Jews Went With Obama; Obama Went With Jews

Associate Editor
After two years of Zionist and Arabist scrutiny, President-elect Barack Obama united Jew and Muslim as never before - at least in the United States. Obama was supported by an estimated 78 percent of Jews, and 89 of Muslims.

Israelis Are Wary, At Best, Of Obama

Editor and Publisher
Jerusalem — It’s understandable why Israelis are keenly interested in the U.S. presidential elections this year. One could make the case that their lives depend on the outcome.

For Obama, The Honeymoon’s Over

Associate Editor
It was a New York wedding like all others, and no other. The veil was about to cover the bride’s face, evoking the time Jacob was snookered, expecting Rachel, getting Leah. “What do you think?” said one guest to another. About the bride? “No, Obama.” His voice was low, conspiratorial. The joy and sport of last year’s campaign (even heated campaigns can be fun) has given way to cold calculation. The guest, who voted for Barack Obama, now feels like Jacob in the dead of night.

Amid Key Transitions, A Sense Of Worry

Editor and Publisher
Jerusalem — Shared worries and crises have a way of bringing people closer together. That’s a positive way of assessing this year’s General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities, held here this week at a time of critical transition for America and Israel.

Taking Responsibility, From Moses To Obama

Editor and Publisher
As I read the Torah portion last Shabbat, I couldn’t help but smile at the contrast in style between Moses, in his first appearance as the future (and greatest) leader of the Jewish people, and Barack Obama, as he becomes president of the United States and Leader of the Free World. Could two men be more different in accepting the mantle of responsibility?

Stage Set For A Collision: Lieberman, Netanyahu and Barack Obama

Editor and Publisher
With the expected designation of Avigdor Lieberman as Israel’s next foreign minister in a narrow, right-wing coalition led by Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, the stage seems set for a political collision course between Jerusalem and the rest of the world, including the U.S.

Whispered Worries About Obama

Editor and Publisher
    Accustomed as he is to public speaking here and around the country, David Harris, the executive director of the American Jewish Committee, can read an audience as well as anyone. Lately, he says, he is "hearing a growing number of questions and concerns about the U.S.-Israel relationship, and a sense that the Obama administration’s response to the Iran crisis was slower than it should have been."

Concern Over Obama-Bibi Rift

Staff Writer
Although President Barack Obama called upon Israelis and Palestinians Tuesday to “take steps” towards a peace agreement, Israeli observers question the practicality of such moves now. And Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon reportedly said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would stress the Iranian issue ahead of the Palestinian one in his talks next month with Obama.

Bibi’s Gambit On Jerusalem Seen Aimed At U.S. Jews

Was the new ‘crisis’ manufactured to tie settlement issue to holy city?

Washington Correspondent

This week’s U.S.-Israel diplomatic dustup over building additional Jewish housing in east Jerusalem may have as much to do with domestic politics in the Jewish state — and a desire to mobilize American Jews to oppose additional U.S. pressure — as with any shift in Obama administration policy.

Publicly raising its disagreement over Jerusalem may “focus the American Jewish community, which is mostly opposed to settlements, on the fact that when the U.S. demands Israel cease building settlements that includes Jerusalem,” said Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman.

And touching the Jerusalem nerve may help galvanize Evangelical Christians, many of whom have a growing commitment to preserving Jerusalem as Israel’s unified capital, to oppose new administration peace pushes.

Senate passes hate crimes bill - but jet controversy could kill it

Here’s the good news for the ADL and other Jewish groups that have fought for it for than a decade: the Senate today passed a new hate crimes bill expanding coverage of existing statutes to include, among others, gays and lesbians. The House already passed the measure.

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