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  • 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...

  • Three very quick comments on Santorum’s departure

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 10, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    Our Israel Factor panel was never overly generous with candidate Santorum - as you can ‎see in the graph below. The panel thought Santorum was too hawkish, too religious. ‎No one would doubt his support for Israel, but such support is apparently not enough. ‎

    Anyway,...

  • Rick Santorum drops out of GOP race

    April 10, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Rick Santorum ended his presidential campaign, effectively leaving Mitt Romney as the GOP candidate most likely to face President Obama in November.

    “This presidential race is over for me,” he said Tuesday in a speech in Gettysburg, Pa., in his home state. “We will suspend our...

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  • Sheldon Adelson on Newt: ‘He’s at the end of his line’

    By Jay Firestone

    March 28, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    Sheldon Adelson, who with wife Miri, has given more than $15 million to the Newt Gingrich Super PAC Winning Our Future, said Monday he believes Gingrich is “at the end of his line” regarding the race for the Republican presidential nomination. 

    Adelson was speaking informally...

  • Messianic group paid Santorum for speaking gig

    March 22, 2012 | 4:57 pm

    Republican presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) accepted a paid speaking engagement from a Messianic Judaism group. 

    According to Politico, Santorum received $6,000 in 2010 from the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America to speak at its annual conference,...

  • 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...

  • Can't buy me love

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    March 15, 2012 | 10:39 am

    It feels like spring, but there’s little love in the air for Mitt Romney.  The GOP frontrunner expected to have his party’s nomination sewn up by now so he could focus on sending Barack Obama back to Chicago.  But too many Republicans just can’t find it in their hearts to embrace the...

  • Bad religion

    By Rob Eshman

    March 7, 2012 | 5:54 pm

    Religion should take election years off.

    As soon as the presidential campaigns get under way, religion should just go to Cancun and wait them out.

    Otherwise, inevitably, it gets used.

    These past few weeks have provided textbook examples of how faith can be manipulated to score...

  • Mitt Romney narrowly wins Ohio in Super Tuesday split

    March 6, 2012 | 10:44 pm

    Super Tuesday Republican primaries were a race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Republicans selected a Jewish veteran for Ohio’s senate run, and Dennis Kucinich lost his bid for reelection.

    Ten states went to the polls Tuesday in what is the biggest election day of primary...

  • Romney and Santorum in stalemate on Super Tuesday

    March 6, 2012 | 9:02 pm

    Mitt Romney failed to land a knockout blow against rival Rick Santorum on “Super Tuesday,” raising the prospect of a drawn-out battle for the Republican presidential nomination between the party’s establishment and its grassroots conservatives.

    Santorum and Romney were neck-and-neck...

  • Super Tuesday election results by state

    March 6, 2012 | 5:29 pm

    Georgia -

    Gingrich

    Gingrich wins Republican primary in Georgia, TV networks project

    Newt Gingrich won the Republican presidential primary in his home state of Georgia, TV networks projected on Tuesday, giving the former congressman his second victory of the primary season.

    ...
  • There’s a new Israel-US survey, but don’t be fooled by the headlines

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 1, 2012 | 10:21 am

    A new Shibley Telhami survey is already being celebrated by various ignoramuses and hacks as one that “undercuts Netanyahu on Iran” or that makes the “Washington conversation” seem skewed against Obama. The survey contains some interesting data, and also a lot of data from...

  • On the issues: GOP hopefuls on Israel, Iran, abortion, Social Security and more

    February 28, 2012 | 1:58 pm

    In advance of Super Tuesday, JTA takes a look at the stances of the four Republican presidential candidates on some issues of Jewish interest. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

    ABORTION

    Newt Gingrich: Has said that abortion should not be legal, though he makes...

  • Which Republican candidate has the Jewish vote?

    February 28, 2012 | 10:40 am

    When Jewish Republicans around the country enter the voting booth for 10 primaries and caucuses on March 6 for “Super Tuesday,” they will see three candidates who still have a puncher’s chance at securing the GOP presidential nomination.

    In this unpredictable race that has...

  • Santorum, the presidency and the campaign politics of religion

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 28, 2012 | 9:59 am

    In a very good piece about Rick Santorum’s religious-oppression scarecrow tactics, Steve Shaw, co-author of “Presidents and Their Faiths,” writes at the Huffington Post that he’d like to see Santorum acting “both a bit more presidential and a bit more Christianly”—“a bit more James...

  • Harvard, Santorum and the one-state solution

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 27, 2012 | 10:20 am

    This coming weekend, Harvard’s Kennedy School will host a “One State Conference” where some 20 speakers will be talking about “Israel/Palestine and the one-state solution.”  Between the idea of a one-state solution, and the reaction to Harvard’s providing a venue for...

  • GOP candidates: Make threat against Iran clearer

    February 23, 2012 | 11:51 am

    Three of the four Republican presidential candidates said the United States should make a more explicit threat of military action against Iran.

    Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich agreed in the CNN debate on Wednesday in Arizona that the measures taken by President Obama to...

  • Dowd: Santorum a ‘small-town mullah’ who wants to ban contraceptives

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 23, 2012 | 3:12 am

    Many Christians are scared of Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, but Maureen Dowd argues that we should all be really, really afraid of “Rick’s Religious Fanaticism.” Rick, of course, would be Rick Santorum. Calling him a “small-town mullah,” Dowd writes:

    Santorum is not merely engaged in...

  • Surging Santorum has Jewish GOPers shrugging, shvitzing and kvelling

    February 21, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    If Rick Santorum secures the Republican nomination, expect to hear this mantra from his Jewish supporters: In times of crisis, social issues don’t matter.

    The former Pennsylvania senator, who is leading in national polls in the race for the GOP presidential nod, is fiercely...

  • 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...

  • Political March Madness

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 13, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Will Hillary be Obama’s running mate, with Biden going to State if they win? Will Romney wrap things up on Super Tuesday, or will there be a brokered Republican convention, with Ron Paul as kingmaker? Will Democrats take back the House but lose the Senate?

    Who knows? Who cares?

    ...
  • Santorum: West Bank is part of Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 6, 2012 | 2:50 am

  • Three winners in Iowa and three takeaways for Jews

    January 4, 2012 | 11:00 am

    There were three winners in the Iowa Republic caucus: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and, not far behind them, Ron Paul.

    There were also (at least) three takeaways for Jewish observers: Foreign policy matters, evangelicals matter—and Ron Paul matters.

    The importance of foreign policy...

  • Romney, Santorum say they would vote for Paul if he wins nomination

    December 29, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    Two Republican presidential candidates said they would vote for Rep. Ron Paul if he wins the GOP nomination.

    Mitt Romney, considered a frontrunner, and Rick Santorum, now undergoing a late surge in polls in Iowa, both told CNN in recent days that they would vote for Paul if he were...

  • Who wants to be President?

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    June 13, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    Newt Gingrich last week became the first candidate ever fired by his staff, as one wag noted, and if that proves a lethal blow to a doomed presidential campaign no one will be more disappointed than his old friend and collaborator Benjamin Netanyahu.  The two worked closely in the...

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