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  • Why I support Barack Obama

    October 9, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    It is highly unusual for me to be speaking out politically.

    I have worked for Republican and Democratic presidents alike. I was a political appointee during the Reagan administration, serving on the National Security Council staff in the White House. I held a senior position in the...

  • Attack dog? Fresh meat? Quest for Jewish vote flips Biden and Palin roles

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 10, 2008 | 3:13 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Joe Biden, all wrong on Israel? Sarah Palin, a Jewish woman’s worst nightmare?

    Republicans and Democrats campaigning for the Jewish vote have flipped the traditional role of the vice-presidential candidate from “attack dog” to fresh meat.

    Campaign attacks typically...

  • McCain surrogates likely to echo Bush on Iran and Israel

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 29, 2008 | 6:05 pm

    DENVER (JTA)—John McCain’s campaign has walked a fine line between upholding the values of the GOP base that still reveres George W. Bush, while repudiating the legacy of the most unpopular president in modern history.

    In at least one area, however, there’s no ambivalence: When it...

  • Obama says GOP ‘tough talk’ doesn’t help Israel; Transcript of speech

    August 29, 2008 | 3:10 am

    DENVER (JTA) -- Barack Obama said Republican "tough talk" was not protecting Israel.

    In his speech accepting the Democratic Party's presidential nomination Thursday night, Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) derided the Bush administration and his Republican rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for...

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  • Dems use speeches to hit GOP on Israel

    August 28, 2008 | 2:42 am

    DENVER (JTA)—President Bush and John McCain backed policies that have endangered Israel, Democrats argued during their convention speeches Wednesday night.

    In a night dedicated largely to foreign policy and national security issues, several speakers at the Pepsi Center argued that...

  • VIDEO: Joe Biden (a self-declared Zionist) is good for the Jews

    By The Web Guy

    August 23, 2008 | 6:03 pm

    In an April 2007 interview, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) declares “I am a Zionist’ and discusses his support for Israel.

    Sounds good to me! :-)

  • VIDEO: Joe Biden tells ShalomTV ‘I am a Zionist’

    August 23, 2008 | 5:44 pm

    In an April 2007 interview, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) declares “I am a Zionist’ and discusses his support for Israel.

  • From the people who brought you the Iraq war comes . . . The ALL NEW Cold War

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 15, 2008 | 9:09 pm

    Wait a minute: I thought the greatest threat to the American way of life was Saddam Hussein?  OK, he’s dead. 

    Then the greatest threat must be leaving Iraq.  But now President Bush seems ready to adopt Barack Obama’s withdrawal timetable.  Hold it, it’s Iran.  We have to be ready...

  • Dear Condoleeza Rice:

    By David Suissa

    August 14, 2008 | 12:36 am

    Last Saturday, on the Jewish Sabbath, I was attending prayer services at one of the big synagogues in Los Angeles, Beth Jacob Congregation, when something unusual happened that made me think of writing you this letter.

    After the services, a young black man named Adam Akabar got up to...

  • Ich bin ein Amerikaner

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 24, 2008 | 12:49 am

    "The world is waiting to love America again" ran the title of a recent London Observer editorial anticipating Barack Obama's visit to Europe.

    Love may be too strong a word to describe the world's feelings for America when George W. Bush was first sworn in as president, but not by...

  • What’s best for America is also best for Israel

    By JewishJournal.com

    April 10, 2008 | 5:47 pm


    What U.S. role in the world is best for Israel?

    Is it to be loved, to be feared, or to be respected?

    The 2008 campaign provides a good lens for answering that question.

    In an annual BBC poll of residents in 23 countries, based on more than 17,000 interviews, we can chart the...

  • JFK fans have been there before

    By Arnold Steinberg

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Caroline Kennedy is deeply moved by people who say this: That they felt inspired and hopeful about America when her father was president.

    I was one of them, but younger than most and in awe, early on.

    I told my parents I was going to hear John F. Kennedy's acceptance speech at the...

  • Candidate profile: John Edwards

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In 2004, John Edwards lost the Democratic presidential nomination because he was considered a foreign policy lightweight. He won the vice presidential slot because his social policies had depth.

