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  • 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...

  • Netanyahu: ‘It’s not about elections in America, but centrifuges in Iran’

    September 19, 2012 | 9:44 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dedicates much of his time to thinking about how to handle the Iranian nuclear issue, considering it a rapidly approaching existential threat. Not surprisingly, it was also the main topic of a wide-ranging interview he gave with Israel Hayom before...

  • Romney’s Libya comments landed with a thud, according to poll

    September 18, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was the loser in a political fight over U.S. reaction to attacks last week on American diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday.

    Four in 10 U.S. voters felt less favorably toward Romney after...

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  • Romney: Israeli-Palestinian conflict ‘unsolvable’ [VIDEO]

    September 18, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    [JTA] Mitt Romney told fundraisers in a private meeting that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was "unsolvable" and that his strategy would be to "kick the ball down the field."

    "I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the...

  • CON: Should rabbis endorse candidates?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    September 12, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    [Read the pro argument here]

    In the summer of 2008 I received a phone call from the Obama campaign asking me to serve as national co-chair of Rabbis for Obama. What prompted the call? First, an article I had written praising the senator for using his name Barack — which he said...

  • Dreaming of a wave election

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 7, 2012 | 9:25 am

    What just happened in American politics is not just that Charlotte mopped the floor with Tampa.  It’s that Democrats connected with the country beyond their wildest dreams.

    Here’s my fantasy:  Coming out of their convention, Democrats will realize that their message sings. 

    It...

  • Wexler: Obama best bet for Israel’s security

    September 5, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    Robert Wexler, a former congressman who is a chief Jewish surrogate for President Obama, told the Democratic National Convention that reelecting Obama was the better choice for a secure Israel.

    "Now is the time to support Israel as a thriving, democratic, and secure homeland for...

  • Tea Party: Will 2013 be payback time?

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    August 29, 2012 | 5:20 pm

    Chances for the partisan gridlock in Washington to get even worse next year increased last week with the victory in Texas of the Tea Party-backed candidate for the Republican Senate nomination.

    Ted Cruz, heavily favored in November to win the seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey...

  • Amid roasted pigs, country music and rabbinical blessings, Romney seeks to define himself

    August 28, 2012 | 10:19 am

    Whole barbecued pigs, cheerleaders and elegies to skinny-dipping farmers’ daughters.

    That was the organized noise Sunday night at the opening bash of the Republican National Convention at Tropicana Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.

    For...

  • Romney/Ryan and the lullaby of lying

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 27, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    It shouldn’t have taken Todd Akin’s crackpot contraception comment to alert us that Paul Ryan thinks rape is just another “method of conception.” 

    If the news media hadn’t grown blasé about the Republican war on women, plenty of pre-Akin Americans would have already known that...

  • RJC, ECI demand removal of ‘radical’ rabbi from Obama list

    August 24, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Two conservative groups called on the Obama campaign to sever ties with a “radical” on its newly-released list of more than 600 rabbis who support the president’s reelection.

    The campaign rejected the demand.

    The Republican Jewish Coalition on Thursday “expressed profound...

  • Rabbis join Obama support group

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 22, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    Some 613 American rabbis, ranging across all denominations, have signed up as supporters of Rabbis for Obama, it was announced Tuesday by the Obama for America campaign.

    The new figure represents more than twice the number of supporters than when the organization was launched in...

  • Where’s the tough love for Obama?

    By David Suissa

    August 22, 2012 | 11:39 am

    When it comes to criticizing Israel, liberal supporters of Israel routinely quote the Jewish value of self-criticism. Try telling a pro-Israel critic the following:

    “Israel is already being criticized beyond all proportion by much of the world community; it is being demonized and...

  • 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...

  • The status quo Jews and Paul Ryan

    August 20, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Jewish conservatives applauded Mitt Romney’s choice of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his vice presidential nominee. But Jewish liberals who despise him and the GOP also cheered. They are certain the rise of the intellectual leader of the Republicans will give them the opportunity...

