It is true that many in the U.S. Jewish community are not happy with current Israeli policies. But in the face of countervailing trends, it is not clear this will change the community’s overall levels of attachment and support. By Brent E. Sasley In a recent op-ed in Haaretz, Bradley Burston argues that U.S. Jews are moving away from Israel because of the government’s illiberal domestic politics and intransigent foreign policies. He believes that by 2013 they may just “secede” altogether from a country doing things they don’t want done in their name. There are certainly signs pointing in that direction. Peter Beinart…Read More... | 49 Comments
The American Jewish allegiance to the Democratic Party is not as strong as it once was, nor as invulnerable as it may appear in the wake of Obama’s victory. Republicans can undermine it, but only if they revamp their party and realize that Israel is not the only issue that American Jews care about. By Dov Waxman They had the money (thanks to Sheldon Adelson), they had the belief, and they had the attack lines (“Obama throwing Israel under the bus”), so what went wrong? Why did the Republican Jewish establishment—led by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and the Emergency…Read More... | 6 Comments
A youtube advert that appears to question Republican Presidential hopeful John Huntsman’s “American Values” has caused quite a splash … and confusion. In the ad, Huntsman, the former US Ambassador to China (and notably, a Republican appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama for the job), speaks Chinese. His face is super-imposed on an image of Chairman Mao Zedong. But the whole thing may have been a scam by a Huntsman supporter to get his candidate more attention before the upcoming New Hampshire primary. Here is the original video, posted on January 4th: It was posted on a page called NHforPaul … alluding…Read More...
In a visit to Turkey, newly appointed British Prime Minister said that the attack on the Gaza-bound flotilla was "'completely unacceptable'' This is from the Telegraph's report: Today Mr Cameron said: ''The situation in Gaza has to change. Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. ''Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.'' And he added: ''The Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable. ''And I have told PM Netanyahu we will expect the Israeli inquiry to be swift, transparent and rigorous.'' PM David Cameron's senior coalition partner, Nick Clegg of the…Read More...
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