Leftist Fear Of Religion Could Undercut Obama

04/29/2008 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Whatever happened to the quaint idea that people are drawn to religion because of God, not gelt, and not guilt either?
In a campaign where there’s been so much talk about “smears,” more than a few religious people have felt smeared in recent weeks by left-wing leaders who consider themselves religious, let alone smeared by one leader’s fiery pastor.

Papers Ignore Obama’s Palestinian Friends

05/06/2008 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Recent weeks have seen a considerable amount of coverage focusing on whether Sen. Barack Obama has too many friends with an anti-American bias, notably his longtime pastor, Jeremiah Wright, whom Obama has finally renounced, and William Ayers, a Chicago professor who was a 1960s radical with the Weathermen terrorist group, a friendship Obama dismissed as casual.

But if Wright and Ayers have been thoroughly explored in primary debates and interviews, Obama’s other relationships with radicals have been relatively unexplored.

Jews Went With Obama; Obama Went With Jews

11/11/2008 - 19:00
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

06/05/2008 - 20:00
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

07/07/2009 - 20:00
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

11/20/2008 - 19:00
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

01/22/2009 - 19:00
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

03/12/2009 - 20:00
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

07/02/2009 - 20:00
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

04/21/2009 - 20:00
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.
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