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  • U.S. Faces Tough Policy Challenges

    By James D. Besser

    January 14, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    With Sunday's elections, the Bush administration got something it demanded from the Palestinians: the beginnings of a democracy. Whether that produces a real, functional democracy remains to be seen -- and as that drama plays out, the administration faces some tough decisions and...

  • Making 2005 a Year of Peace in Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon predicts 2005 will be the year of peace -- and Israelis, Palestinians and key members of the international community are taking steps to make it happen.

    In a keynote speech last week at the Herzliya Conference on Israel's National Security, Sharon...

  • Sharon Wins Key Likud Party Vote

    By Leslie Susser

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After a string of embarrassing defeats in his own party, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's victory in the election of key Likud officers raises the chances that he will be able to broaden his government and push through a promised withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip -- though...

  • Israeli Expats Solidly Back Bush

    By Tom Tugend

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    If it were up to the Israeli expatriate community in Los Angeles, President Bush would win re-election not just by a landslide but by an earthquake.

    Take the middle-aged Israeli waiting for his order of falafel and humus at the Pita Kitchen in Sherman Oaks. Asked about his political...

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  • Terror Fight Garners Bush Israel Support

    By Kory Bardash

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last month, a 77-year-old American woman living in Haifa called me and asked how she could register to vote in the American elections.

    "I have never voted for a Republican before," she told me. "I've even worked in Democratic presidential campaigns. But this time I am voting for...

  • Jewish Senators

    By James D. Besser

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With control of the Senate hanging in the balance, 34 seats are up for grabs on Nov. 2. And while a few races feature intense campaigns with too-close-to-call outcomes, most resemble the reelection effort of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is so far in front of his Republican...

  • The Dangers of Apathy

    By Idan Ivri

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Carla Tanchum is busy. At 20, she studies at USC, has family obligations and works in the entertainment industry. What she doesn't have time to do is vote. "I'm not at all politically involved," Tanchum said. "There are certain issues that may come to my attention, but I'm not going...
  • Mayor’s Race Role

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa's entry into the 2005 Los Angeles mayor's race, the competition for Jewish votes will accelerate.

    Jews are attentive, high-propensity voters. Nearly one in five Los Angeles voters are Jewish (with only 6 percent of the population). If past...

  • Your Letters

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Green: Role Model?

    Your cover story regarding Shawn Green is not only insensitive but also incorrect ("Home Run," July 2). You assert that the Dodger superstar is "batting 1.000 as a role model." Perhaps, the problem is that he is a role model and contributing to an overwhelming...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Slashing Section 8

    Compassionate conservatism seems to have finally hit rock bottom. The Bush administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2005 includes a $1.66 billion cut from the Federal Section 8 housing assistance program. Section 8 provides housing vouchers to low-income...

  • Failure to Elect Kerry Will Hurt Israel

    By Daphna E. Ziman

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I am a sabra, a native Israeli. I am also an American. I grew up with the Israeli and American flags crisscrossing my wall. They symbolized freedom to me.

    Throughout my life I've loved Israel, always appreciating the American Jewish community's commitment to my homeland. My husband...

  • Sharon Faces Tough Choices After Defeat

    By Leslie Susser

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Bruised after a humiliating defeat in his own party, Ariel Sharon is considering dramatic moves to regain the political upper hand.

    But pundits are divided over whether the Israeli prime minister has the strength to extricate himself from the political quicksand in which he seems to...

  • Dems Plan to Win Back Jewish Votes

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Worried by signs of President Bush's soaring popularity among Jews, Democrats launched a coordinated campaign 18 months ago to win back Jewish votes.

    In recent interviews with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, top Democrats who attended the meetings disclosed the secret strategy...

  • Crystal Ball Sees

    By James Besser

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It seems like we've been on the verge of 2004 for ages -- presidential election years always seem to distort the space-time continuum -- but now it's really upon us, and a lively year it is certain to be.

    Congress and the White House are up for grabs, the war on terrorism is...

  • Democratic Races Poses Hard Choices

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish voters are an important constituency in national elections, concentrated in such electoral vote-rich states as California, New York, Florida and Illinois. However, they are even more important in the struggle for the Democratic presidential nomination, comprising an important...

