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  • Palestinians see little hope in Israeli elections

    December 31, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Palestinians say they do not expect significant improvement in their lives or a re-starting of the peace process after Israel’s national election next month.

    “The current election is a competition within the right-wing itself,” Nashat Aqtash, a professor of media at Bir Zeit...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 31, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Rare findings from the First Temple era were found near Jerusalem
    Road excavation at a new section of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway led to a unique archeological discovery from the first temple era. The ritual building that was found is one of very few findings from Judea during...

  • Polls: Netanyahu set to win Israel election but rightists gain

    December 28, 2012 | 8:57 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is set to win a parliamentary election on January 22 although the popularity of a far-right party opposed to Palestinian statehood is growing, polls showed on Friday.

    Two out of three surveys showed the right-wing Likud...

  • Support for Hamas soars

    December 18, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    A new poll shows growing support for the Islamist Hamas movement in both the West Bank and Gaza. If the elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would beat Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

    The poll, by veteran pollster Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Center for...

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  • Tzipi Livni to run in upcoming Israeli elections at head of new party

    November 27, 2012 | 8:43 am

    Tzipi Livni has reentered Israeli politics at the head of a new left-of-center political party.

    Livni, former head of the Kadima Party, announced Monday that she would lead a new party called Hatnua, or The Movement.

    "I'm here to fight for Israel, not against anything. I'm here...

  • A response to a stiff-necked playwright

    November 5, 2012 | 11:43 am

    This piece is a response to "A note to stiff-necked people" by David Mamet which first appeared on JewishJournal.com on Nov. 1.

    David Mamet recently asked the following questions of “Jews planning to vote for Obama.”  Herewith, my responses.

    Are you prepared to explain to your...

  • This Week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 5, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Former Israeli journalist, Shlomo Nakdimon, one of the most respected political correspondents in the history of Israel, will be given a lifetime award by the Israeli Journalists Association. Nakdimon has a major part in the history of Israel, and in the world of media. In his...

  • A Jew tours for Mitt Romney

    By Dennis Prager

    November 1, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    I spent last week speaking to thousands of Romney supporters in four “battleground” states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Virginia. I traveled with my Salem Radio Network colleagues Hugh Hewitt and Michael Medved and the actor Jon Voight, one of the few Hollywood stars who is a...

  • A note to a stiff-necked people

    By David Mamet

    November 1, 2012 | 11:44 am

    To those Jews planning to vote for Obama:

    Are you prepared to explain to your children not the principles upon which your vote is cast, but its probable effects upon them? 

    Irrespective of your endorsement of liberal sentiments, of fairness and “more equal distribution,” will...

  • When Jonathan Mann and Israelis meet

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 1, 2012 | 10:30 am

    On Monday, a very special event took place at my campus in Tel Aviv University. CNN's anchor and correspondent, Jonathan Mann, came for a visit, in order to host a conference on the topic: "The U.S elections: why does it matter to us?" The event was covered by press worldwide, and...

  • By merging with Liberman, Netanyahu knocks out the left and casts his lot with the right

    October 25, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Political pundits long have debated who is the real Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Is he a pragmatist handcuffed by his right-wing support base and, until his father’s recent death, fealty to his father’s nationalist vision?

    Or is he a true right-wing ideologue whose apparent concessions,...

  • Obama and Israel: The record, the facts

    October 25, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    President Obama has been criticized for being wrong for Israel. Even in the third debate of the Presidential campaign, a lovefest toward Israel, which was mentioned 31 times by the candidates, Governor Romney managed to get in a couple jibes against Obama's Israel policy. "I think...

  • Netanyahu, Lieberman to merge party lists for election

    October 25, 2012 | 11:46 am

    The Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu parties will run in the upcoming Israeli elections on one list, ensuring that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forms the next government.

    Netanyahu, of Likud, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beiteinu reportedly will announce the...

  • If Romney wins: Five things every Jew should know about Mormonism

    By Mark Paredes

    October 19, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    1. Devout Mormons can be found all across the political spectrum.

    The Mormon Church doesn’t endorse candidates or political parties, and although most American Mormons are Republicans, a Mormon Democrat has served as the Senate Majority Leader for the last five years. Owing...

