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  • Team Obama gives briefing in advance of Israel trip

    In a conference call, Obama’s campaign just announced that the Democratic nominee will be in Israel on Wednesday, where he will meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu. He’ll also be meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad…. More ▸

  • J Street Poll: Obama behind Kerry, Gore and Clinton

    J Street has a new poll out, with plenty to digest about the views of American Jews on Middle East issues. For now … here’s our brief about the presidential election. In most cases 60 percent isn’t something to sneeze at, but that’s a double-digit drop from John Kerry – in the same poll in… More ▸

  • Obama taps L.A. federation, former AIPAC official

    The Forward had a story earlier month about the Obama campaign lining up Jewish lawmakers in its outreach efforts. Well now Team Obama has a new guy at the DNC to lead its Jewish fund-raising efforts: Keath Blatt, currently a bigwig at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and a former AIPAC official. Here’s… More ▸

  • RJC: Facts do matter

    As promised… here is the Republican Jewish Coalition’s statement acknowledging its inaccurate press release from yesterday: RJC Statement on Yesterday’s Press Release Washington, D.C. (July 15, 2008) – Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Executive Director Matt Brooks issued the followed statement today: “In a press release issued yesterday by the Republican Jewish Coalition, we called on… More ▸

  • RJC: Facts, shmacts

    Yesterday I put up a post about the Republican Jewish Coalition’s apparent goof in issuing a statement slamming Barack Obama for planning to bring Chuck Hagel with him when he visits Israel. I say goof because the Obama campaign says Hagel – the Nebraska Republican who has been a harsh critic of the Bush administration’s… More ▸

  • Obama and Hagel? Maybe, but not in Israel

    In the ooops category … The Republican Jewish Coalition issued a statement Monday blasting Barack Obama for planning to take Chuck Hagel with him on his upcoming trip to Israel [UPDATE: RJC has taken down the statement from its Web site and issued a new statement]. To hammer home the point, the RJC cited a… More ▸

  • Jewish Dems worry about Lieberman

    The Hill has a piece about Jewish Democratic unease over Sen. Joe Lieberman’s targeting of Obama on issues of concern to Jews: Jewish Democrats are anxious that Sen. Joe Lieberman’s support for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) will hurt their own nominee’s chances with voters of their faith. Their increasing frustration came to… More ▸

  • Faith in McCain

    Gallup has new poll data out showing that “religious intensity predicts support for McCain.” Jews are no exception – except that they are. Only 39% of U.S. Jews report that religion is important in their daily lives, well below the overall national average. Among this smaller group of religious Jews, however, Obama and McCain break… More ▸

  • What’s wrong with being a Muslim?

    The Miami Herald reports that some American Muslim leaders say Barack Obama’s Web site aimed at countering rumors that he is a Muslim – fightthesmears.com – sends a negative message about their religion: Vanessa Alikhan was at a Democratic ”unity party” when she overheard another guest indignantly refute the rumor that Barack Obama is Muslim,… More ▸

  • Florida: Point/counterpoint on Obama’s record on Israel

    Competing Op-Eds in the Palm Beach Post offer divergent views of Barack Obama’s record on Israel and Jewish-related issues. Jewish congressman Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) defends Obama’s stance on Israel and slams email smears against the presumed Democratic nominee. He writes: Rather than deal in facts, including Sen. Obama’s strong record on Israel, these e-mails… More ▸