May 6, 2022

Pro-Israel groups concerned about anti-Israel past of new Biden press secretary

White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a press briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on July 30, 2021. Credit: Official White House Photo by Erin Scott. (JNS) — The new […]
March 18, 2022

U.S. Ambassador to Israel calls settlements “infuriating,” backs dividing Jerusalem

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides arrives at his swearing-in ceremony as new ambassador to Israel, at the President’s residence in Jerusalem, Dec. 5, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90. by Israel Kasnett (JNS) — U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides […]
February 5, 2022

The Benjamins? A “Palestine Firster” controversy hits Congress

Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) in 2018 Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Christopher Dilts. by Ben Cohen (JNS) — During Barack Obama’s presidency, when diplomatic tensions between Israel and the United States sank to rarely seen lows, the term “Israel-Firster” was concocted by the […]
January 18, 2022

Pro-Israel groups worry Iron Dome funding may stay blocked long-term

Capitol Hill. Credit: rarrarorro/Shutterstock. by Dmitriy Shapiro (JNS) — With a deadline to fund the U.S. government past the temporary Continuing Resolution passed last month set to expire mid-February, pro-Israel organizations have been pushing to bring supplemental funding of Iron […]
December 19, 2021

Rand Paul’s Very Bad Optics

by Jonathan Feldstein This week, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul blocked what would have otherwise been unanimous passage of the Iron Dome funding bill, HR5323, providing Israel with $1 billion to replenish its Iron Dome system following the war Israel endured […]
December 17, 2021

With two new PACs, AIPAC does first venture into campaign finance

AIPAC president Betsy Berns Korn addresses the 2020 conference in Washington, D.C. Credit: AIPAC. by Dmitriy Shapiro (JNS) — For the first time in its existence, AIPAC plans to support financially the campaigns of pro-Israel incumbents and candidates by forming […]
December 16, 2021

In the Middle East, we can’t trust the CIA’s judgment

by Mitchell Bard (JNS) — Most people probably remember Jack Nicholson’s iconic line in the film “A Few Good Men”: “You can’t handle the truth!” After reading that CIA director William Burns said the agency “doesn’t see any evidence that […]
November 21, 2021

La. Senator Kennedy calls for accountability in Palestinian schools

Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana introduced the Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act to address whether Palestinian students are being taught inaccurate or racist content about Israel and the Jewish people. “The Middle East will never experience peace until […]
September 20, 2021

Israel’s new U.S. ambassador seeks to heal rifts, bolster bipartisan support

Michael Herzog. Credit: Danny Kitri by Israel Kasnett (JNS) — The Jewish People Policy Institute bid farewell last week to its longtime senior fellow Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Michael Herzog, who was recently appointed Israeli’s Ambassador to the United States. Participating […]
August 27, 2021

Biden, Bennett become “fast friends” in first meeting

U.S. President Joe Biden with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office at the White House, on Aug. 27, 2021. Source: Embassy of Israel/Twitter. by Dmitriy Shapiro (JNS) — After a number of delays as a result of […]
August 4, 2021

Ohio Pro-Israel voters likely tipped scales in Brown’s surprise defeat of Squad-backed candidate

Shontel Brown. Credit: Shontel Brown/Facebook. by Dmitriy Shapiro (JNS) — Pro-Israel and establishment Democrats secured a major victory on Aug. 3 as their favored candidate, Cuyahoga County council member Shontel Brown, handily defeated former State Sen. Nina Turner to become […]