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"Who’s Best For Israel?" Not A Simple Question

When it comes to the election, American-Jewish attitudes are closer to those of Israeli Arabs than Israeli Jews.
10/31/2012 - 20:00

If Mitt Romney is elected president next week, Bibi Netanyahu will finally exhale, with a sigh of relief. The Israeli prime minister can feel confident that he will not be pressured to make peace with the Palestinian Authority anytime soon.

But is that a good thing?

Romney Launches Foreign Policy Attack On Obama

Will his pivot from economy to Mideast issues move the needle in the Jewish community?
10/02/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Is it suddenly not the economy, stupid, but foreign policy?

With only 34 days left before Election Day, and after a campaign dominated by a sputtering economy, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched a new line of attack this week, leveling a strong critique of President Barack Obama’s policy in the Middle East.

But will it move voters in the Jewish community, for whom domestic and social issues tend to be paramount?

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Romney charged that the president “has allowed our leadership to atrophy.” Getty Images

Obama, At UN, Rejects Iran Nuclear Containment As Tensions Build

09/24/2012 - 20:00

President Barack Obama told the United Nations that "containment" of a nuclear Iran is not an option and would pose an existential threat to Israel.

Obama Tells Rabbis He's With Israel On Iran But Rejects Deadline

09/15/2012 - 20:00

President Obama told 1,200 rabbis of all denominations in a pre-Rosh Hashanah conference call that there is "no space" between the United States and Israel on Iran, but added that he would not make public a red line that could trigger a strike against Iran.

"There may come a time" Obama said on the call Friday, that the United States would "exercise a military option" to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon

If Israel Strikes Iran, How Would U.S. React?

An ‘October Surprise’ could affect the election, upset Washington.
09/03/2012 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Is Benjamin Netanyahu looking for a way to defuse his public debate over Iran with President Obama, or is he ratcheting up pressure for a U.S. military intervention?

That was the question analysts were grappling with after the Israeli prime minister issued a public call Monday for the U.S. to lay down a clear red line for Iran’s nuclear development that would trigger American military attacks. Such a call, the Israeli prime minister said, would reduce the possibility of conflict.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, top, said the U.S. will not be “complicit” in an Israeli attack on Iran.

‘Red Lines’ On Iran Get Mixed Response In Charlotte

Nadler, Ackerman disagree about whether administration should tip its hand; president’s Israel record gets airing.
09/03/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Charlotte, N.C. — Reports that the Obama administration is considering clarifying what might trigger American military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities received a mixed reaction here from two Democratic members of the New York congressional delegation.

“I think it’s a good idea,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler of Manhattan. “He’s been getting tougher and tougher with Iran — more than other governments. I assume he has already said privately to Iran what the line is.”

The scene Tuesday on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. getty images

A Jewish Guide To The Party Conventions

Expect pro-Israel talk at both, but a different tone on economy and social issues.
08/20/2012 - 20:00

Washington — Get set for a political double feature with much of the same plot, but with different outcomes for the issues that tend to preoccupy Jewish voters.

The same key words and themes will bounce around Jewish events at next week’s Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., and at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., the next week: “pro-Israel,” “marriage,” “Jewish vote” and “abortion.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair, left, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will play major roles in Tampa.

The Divide Between Israel And The U.S. Greater Than We Think

08/19/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I write this editorial as I depart from Israel. I was here for four days to see the country, to better understand it and its people. I met with religious leaders and government officials, spoke to regular Israelis, and soaked in the sites that make Israel a cradle of civilization. I met with numerous leaders here, including Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Knesset.

Councilman Dan Halloran

Five Keys To The Jewish Vote

What to look for as the campaigns ratchet up.
08/13/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his vice-presidential running mate was either a political game changer that will galvanize the Republican base and shift the focus of this year’s election to economic policy — or an act of desperation by a presumptive presidential nominee who has yet to connect with average voters.

Romney and Ryan are expected to make a major push for Jewish votes and money in a community still overwhelmingly Democratic.

Stark Choices, No Easy Answers

08/13/2012 - 20:00
Editorial

With the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, this year’s presidential election is shaping up as a sharp confrontation between radically different views of the federal government and economic policy. And a Jewish community that shares the general concern about the fragile economic recovery but also remains committed to an array of critical social programs will also be faced with the clearest choices in many election cycles.

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