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  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 6, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Go Big in Tel-Aviv

    European low-cost airline Easy Jet is launching an aggressive marketing campaign in London, aimed to promoting tourism  in Tel-Aviv, in cooperation with Israel's Tourism Minister. The campaign, under the banner "Go Big in Tel-Aviv," is aimed at young people and...

  • School board race pits unions against billionaires

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 20, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    Probably the greatest impact of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $1 million gift last week to the Coalition for School Reform, an independent political group supporting a slate of three reform-minded candidates for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board seats, was on...

  • The next four years- more of the same. Thoughts after Israel’s elections

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 23, 2013 | 10:40 am

    Yesterday, while I was casting my vote, it suddenly hit me: no matter which new parties will rise and fall, when it comes to the global system, nothing in the next four years will change.


    It wasn't easy for me to decide to whom to give my vote. It is only my second time voting...

  • Computer woes force Likud to extend hours in primary vote

    November 25, 2012 | 11:22 am

    Polls will remain open past midnight in Likud Party primary voting following computer malfunctions at several polling stations.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the chairman of the ruling Likud, made the announcement Sunday of the longer voting hours following malfunctions at...

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  • Four more years (of bickering)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 6, 2012 | 11:50 pm

    So the Jewish vote didn’t make much difference after all. Not even in Florida. Had Romney taken Florida, had he won this election, we could have argued that the 31 percent of Jews he was able to win over in the Sunshine State played an important role in his razor-thin victory. But...

  • Josh Mandel falls to Sherrod Brown in Ohio

    November 6, 2012 | 11:26 pm

    Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel failed in his bid to unseat Sen. Sherrod Brown.

    Republicans hoping to win control of the U.S. Senate had placed great hope in Mandel, a former Marine who is Jewish. Brown is a strong ally of organized labor and a pillar of the Democratic Party's progressive wing.

  • Netanyahu congratulates Obama on re-election

    November 6, 2012 | 11:11 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday for winning a second term and said the strategic alliance between their two countries was "stronger than ever".

    "I will continue to work with President Obama to ensure the interests...

  • Jewish Democrats Grayson and Frankel win in Florida

    November 6, 2012 | 10:20 pm

    Jewish Democrats Lois Frankel and Alan Grayson won congressional seats in Florida.

    Frankel, 64, a former member of the Florida House and an ex-mayor of West Palm Beach, defeated Adam Hasner, a former majority leader in the Florida state Senate who also is Jewish, on Tuesday.

    Grayson, 54, the fiery liberal who had been unseated in the Republican electoral surge in 2010, returned to the House by defeating Todd Long in a newly created Orlando-area district.

  • True blue Hollywood: movie stars and moguls on election night 2012

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 6, 2012 | 10:14 pm

    Comedian Elon Gold’s election night fantasy would have been “going to Clooney’s for a dinner party, where me, Brad [Pitt], Matt [Damon], Ben [Affleck] and 50 supermodels -- one per state -- watch the election unfold.” But instead, he stayed home with his four children “trying to...

  • George McGovern, pacifist who wanted to bomb Auschwitz dies at 90

    October 24, 2012 | 11:15 am

    George McGovern is widely remembered for advocating immediate American withdrawal from Vietnam and sharp reductions in defense spending. Yet despite his reputation as a pacifist, the former United States senator and 1972 presidential candidate, who died Sunday at 90, did believe...

  • A week on the Florida campaign trail

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 24, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Day One: Departing Israel

    Spending a week in Florida on the eve of a presidential election has become a habit for me — one I cherish. Meeting the elderly women who suddenly become interested in politics; attending synagogues, to which the candidates flock in droves to speak;...

  • Engaging Iranian Jews at 30 Years After event

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 17, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    By the time former Congressman Mel Levine took the stage as an official surrogate for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign at a gathering of mostly young Iranian Americans, the ballroom at downtown’s Millennium Biltmore Hotel was more than half empty. 

    Most of the more...

  • Back to the 50’s

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 4, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    When I read the paper this morning, I found something rather disturbing, which grew worse when I noticed no one else addressed the issue: a magazine called Family Circle held a cookie contest between the incumbent First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the opposing candidate's spouse,...

  • In battleground state Ohio, Jewish voters favoring Obama handily, AJC poll shows

    October 3, 2012 | 7:46 am

    An American Jewish Committee survey of Jewish voters in Ohio, a battleground state, has the community favoring President Obama in similar numbers to polls elsewhere.

    The survey released Wednesday by the AJC has Ohio's Jews favoring Obama 64 percent to 29 percent for Mitt Romney,...

  • Republican Jewish Coalition begins $5 million TV ad campaign

    September 19, 2012 | 9:57 am

    The Republican Jewish Coalition launched a $5 million television advertising campaign aimed at Jewish voters in swing states.

