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  • Obama takes on critics of Iran nuclear deal

    November 25, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    President Barack Obama took on critics of a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran on Monday by saying tough talk was good for politics but not good for U.S. security.

    Top Republicans - as well as U.S. ally Israel - have criticized Obama for agreeing to the deal, which the United...

  • Polarizing Politics is More Fun Than Watching Miley Cyrus

    By Ilana Angel

    August 29, 2013 | 10:00 pm

    I am sick of all the attention Miley Cyrus is getting for acting like a moron. Her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards was embarrassing, ridiculous, offensive, degrading, and simply not entertaining.  The poor girl is a mess and watching her self-destruct is sad. The fact is...

  • Self-inflicted wounds

    By Steve Greenberg

    July 17, 2013 | 12:16 pm

  • The Israel Factor Panel Wants a Clinton, a Cuomo, a Biden - a Democrat

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 4, 2013 | 12:04 pm

    Our Israel Factor panel hasn't really changed its tune in recent months. It still believes Hillary Clinton is the best 2016 Presidential candidate as far as Israel is concerned. It still sees Andrew Cuomo as the number two Democratic candidate: Cuomo did just a little better than...

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  • Gay marriage: A matter of conscience

    April 22, 2013 | 10:03 am

    In the sphere of human rights there comes a time when people of conscience are morally required to stand up and declare what they believe is right based on principles of justice and fairness, not for themselves but for others. While this may be especially true for politicians,...

  • GOP self-analysis cites RJC as worthy of emulation

    March 19, 2013 | 7:47 am

    A report commissioned by the Republican National Committee on how to reverse the party's fortunes cited the Republican Jewish Coalition as a group worth emulating.

    "One outside group that has been particularly successful at engaging its community and increasing its Republican...

  • Americans backing Israel in ever-growing numbers, poll shows

    March 18, 2013 | 2:50 am

    Americans' sympathies lean heavily toward Israel over the Palestinians in the highest level of support seen in 22 years.

    According to data gleaned from Gallup's 2013 World Affairs poll, 64 percent of Americans support Israel over the Palestinians, with 12 percent backing the...

  • A gridlock bypass in Congress?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    February 27, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    A remarkable thing happened in Washington, D.C., last week. National leaders of business and labor hammered out an outline on immigration reform. This might not only give a major boost to a new immigration policy; it might also show a path around the gridlock that has driven the...

  • U.S. Senate panel approves Hagel nomination as Pentagon chief

    February 13, 2013 | 4:24 am

    A U.S. Senate panel approved Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense on Tuesday, setting the stage for a vote on his confirmation by the full Senate as soon as later this week.

    The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 14-11, with one senator voting "no...

  • Opinion: The Post-Kumbaya President

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 21, 2013 | 8:42 pm

    I wonder where Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan are having dinner tonight.

    Four years ago, while Democrats danced at inaugural balls, Reps. Cantor and Ryan dined at The Caucus Room, a Capitol Hill steakhouse, along with other top Republicans, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy, and Sens. Jim...

  • 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...

  • The impact of the moderate Republican

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 17, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    On Oct. 28, 1980, a beleaguered President Jimmy Carter stood on a debate stage with his Republican challenger, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan.  Carter’s one chance to save his presidency depended on his ability to portray Reagan’s views as extreme. The best levers appeared to...

  • Conventional Wisdom

    By Elliot Steingart

    August 29, 2012 | 11:23 am

    It’s good to hear opposing viewpoints. It’s part of the reason I’m in a relationship. My girlfriend told me the name of the Hebrew God is Yahweh. I’ve been Jewish for 27 years and I’ve never heard of Yahweh. It’s worth listening to the other side even if the other side believes in...

  • April Israel Factor: Romney trumps Obama. But why?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2012 | 7:19 am

    The two Presidential rivals were closer last month, but the April 2012 survey of ‎the Israel Factor (now part of our exclusive J-Meter feature) draws them apart.

    ‎‎Romney scored 7.22 (out of 10) in March, and is now on 7.5. Obama scored 7.11 ‎last month and is now on 6.9....

  • The Israel Factor 04.2012, Questionnaire

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2012 | 7:17 am

    ‎1.‎ Please rank the two presidential candidates – Barack Obama and ‎Mitt ‎Romney – on the following issues from 1 (totally disagree) to 10 ‎‎(totally ‎agree):‎

    ‎ ‎


    Issue

    Obama

    Romney

    Shows good understanding of Middle ‎East ‎affairs

     

     

    Can be...

  • The Israel Factor 04.2012, Full Statistics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2012 | 7:02 am

    ‎1.‎ Please rank the two presidential candidates – Barack Obama and Mitt ‎Romney – on the following issues from 1 (totally disagree) to 10 (totally ‎agree):


    Issue

    Obama

    Romney

    Shows good understanding of Middle East ‎affairs

    7

    6.1

    Can be trusted to halt...

