Supporting 'hard-line' lobby not part of job description, say boldfaced names in arts, philanthropy, academia, rabbinate.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent address to AIPAC has riled up a group of prominent Jewish liberals who feel it was wrong for him to roll out a proverbial red carpet at City Hall for the pro-Israel lobby group.
In an open letter to the mayor, which was emailed to The Jewish Week on Wednesday, the group took exception to de Blasio's remarks at the Jan. 24 Manhattan gala, which were meant to be limited to the dinner audience.
Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice briefed Jewish leaders on resumed Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.
The meeting Thursday evening in the White House lasted 90 minutes, participants said, and was characterized mostly by Kerry’s enthusiasm for the resumed talks, and the serious commitment he said saw from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
More than 400 American Jewish clergy asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to go ahead with new construction in a corridor connecting eastern Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim.
Economy and health care were top issues for Jewish voters; Iran, Israel low down on list; Obama seen better on Israel.
American Jews would like to see former President Bill Clinton named a special Middle East peace envoy, and they support an active United States role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — even if it means publicly pointing out U.S. differences with Israel and the Palestinians.
Those were some of the findings from a post-election national survey of 800 Jews by independent pollster Jim Gerstein for the liberal pro-Israel lobby group J Street. (J Street favors an active U.S. role in the Middle East peace process.)
Totals down from ’08; Israel issue not seen moving big numbers of Jewish voters to GOP column.
In winning re-election Tuesday, President Barack Obama beat back a strong challenge from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who tried to woo Jewish voters by painting Obama as an untrustworthy ally of Israel.
At 7:30 am on a recent Sunday, I spoke to more than 100 Presbyterians at their General Assembly in Pittsburgh. I was one of two Jewish voices opposing their divestment resolution. I had been urged to attend by colleagues in the organized Jewish community. My voice, I was told, would be particularly helpful because of my work at J Street, advocating for a two-state solution.