Category Archives: Jewish Vote

Eric Cantor To Host Fundraiser For Chris Christie

Eric Cantor(AP). Potential presidential candidate New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie is set to mingle with some of Virginia’s biggest GOP donors with some help from former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

An invitation obtained by The Associated Press shows Cantor is co-hosting a meet and greet for Christie at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond on Feb. 26. Read more »

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Adeslon Primary To Take Place After Crowded Field Is Cleared: Aide

adelson-190Several Republican candidates eyeing the money of mega-donor Sheldon Adelson will really have to prove their strength by winning a couple of early state primaries, before winning the prestigious ‘Adelson primary,’ according to a report by Bloomberg News.

Adelson is not expected to get involved in the presidential primary contest until “well into 2016,” his top political adviser, Andy Abboud said in an interview Thursday. “Any support of a presidential candidate is at least a year away,” Abboud said. Read more »

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51 Republican Senators Sponsor Resolution Welcoming Netanyahu To The U.S.

Bibi Rubio 2The Republicans in the U.S. Senate majority on Thursday discussed a  resolution welcoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United States when he addresses a joint session of Congress next month. The resolution was introduced by Majority Whip Senator John Cornyn (-Texas). Read more »

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Mitt Romney To Address The Republican Jewish Coalition Spring Leadership Conference

Romney RJCMitt Romney is scheduled to address Republican Jewish leaders, during a VIP dinner at the start of the Republican Jewish Coalition spring leadership conference in Las Vegas, on April 23.

Set to address RJC members on April 25, the final day of the conference, are 2016 Republican White House hopefuls Rick Perry, the former Texas governor, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who briefly considered running for president but opted to seek re-election to the Senate, is also set to speak April 25. Read more »

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Israelis See Relations With US Going Downhill Under Netanyahu

Netanyahu and ObamaUnder the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israelis have realized the relationship between their country and the United States government has gone downhill. Though they don’t believe it has damaged their connection to American Jews, according to the Ruderman Family Poll.

The survey also indicates that most Israelis don’t blame their government for the deterioration they perceive between the two countries and believe Jerusalem works to strengthen Israel-U.S. ties, according to Haaretz.

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CUFI, Emergency C’ttee for Israel Threaten To Punish Dems Boycotting Netanyahu’s Speech To Congress

cufiThe powerful pro-Israel Christian group and the right-wing Emergency Committee for Israel on Wednesday threatened to punish US lawmakers who intend to boycott Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress. in their reelection bids.

In a statement, ECI’s chair Bill Kristol and Gary Bauer, Chairman of Christians United for Israel Action Fund, said, “for those who would turn their backs on Israel and boycott its leader — they are no friends of Israel, and we pledge to do our best to educate voters about their undermining of Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship at this crucial hour.” Read more »

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Former President George W. Bush To Address RJC Spring Leadership Meeting

George W BushFormer President George W. Bush will be a featured keynote speaker at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s spring meeting, the Jewish group announced in an email to supporters.

According to the RJC, the former Republican president will “reflect on his years in the oval office and offer his unique perspective into current issues facing the US and the world,” at the Gala dinner on April 25th in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel, which is owned by mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. Read more »

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Republican Lawmakers: Boycotting Netanyahu’s Speech Will Drive Jewish Voters To GOP

RJC Republican Jewish Coalition(AP). The Israeli prime minister’s upcoming speech to Congress without President Barack Obama’s blessing has angered Democratic lawmakers, but they see little remedy except to hope for minimal damage to their party and U.S.-Israel relations.

Democrats simmered in frustration as they faced a thankless choice between defending their president and defending a country they consider a vital ally. Read more »

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Village Of Kiryas Joel Leads Annexation Request

Kiryas-Joel-006The New York state environmental commissioner on Wednesday chose the Orange County Hasidic Jewish village, Kiryas Joel, to lead the review of its request to extend 500 acres of adjacent land, according to CBS New York.

Commissioner Joe Martens’ decision means Kiryas Joel will oversee the state-mandated environmental impact review on a politically controversial request to annex land from Monroe, about 50 miles north of New York City.

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Senator Felder Urges Cuomo To Immediately Pass The Education Tax Credit Bill

FelderSupporters of the Education Investment Incentives Act (EIIA, also known as EITC) are struggling to ensure this bill receives the support it needs from Governor Cuomo and the New York State Assembly, in order to be added into this year’s final Budget.

The bill was passed in the Senate last Wednesday and has been pushed along by Senators Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) and Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), with the strong support of the Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

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Rick Perry Courts Jewish Vote In Iowa

Perry Lighting Menorah HanukkahAt first glance, Rick Perry, the three time Republican governor of Texas who served as George Bush’s lieutenant governor and is a devout Methodist, may not seem like the Jewish community’s first choice for a presidential candidate, but he is working hard to convince them of the sincerity of his calling. Mr Perry recently met with Jewish voters in Des Moines, Iowa, and presented his Kosher credentials at a Kosher deli.

The event at Maccabee’s Kosher Deli, organized by Jewish Republicans, was one of the last stops on Perry’s weekend swing through central Iowa. Read more »

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At First GOP Presidential Forum, Paul, Rubio and Cruz Spar Over Iran Talks

rand paulDubbed as the first 2016 presidential forum of the year, Sen. Rand Paul and his Republican colleagues Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz sparred about US foreign policy, particularly on how the U.S. should confront Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. The forum was hosted by the Koch brothers and moderated by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl. Read more »

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Report: 400% Rise In Anti-Semitic Attacks; France ‘Most Dangerous’ For Jews

2009511_958495132_4444444444According to reports, there has been a 400 percent rise in anti-Semitism incidents since July and August 2014, with France being rated as one of the “most dangerous” countries for Jews to live.

