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Ron Kampeas, JTA
Ron Kampeas, JTA

Jonathan Greenblatt, left, and Mort Zuckerman

Intra-Jewish relations deteriorate

WASHINGTON — Last year, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations updated its secret rules to ban “insults, ad hominem attacks, and...

Pres. Donald Trump announces his decision to withdraw the US from the JCPOA. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Trump pulls out of Iran deal

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he would not waive sanctions on Iran by a deadline Saturday, May 12, effectively pulling out of the Iran deal. “I am...

Natalie Portman (Phillip Faraone/Getty)

Natalie Portman Genesis Prize snub reverberates

WASHINGTON — Natalie Portman’s statement explaining why she declined to attend a Genesis Prize award ceremony in Israel in her honor was a pointed rebuke, and of a...

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...