  • The American election and Israel

    By Dennis Prager

    October 17, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    Americans who care deeply about Israel have to make two decisions regarding the upcoming election.

    The first decision is whether a candidate’s or a party’s level of support for Israel should be the most important consideration in determining their vote.

    If the answer is in the...

  • Entitled

    By Rob Eshman

    October 17, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    I like entitlements.

    I know that’s somehow a terrible thing to say. “Entitlement” has become a dirty four-syllable word in our deranged political culture. On Fox News, they spit the word out like a rotted pistachio nut. The very obvious and universally accepted truth that our...

  • Netanyahu starts re-election bid with tough Iran talk

    October 15, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off his re-election campaign on Monday, saying Israel had new unspecified "capabilities" to act against Iran's nuclear threat, an issue he said he had placed at the heart of the global debate.

    In a combative speech to parliament,...

  • The top foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    October 15, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    I concede that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama love Israel, are committed to its security and survival and they don’t want Iran to get nuclear weapons.

    We’ve heard them say that over and over again, ad nauseam. Literally. Ad nauseam. This pandering is becoming nauseating.

    I want...

  • Presidential candidates’ Jewish surrogates debate in Virginia

    October 11, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    Prominent Jewish surrogates for President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney tackled domestic issues and foreign affairs during a cordial debate in Northern Virginia.

    Former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), representing Obama, faced off against Dov Zakheim, an under secretary...

  • Ehud Olmert considers political comeback as early vote looms

    October 10, 2012 | 9:26 am

    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has just received a slap-on-the-wrist sentence in a corruption case, is considering staging a political comeback in an election early next year, a former aide said on Wednesday.

    Such a move could shake up a race that opinion polls suggest...

  • 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,...

  • How to lose the next debate

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 4, 2012 | 11:23 am

    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate in Denver on Oct. 3. Photo by REUTERS/Michael Reynolds

    A couple of weeks ago, when I wrote a “Romney Wins First Debate” column, I didn’t think I was going out...

  • Iran’s Ahmadinejad says election, not war, solution for Syria

    October 2, 2012 | 9:48 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a national dialogue leading to elections was the way towards a solution to Syria's crisis, in remarks broadcast on Tuesday.

    He told Al Jazeera television that war was not the way forward, adding: "There is another way to find a solution,...

  • The 10 best political movies of all time

    October 1, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    With the U.S. presidential election looming large, we thought we'd look at the best 10 movies focusing on politics. Many of these films are quite old, but that's not a huge detriment. Writing and acting play huge roles in politics, and political films rely on the same fundamentals....

  • Soros pledges $1 million to Obama Super PAC

    October 1, 2012 | 9:49 am

    Billionaire George Soros pledged $1 million to a Super PAC supporting President Obama.

    The donation reported over the weekend by The New York Times will go to Priorities USA Action. It reportedly was announced Sept. 27 at a luncheon held by the Democracy Alliance, a group of...

  • Congressional races to watch

    September 27, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    The following are descriptions of eight congressional races of particular Jewish interest, plus four others featuring potentially viable Jewish contenders.

    Top eight congressional races to watch:

    U.S. Senate:

    Hawaii — Mazie Hirono (D) vs. Linda Lingle (R)

    Hawaii

    Linda Lingle,...

  • Who’s making ‘daylight’ now?

    September 24, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    In the U.S.-Israel relationship, “daylight” is back, but this time it’s Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is being called on to draw down the shades.

    Netanyahu’s recent sharp rebuke of the Obama administration’s Iran policies has drawn equally pointed pushback from...

  • Survey: 69 percent of Florida Jews voting for Obama

    September 20, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    Sixty-nine percent of Florida Jews say they will likely vote for President Obama, as opposed to 25 percent for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new survey.

    The American Jewish Committee survey, which was conducted by QEV Analytics, reached 254 registered Jewish...

  • Palestinians insulted by Mitt Romney’s comments

    September 19, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    Just eight weeks before the American presidential elections, Palestinians are furious over comments by Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The private remarks were made in May to wealthy donors but released only now.

    Palestinians are “committed to the destruction and elimination of...

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