WASHINGTON (JTA) – Barack Obama is gone and the relief among the Christian Zionists and their Jewish friends who peopled certain corners of Washington, D.C., this week was palpable.
Gary Bauer, the veteran evangelical activist, laid it out at the opening session of Christians United for Israel’s annual conference on Monday.
A year ago, “from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the next, we had people who were not blessing Israel, they were cursing Israel,” said Bauer, who was recently named director of CUFI’s Washington office.
Now, Bauer said to applause, Pastor John Hagee, CUFI’s founder, was…
JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel has already defeated the Palestinians. All that’s left is for them to surrender.
That, at least, was an argument being made in Jerusalem this week. Led by the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum, pro-Israel leaders and analysts gathered here to highlight local support for their aim of reframing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict internationally.
“After more than a century, the conflict is really over,” Daniel Pipes, the forum’s president told JTA. “As an American, I would like my government to say to the Israeli government, ‘Do what you need to do to convince the Palestinians they lost.’”
(JTA) — Lawmakers from 15 EU member countries, as well as the European Parliament’s president, protested the hosting at that institution of relatives of Palestinians who are in jail for murdering Israelis in terrorist attacks.
In a rare rebuke Thursday, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani admonished the chair of the Delegation for relations with Palestine, Neoklis Sylikiotis, for inviting relatives of Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Saadat to an event in Brussels about Palestinian prisoners.
“Such meetings must not become a platform for terrorism, nor should the agenda or guests put the reputation of this institution at risk,” Tajani said in a statement.
(JTA) — British protesters disrupted the band Radiohead’s performance at a popular festival in Britain over its upcoming performance in Tel Aviv.
As Radiohead performed Friday as the headliner at the Glastonbury Festival in South West England, some waved Palestinian flags and raised a banner reading “Israel is an apartheid state. Radiohead, don’t play there,” the London-based website Jewish News reported. Some members of the audience also shouted “free Palestine.”
The band was greeted with applause as it took the stage, according to the report.
Dozens of high-profile artists signed a letter sent to Radiohead in February urging the…
(JTA) — Sara Ehrman, a Democratic Party mainstay who advised Hillary Rodham not to marry Bill Clinton and later advised President Clinton on Israel-Arab peace making, has died.
Ehrman died on Saturday at the age of 98 of endocarditis, a family friend reported.
She described herself as “first a Jew, second a Democrat and above all a feminist,” according to the New York Times.
Ehrman met Hillary Rodham during the 1972 George McGovern presidential campaign. The attorney was sent to San Antonio, where the party was doing voter registration for Mexican-Americans.
“A young woman comes in, she looks 19,…