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Washington Watch

A Weakly Inflated Trial Balloon

Posted on January 19, 2019

By Dr. James J. Zogby

This week a well-known Israeli journalist revealed what he said were "new details about the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan." His report, he said, came from notes he had obtained from an American Jewish leader who had been part of a small group of community leaders briefed by a "senior Administration official" just two weeks earlier. Since I had heard about the briefing and anticipated the "expected leak," I began reading, preparing to be outraged. Instead I found my reaction to be somewhere between bored and amused by the content. At the same time, I...

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Republicans Play the Israel Card and Fail

Posted on January 12, 2019

By Dr. James J. Zogby

As this past week began, with the shutdown of parts of the US government entering its third week, Republicans, desperate to force the Democrat's hand, decided to play the "Israel card." The effort failed.  

The standoff between the White House and the Democrats that caused the shutdown is the result of President Trump's insistence that any new congressionally approved budgets for this year must include over $5 billion to cover the cost of the "wall" he has promised to build on the US border...

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A Historic Day in Congress

Posted on January 05, 2019

By Dr. James J. Zogby

I spent Thursday morning at the offices of two new Members of Congress, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. The scenes at both were just delightful. Throngs of Palestinian Americans jammed into Tlaib's offices, spilling out into the hall. It was much the same at Omar's, but there the crowds were largely Somali Americans and Yemeni Americans. 

Many had traveled hundreds and even thousands of miles to witness history being made. You could feel their excitement. It was a day of celebration, validation, and empowerment.

Palestinians, Somalis, and Yemenis are among...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby

Viewpoint with James Zogby: Nathan Guttman on New Israeli Leadership

Posted on May 31, 2016

Nathan Guttman joins James Zogby to talk about changes in Israeli leadership. 

Nathan Guttman is the Forward’s Washington bureau chief. He joined the staff in 2006 after serving for five years as Washington correspondent for the Israeli dailies Ha’aretz and The Jerusalem Post. In Israel, he was the features editor for Ha’aretz and chief editor of Channel 1 TV evening news. He was born in Canada and grew up in Israel. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Viewpoint airs every Wednesday. Watch below:

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Bill Press on Sanders and the Democratic Party

Posted on May 24, 2016

Bill Press joins James Zogby to talk about Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party. 

Bill Press began his career as a political insider and media commentator on KABC-TV and KCOP-TV, both in Los Angeles. Over the years, he has received numerous awards for his work, including four Emmys and a Golden Mike Award. The host of radio’s nationally syndicated Bill Press Show (Monday-Friday from 6-9am ET), Press attends the daily White House press briefing and writes a syndicated newspaper column, distributed weekly by Tribune Media Services.

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Arjun Sethi on CVE Programming

Posted on May 16, 2016

Arjun Sethi joins James Zogby to talk about CVE programming. 

Arjun Sethi is a writer and attorney based in Washington, D.C., and a frequent commentator on civil rights and civil liberties related issues. He is currently Director of Law and Policy at The Sikh Coalition. Prior to joining The Sikh Coalition, he served as national legislative counsel for human rights and national security related affairs at the American Civil Liberties Union and was an associate at the international law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.

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Speeches and Appearances

The Earthly Jerusalem: Captive and Transformed

Posted on February 21, 2018

I first visited Jerusalem 23 years ago. I was there in my capacity as co-Chair of Builders for Peace, an American initiative launched by then Vice President Al Gore of Jewish and Arab American business leaders working to find ways to grow the Palestinian economy.

We stayed at the Palestinian-owned Ambassador Hotel—from which we could see the Dome of the Rock and the Mount of Olives. Early in my visit, I made a point of going to the Old City, walking its narrow passage ways. And I visited the Church of...

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