israeli disagreements over the so-called “separation fence” between Israel and the West Bank may mar next week’s planned meeting in Washington between Prime Minister Sharon and President Bush.Sharon is coming to the United States on the heels of the first-ever visitRead More


Recruitment Plan Divides Canadian Religious Leaders

By Ethan Porter

When Jews for Jesus announced plans recently to recruit members in Canada, it caused a firestorm of controversy that revealed a rift between the Jewish and Christian communities.The group made a public announcement that it would recruit this summer in Toronto; in contrast to previous efforts, Jews for Jesus announced that they intendedRead More


Democratic Council Moves On Web Site’s Mideast Bulletin

By E.J. Kessler

A Jewish Democratic group is seeking to remove what it considers “unbalanced” material from the Web site of a group it is calling “an important and influential progressive organization.”The National Jewish Democratic Council is asking its members to contact MoveOn.org, a grassroots left-liberal organization that uses the InternetRead More


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