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  • This time, I remember

    By Gina Nahai

    November 6, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    We're sitting around my parents' dining room in Century City for Shabbat dinner, and the conversation veers toward our childhoods in Iran.

    My cousin, who's a few years older than I (though you'd never guess it by looking at her, because she has that remarkable ability to forgive the...

  • Ahmadinejad congratulates Obama, tells U.S. to butt out

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 6, 2008 | 1:34 pm

    Despite all the ridiculous paranoia that he was a closet Muslim (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and legitimate concern about his desire to bring back diplomatic relations with Iran and against Omri Ceren’s warnings, Barack Obama received 78 percent of the Jewish vote. I’m...

  • Obama’s victory resonates with L.A. Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 6, 2008 | 2:35 am

    After morning minyan at Valley Beth Shalom on Election Day, one of the elderly members, a child of the Holocaust and survivor of discrimination in its evilest form, approached Rabbi Ed Feinstein with joy.

    "Can you imagine?" he asked the rabbi. "We've lived to see a black man elected...

  • The Democrats won for the wrong reasons

    By Arnold Steinberg

    November 6, 2008 | 2:19 am

    The Republicans deserved to lose, but the Democrats did not deserve to win.

    After McCain had the good luck to win the nomination early, he squandered valuable time, failing to use his advantage to define his campaign, or Obama. In contrast, the brilliance of Obama's campaign implied...

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  • Yes, I can

    By David Suissa

    November 6, 2008 | 1:37 am

    Now that the election season is over, I want to share a personal revelation that I think can help bring Obama voters and McCain voters closer together. But first, a
    little background.

    I've always loved a good conversation, especially with people whose views are different from mine....
  • Obama—who won 78% of Jewish vote—faces global disarray, Mideast challenges

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 5, 2008 | 12:26 am

    WASHINGTON (JTA) - Barack Obama emerges from a maelstrom into a vacuum.

    The U.S. senator from Illinois has survived the longest and roughest election season in memory to assume control of a free world in free fall: A collapsing economy, a resurgent Iran, an obstreperous Russia.

    "He's...

  • Israelis catch U.S. election fever

    By Dina Kraft

    October 28, 2008 | 8:01 pm

    TEL AVIV (JTA) -- Just beyond the beer taps at a Tel Aviv bar with an American flag hanging out front, a makeshift polling station draws dozens of Americans in Israel casting their vote for the U.S. election, 6,000 miles away.

    "This is more fun than voting in the Bronx," said one...

  • ANALYSIS: Obama worked hard to gain Jewish trust

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 27, 2008 | 7:49 pm

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (JTA)—A major Republican tack against Barack Obama has a simple theme: By his friends you shall know him.

    For the McCain campaign, in recent weeks this has meant repeatedly linking the Democratic presidential nominee to William Ayers, the former member of the...

  • ANALYSIS: Rough race takes toll on McCain’s image

    October 27, 2008 | 7:23 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—When John McCain stopped in New York one Tuesday in October 2007 to make his pre-primaries pitch to a room full of Jewish bigwigs, he spent virtually all his time discussing foreign policy—but only after an emotional introduction from James Tisch that focused less on...

  • Now it all makes sense—Ahmadinejad is a secret Jew!

    By Dennis Wilen

    October 25, 2008 | 3:45 am

    Rust never sleeps in our obsessive compulsion to scour the Intertubes and bring you, my friends, and all the Joe-the-Mohels out there [crowd applauds], yes, my friends, to bring you choice morsels of fact-like news stories, photos and video for your consideration.

    This is the same...

  • Israel eyes regional peace push, prepares for U.S. talks with Iran

    By Leslie Susser

    October 23, 2008 | 1:08 am

    With the governments in Washington and Jerusalem set to change, Israeli leaders are reassessing policy in two key areas: Middle East peacemaking and Iran.

    On peacemaking, both President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are coming out strongly in favor of a new regional...

  • Q&A with Argentine Ambassador Hector Timerman

    October 23, 2008 | 12:13 am

    At 53, Argentine Ambassador Hector Timerman is one of South America's top diplomats; recently promoted from consul to New York to the prized post of envoy to the United States, he bears one of the most famous last names in modern South American history. He's the son of the late...
  • Which way will we vote? The Jewish community is split as campaign tactics intensify division

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 15, 2008 | 11:53 pm

    Gov. Sarah Palin was effusive during the vice presidential debate when given the chance to express her affinity for Israel. Given the chance, Sen. Joe Biden, her Democratic counterpart, pointed to his long record of love for Israel, too. In American politics, most people do.

    But in...

  • Questions for Obama’s California strategist, Mitchell Schwartz

    October 15, 2008 | 11:36 pm

    Mitchell Schwartz heads up Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in California and also sits on the board of Temple Israel of Hollywood. He has worked on campaigns for Sen. Barbara Boxer, Gov. Gray Davis and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as well as Bill Clinton's 1992...
  • Why Obama is better than McCain for Israel

    October 15, 2008 | 10:01 pm

    I wouldn't gamble with Israel's future. Why would you?

