National News

BY JTA
May 1, 2014

The Army denied the requests of two soldiers to dress and groom themselves according to their religious beliefs. The soldiers had requested to be exempt from the uniform policy for religious purposes under a new policy approved in January, Reuters reported. Under the revised policy, U.S. troops may be accommodated in observing religious beliefs in CONTINUE »

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April 24, 2014

The deadly shooting in the parking lots of two Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., exposed “glitches” in the Kansas City Jewish community’s security plan, according to the head of the local Jewish federation. Todd Stettner, president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, said he was glad to see CONTINUE »

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Can bunker busters solve Israel’s Iran dilemma?
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
April 24, 2014

Alarmed by what they believe to be diplomatic failures by the Obama administration in nuclear negotiations with Iran, leading scholars of a Washington-based think tank have proposed that the United States provide Israel with the largest bunker-buster bombs in the U.S. arsenal to help restore the administration’s leverage in its negotiations. In an op-ed published CONTINUE »

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Top diplomat’s remark sparks ire on both sides of political aisle
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
April 17, 2014

After spending more than two-and-a-half hours testifying in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry is fending off criticism from all sides, as Democrats, Republicans and members of the media accuse him of blaming Israelis for derailing peace negotiations. During a hearing held as a review of the State Department’s CONTINUE »

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Jewish institutions horrified by pre-Passover attacks that killed three
BY Marc Shapiro and Heather Norris
April 17, 2014

Kansas’ tight-knit Jewish community was rocked just one day before the beginning of Passover as a gunman took the lives of three people in attacks just minutes apart outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and a local retirement home. According to various news reports, at about 1 p.m., shots CONTINUE »