Did They or Didn’t They? Allegations of Israeli spying put cloud over Iran deadline

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) sits with President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office in March 2014. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Experts on intelligence matters in the United States are brushing off last week’s allegations from anonymous Obama administration sources alleging Israeli espionage concerning the multilateral nuclear negotiations. Scholars such as Michael Makovsky at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) dismissed the allegations, first published in The Wall Street Journal, and accusations that Israel… Read More

Vastly Different Candidates

Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards are two Democrats battling for 
Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s seat.

As politicians throughout the state contemplate the wisdom of mounting a bare-knuckle Senate campaign, only Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards have officially declared their candidacies for the seat being vacated by outgoing Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski. But while both are longtime Democrats, they could not be more different in how they are perceived… Read More

A Clean Break on Campus Swarthmore Hillel votes to disaffiliate with Hillel International

The Hillel student board at Swarthmore College in 2013-14, when Swarthmore became the site of the nation's first Open Hillel.
(Courtesy Sarah Revesz)

NEW YORK — Swarthmore Hillel’s student board voted to drop its affiliation with Hillel International and change its name, citing Hillel International’s restrictions on Israel issues. Following an extended debate, the 11-member board elected late March 16 in a 7-3 vote to drop the affiliation, effective immediately (one board member was absent). In December 2013,… Read More

Character Building Lower East Side candy king holds firm against changing neighborhood

Today, it is 
among the last 
of Jewish-owned food shops on the Lower East Side.

NEW YORK — Walking into Economy Candy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it’s hard to know where to look first. To the foil-clad chocolate rabbits standing sentinel atop sacks of chocolate eggs? The stacks of kosher-for-Passover jelly rings and chocolate pops across the narrow aisle? The facing bins spilling over with peanut butter chews and… Read More

What’s Next for the Israeli Left? J Street Conference presses forward on two-state solution, support for liberal parties

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WASHINGTON — When self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization J Street selected “A Clear Choice for a Better Future” as the theme of its fifth annual conference, organizers hoped that the Israeli election results would have shown a leftward shift. So with the decisive March 17 victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who in the run-up to… Read More

White House Goes After ‘Occupation’

White House Chief of Staff James McDonough

WASHINGTON — After remaining largely silent since 2011 on what borders a negotiated two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinian Authority would encompass, the White House once again reanimated its call for the borders of two future states to be based on “1967 borders.” Delivering the keynote address to around 3,000 attendees at this year’s… Read More

With a Better Future in Mind J Street conference to focus on two-state solution

(David Stuck)

Despite a number of setbacks in the past year, J Street, the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization that advocates for a negotiated two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, expects record attendance at its fifth national conference to be held this weekend. The conference will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington,… Read More

The Big Question Is Tom Cotton the future of the GOP?

Sen. Tom Cotton

Despite having served in the Senate for little less than three months, freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is making his presence felt through his willingness to stand on his own and advocate a hawkish foreign policy. While his antics have alienated fellow lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill — including some from his own party… Read More

Common Ground

Rabbi David Lapin (Provided)

PHILADELPHIA — Professional and lay Jewish day school leaders gathered in the City of Brotherly Love for three days to forge “uncommon connections” with their peers. The fifth North American Jewish Day School Conference, which ended March 10, brought an estimated 1,000 participants to the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, where the stated goal was to learn… Read More