Israel Political Brief November 8, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu among 13 leaders President Barack Obama calls post-election

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Netanyahu among 13 leaders Obama calls post-election

Source: JTA, 11-8-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of 13 world leaders that President Obama called to thank for congratulatory messages following his reelection.

“In each call, he thanked his counterpart for their friendship and partnership thus far and expressed his desire to continue close cooperation moving ahead,” the White House said Thursday in a statement.

In his own statement, Netanyahu said he told Obama that his reelection was “a vote of confidence in your leadership.”…READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief November 7, 2012: Fighting over every percentage point: Arguing about the Jewish vote and exit polls

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Fighting over every percentage point: Arguing about the Jewish vote and exit polls

Source: JTA, 11-7-12

President Obama earned 69-70 percent of the Jewish vote, according to exit polls, but it was a drop from his 2008 showing. Expect four more years of tussling between Democrats and Republicans as to why….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief November 7, 2012: Republican Jewish Coalition urges unity after Barack Obama wins Presidential Election, notes GOP’s Jewish gains

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RJC urges unity after Obama win, notes GOP’s Jewish gains

Source: JTA, 11-7-12

The Republican Jewish Coalition called on all Americans to “come together to craft real solutions to the very serious problems our country faces today” after President Obama won reelection….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief November 7, 2012: Jewish Congressional Wins: Jews in the 113th Congress

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The Chosen: Jews in the 113th Congress

Source: JTA, 11-7-12

The next Congress will have 10 Jews in the Senate and 22 in the House of Representatives, a decline from the 112th Congress….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief November 7, 2012: Congressional races: Republican Jewish hopefuls defeated, new faces for House Demcrats

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Congressional races: Republican Jewish hopefuls defeated, new faces for House Dems

Source: JTA, 11-7-12

In a generally rough night for Republicans, the GOP’s top Jewish congressional prospects all went down to defeat, but there are some new Jewish faces in the House Democratic caucus. Read more »

 

Jewish Political Brief November 7, 2012: As President Barack Obama takes second term, Israelis wonder what the future holds

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As Obama takes second term, Israelis wonder what the future holds

Source: JTA, 11-7-12

President Obama’s reelection could aid or hamper Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection effort. Israel goes to the polls on Jan. 22….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief November 7, 2012: Barack Obama wins second term as President: More of the same, at least until Iran flares

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Obama’s second term: More of the same, at least until Iran flares

Source: JTA, 11-7-12

President Obama’s first challenge is the “fiscal cliff,” but spring may bring with it new Iran anxieties….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief November 7, 2012: Exit poll: President Barack Obama garners 69 percent of Jewish vote

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Exit poll: Obama garners 69 percent of Jewish vote

Source: JTA, 11-7-12

President Obama won 69 percent of the Jewish vote, according to an exit poll….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief November 7, 2012: BARACK OBAMA WINS SECOND TERM AS PRESIDENT

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OBAMA WINS SECOND TERM

Source: JTA, 11-6-12

President Obama was reelected as 44th president of the United States, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief November 7, 2012: Josh Mandel falls to Sherrod Brown in Ohio Senate Race

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Josh Mandel falls to Sherrod Brown in Ohio

Source: JTA, 11-6-12

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel failed in his bid to unseat Sen. Sherrod Brown….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief November 5, 2012: Last pushes for Jewish votes in Ohio, other swing states stir emotions

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Last pushes for Jewish votes in Ohio, other swing states stir emotions

Source: JTA, 11-5-12

The final push for the Jewish vote stresses themes of Jewish vulnerability and of threatened Jewish values….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief November 1, 2012: Jack Lew v. Tevi Troy: Green Road Synagogue hosts debate of current and former White House execs

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Live from Beachwood! Jack Lew v. Tevi Troy

Source: JTA, 11-1-12

Lots of naches at the Orthodox Green Road synagogue, in the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood, for Jack Lew and Tevi Troy, Orthodox Jews who have reached the highest precincts of governmnt — Lew as President Obama’s chief of staff, and Troy as the deputy health secretary in the last Bush administration.

The debate has been organized by the Orthodox Union. Its moderator is OU’s Washington director, Nathan Diament….READ MORE

Green Road Synagogue hosts current and former White House execs

Green Road Synagogue hosts current and former White House execsWhite House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, left, and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tevi Troy, right.

Politics and Orthodox Jewry mixed at Green Road Synagogue last night (Nov. 1) at Green Road Synagogue where more than 125 Jews gathered to hear Jack Lew, White House chief of staff, and Tevi Troy, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, discuss the presidential election and their religion’s role in their careers.

Lew, a surrogate for President Barack Obama’s campaign, and Troy, a surrogate for Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign, found common ground in their Orthodox religion and in their belief of the government’s limited ability to lower private school tuition, but agreed on little else….READ MORE

 

Jewish Political Brief November 1, 2012: Bloomberg endorses Obama, citing climate change, hurricane

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Bloomberg endorses Obama, citing climate change, hurricane

Source: JTA, 11-1-12

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Obama for reelection, citing climate change and New York’s experience with Hurricane Sandy….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 29, 2012: David A. Harris Pro-Barack Obama Op-ed: Obama speaks to our best traditions

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Op-Ed: Obama speaks to our best traditions

Source: David A. Harris, JTA, 10-29-12

President Obama is the candidate of American Jews’ values and priorities, writes the president and CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 29, 2012: Matthew Brooks Pro-Mitt Romney Op-Ed: Time to stop digging and start building

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Op-Ed: Time to stop digging and start building

Source: Matthew Brooks, JTA, 10-29-12

Mitt Romney offers solutions that can get America out of the hole, writes the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition….READ MORE »

Jewish Political Brief October 26, 2012: Down to the wire, Mitt Romney resurrects moderate posture that attracted Jewish support

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

Source: JTA, 10-26-12

Mitt Romney’s record of relative moderation was a selling point to many Jewish Republicans even if it was a minus in the GOP primaries….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief October 26, 2012: For Obama campaign, trying to put to rest persistent questions about ‘kishkes’

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

Source: JTA, 10-26-12

For President Obama’s Jewish supporters, questions about Israel have been a campaign constant….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 23, 2012: Mitt Romney’s peace pessimism draws muted response from Jewish groups

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Romney’s peace pessimism draws muted response from Jewish groups

Source: JTA, 9-23-12

Mitt Romney’s pessimistic take on Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects drew some media attention but not much noise from centrist Jewish groups….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 16, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu on US news shows calls for red line on Iran

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Netanyahu on U.S. news shows calls for red line on Iran

Source: JTA, 9-16-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to American news shows to push for red lines on Iran’s nuclear program….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 14, 2012: Mitt Romney: Same ‘red line’ as President Barack Obama on Iran, but a different strategy

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Romney: Same ‘red line’ as Obama on Iran, but a different strategy

Source: JTA, 9-14-12

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney suggested that he had the same “red line” as President Obama on Iran but a different strategy to prevent the Islamic Republic from crossing it….READ MORE

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