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Eric Cortellessa | The Times of Israel

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Eric Cortellessa Eric Cortellessa covers American politics for The Times of Israel.
August 18, 2019, 5:40 am Israeli doctor treating Syrians hopes to save hearts and win minds In 2013, Salman Zarka, then head of IDF medical corps in the north, sent injured Syrians who came to Israel’s border to a Safed hospital. Now, he’s running it By Eric Cortellessa August 17, 2019, 3:32 pm The day Netanyahu helped anti-Israel Democrats gain resonance and credibility Barring Omar and Tlaib fuels the previously marginal argument that Israel shouldn’t be treated as one of America’s greatest allies By Eric Cortellessa August 16, 2019, 6:53 pm Secret Service clears DC street after ‘suspicious’ activity near Israeli Embassy Forces respond after man who appears to be wearing a bulletproof vest spotted near diplomatic compound; incident comes amid furor over Israel barring congresswomen Tlaib and Omar By Eric Cortellessa August 15, 2019, 6:59 pm AIPAC and other Israel-backers rebuke Israeli decision to bar Omar and Tlaib Israel advocates in US warn Jerusalem’s banning of 2 Dem. legislators will hurt it, damage Jewish state as a bipartisan cause and erode its global standing By Eric Cortellessa and TOI staff August 13, 2019, 12:29 am White House refuses to say if Trump will visit Warsaw Ghetto in Poland In July 2017 trip, US president angered Polish and American Jews by skipping site of Jewish uprising in move seen as pandering to nationalist government By Eric Cortellessa August 10, 2019, 10:16 pm Trump said to slam Israel’s decision to allow Omar and Tlaib to enter country US president reportedly says that if pro-BDS congresswomen want to boycott Israel, ‘then Israel should boycott them’; White House calls report ‘fake news’ By TOI staff and Eric Cortellessa August 10, 2019, 4:03 pm US peace envoy: There’s ‘no international consensus’ on Mideast conflict Facing criticism from German ambassador to UN, Jason Greenblatt doubles down on argument that world powers differ on resolution to Israeli-Palestinian issue By Eric Cortellessa August 8, 2019, 5:35 am Rabbi denies ‘secret’ effort to bypass US Jewish groups in dialogue with Israel Report claimed interdenominational group of American rabbis were being enlisted by Israeli envoy Dermer to work around Conservative and Reform leaders at odds with Jerusalem By Eric Cortellessa August 4, 2019, 7:43 pm After El Paso massacre, liberal US Jews say Trump fueling white nationalism Reform leader accuses president of emboldening mass shooters by ‘demonizing asylum seekers and immigrants’ By Eric Cortellessa July 30, 2019, 5:04 am How IfNotNow is getting 2020 Democrats to talk occupation The progressive US Jewish group is hitting the campaign trail, pressing presidential hopefuls to take a stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — and getting answers By Eric Cortellessa July 28, 2019, 6:43 am Bernie Sanders says he would ‘absolutely’ mull cutting aid to pressure Israel Vermont senator and leading 2020 Democrat says he is not anti-Israel, but insists US’s Mideast policy cannot just be ‘pro-Israel pro-Israel pro-Israel’ By Eric Cortellessa July 24, 2019, 7:47 pm Minister cheers US vote against Israel boycott movement Gilad Erdan, whose office oversees anti-BDS efforts, hails House resolution for showing ‘support for Israel is stronger than ever’ By Eric Cortellessa and TOI staff July 24, 2019, 3:59 am US House overwhelmingly passes anti-BDS resolution After some Democrats expressed concern the measure could cause infighting, it is approved by a vote of 398-17, with five abstentions By Eric Cortellessa July 21, 2019, 9:07 pm Netanyahu vows to keep US ambassador for another year, despite reported setback After Civil Service Commissioner said to reject request for Ron Dermer to remain in Washington, PM still says his term will be extended By TOI staff and Eric Cortellessa July 20, 2019, 10:38 pm Israel’s ambassador to US to complete tenure after September elections Ron Dermer to end stint in Washington after six years, despite requests from Netanyahu and FM Israel Katz to stay on By TOI staff and Eric Cortellessa Load More