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  • A response to a stiff-necked playwright

    November 5, 2012 | 11:43 am

    This piece is a response to "A note to stiff-necked people" by David Mamet which first appeared on JewishJournal.com on Nov. 1.

    David Mamet recently asked the following questions of “Jews planning to vote for Obama.”  Herewith, my responses.

    Are you prepared to explain to your...

  • Five challenges facing the American pro-Israel community in the next four years

    November 1, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    The American pro-Israel community has a lot of work to do. While many pro-Israel organizations in the United States, including AIPAC, Christians United for Israel, Stand with US and Hasbara have been extremely effective in defending the Jewish State, there is always more we can do....

  • Obama or Romney?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 1, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Either way, you’re going to have to suck it up.

    Whether you pick Obama or Romney, you are voting as much for imperfection as for promise.

    This is not an election of love and enthusiasm — that was so 2008. But 2012 is not about desire — it’s about duty.

    To paraphrase Donald...

  • Prop. 34: Repeal the death penalty

    November 1, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    Jewish tradition has always championed the idea that justice is a fundamental necessity. When the Torah commands us, “Justice, justice shall you pursue,” the repetition is to teach that not only we must have just ends, our means to those ends must be equally just.

    Our commitment...

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  • For Obama campaign, trying to put to rest persistent questions about ‘kishkes’

    October 26, 2012 | 10:07 am

    The moment in the final presidential debate when President Obama described his visit to Israel’s national Holocaust museum and to the rocket-battered town of Sderot seemed to be aimed right for the kishkes.

    The “kishkes question" -- the persistent query about how Obama really...

  • Down to the wire, Romney resurrects moderate posture that attracted Jewish support

    October 26, 2012 | 9:33 am

    Mitt Romney’s record as a moderate Republican governor would seem to have made him ideally suited to peel off Jewish votes from President Obama. The problem is that he spent much of the past half decade running from that past.

    Now, however, as the campaign draws to a close,...

  • Netanyahu-Barak spat stokes early Israel vote talk

    October 3, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Friction between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak over relations with the United States fuelled talk on Wednesday of an early Israeli election.

    Ministers said the quarrel, Barak's resistance to Defense cuts in coalition budget talks and his dovish...

  • 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...

  • In campaign for Jewish votes, GOP has the money, Dems have the history

    September 11, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    In the battle for Jewish votes this November, both parties acknowledge the other’s advantage: Republicans have the money and Democrats have the history.

    The funding disparity was evident on Sunday and Monday when the Republican Jewish Coalition rolled out major voter outreach...

  • At Democratic convention, a focus on Jewish swing voters as key to election win

    September 4, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Jewish swing voters could make or break President Obama’s bid for reelection.

    At least that’s the case that Democratic Party leaders made in a training session that packed one of the larger halls at the convention center here on Monday, the day before the formal start of the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Romney, Ryan and Florida Jews

    By Raphael Sonenshein

    August 15, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    In 1992, Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts mounted a strong campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The pundits considered him a brainy guy who was willing to take on the sacred cows of Social Security and Medicare. Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, by contrast, seemed like a...

  • 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...

  • How Ryan will motivate Jewish voters

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    August 13, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate on the Republican ticket will help win Jewish votes.  For the Democrats.

    Ryan may help Romney shore up support among Tea Partiers and evangelicals who don’t really trust his claims of conversion to their cause, but it is...

  • Editorial Cartoon: Star of Mitt

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 8, 2012 | 12:04 pm

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  • House leadership, following ban on commemorative resolutions, blocks Munich 11 vote

    July 26, 2012 | 3:25 pm

    The House Republican leadership blocked a vote calling for a moment of silence to memorialize Israeli athletes and coaches slain at the 1972 Olympics.

    Resolution 663 was not voted on this week in the U.S. House of Representatives because the body’s leadership does not allow what...

