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  • Will Obama launch a lame-duck Israel surprise? Not likely.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – It started several months ago in anxious whispers among pro-Israel leaders. Now it has burst into the open in full-page ads in The New York Times and op-eds in The Wall Street Journal: Does Barack Obama have a lame-duck surprise in store for Israel? Or, as the Zionist Organization of America, one…

  • That Trump ad: Is it anti-Semitic? An analysis.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Last Friday, Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and Hillary Clinton, the Democrat, each posted their final video ad, summing up their campaigns. Clinton’s, a minute long, was set to Katy Perry’s joyous “Roar” and featured gobs of sunshine and a diverse assortment of happy people, superimposed with “I’m voting for” titles…

  • Anti-Semitism unleashed by Trump followers chills Jewish voters

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Pieties? Out. Passports? In. Paranoia? On its way. Jewish Americans have never been ones to sit out an election, whether it comes to voting, political fundraising or dinner table punditry. But even for a community grown used to the political fray, the 2016 campaign was different. The stakes are so high, the…

  • NJ congressional candidates trade barbs over anti-Semitic flier

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Candidates for Congress in a northern New Jersey district traded charges over an anti-Semitic flier, with one side wondering if it was a political ploy. The flier, distributed last week at schools and train stations in the 5th Congressional District, depicts the Democratic challenger, Josh Gottheimer, who is Jewish, with devil’s horns and a…

  • Jewish groups urge Israel’s US envoy to reject award from ‘anti-Muslim’ think tank

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Reform movement and other liberal Jewish groups are urging Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Ron Dermer, not to accept an award from an organization deemed by the Anti-Defamation League to promulgate anti-Muslim extremism. The ADL itself stopped short of asking Dermer not to accept the award next month from the Center for Security…

  • With 6 days to vote, top Trump advisers release detailed Israel plan

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Less than a week before the presidential election, Donald Trump’s two top Israel advisers released a detailed plan that pledges assistance to Israel beyond current levels but stops short of pledging to kill the Iran nuclear deal. The 16-point plan, which was posted Wednesday on the Medium publishing platform by David Friedman and…

  • The Jewish vote: Pot, guns, justice and other ballot measures worth noting

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Marijuana? Greater availability. Cigarettes? Less availability. Justice reform? We’re there. Guns? Fewer, please. Charter schools? Also fewer. Beneath the cacophony of calls in the presidential campaign to build walls, end sexual assault, stop race baiting and “lock her up” are a host of ballot measures of compelling Jewish interest. Jewish officials, naturally, are…

  • The House elections: Doubling the Memphis contingent and other Jewish takes

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – California condors? I’ll show you rarities: Jewish congressmen from Memphis and Jewish Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. And both demographics may be set to double in population – to two. Seven Jews either running for open seats or challenging incumbents in Congress have a shot at winning; five in the House and…

  • Republican Jewish Coalition spends $500K to help incumbent in key Pa. Senate race

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition is spending $500,000 in Pennsylvania to protect incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey in a battleground state. Matthew Brooks, the RJC’s executive director, told JTA on Monday that the ad campaign targeting Toomey’s challenger, Katie McGinty, had topped $500,000, double what a political action committee affiliated with J Street, the…

  • The Jewish vote: Senate races to watch

      WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary vs. Donald is sucking all the air out of the room. Consider: The first woman major party nominee battling a reality TV star. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, bragging in a 2005 video about sexual assault, then denying it when a dozen women corroborate his braggadacio. The seemingly never-ending Hillary Clinton email…