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  • Biden at NJDC: No doubt about Obama’s support for Israel (Updated with video link)

    Joe Biden defended his pro-Israel record and vouched for his running mate’s at the National Jewish Democratic Council’s Washington Conference Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve spent 35 years of my career dealing with issues relating to Israel,” Biden said, mentioning his first meeting with former Israeli prime ministers Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin and the various pro-Israel… More ▸

  • Embassy move is “up to McCain,” say advisers

    John McCain has said he will move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on “day one” of his presidency, but two of his top advisers declined to promise that he wouldn’t sign a national security waiver that would delay the move, according to one person who attended a meeting last week of the McCain campaign and Jewish… More ▸

  • Sen. Durbin critcizes GOP for sinking anti-Iran sanctions

    Here’s audio from Sen. Richard Durbin’s conference call last week criticizing Republicans for sinking anti-Iran sanctions legislation. The Obama campaign organized the call. [audio:/images/archive/durbin.mp3] Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash player. To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast, click here. More ▸

  • Political tidbits: A West Bank rabbi for Obama

    A George Mason University professor and rabbi has news of a West Bank, pro-settlement rabbi for Obama. Rabbi Menachem Frohman, in an open letter to Obama, says his election “will be God’s outstretched hand for peace.” Haaretz’s Shlomo Shamir says Rabbis for Obama is one sign of the increasing influence of rabbis in the Jewish… More ▸

  • What Palin would have said today (and why Hillary backed out)

    I’ve spent the past few days listening to people play the blame game about today’s Iran rally: Malcolm, Malcolm bo-balcom, banna fanna fo-Hillary, mi my mo-morman – Forman. One thing is clear: The McCain camp did intend to use the joint appearance with Hillary Clinton as a hammer with which to slam Barack Obama. How… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Partisan bickering over rally continues

    Menachem Rosensaft, in the Huffington Post, writes that the Conference of Presidents’ ill-fated invitation to Sarah Palin to address today’s anti-Iran “was little more than a not particularly subtle attempt to help her win Jewish votes for the GOP ticket” and rips Republicans for blaming the fiasco on Barack Obama. Palin blamed “Democrat partisans” for… More ▸

  • Obama on Olmert

    The Obama campaign released this statement on Ehud Olmert’s resignation: “I wish Prime Minister Olmert well and have told him how much I admire his pursuit of peace and his staunch defense of Israel’s security. I look forward to working closely with Israel’s next prime minister to strengthen the U.S.-Israeli partnership, and to advance Israel’s… More ▸

  • JINSA says it wasn’t consulted on conference’s rally decision

    Calling the decision “inappropriate and foolhardy,” a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is condemning the decision to disinvite Sarah Palin from Monday’s an anti-Iran rally sponsored by the conference and other Jewish groups. The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs says it was not consulted before the decision was… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Republicans mad over Palin rally disinvite

    At Commentary’s blog, David Hazony says the Conference of Presidents’ revovcation of their Iran rally invitation to Sarah Palin “publicly humiliated” the VP nominee, while Jennifer Rubin writes “we haven’t heard the end of this story. Jim Geraghty of the National Review believes Democrats are “exerting more effort in opposing Palin than Ahmadinejad.” Georgetown University’s… More ▸

  • Dorff: Haman-McCain analogy not meant literally

    Rabbi Elliott Dorff said he was simply using a common Hebrew expression and was not implying that John McCain was the equivalent of Haman when he introduced Barack Obama on a conference call Wednesday afternoon. The Orthodox Union blog and another rabbi on the call felt Dorff’s remarks were too partisan. Dorff, vice chairman of… More ▸