Political tidbits: Zogby rips Emanuel rumors, Cantor rips GOP

  • The circulation of false stories that Rahm Emanuel served in the IDF or is some kind of Israeli secret agent are as "reprehensible" as the circulation of the "Obama is a Muslim" stories, writes Arab American Institute president James Zogby in the Huffington Post. But Zogby adds that the Obama administration needs to be more "attentive" to Arab "sensitivities."
  • Eric Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in the House and soon to be its minority whip, tells the Washington Times the GOP is no longer "relevant" to voters.
  • What can Barack Obama do to restore the historic black-Jewish alliance? Hilary Leila Krieger looks into it in the Jerusalem Post.
  • Menachem Rosensaft takes some shots at the Republican Jewish Coaltion’s post-eleciton spin in a piece entitled "Why American Jews voted for Barack Obama" in the Huffington Post.
  • The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg interviews former Ehud Barak adviser, and current think tanker, Daniel Levy about how Obama should handle the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
  • Shimon Peres tells the UJC General Assembly he has no doubts about Obama.
  • The New York Times has a biographical sketch of Jack Lew, a contender for a number of domestic policy positions in the Obagma administration, which notes that Lew always left his government office while working in the Clinton administration for Shabbat "no matter how frenetic the pace."
  • The Iranian government will hold a conference on what Obama means for U.S.-Iran ties, reports Jake Tapper of ABC News.
  • Eliot Spitzer to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate? Ben Smith of Politico throws it out there, and Noam Scheiber of The New Republic runs with it.

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