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Obama and Israel: A Friend, but Curiously Tone Deaf to Our Concerns

06/03/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Friend or foe?

Since President Obama’s much-promoted speech about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process two weeks ago, and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s heated reaction to it, the Jewish world has been engaged in serious if familiar impassioned conversation about exactly that. Is this President a “friend of Israel,” or something other?

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

It's the economy, stupid - again

 I write about Jewish politics for a Jewish newspaper, so it's hardly surprising I tend to look at things through the lens of the issue that preoccupies most major Jewish groups: Israel.

But if I was working on President Obama's reelection campaign, Israel would be the least of my worries. Even among Jewish voters, he faces a much bigger danger in the months ahead: the sputtering economy.

Hasner backs Ryan Medicare plan; will that fly with Jewish voters in Fla.?

Adam Hasner, the former Majority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives, is considered a comer in GOP circles and a genuine Jewish Republican all star.

He is also a strong defender of Rep. Paul Ryan's controversial proposal for overhauling Medicare – a proposal that has many Republican candidates running for cover and which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called "right-wing social engineering.” .

Appellate Judge Lifts Hold On Nassau District Lines Change

Plan still faces court challenge.

05/30/2011

An appellate judge has lifted the order preventing the Nassau County Legislature from adopting new district lines.

Judge Joseph Covello late Thursday allowed the legislators to continue using the new lines as it plans this year's elections, despite concerns by county Democrats in a lawsuit that the lines were drawn to favor the GOP majority. But the battle isn't over yet.

Doomsday talk about Obama and Israel

Like so many others, I've been intrigued by the California radio preacher and his gullible flock who predicted doomsday on May 21, and are now engaged in furious rationalization to explain why they were right even though the world seems to be continuing on its merry way.

Huck out, Jewish GOP givers waiting for a winner?

Some pro-Israel hawks are undoubtedly disappointed with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's announcement yesterday that he won't run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

But I didn't see a big “Jews for Huck” surge developing, and I've heard of very few Jewish Republican campaign finance heavyweights who were waiting for him to throw his hat in the ring.

Stop the presses: Jewish Dems, Republicans agree - on Ron Paul

This is really cool; the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) and the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) actually agree about a presidential candidate

The subject of this rare amity: Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), the libertarian/Tea Partier who today announced his candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

The bin-Laden raid: big political risks for Obama, limited gains?

 I just published a story on the aftermath of the successful raid in Pakistan that gave Osama bin-Laden the martyrdom he apparently craved. But it's a fire sale kind of martyrdom; he died the leader of a diminished al Qaeda and the non-leader of what is potentially the biggest transformation in the Arab world in generations.

Pollard, presidential politics and the Chief Rabbi

Israel's chief Ashkenazi rabbi is calling on President Obama to released convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. With all respect to Rabbi Yonah Metzger, his compassion for Pollard is appropriate but his political sophistication is a little lacking.

According to Israel Radio, Metzger tied Pollard's release to Obama's reelection hopes next year.

Huckabee v. Obama and the (divided) Jewish vote

 Over at his Spiritual Politics blog, Professor Mark Silk looks at the unannounced candidacy of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

“Amidst all the hand-wringing about the state of the Republican presidential field, one potential candidate seems to be sailing blithely along--undeclared, familiar, discounted, and atop the polls,” Silk writes. “It's Mike Huckabee, of course.”

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