Suzzane Pollak Reports: The Jewish Community Relations Councils of Greater Washington and Northern Virginia sponsored Monday’s breakfast with George Allen, the Republican candidate, and Wednesday’s lunch with Tim Kaine, the Democrat. The timing of these question and answer sessions were requested by the candidates, according to a spokeswoman from the JCRC of Northern Virginia.
It was Allen who won the some-of-my-best-friends-are-Jewish round when he spoke fondly of a 2006 conversation with his mother only to learn that her father — his grandfather — was Jewish.
Knowing all the discrimination Jews faced growing up in Nazi-occupied Tunisia, Allen’s mother told her son she had kept that fact a secret from “her babies” so they wouldn’t have to face anti-Semitism.
“People shouldn’t have to live with that kind of fear,” Allen said.
Both men vowed to work hard to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and spoke of conditioning any aid to Egypt on the maintenance of its peace treaty with Israel.