    Most arguments in favor of Sen. John McCain and his approach to Israel rest on his greater experience and knowledge. Yet, put simply, McCain is a gambler -- in practice, in personality and in judgment.

    No supporter of Israel...

  • Should we ‘roll the dice’ on untested Obama?

    October 15, 2008 | 9:55 pm

    The pretentiously messianic Sen. Barack Obama would be comical, except many people vote apparently not for president but for debate team captain. While partisans argue unconditionally for Obama or Sen. John McCain, both candidates are, as in any election, flawed. It is increasingly...
  • 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...

  • McCain for America—and Israel

    October 9, 2008 | 10:52 pm

    As a patriotic Jewish American, I care deeply about Israel's wellbeing and security, as well as that of our own country. In having to choose between the two presidential candidates, I find myself looking closely at their statements, record of accomplishments and the people

    who advise...

  • Anger greets Olmert’s concessions on Golan, West Bank, Iran

    By Leslie Susser

    October 6, 2008 | 7:32 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—A Rosh Hashanah-eve interview in which outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel should give up the Golan Heights for peace with Syria and nearly all of the West Bank for peace with the Palestinians has sparked a political storm in Israel.

    Prime...

  • UN Security Council reaffirms Iran sanctions

    October 1, 2008 | 10:04 pm

    The U.N. Security Council reaffirmed existing sanctions against Iran but did not expand them.

    The resolution, adopted unanimously Saturday, called on "Iran to comply fully and without delay" with three earlier resolutions imposing sanctions until Iran cooperates fully with U.N....

  • VIDEO: Jewish Americans for Obama

    September 30, 2008 | 5:04 am

    Jewish friends, colleagues and supporters from Chicago say Barack Obama’s Yiddishe neshumah—Jewish soul—makes him the right candidate.  Official campaign video.

  • Ahmadinejad spews same old hate at U.N.

    September 24, 2008 | 12:54 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Iran’s president delivered a scathing attack on Zionists at the United Nations.

    In an address replete with classical anti-Semitic motifs, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that Zionists are criminals and murderers, are “acquisitive” and “deceitful,” and dominate...

  • Thousands protest Ahmadinejad in New York—no Clinton, no Palin [VIDEO]

    By Ben Harris

    September 22, 2008 | 9:33 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Thousands of protesters filled Dag Hammarskjold Plaza opposite the United Nations for a rally against Iran’s president, who came to town to address the General Assembly.

    “The message to him is please go home,” Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel said at Monday’s...

  • Politicizing Iran:
    GOP spikes Obama sanctions bill, Dems scuttle Palin's rally gig

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 19, 2008 | 3:18 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Just when you thought it was safe to put the issue of Iran back in the bipartisan closet, out it roars into a food fight between the Republicans and Democrats.

    The two parties are tussling over who should have appeared at a Jewish-sponsored anti-Iran rally next week...

  • Ahmadinejad at the UN: Palin, elected officials disinvited from rally amid controversy

    By Ben Harris

    September 19, 2008 | 12:25 am

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Sarah Palin is being disinvited from the Jewish-sponsored Iran rally, sources told JTA.

    The move follows two days of controversy for organizers of Monday’s rally to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations.

    The controversy erupted after...

  • Israel converts Ahmadinejad

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 18, 2008 | 3:33 pm

    Not exactly. But considering his history of diatribes against Israel and the Jewish people, you’ve got to wonder: Who got to Mahmoud?

    TEHRAN — The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, took the unusual step on Thursday of publicly defending a high official accused by legislators...

  • Who you calling rebbetzin, why you dissing Palin, what college anti-Semitism?

    September 17, 2008 | 11:31 pm

    The Rabbi's Spouse

    In her recent story, Danielle Berrin contemplates the role of the clergy's spouse ("Who You Calling Rebbetzin?" Sept. 12).

    It seems that one of the downsides is being misunderstood.  
     
    I repeatedly emphasized to Danielle that my voluntary role in our...
  • Jewish groups gear up for Ahmadinejad’s trip to N.Y.

    September 16, 2008 | 7:25 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA) -- With hundreds of world leaders, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, slated to come here next week for the annual opening of the U.N. General Assembly, Jewish groups will be campaigning both privately and publicly against the Iranian regime.

    The...

  • McCain and Obama campaigns focus on sanctions as Iran threat looms

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 16, 2008 | 6:47 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The mounting anxiety over Iran’s nuclear program is sparking campaign chatter over a possible Israeli strike and prompting a bipartisan effort to revive long-stalled sanctions legislation in the U.S. Congress.

    Time is running out, say advocates of new...
  • A self-proclaimed Zionist, Joe Biden is a friend of Israel

    September 11, 2008 | 12:05 am

    I returned from the Democratic National Convention in Denver with the announcement of Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, the memorable acceptance speech by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and the announcement of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican...
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