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  • Clinton VP choice Tim Kaine a Democratic leader on Mideast issues

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (JTA) — Hillary Clinton named Tim Kaine, the Virginia senator who has made the Middle East one of his fortes, her running mate. Kaine has been a vocal supporter of U.S. security assistance to Israel but found himself at odds with the pro-Israel lobby and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iran nuclear deal….

  • What’s alike — and what’s not — about Trump and Netanyahu defending LGBTQ rights

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Donald Trump thanked Republicans for cheering his pledge to keep the LGBTQ community safe. Benjamin Netanyahu said the LGBTQ community is inseparably part of the Israeli family. That the statements came the same day and were both delivered by polarizing politicians generally known for appealing to traditionalists is a coincidence to be sure…

  • Wasserman Schultz: Trump’s no anti-Semite, but he sanctions anti-Semitism

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants you to know: Donald Trump has enabled anti-Semitism, sanctioned it, tainted his party with it – but is not an anti-Semite. I spoke with the Florida congresswoman and the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee on Thursday, a day after she told reporters in a conference call that…

  • Peddling pierogies: A Jewish caterer takes on a Republican Party (convention)

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Joan Rosenthal can’t make pierogies fast enough for the Republicans who have descended on Cleveland. It’s an odd spot for a Jewish woman who started out in the restaurant business at age 12 at the city’s best-known Jewish deli, but she embraces it. “This is so much fun!” Rosenthal, 58, told me…

  • Cruz may be down, but he is not out as a favorite of the pro-Israel right

    Wednesday night’s gripping tale of a dramatic, sudden repudiation of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by Sheldon Adelson, the major pro-Israel philanthropist and Republican donor, seems a little less consequential in the light of Thursday morning, according to folks who are close with Adelson and his wife, Miriam. There is no rift, they say, only a cooling…

  • Democrats say Trump to blame for growing ‘anti-Semitism’ in Republican Party

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Democrats blamed Republican nominee Donald Trump for what they depicted as burgeoning anti-Semitism in his party. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, on Wednesday said the Republican convention had brought to the fore an “anti-Semitic environment that Donald Trump embraces.” “The anti-Semitism that is threaded throughout…

  • When GOP needs a rallying tactic, better call Saul (Alinsky)

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Two days into the coronation of Donald J. Trump, the arrival of Saul Alinsky, in all his dead Jewish radical glory, was not a surprise. Lucifer, on the other hand, was an unexpected guest, brought into the proceedings by Ben Carson, the rival Trump defeated. Alinsky is the community organizer and author…

  • Former Bush attorney general Michael Mukasey attacks Clinton as unfit

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Michael Mukasey, the U.S. attorney general under President George W. Bush, attacked Hillary Clinton’s fitness for office. Speaking Tuesday to the Republican National Convention, Mukasey outlined examples of what he said were Clinton’s violation of her oath of office when she served as secretary of state during President Barack Obama’s first term,…

  • Republicans nominate Donald Trump as president

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — The Republican convention elected Donald Trump its nominee for president. The 89 delegate votes that Trump, a developer and reality TV star, garnered in his home state of New York pushed him over the 1,237 needed to secure the nomination on Tuesday evening at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. His son…

  • Jewish Republicans wonder how to vouch for Trump when he won’t help out

    CLEVELAND (JTA) – Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency rolled out its Israel Advisory Committee last week — no one noticed. Blame the unrelenting news cycle, if you will: July 14 was the day of the hideous mass killing in Nice, France. But also, his Israel Advisory Committee consists of exactly three Jews, including two who…