Jewish News Brief June 1, 2012: Workman’s Circle Poll: American Jewish Voters Still Favor Obama Over Romney



Poll: Jewish Voters Still Favor Obama Over Romney

New poll finds that Obama out-polls Romney by 59 percent to 27 percent among Jewish voters. Economics, not Israel, matters to voters.

Source: Israel National News, 6-1-12

President Barack Obama in Colombia

President Barack Obama in Colombia

Jewish voters still prefer President Barack Obama over Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new poll released on Thursday by the Workmen’s Circle.

The poll was conducted by a team led by Professor Steven M. Cohen.

Among Jews, the Democratic President out-polls the Republican candidate by 59 percent to 27 percent, with 14 percent undecided. If the undecided voters split similarly, Obama would out-poll Romney by a 68 percent to 32 percent margin among Jewish voters.

The issues driving the Jewish vote, according to the poll, are economic justice including regulating financial institutions, support for progressive taxation, and the argument that government should do more to help the needy.

“These are extremely significant polling numbers. They offer a snapshot of the American Jewish community regarding the values and issues that are the highest priorities, though these are not the issues that are front and center in our communal debate,” Madelon Braun, the president of the Workmen’s Circle, said in a statement Thursday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 1, 2012: IDF Retaliates After Deadly Kidnapping Attempt, Mortar Fire in the Gaza Belt Region



IDF Retaliates After Deadly Kidnapping Attempt, Mortar Fire

IDF fire killed 4 members of a Gaza rocket launching cell, and wounded four others, as tensions in the Gaza belt region escalate.
IDF air strike on Gaza

IDF air strike on Gaza
IDF Spokesperson’s Office (archive)

The IDF shortly after noon on Friday identified a terror squad in Gaza preparing to fire rockets into Israel and scored a direct hit.

The Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency said four people were killed and four were wounded in the attack.

The strike came less than an hour after terrorists, also operating in northern Gaza, fired several mortar shells into Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council.

No physical injuries or property damage was reported in the attack.

The escalation comes on the heels of a pre-dawn gunfight at the Gaza security fence with a terrorist believed to have been sent to abduct a soldier, which left one soldier and the terrorist dead.

The soldier, Sgt. Nathaniel Moshiashvili, 21, of Ashkelon was killed when his unit from the Golani brigade responded to a report that a terrorist had infiltrated Israel’s south.

Moshiashvili was killed when the terrorist, who had taken advantage of a thick fog to pass into Israel, opened fire. IDF artillery soldiers responded, killing the terrorist.

A subsequent IDF investigation revealed the slain terrorist had used night vision equipment in the attack, which was intended to be a kidnapping of an IDF soldier.

“The incident took place early in the morning,” Gaza Division commander Col. Tal Hermoni told reporters. “It was clearly planned, the terrorist made use of the fog and night vision equipment the terrorist to break through the Gaza fence.”

“After the penetration, the terrorist identified and observed IDF units operating near the Gaza security fence,” Hermoni explained.

“We were alerted and Golani and armor brigade soldiers responded in order to make contact,” he went on. “The terrorist grabbed one soldier and then began an exchange of fire, which left one soldier injured and later pronounced dead.”

The troops “Acted decisively, despite being under fire. We are fighting a constant battle against terror groups… The soldiers prevented a terror attack,” Hermoni said.

Hermoni added the IDF investigation into the incident is ongoing, noting commanders regard it as “very serious.”…READ MORE

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