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Ron Kampeas, JTA
Ron Kampeas, JTA

David Smolansky

The exiled face of resistance in Venezuela

WASHINGTON — David Smolansky has become the exiled face of the resistance to the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. It doesn’t take long to realize why...

Benjamin Netanyahu at the 2018 AIPAC conference.(Ashernet)

AIPAC reaches out to progressives

WASHINGTON — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee opened its arms to progressives this week, launching its annual policy conference with direct appeals to...

Donald Trump at the 2016 AIPAC conference (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

Can AIPAC stay non-partisan?

WASHINGTON — When candidate Donald Trump spoke at AIPAC’s Policy Conference in 2016 and said Barack Obama may be the worst thing that ever happened to Israel, many...

Husam Zomlot addresses the Middle East Institute, Jan. 25, 2018. Seated left is MEI Vice President Paul Salem.

PLO envoy speaks out

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital amounted to “backstabbing,” the PLO envoy to Washington said....

Vice President Mike Pence prays at the Western Wall during a private visit, Jan. 23, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

How Mike Pence’s faith figures into his support of Israel

WASHINGTON — When Mike Pence moved to Washington earlier this year, he and his wife took with them a framed phrase they had for years hung over their fireplace in...

Jason Greenblatt visiting the Nahal Oz military base in Israel. (Anadolu Agency/Getty)

High marks for Greenblatt

WASHINGTON — Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s chief Israeli-Palestinian negotiator, has an office just around the corner from the White House. On his...

Paul Ryan pictured at the US Capitol speaking about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Dec. 21, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

Jewish worry about new tax bill

WASHINGTON — Most Jewish groups decried a massive tax reform package for what they said were cuts in taxes that would savage entitlements, although some groups...

The PLO office in Washington, DC. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty)

PLO office in DC may shut down

WASHINGTON — In 1987, Congress passed legislation that declared there would never be an office of the PLO on US soil. President Ronald Reagan agreed and signed the...

Rabbi Abraham Cooper testifies at the Nov. 7 House Judiciary Committee hearing.

Congress debates definition of anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON — Jewish and pro-Israel leaders exchanged heated remarks at a congressional hearing on how to define anti-Semitism. The Nov. 7 hearing of the House...

Saudi Arabia's Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, center, at a meeting with US Defense Secretary James Mattis on April 19, 2017 in Riyadh. (Jonathan Ernst/Getty)

What’s the hullabaloo in Saudi Arabia?

WASHINGTON — What is MBS? Why did Lebanon’s prime minister resign — and why in Saudi Arabia? What’s PA President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is...