  • VP hopeful Paul Ryan meets with Sheldon Adelson

    August 15, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Paul Ryan met with Sheldon Adelson, a major giver to Republicans in the effort to defeat President Obama, just days after being tapped by presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney as his running mate.

    Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, met Tuesday with Adelson and other major Republican...

  • Paul Ryan’s courage

    By David Suissa

    August 15, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    “Have any of you all met Paul Ryan? I’m telling you this guy is amazing. He is honest; he is straightforward; he is sincere; and the budget he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, honest, serious budget.”

    These words are not from a Tea...

  • Rand ... Rosenbaum?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 15, 2012 | 10:54 am

    The first public cause to which Ayn Rand donated her own money was the State of Israel.

    I find this little-known nugget fascinating for two reasons.

    One, it contradicts the idée fixe of Rand as not really Jewish. And two, it contradicts the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

    Rand’s...

  • Algemeiner’s transparent ploy: Naming Romney top non-Jew

    August 14, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    I consider Dovid Efune a friend and believe he should be applauded for his work at the Algemeiner Journal. As editor, he has managed to revive and electrify the newspaper. Dubbed in the 70s as the largest Yiddish weekly in the United States, today, since switching to English, the...

  • Ryan hailed by Jewish GOPers, organizations see him as a face of budget confrontations

    August 14, 2012 | 10:20 am

    Anointing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney attached a name and face to his fiscal policy.

    Jewish Republicans, including the House majority leader, say they are thrilled with Wisconsin’s Ryan emerging as the ticket’s fresh face, hailing the lawmaker as a thoughtful and...

  • Editorial Cartoon: Star of Mitt

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 8, 2012 | 12:04 pm

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  • Romney ad raps Obama for not visiting Israel [VIDEO]

    August 6, 2012 | 11:31 am

    A Mitt Romney campaign ad criticizes President Obama for not visiting Israel during his presidency and refusing to call Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

    The 30-second television ad rolled out Aug. 5, which features American and Israeli flags and Romney at the Western Wall, is titled...

  • My mother for president

    By David Suissa

    August 1, 2012 | 11:29 am

    As I was reading about how America is now borrowing $250 million an hour just to stay afloat, I thought of something that my 79-year-old mother did recently at the Pico Glatt Mart. She had just flown in from Montreal, and when I told her we were expecting 20 people the following...

  • Romney names ‘Jewish Americans’ campaign group

    August 1, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Mitt Romney launched the “Jewish Americans for Romney” coalition and continued to defend his citation of culture to explain the economic disparity between Israelis and Palestinians.

    “The Jewish community has made contributions to American society that stand in amazing disproportion...

  • Romney, Obama show love for Israel in their own separate ways

    July 31, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    It was a weekend of Israel love politically that highlighted two approaches to showing affection for the Jewish state: Go to Israel, as Mitt Romney did, or go pro-Israel, as the Obama administration did.

    The pictures told the story, or as it were, stories: Romney in a kipah at the...

  • Dennis Ross denies ‘split’ with Obama

    July 31, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Dennis Ross emphatically denied any indication that he no longer supported President Obama.

    “The idea of trying to get a sense that there is a split with the president is completely untrue,” Ross, Obama’s former top Iran adviser, told JTA on Tuesday.

    Ross repeated comments he made...

  • Romney’s foreign controversies overshadow economic message

    July 30, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign tried to keep the domestic political focus on the U.S. economy and jobs on Monday, although the effort was overshadowed by more controversy from a foreign trip after he made remarks that upset Palestinians.

    Hoping to take advantage of President...

  • Obama and Israel: Degrees of separation

    July 30, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    American foreign policy, and specifically its Middle Eastern dimension, came back into play last week in a presidential election campaign that has largely focused on domestic issues. The big dispute centered around which candidate had outflanked the other in reaching out to...

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