The Tell by Ron Kampeas

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...
Continue Reading ⇒

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...
Continue Reading ⇒

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....
Continue Reading ⇒

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...
Continue Reading ⇒

It’s Campaign Endorsement Season

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — It’s less than two weeks to the first nominating contest, the Iowa caucus, which means that congressional endorsements of presidential candidates are beginning to trickle in.

A lawmaker backing a candidate this early in the race may reflect a desire to tap into the...
Continue Reading ⇒

Where the top 7 Democratic candidates stand on Iran

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The post-debate analysis this week focused largely on the ongoing spat between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. While we hope they can sort that out soon, the debate featured something else more relevant to JTA readers: Everyone on stage thought that President Donald Trump...
Continue Reading ⇒

The Iran Flare-Up, Winners and Losers Edition

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) —Welcome 2020. Is it December yet? Can you set my alarm for December? No? Then how about a dive into how Iran tensions are playing out in D.C. and in the Jewish community.

Badass on the frontline Democrats are seeking to limit President Donald Trump’s...
Continue Reading ⇒

How to fight anti-Semitism in 2020, DC edition

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Unfortunately, the new year began much like it ended. After a machete attack in Monsey wounded five people seriously on Chanukah, a woman in Brooklyn was punched in the throat on New Year’s Day.

What can be done about it, especially from Washington?

Here are some of the emerging ideas from experts and...
Continue Reading ⇒

This year in Jewish politics was bananas

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — What a year 2019 has been for, well, everyone, but especially for watchers of Jewish politics — and Jews in politics.

Two elections in Israel (with a third to come), three Jewish candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination (Bernie Sanders, Marianne Williamson and...
Continue Reading ⇒

The Impeachment Chronicles

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — For the third time in the Republic’s history, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached a president.

There were a number of firsts on Wednesday: Donald Trump became the first elected president to be impeached in his first term — Andrew Johnson had assumed the presidency following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln — and a female speaker, Rep. Nancy...
Continue Reading ⇒