  • Care about Iran? You’re more likely to vote Romney

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 18, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Take a quick look at the following two tables from PEW’s recent report on the politics ‎of Election 2012. These are the topics voters think are important by order:‎

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    And these are the same priorities divided by party:‎

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    Note these things:‎

    ‎1.‎ While voters...

  • April 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 16, 2012 | 3:52 am

    Israel’s right to say ‘no’

    Smadar Shir of Ynet supports Israel’s decision to deny entry to dozens of pro-Palestinian ‎activists who were part of a coordinated demonstration. ‎

    When a US embassy official refuses to grant a certain person a visa because he was ‎born in...

  • Is There Such a Thing As a Liberal Republican-Lover?

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    April 12, 2012 | 7:00 pm

    I was in New York for most of last week with my family.  We had a great time visiting friends, catching up on the art scene, sampling new restaurants and celebrating Pesach at Sammy’s on the lower east side, to which all I can say is one of the Real Housewives of New York sat at...

  • I Don’t Want to Date a Republican!

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 23, 2012 | 9:15 am

    As a lifelong Democrat, I never thought I would be in this place.  I never thought I would have to confront this dreaded unforeseen fear - the terror that is for me, dating a Republican.  I don’t even know very many Republicans.  But it turns out, I’m not alone.  Outside of...

  • Factor panel: Israel can’t act in Iran without Obama’s consent

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 22, 2012 | 8:18 am

    This month, I think the key is to look at statement #4 in question #1 of our Israel Factor survey (questionnaire here, full stats here). There is broad agreement among many of our panelists that Israel “can’t act in Iran without Obama’s consent”.

    Have something to say about...

  • The Israel Factor 03.2012, Questionnaire

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 22, 2012 | 8:09 am

    1. Please rank the following statements from 1 (totally disagree) to 5 (totally agree):

    Statement

    President Obama’s AIPAC speech proves that he is very supportive of Israel

     

    Prime Minister Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech was alarmist

    Israel can’t trust Obama to halt Iran’s nuclear...

  • The Israel Factor 03.2012, Full Statistics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 22, 2012 | 8:02 am

    1. Please rank the following statements from 1 (totally disagree) to 5 (totally agree):

    Statement

    President Obama’s AIPAC speech proves that he is very supportive of Israel

    3.67

    Prime Minister Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech was alarmist

    3.85

    Israel can’t trust Obama to halt Iran’s...

  • March 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 13, 2012 | 6:23 am

    In Iran Standoff Netanyahu May Be Bluffing

    Benjamin Netanyahu could be playing a clever game when it comes to Iran, and may well actually be in cahoots with Barack Obama, writes Jeffrey Goldberg in Bloomberg

    The former Israeli military official I spoke with Sunday in Tel Aviv...

  • March 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 9, 2012 | 3:58 am

    Meet the Israeli ‘Octet’ That Would Decide an Iran Attack

    Eli Lake of the Daily Beast explains how Netanyahu is not the only one who decides whether Israel will strike Iran.

    Israeli law requires that major national-security decisions, like signing peace accords or ordering...

  • Factor: Why is Romney better than Obama?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 21, 2012 | 7:53 am

    For quite some time now, our Israel Factor panel has seemed to believe that of all the GOP candidates Mitt Romney is the best as far as Israel is concerned, and that in a race between Romney and Barack Obama, the former is the better candidate for Israel. But why do they consider...

  • In Fla., Republican Jews shower Gingrich with applause (if not necessarily votes)

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 28, 2012 | 12:30 am

    Delray Beach, Fla.—Speaking on Friday at an event organized by the state’s Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) chapter, former House Speaker and Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich struck a mostly professorial tone as he talked foreign policy to a friendly audience.

    He may...

  • Weekend tidbits: Should I bother with Florida?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 15, 2012 | 12:06 am

    1.

    I was going to go to Florida to write about the Republican race. I have a plane ticket and all other necessary arrangements have been made. But should I really bother with a race that seems all but over? With Romney leading by 15% over Newt Gingrich, one wonders whether taking...

  • Jewish Republicans watch nervously as favorites savage one another

    January 10, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    As the Republican primary fight moves from New Hampshire to South Carolina, Newt Gingrich is stepping up his attacks on Mitt Romney and some prominent Jewish Republicans—who have a rich, mutually admiring history with both men—are wondering what happens next.

    Gingrich and a...

  • Republican love for Israel all around

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 9, 2012 | 9:52 am


    How far would Republican candidates go to show their love for Israel? Here’s one version, some sarcastic punditry on this topic – from Tablet. I didn’t think it was very funny, but that’s for you to decide for yourselves. It might help you answer a question Ben Smith had...

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