On Election Day in the United States, Americans are choosing between two different visions for the future of their country. And some are being asked to sacrifice their rights for the sake of one of those visions. Boca Raton, FL and Los Angeles, CA - Every four years, around this time, people begin criticizing the Electoral College in the U.S., and its role in determining the next American president. The system, which sees a certain number of delegates giving their collective vote to the candidate who secures the highest percentage of votes in their respective state, results in certain states…Read More... | 4 Comments
Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's persistent claims that he is not meddling in the upcoming U.S. elections, a TV commercial that will air on select Florida networks on Thursday stars the Israeli leader. Released by Politico one day ahead of its scheduled broadcast, the ad features a bit from the prime minister's recent speech, in which he criticizes the U.S. government for failing to establish sufficient "red lines" on Iran's nuclear program. The ad is sponsored by an American nonprofit 501 c (4) called Secure America Now, an organization founded after the 9/11 attacks committed to impacting U.S. national security. A quick look at…Read More... | 8 Comments
In some of the articles covering the visit to Israel by the presumptive Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Israeli and international media suggested that Romney suggested (yes, lots of suggestions happening here) Israeli culture was somehow superior to Palestinian culture. I read and read and re-read the articles, including the one to which I linked above by Barak Ravid of Israel's publication Haaretz, waiting for a quote proving that these were Romney's comments. However all I found was a stretch of the imagination in an apparent jab against Romney (who I imagine won't be getting Haaretz's endorsement any time soon).…Read More... | 6 Comments
Israeli press criticizes Netanyahu for "putting all his money" on the Republican candidate. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney gave two interviews to the Hebrew press prior to his visit to Israel: One to Haaretz, a low circulation paper read by the country’s liberal elite, and the other to Yisrael Hayom,the most widely read Israeli daily, owned by gambling billionaire and known Obama opponent Sheldon Adelson. Yisrael Hayom, which is distributed for free at considerable loss, is known for its unabashed support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Adelson is also one of the Romney campaign's biggest donors. In his Haaretz interview Romney was…Read More... | 9 Comments
A new initiative to get Americans citizens living in Israel to vote in the upcoming presidential election claims it is not advocating a specific candidate. However, its strategic campaign manager admitted it is funded by the "Adelsons" of the philanthropic world. I recently came across an ad online seeking volunteers for something called the "iVoteIsrael Campaign." The link was to a very polished website that encourages Americans living in Israel to vote in the upcoming U.S. election on November 6, 2012. We are a diverse group of Olim, recent-arrivals as well as vatikim from all over the country who are deeply…Read More... | 26 Comments
Washington, DC -- Former U.S. House speaker and one-time Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich dropped out of the race to be America’s next commander-in-chief on Wednesday. Speaking in Arlington, Virginia just outside the U.S. capital city, Gingrich announced his departure but fell short of endorsing his previous opponent, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney: I am asked sometimes - is Mitt Romney conservative enough? And my answer is simple: compared to Barack Obama? This is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history. Gingrich…Read More... | 2 Comments
U.S. President Barack Obama has reappeared as candidate Barack Obama, much as he was four years ago when millions of young Americans came out to support him and effectively put him over-the-top as the favorite choice. But 2012 and 2008 are very different times, and Obama knows that. Then, the economy was different, jobs were more easily attainable and more easily secured, and advanced education (post public high school) was cheaper - all issues which worry the so-called "20-something voters." Obama is letting them know he's back and has four more years to give. But there are also millions of…Read More... | 5 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...
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