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'Ultra-Orthodox Tighten Their Grip In Israel'

Israel's increasingly intolerant and violent ultra-Orthodox minority is "tightening [its] grip in Israel" in a "chilling parallel to the escalating fundamentalist tendencies within Islam," writes Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus. 

Romney Ranks Clinton, Carter More Pro-Israel Than Reagan & Bushes

According to an ad just put out by the Romney campaign, only Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter qualify among the last six presidents over the past 35 years as leaders who "recognize the cherished relationship the U.S. has with Israel and stands with our allies."

Romney Won't Move US Embassy To Jerusalem

The Emergency Committee for Israel is running television ads that want us to believe that if Mitt Romney is elected president he will move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  That is the impression they want to convey based on his having referred to Jerusalem as Israel's capital during his quick visit there last week

GOP Gets Smackdown From A Higher Authority

Mitt Romney and the Republicans are spending millions of dollars accusing Barack Obama of being an unfaithful and unreliable friend of Israel.  They are trying to make support for Israel a political wedge in this year's campaign in the hope of peeling away some Jewish votes in battleground states like Florida and Ohio but more so they are appealing to wealthy Jewish contributors.

Palestinians Feel Neglected

Palestinian leaders were miffed that Mitt Romney snubbed their president and called their prime minister, Salam Fayyad, to meet him briefly at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, not in Ramallah, the seat of the PA government. 

On a similar campaign trip to Israel in 2008, Barack Obama met Abbas and Fayyad in Ramallah. Almost four years ago to the day, the Democratic candidate also went to Sderot in southern Israel, the target of persistent rockets and mortar attacks from Gaza

Seeking Resurrection In Jerusalem

Mitt Romney quickly ran into problems, all self-inflicted, on his overseas trip to demonstrate his foreign policy chops.  His intention was to show he is ready to become a leader on the world stage, but after his London debut he left many wondering whether he is ready for prime time. He's now in Israel, the focus of the GOP effort to make support for the Jewish state a wedge issue in this year's campaign, trying to resurrect his troubled trip.

Gallup: Romney's Jewish Support Slipping

A Gallup Poll out on Friday on the eve of Mitt Romney's visit to Israel shows the presumptive Republican nominee losing ground to Barack Obama among Jewish voters and that Republicans like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a lot more than Democrats do.

Jewish Vote By The Numbers

Hispanics and African-Americans may be more numerous, but Jews historically go to the polls in disproportionately higher numbers, and that makes them an important swing vote in some key states.  The Jewish vote – because of numbers and high turnout – could be decisive in at least one key state, Florida.

"The four states with the largest Jewish populations account for 127 of the 240 Electoral

Bibi's Cure For Unemployment

 

If Barack Obama could do what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing, he might be able to bring the nation's unemployment numbers down from their current 8.2 percent closer to Israel's 7.1 percent.

YNET reports Netanyahu, who already presides over one of the most bloated cabinets in Israeli history, has offered "key ministerial positions" to Kadima members who defect and join his Likud party. 

Olympic Reminder: Yellow Is Not A Shade Of Gold

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder issued a statement Sunday slamming the International Olympic Committee as "completely out of touch" for refusing to observe a moment of silence in memory of the Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

That's putting it politely.

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