    The campaign started Wednesday and runs through Nov. 5 in cable and broadcast TV markets with sizable Jewish populations in Florida, Nevada, Ohio and...

  • 3 Views on the GOP Hammering Obama on Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 5, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    This column went to press in advance of the Democratic National Convention. Please see the Rosner’s Domain blog at jewishjournal.com for updates. I also will be writing about the Democrats in next week’s newspaper. 

    ‎1.‎ President Obama came under attack yesterday for his many...

  • Obama’s “secret message” to Iran

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 4, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Yesterday's headline made no room for mistakes: "A secret message from the US government to Iran:  don't attack us if Israel attacks you." According to the paper's main story, Obama's government sent a secret message to Iran, through two European countries, asking Ahmadinejad to...

  • Adelsons donate to PAC supporting Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s campaign

    August 21, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Casino mogul and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson and his wife have contributed to an independent super PAC to support Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s congressional candidacy.

    Adelson and his wife, Miriam, each gave $250,000 to a new independent super political action committee, the Patriot...

  • How Ryan will motivate Jewish voters

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    August 13, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate on the Republican ticket will help win Jewish votes.  For the Democrats.

    Ryan may help Romney shore up support among Tea Partiers and evangelicals who don’t really trust his claims of conversion to their cause, but it is...

  • White House agrees with Netanyahu on sanctions, calls for patience

    August 2, 2012 | 9:10 am

    White House officials agreed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment that sanctions have not set back Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program, but counseled patience.

    “We completely agree with the prime minister’s assessment that Iran has failed to make that...

  • How to ignore the campaign

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 30, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    Congratulations. You’re about to prevent hundreds of hours of your life from going down the rat hole between now and Election Day.

    It’s no mystery why we pay attention to campaign news. We’re wired to love stories. Suspense, surprise, risk, noise, combat: the thrill of a...

  • Sarah Silverman's 'Indecent Proposal' and what that means for modern politics

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 2012 | 5:30 pm

    By the time you read this, you probably will have watched Sarah Silverman in her underwear, demonstrating a lesbian sex act with her dog.

    Because that’s the way politics works these days.

    Silverman wrote and stars in a short video, called “Scissor Sheldon,” posted at...

  • Sheldon Adelson gives Romney super-PAC $10 million

    June 13, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    Sheldon Adelson gave a pro-Mitt Romney super-PAC $10 million.

    The donation to Restore Our Future, a political action committee that works parallel to the Romney campaign, was reported by multiple media on Wednesday and fulfills the casino magnate’s promise to throw his weight behind...

  • In primary battle, Sherman edges Berman by 10 points, setting up a Nov. rematch [UPDATED]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 6, 2012 | 8:27 am

    In what was likely the most closely watched contest of California’s June 5 primary elections, Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) finished first in the new 30th Congressional District with 42.4 percent of the vote. Rep. Howard Berman (D - Van Nuys) won 32.4 percent of the vote, an...

  • Rothman defeated in primary battle

    June 5, 2012 | 10:17 pm

    Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), a veteran Jewish member of the U.S. House of Representatives, lost his primary election bid against another incumbent, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.).

    Rothman, who has served the 9th district in northerastern New Jersey since 1997, conceded late Tuesday...

  • Israel’s approach takes a 180 degrees turnaround

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 5, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    Even though Israel intended no offense with the latest Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs campaign, many American Jews were offended by the controversial television ad. The ad, meant to attract Israeli emigrants back home, showed several unfortunate emotional outcomes...

  • Paul winds down campaign but keeps delegates

    May 16, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    U.S. Rep. Ron Paul has effectively given up his presidential campaign but will not yet give up his delegates to Mitt Romney.

    Paul, a Texas Republican, said this week that he would no longer compete in his party’s primaries, leaving Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, the only...

  • Susan Shelley: Berman-Sherman’s Republican Jewish opponent

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 15, 2012 | 8:40 pm

    Earlier this month, when the Los Angeles Daily News announced its endorsements in the San Fernando Valley’s 30th District Congressional race, the newspaper tapped two Jewish candidates — but not the same two candidates whom voters have been hearing so much about.

    Along with its...

  • Berman snags newspaper endorsements, Sherman files complaint against Berman campaign

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 9, 2012 | 11:26 am

    With California’s congressional primary election scheduled to take place on June 5, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys), has won endorsements from the editorial boards of the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News.

    As a result of redistricting, Berman, who has represented parts...

  • In Jewish election season, old themes and new concerns about Iran

    May 8, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Simmering beneath the presidential season’s familiar refrains of support for Israel is a passionate partisan argument over how best to confront Iran and deal with the new Middle East.

    The Jewish election debate season was launched informally on May 4 at the annual American Jewish...

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