  • Panel votes to recognize West Bank college as full university

    July 17, 2012 | 2:54 pm

    The West Bank will have its first full university, pending the go-ahead of the Israeli military.

    The Ariel University Center on Tuesday was recognized as a full university by the Judea and Samaria Council for Higher Education, which handles educational concerns in the West Bank. The...

  • Support for Ariel school as university comes before vote

    July 16, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Israel’s Education Minister expressed public support for turning the university center at Ariel into a full university, and the Finance Ministry announced extra funding in advance of a committee vote on the issue.

    Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz announced Sunday that his ministry...

  • Jewish Dems’ call on GOP to cut off Adelson’s giving revives civility talk

    July 10, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Sheldon Adelson, whose cash and rhetoric has hit candidates hard this election cycle, just got swiped himself.

    The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) wants Republicans, including presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to stop taking “dirty money” from Adelson...

  • A good deed for health care in a weary world

    July 9, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act is far more than a narrow legal decision. It is a decisive affirmation of what is right. Health care surely is right—and a right.

    This issue is highly personal, hitting home for me much as it did for tens of millions of...

  • Berman gaining pro-Israel, Jewish vote

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 5, 2012 | 11:30 am

    Eve Kurtin didn’t intend to take a side in the race between Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman.

    In mid-2011, right around the time it became clear these two Jewish, pro-Israel Democrats would be running against one another for reelection in the newly drawn 30th...

  • Why I voted against the tobacco tax

    By Dennis Prager

    June 27, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    A few weeks ago, California voters narrowly rejected another tax increase not only on cigarettes, but also on those mass murderers — cigar and pipe smokers. As expected, proponents of Proposition 29 blame its defeat on all the money tobacco companies spent on ads against the...

  • Vote result delay frays Egyptian nerves

    June 21, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    Allegations of fraud delayed the result of Egypt’s presidential election on Thursday, fraying nerves as the Muslim Brotherhood, which claims victory, called for street protests against moves by the ruling generals to deny them power.

    Thousands of protesters gathered for a third day...

  • Egypt’s election: an argument without resolution

    June 19, 2012 | 11:10 am

    When the clock ticked 9 a.m. on Sunday in the poor neighborhood of Boulak in the Greater Cairo governorate of Giza, Ahmed Hassan was having difficulty finding transportation to the polling station miles away.

    A minivan had hardly slowed down near to him, but Hassan – noticeably...

  • House rejects increase to U.S.-Israel energy cooperation funding

    June 8, 2012 | 10:43 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted down a Democratic procedural motion to the energy appropriations bill that would have provided additional funds for U.S.-Israel energy cooperation programs.

    The motion to recommit the legislation back to the Appropriations Committee would have...

  • Romney to meet with Jewish donors

    May 23, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    Mitt Romney is meeting with about 30 major Jewish donors to his presidential campaign as part of a “constituents day.”

    Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and all-but-certain Republican nominee for president, will meet for about an hour with the donors in Boston on Thursday.

    ...
  • Israel becomes target in Egypt’s presidential vote

    May 17, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Israel has become a punching bag for politicians vying for votes in Egypt’s presidential election, playing on popular antipathy in Egypt towards its neighbor, but the realities of office are likely to ensure a 33-year-old peace treaty is not jeopardized.

    Officials in Israel have...

  • Obama vs. Romney: The Jewish debate

    May 15, 2012 | 10:24 am

    On May 5, President Barack Obama kicked off his re-election campaign in front of a crowd of 14,000 people at Ohio State University. Obama presented his new campaign slogan, “Forward,” and strongly criticized his presumed Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

    Sixty-one percent of...

  • Iron Dome: Israeli necessity, American priority, strategic imperative

    May 8, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    For years, Sderot was a city under siege, the target of non-stop rocket attacks launched by Palestinian terrorists from Gaza. School was halted, synagogues were silenced and in a community defined by courage, the fragments of rockets and mortars – the vehicles of attempted murder...

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