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Ron Kampeas, JTA
Ron Kampeas, JTA

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...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signing his state's anti-BDS bill at a Jewish community center in Austin, May 2, 2017.

Anti-BDS laws — buzz saw

WASHINGTON — On May 2, Israel’s Independence Day, Texas state Rep. Phil King stood smiling as Gov. Greg Abbott signed King’s bill banning the state from doing...

Three 'Dreamers' originally from Ecuador gather for a protest in Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan, Sept. 5. (Drew Angerer/Getty)

Jewish organizations decry DACA move

WASHINGTON — An array of Jewish groups and lawmakers attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program granting protections to illegal im-...