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Jewish Leaders Deal Potentially Lethal Blow to J Street

J Street suffered a potentially mortal blow against its attempts to regain its shattered credibility as the Conference of Major Jewish Organizations overwhelmingly refused to extend membership to the organization on Wednesday. Of the 39 members voting, only 17 voted to admit J Street into the prestigious Conference--far short of the two-thirds majority required. May 1, 2014 6:23 AM PT

Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations Should Reject Inclusion of J Street

This afternoon, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations will vote on whether to admit J Street as a member of the 51 member conference. J Street’s hostile policy stances regarding Israel continue to generate controversy across the political spectrum. As such, a decision to extend membership to J street would likely create a severe backlash within the Jewish community against members voting in the affirmative. Apr 30, 2014 2:30 PM PT

Willow Creek Church's Involvement in Anti-Israel Group Raises Concerns

Since the creation of the modern Jewish state, American evangelicals have proudly been among Israel’s most vocal supporters. Millions of these supports are members of the more than 11,000 congregations which belong to the Willow Creek Association--an umbrella organization formed by Willow Creek Community Church. Yet a co-founder of this megachurch, Lynne Hybels, has become one of the most outspoken critics of Israel through her work with a controversial advocacy group, Christ at the Checkpoint. Jul 4, 2013 7:19 AM PT

Judge Orders $3.58 Billion Judgment Against the Syrian Arab Republic

In what plaintiff’s Washington, D.C. lead trial counsel Richard D. Heideman termed a “landmark victory for justice,” a federal judge awarded $3.58 billion in damages against the Syrian government in response to its sponsorship of the brutal 1985 coordinated terrorist attack upon the Rome and Vienna Airports. Mar 25, 2013 1:26 PM PT

Bibi Netanyahu on Iran: 'Diplomacy Has Not Worked'

This sense of urgency plays a large role in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s perspective. According to him, “We must stop [Iran’s] nuclear enrichment program before it’s too late…words alone will not stop Iran…sanctions alone will not stop Iran.” Netanyahu explained that Iran must know a clear military threat against the regime exists should the nuclear program continue unabated. Mar 9, 2013 11:53 AM PT

Israeli Ambassador on Iran: 'Diplomacy Hasn't Worked'

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, addressed thousands of pro-Israel activists at AIPAC’s annual policy conference Sunday morning. Much of the remarks focused on the threats posed by Iranian nuclear weapons capabilities. Mar 4, 2013 12:35 PM PT

AIPAC Delgates Applaud McCain Criticism of Obama Foreign Policy

Many foreign policy hawks were dismayed by McCain’s vote for cloture on the Chuck Hagel nomination. However, Senator McCain’s strong admonishment on policy relating to Iran, Israel, and Syria suggests that he will remain a strong advocate of our national security interests and of Israel throughout President Obama’s second term. Mar 4, 2013 12:34 PM PT

Clerics Place Demands on Presidential Visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque

Leading Palestinian figures extended an invitation to President Obama to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque during his March visit to Israel. The mosque sits on the Temple Mount, the site of both the first and second Jewish temples and the present day Dome of the Rock. The political leaders and religious clerics issued the invitation with several caveats, however. Feb 26, 2013 5:09 AM PT

Israeli Election Results Increase Chances for Peace

As expected, results from Israel’s parliamentary elections last week will extend Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister. While the exact outcome differed somewhat from expectations, the prospects for peace have been bolstered with Netanyahu’s continued leadership. Jan 27, 2013 2:35 AM PT

Hugo Chavez Successor Could Be Venezuela's First Jewish President

Hugo Chavez handily won reelection in October 2012 by a margin of 10 percentage points. However, just months later, Chavez languishes in a Cuban hospital, suffering from what is likely terminal cancer. Henrique Capriles, Chavez’s opponent last election, won re-election as governor of the state of Miranda. Should Chavez succumb to cancer, Capriles will likely face off against his successor. Although little mentioned, Capriles would likely be the first Jewish head of state in the Western Hemisphere. Jan 17, 2013 11:44 PM PT

Morsi: Boycott USA, Jews 'Descendants of Apes and Pigs'

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released a video of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi delivering racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-American remarks . The incendiary rhetoric becomes relevant now that the Obama administration plans to give 200 Abrams tanks and 10 F-16 fighter jets to the Morsi government. Jan 4, 2013 4:49 AM PT

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