    Four years later, Edwards' social and domestic positions remain pretty much the same --...
  • Bush’s Middle East legacy

    By Steve Greenberg

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

  • The few, the proud, the Jews for Ron Paul

    By Beth Young

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Jim Perry, a 22-year-old Libertarian, made a name for himself in college when, shortly after moving to New Hampshire to live free or die, he strapped a gun to his side and marched into a local Borders book store and proceeded to rip up a copy of his Massachusetts income tax return....
  • Rep. Lantos' call for sanctions <i>and</i> diplomacy puzzles L.A. Iranians

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Lantos, chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee, made headlines last April when he reiterated his desire to travel to Iran for informal talks with Iranian officials. And yet one month later the Democratic congressman from San Mateo introduced a tough Iran divestment bill...
  • Governor Schwarzenegger to sign Iran divestment bill into law

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in New York Monday preparing to speak at the United Nations, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the U.N. talking about global warming, but the governor took time out to release a prepared statement saying he would sign into law a...
  • Giuliani doubts if Palestinians are ‘peace partners’ yet

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Rudolph Giuliani's foreign policy is neither a blueprint nor a prescription, his top adviser on the matter says. It is an outline of how the former can-do New York City mayor does business.

    Charles Hill, a former top aide to Reagan-era Secretary of State George Shultz, spoke to JTA...

  • Only democratization can fight Islamists

    By Paul Kujawsky

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Natan Sharansky's June 5-6 Democracy and Security Conference in Prague could reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to support the growth of liberal democracy. If not, the Islamists win a crucial advantage.

    There are two basic foreign policy philosophies. The idealist...

  • Will Sarkozy’s Jewish roots impact France’s policies?

    By Raanan Eliaz

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In an interview French President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy gave in 2004, he expressed an extraordinary understanding of the plight of the Jewish people for a home: "Should I remind you the visceral attachment of every Jew to Israel, as a second mother homeland? There is nothing...
  • Are Democrats Ready to Return to Power?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The American political system is on the verge of a major change. The Republicans are in danger of losing to the Democrats in the November congressional elections.

    Foreign affairs will be central to the outcome. Are the Democrats ready for their big curtain call?

    The Republicans...

  • Israel: Between Iraq and a Hard Place

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The intensifying crisis of Iran's nuclear program is bringing into sharp relief the problems created for Israel by the radical foreign policy of the Bush administration. In a world filled with nations and movements hostile to Israel, the United States has long been Israel's big...

  • The End of Bush’s ‘Jewish Moment’

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Republicans once had high hopes that George W. Bush would draw American Jews away from their historic affinity with Democrats into embracing the conservative party. They believed that Jews would be drawn to Bush's intense support for the State of Israel. Orthodox Jews, already more...

  • U.S.-Israeli Ties to Unite AIPAC Summit

    By Bernice Manocherian

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When AIPAC convenes its National Summit on Foreign Policy and Politics in Los Angeles, there will be a single factor that unites everyone in attendance: a commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship. The singular focus on that goal and the willingness to work tirelessly...

  • Why George W. Bush?

    By Dan Cohen

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The clear choice for president of the United States for the American Jewish community is Gov. George W. Bush of Texas." Four years ago in a similar article, I argued for our community to support then-Gov. Bush in the 2000 presidential election.

    I urge you to look back at what has...

  • Who Has Kerry’s Ear?

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that he's running for president, Sen. John Kerry's openness to a broad range of Jewish opinion is making some in the pro-Israel community nervous -- and others hopeful.

    The very quality that attracted Jewish voters to him as a longtime Massachusetts senator is now earning the...

  • Immigration Plan Poses Challenges

    By Ira Mehlman

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    President Bush's Jan. 7 proposal to dramatically expand immigration to the United States ignited a national debate about this highly emotional issue. While this is a critical policy that will profoundly affect all Americans, it is a policy that must be of particular concern 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...

  • Voiding of Holocaust Law Sparks Anger

    By Tom Tugend

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Holocaust survivors and Jewish organizations have reacted with anger and disappointment to Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a California law that required European insurance companies to disclose information about all their Holocaust-era policies.

    Much of the...

  • GOP Sweep Boosts Bush

    By James D. Besser

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It was a stellar night for the Republicans across the nation, and Tuesday's dramatic election results, with the GOP snatching back control of the Senate and tightening its grip on the House, will be a big boost for the foreign policy agenda of the Bush administration.

    But with a...

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