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

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.

Russian Speakers Get The White House Treatment

Meeting is first visit of its kind for diverse group of Jewish émigrés; election-year politics in the air.
08/13/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

Leaders of New York’s Russian-Jewish community attended a White House meeting last week with their eyes wide open. They knew that election-year politics might have influenced the invitation, several members of the delegation said.

Alan Krueger, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, addresses members of the Russian-Jewish community.

Romney vs. Obama: Who Loves Israel More?

07/30/2012 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Isn’t it nice to see Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama fighting it out over who is Israel’s greater friend and ally?

My advice: sit back and enjoy it while it lasts, but don’t take it too seriously.

Gary Rosenblatt

Poll Shows Jewish Support For Obama At 64 Percent

06/11/2012 - 20:00

A new Gallop poll shows President Barack Obama winning 64 percent of the Jewish vote in November’s election, a number that would represent a 24-year low in the Jewish vote for a Democratic presidential candidate.

By comparison, Jewish support for Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the Gallop poll is at 29 percent, which would be a new high among Republican candidates.

Obama on Jews and American History: A Speech Worth Remembering

Shame on me for not knowing that May was Jewish American Heritage Month.  To be sure, it lacks the profile of Black History Month, but apparently in Washington it’s a big deal.  I was reminded of that when I read about Obama’s closing remarks at the White House on Wednesday, when he took pains to highlight the central anecdote of historian Jonathan Sarna’s new book, “When General Grant Expelled the Jews.”

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