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What was the most ignored story of 2010?
Only a handful of mainstream newspapers covered the Palestinian claims to the Western Wall and Rachel’s Tomb; or that Palestinian rockets were still landing in Israel; or the 1930s level of anti-Semitism in the official Palestinian media; or the Palestinian claims that Haifa and Sderot are occupied territory; let alone not covering the transcendent beauty of daily religious life and Jewish culture in Israel.
NEW YORK (JTA) -- In the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict, score some recent victories for the Palestinians.
It’s not that Israel has given an inch in the territorial dispute over the West Bank, or that the Palestinians in Gaza have achieved new military victories against the Israelis, despite increased rocket and mortar fire from the coastal strip in recent weeks.
Rather, the Palestinians have scored a series of diplomatic and public-relations successes against a Jewish state weakened by fraying relationships and a declining reputation internationally.
Update: for a response from a Jewish Palin backer, check out this op-ed, just posted on the Jewish Week home page.
It's no secret Jewish Democrats are fervently hoping the Republicans nominate former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to take on a battered, besieged president Barack Obama in 2012 – Palin being the reason, according to some political scientists, that Sen. John McCain fared so badly among Jewish voters in 2008.
New AJC poll says it's the economy, not Israel, driving down Democratic numbers.
James D. Besser
President Barack Obama's approval rating among Jewish voters has fallen six points in just seven months, and a surprisingly strong 33 percent of those surveyed say the nation would be better off with a Republican-led Congress, according to a just-released poll of Jewish voters by the American Jewish Committee.
That suggests one of the strongest pillars of the Democratic base is weakening just weeks before critical congressional midterm elections that are expected to result in strong GOP gains.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Nearly two-thirds of Jews still approve of President Obama's performance, but his approval numbers have dipped.
A Gallup Poll released last Friday of religious groups in the United States found that Muslims gave Obama the highest job approval rating, while Mormons gave him the lowest. Jews and those affiliated with other non-Christian religions gave Obama above-average ratings, as did those with no religious affiliation.
There are plenty of horrifying aspects to the new Pew poll showing that 18 percent of Americans now believe – against all the evidence – that President Obama is a Muslim, up from 11 percent in March, 2009.
During 12 days away from the news – in the middle of Iowa, if you can believe that - I was reminded of the curious bubble that those of us who live and work in the midst of the American Jewish world inhabit.
In that time, I didn't hear Israel, the Middle East or Iran raised a single time –unless I raised it.