The Tell by Ron Kampeas

How to survive a pandemic, Jewish community edition

By RON KAMPEAS

The $2 trillion-plus stimulus bill has passed and the relief for nonprofits sought by Jewish and other groups are in.

The big news is that nonprofits are eligible to tap into the $349 billion in payroll protection loans for small businesses administered by the Small Business Administration,...
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Moving the lobby into the home office

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ben Chouake is an emergency physician with a side gig: He leads NORPAC, a leading pro-Israel political action committee.

I check in occasionally with Chouake to see how the New Jersey-based PAC is doing, what’s on its agenda. It’s a right-leaning pro-Israel group, taking...
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In Israel, the pandemic becomes an instrument of preserving power

By RON KAMPEAS

 

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Politics goes on in a time of fear and quarantine, and each shapes the other. In my world, the coronavirus outbreak has led to at least three interesting developments over the past couple of weeks:

1. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is drawing...
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Bernie’s ideas (including on Israel) aren’t going anywhere

By RON KAMPEAS

Bernie Sanders lost big for the second set of Democratic primaries in a row, including in Michigan, where his 2016 win made him a viable candidate. In a press conference on Wednesday he all but conceded the presidential nomination contest to Joe Biden.

So is it bye-bye...
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How Biden’s Super Tuesday Success Changes the Jewish Campaign

By RON KAMPEAS

Bernie Sanders was the bogeyman at the AIPAC conference earlier this week for skipping the event, which he called a platform for bigotry. Multiple speakers called out Sanders by name and referred to him as the leader in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“[Y]ou have...
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The AIPAC conference: Who’s in and who’s out (besides Bernie)

By RON KAMPEAS

You probably don’t need this column to point you to the biggest topic of conversation in the American Jewish political world this week — everything that happened after Bernie Sanders, a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, declared on Twitter that he wouldn’t attend next week’s...
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A strange place for AIPAC: Left of a peace plan

By RON KAMPEAS

The Kushner plan puts AIPAC in an odd place: For the first time in its history, the largest Israel lobby in the U.S. finds itself to the left of a Middle East peace plan.

AIPAC has sustained its backing for a two-state solution, while the Trump administration...
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AIPAC is coming, but no one knows who’s speaking

By RON KAMPEAS

Just about two weeks before the activists come to town for the largest U.S. Israel lobby’s annual conference, AIPAC has no speakers listed on its convention website.

(The formal start is March 1, but informal events will begin two days prior.)

It’s pretty accurate to call the...
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What kind of revenge could Trump take against his impeachment foes?

By RON KAMPEAS

Impeachment is over, except it isn’t: We now have Impeachment, the Retribution.“Will there be no retribution?” was a line in the official White House statement following President Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Senate.

A number of prominent Jewish lawmakers are in Trump’s sights, chief among them Rep....
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Peace, what could go wrong?

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Call it the deal of the century, the ultimate deal, the vision for peace: President Donald Trump and his Middle East team unveiled their long-awaited peace plan on Tuesday. My colleague Gabe Friedman runs down the highlights (you can also read all 181 pages here and...
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