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  • Political tidbits: A new addition to the oneg Shabbat this week in Fla.

    A South Florida synagogue will be watching Friday night’s debate together after Shabbat services, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Yoav Sivan, in the Jerusalem Post, believes John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate makes the Obama-Biden ticket “the natural ticket” for American Jews. The St. Petersburg Times finds Jewish voters in South Florida… 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Palin, other elected officials disinvited from Iran rally

    Here’s the report from Ben Harris: NEW YORK (JTA) – Sarah Palin is being disinvited from the Jewish-sponsored Iran rally, sources told JTA. The move follows two days of controversy for organizers of Monday’s rally to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations. The controversy erupted after JTA reported that Palin, the Republican… More ▸

  • Source: Hoenlein aimed for bipartisanship

    A source helping Malcolm Hoenlein organize next week’s Iran rally tells JTA – on condition of being quoted only as an “official” – that Hoenlein genuinely saw the pairing of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential pick, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as an appropriate match for the event. As I reported… More ▸

  • RJC (mis)plays the Buchanan card

    You may recall that our own Ron Kampeas was quick to call out U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler over the Florida Democrat’s rush to pounce on what proved to be flimsy reports that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin once backed Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign. The Republican Jewish Coalition also jumped in to defend Palin. Well, now it’s… More ▸

  • Political Tidbits: Everyone is still talking about Sarah Palin

    The Washington Post editorial page says Palin’s refusal, in her ABC interview, to “second guess” Israel about a potential Iran strike leaves a big question unanswered – would she permit Israeli forces to fly through U.S.-controlled airspace to make such an attack? MSNBC’s Chris Matthews didn’t like Palin’s “second guess” answer, but was he reporting… More ▸