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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt less than three weeks before the protests there led to Mubarak’s downfall, January 2011.

With Muslim Brotherhood’s ascendancy, Mubarak’s legacy is upended

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi is the declared winner of Egypt’s presidential race and his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, reportedly continues to lie near death in a coma — just like the legacy he tried to craft for himself...

Israeli President Shimon Peres, center, meets with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, right, and former Major Leaguer Brad Ausmus, who will manage Israel’s team in the World Baseball Classic, in Jerusalem, May 24, 2012.

Shimon Peres has journeyed from ‘loser’ to Israel’s most popular public figure

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 14, 2012

WASHINGTON — For decades, the joke in Israel went: How do you know when Shimon Peres is headed for defeat? When he announces that he is running. Peres — today Israel’s extremely popular president and on Wednesday a recipient of the Presidential...

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak during an Independence Party meeting at the Knesset on May 21.

Was Barak’s call for unilateral action with the Palestinians a trial balloon?

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished June 4, 2012

Was Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s recent suggestion that Israel take “unilateral action” to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a hint at a policy under discussion or just an off-the-cuff remark? And how will the response of others —...

Protesters in the aftermath of deadly riots march in Cairo on
Feb. 3 2012. The increasing chaos in Egypt, including the recent
arrest of U.S. democracy activists, has raised questions about how
it factors into U.S. and Israel security considerations in the

Threats to cut Egypt assistance could impact Israel, U.S. influence in Mideast

By Ron KampeasPublished February 12, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The future of a key pillar of Israeli security could rest with the fate of a few dozen pro-democracy activists in Egypt. After Egyptian authorities filed charges on Feb. 6 against 43 American and other foreign pro-democracy activists who...

Ross to rejoin Jewish policy group

JTAPublished January 23, 2012

Dennis Ross, the former top Obama administration Middle East strategist, is rejoining the Jewish People Policy Institute as its co-chairman. Ross, who left the White House last month, will serve as co-chairman of the board of directors and professional...

Dennis Ross, shown speaking at a Washington Institute for Near
East Policy conference, and the White House cited his desire to
spend more time with his family as the reason for stepping down as
President Obama’s top Middle East strategist. Photo: Stan Barouh,
courtesy the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

A mixed legacy as Ross steps down: Iran isolated, but peace still missing

By Ron Kampeas, JTA, WASHINGTONPublished November 16, 2011

Dennis Ross got back in the driver's seat, yet three years later the peace is still missing. Ross, a veteran of four failed presidential pushes for Middle East peace, announced Nov. 10 that he would be leaving his post as President BarackObama's top Middle...

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are scheduled to meet May 20 at the White House. They are pictured here in the Oval Office in July, 2010. Photo: Amos BenGershom/GPO Flash90/JTA

On eve of Netanyahu visit and AIPAC conference, Obama and Bibi appear on same page

By Ron Kampeas, JTA, WASHINGTONPublished May 18, 2011

Crush terrorists and then make peace.Through quirks of timing, it's a narrative that President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally can agree on when they meet this week in Washington.There remains a critical difference, however, between...

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