France has seen a 100 percent increase in anti-Semitism attacks, despite their country having a large population of Jewish people. Read more »

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Tory Minister: Ed Miliband’s Election Would Hurt UK-Israel Ties

ed miliband meets NetanyahuThe United Kingdom will be having general elections for their parliament in May, right after Israel finishes up its own elections. Many question how this will affect Britain’s relationship with Israel. One possibility seems to hold great danger for British-Israeli relations. And it’s not the one you think.

Ed Miliband is the Labour leader and, as such, just may become the next British Prime Minister. At first glance this would seem to be a blessing to British-Israeli relations, but he has never come forth as the champion of Israel we need at this time. Read more »

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Israel Elections – Poll: A Majority Of Religious Voters Demand Women Representation

Tzipi_Hotovely_PortraitThe issue of women’s representation on the party list has been a point of contention amongst the parties. Surveys have investigated this issue at depth with varied conclusions. What is clear is that the women’s vote is a volatile dynamic that could have drastic effects on the outcome of the elections.

A recent survey done by Channel 2 investigated this further, and it included Charedi respondents. Read more »

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Conference of Presidents To Ease Entry To Include More Jewish Organizations

Obama_and_Conference_of_Presidents_of_Major_American_Jewish_OrganizationsThe Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations will vote on changes making it easier for new members to join, according to JTA.

On Tuesday, the Jewish community’s foreign policy will consider dropping the threshold for entry from two-thirds of the vote to 55 percent and reducing the minimum requirement from 75 percent to two-thirds.Currently there are more than 50 member organizations.

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Governor Scott Walker Expected to Lead Trade Mission to Israel

Scott WalkerGov. Scott Walker said Monday he would likely take a trade mission this year to Israel, a move that could spur interest from key constituencies and donors as the Republican governor considers a run for president, according to the Journal Sentinel.

“I haven’t got a date yet, but I’ve had multiple requests to go so we’ll probably try to find a way,” Walker told reporters after a Capitol ceremony celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

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UK2015 – Labour Leader Ed Miliband Touts His Pro-Israel Credentials On Campaign Trail

ed milibandAfter kicking off his bid to become Britain’s next prime minister, Labour leader Ed Miliband reached out to Jewish voters by describing himself as a “friend of Israel,” amid concerns about his bona fidas supporting the state of his heritage following his opposition to the summertime operation in Gaza.

Miliband criticized Israel’s operation against Hamas in Gaza as “unacceptable and unjustifiable”. He also criticized Prime Minister David Cameron, suggesting he had been too timid in his response to Israel’s actions. Read more »

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Cameron Promises UK Jewry To Fight Antisemitism ‘With Everything We Have Got’

UK Cameron Chanukah EventIn a post penned for The Jewish Chronicle, British Prime Minister David Cameron described how sickened he has been by recent instances of anti-Semitism, and vowed to protect the Jewish community in Britain against any attacks of hate.

“The idea that the Jewish people once again feels unsafe in Europe is a truly sickening thought that strikes at the heart of everything we stand for,” Cameron wrote.  Read more »

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Op-Ed: ‘Why I am Visiting Israel’ by Ruben Diaz Jr.

Ruben Diaz jr. (By Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Borough President). The people of the United States have stood strong with the people of Israel from the day that country was founded in 1947. As the only democracy in the Middle East, and as our key ally in the fight against terrorism, Israel holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Americans.

This is especially true in New York City, which has shared a unique and significant relationship with the Jewish people and the state of Israel for decades. Read more »

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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. To Lead Latino Delegation To Israel

Ruben Diaz jr. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is expected to head a group of Latino leaders on a weeklong mission to Israel, starting Saturday night, January 17.

Speaking to NY1, Dias stated that Latinos and Jews have very much in common; not to mention his strong support of Israel, that were reflected in his public statements and appearances since elected to office. Read more »

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Survey: Majority of Charedi Voters Plan to Vote in Upcoming Israeli Knesset Elections

Israel vote Haredi Charedi Ultra orthodoxA special survey conducted by the company “Motagin – Yifat Gat” for “Press Line” reveals how bad the data has been about the voting habits of the Charedi community and how it is a sector with very specific voting habits.

The survey was conducted among 501 respondents aged 18 and over from the ultra-Orthodox community who state that they are Charedi and for proof of that fact they said they are careful to eat only strictly kosher Mehadrin and do not rely on normal kashrut. Read more »

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Sen. Cruz Reintroduces Legislation To Move US Embassy To Jerusalem

cruz iron domeU.S. Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday introduced another piece of legislation for relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, implementing legislation first passed in 1995.

“This bill removes the President’s waiver authority that has delayed this important action, and requires official government documents to reflect this recognition by identifying Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” Cruz said in a statement. Read more »

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Republican Jewish Coalition Attempts to Win Over Democratic Voters

lee-zeldin-defeats-tim-bishop-for-congressThe Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) is gearing up for a fight. They want to be represented and reinforce party leadership, providing a unified front.

According to Politico, with the loss of Jewish Politician, Eric Cantor, the pro-Israel donors are worrying about their issues being discussed. They intend to enforce the pro-Israel consensus it helped build within the party over the past two decades. Read more »

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Rep. Scalise’s Controversy May Complicate Jewish Vote In 2016

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When we choose our political representatives, there are many factors to take into account. A politician can no longer claim that his private life is off-limits. His function precludes that since his private life is part of his job description. Also, it may no longer be valid to say that bygones should be bygones.

A politician is always held accountable for his past. These are some of the points that are being contended in the fury surrounding Stephen Joseph Scalise the current United States House of Representatives Majority Whip and representative for Louisiana’s 1st congressional district. Read more »

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