  • Davis Recall Fight Plays Jewish Card

    By Marc Ballon

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With his political fortunes darkening and support for the recall growing, the beleaguered Gov. Gray Davis has turned to members of his disparate ethnic and religious coalition to save his job. In the past six weeks, prominent African American, Latino and gay and lesbian political...

  • You Snooze, You Lose

    By Rob Eshman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This is the opposite of hypnosis. I am going to write a word, and you are not going to fall asleep. The word is, Sacramento.

    For most of us, state politics function as a kind of conversational snooze button. It's hard enough to get people involved in the police and pothole issues of...

  • Making Marriage Work

    By Amy Klein

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Like marijuana?

    Believe in men's rights?

    Want a secular state?

    If you happen to have an offbeat or nonmainstream platform for Israel, now is the time to run in the Jan. 28 parliamentary elections. One lesson to be learned from the list of the 30 parties vying for Knesset is...

  • Making Marriage Work

    By Amy Klein

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Like marijuana?

    Believe in men's rights? Want a secular state?

    If you happen to have an offbeat or nonmainstream platform for Israel, now is the time to run in the Jan. 28 parliamentary elections. One lesson to be learned from the list of the 30 parties vying for Knesset (see page...

  • Peace ‘Map’ Fears

    By Matthew E. Berger

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israel backers are raising numerous concerns about the latest version of the U.S. "road map" for Middle East peace.

    Analysts and Jewish leaders say the latest version, currently being hammered out in Washington, diverges from President Bush's June 24 speech, in which he called for...

  • Your Letters

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    One People, Two Worlds

    As I read with interest Gary Rosenblatt's review of "One People, Two Worlds" ("Closed Chapter," Nov. 8), my gut reaction was one of disappointment and frustration to Rabbi Yosef Reinman's decision to cancel the book tour. But upon reflection, I began to...

  • Sharon’s Elections Gambit

    By Leslie Susser

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Early elections may not have been Ariel Sharon's first choice, but his decision to go to the polls as soon as possible enables the savvy Israeli prime minister to make a number of political and diplomatic gains.

    By calling the shots, Sharon comes across as a powerful leader still...

  • Unwanted: City Breakup

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    If the election were held today, secession would fail -- at least among Jewish voters, according to a recent Los Angeles Times Poll.

    Jewish voters are strongly against secession, more so than any other religious group, according to the July 2 poll. Out of 1,291 total voters surveyed...

  • Palestinians Spin Speech

    By Gil Sedan

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat chose to view President George W. Bush's speech in the most positive light, rejecting the call for his ouster and focussing instead on the promise for a state.

    On Wednesday, the Palestinian Authority announced plans to hold presidential and...

  • Le Pen’s Mark

    By Andrew Diamond

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The strong showing of far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in the first round of France's presidential elections holds some bitter ironies for the nation's Jews. Notorious for the anti-Semitic views he has espoused, Le Pen until recently had seen support for his National Front Party...

  • Hopes ‘n’ Votes

    By Mike Levy

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kevin Feldman hopes that the newly drawn 30th Congressional District gives him a chance. His opponent in the March 5 Democratic primary is Rep. Henry Waxman, a popular 28-year veteran who has often run unopposed.

    With redistricting, however, Waxman's district now includes many areas...

  • Who’s on Second?

    By Mike Levy

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For the first time since 1971, the City Council's 2nd District will elect a new representative. The winner of the Dec. 11 election will fill the seat of Joel Wachs, who left the position in October to head an arts foundation in New York.

    Wachs, a longtime member of Temple B'nai...

  • How Jewish Voters Still Count

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    You really did read it here first: That the Los Angeles mayoral primary, with six formidable contenders, would come down to a June 5 mayoral face-off between the Eastside kid, former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa, and the son of liberal Los Angeles, James Kenneth Hahn, was...

  • Down to the Wire

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jews agonized along with the rest of the country as the results from the Nov. 7 election trickled in. Hardly as split as the rest of the nation, Jews in California preferred Al Gore to George Bush 82 to 15 percent. Nationally, Gore received 79 percent of the Jewish vote,...

  • Hands-on Democracy

    By Tom Tugend

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Delegates to the Democratic Convention will participate in a hands-on workshop in democracy and diversity from the youth perspective, thanks to an innovative program launched by a Jewish institution.The youTHink program uses the arts to help young people grapple with social issues...

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