Category Archives: Jewish Vote

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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New Gallup Poll Indicates The Changing Reality Of The Jewish Democrat

jewish-voteJews in America have always been overwhelmingly liberal and Democrat. That is a truth that political careers have been made and broken on. That truth is changing slowly, as it is for the rest of Americans.

In a recent Gallup poll, from a high of 71% of Jews who self-identified as being Democrat, that number was seen to drop to 61%, a significant and surprising change. Though it reflects national trend, it is more marked amongst Jews. Read more »

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Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Bill To Cut Aid To Palestinians

Rand Paul(AP). Republican Sen. Rand Paul is introducing a bill that would immediately halt U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority until it withdraws its bid to join the International Criminal Court to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ turn to the international court at The Hague marked a major policy shift and transformed his relations with Israel from strained to openly hostile. Read more »

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Palm Beach Synagogue Rabbi To Deliver Invocation At Inaugural Breakfast For Gov. Scott

Rabbi-Scheiner palm beachRabbi Moshe Scheiner, of Palm Beach Synagogue in Florida, will deliver the invocation at Governor Rick Scott’s inaugural prayer breakfast Tuesday, The Palm Beach Daily News reported. Rabbi Schiener also gave the benediction at Scott’s inauguration in 2011.

The prayer breakfast will be followed by the official inauguration ceremony where Gov. Scott will take the oath of office at noon.  Read more »

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: Congress Is ‘On The Side Of Israel’

netanyahu pence“We are on the side of Israel,” visiting Indiana Governor and possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Pence told Republican Israelis in Jerusalem on Tuesday, when discussing the US role in mediating peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians

Speaking at a town hall meeting sponsored by Republicans Abroad Israel, Pence said the US can “deal honestly with people on all sides of the equation” while making clear what “side of the table” it is on. Read more »

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Racheli Ibenboim Advocating Political Equality for Haredi Women

Rachel IbenboimAs the times change, topics that may have not seemed important two years ago could catch fire now. That’s the case for Racheli Ibenboim, a major activist for women in Haredi politics.

When Ibenboim set out on a mission two years ago to include women in Haredi political parties it was unsuccessful, but now things are starting to look up with Hasidic mother’s effort gaining national attention and a following of 5,000 on Facebook since it re-launched less than a month ago. Read more »

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Ted Cruz Said to Speak at Passover Vacation Attractions

Ted Cruz NYTexas Senator Ted Cruz is being advertised as a featured attraction for several high end resort vacation getaways catering to religious Jews, in addition to some of the most inspiring Rabbis. Senator Cruz is a Republican presidential candidate who is pro-Israel.

According to Politico, Cruz is supposed to speak at four different vacation destinations, including Aspen, during Passover. Read more »

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Florida Gov. Scott Criticizes Rapprochement With Cuba During Visit To Chabad Center

scott hanukkahFlorida Governor Rick Scott spoke of his disdain of President Barack Obama’s rapprochement with Cuba, while Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens during Hanukkah, The Sun Sentinel reported Monday.

“It is disappointing what President Obama has done, trading for spies that killed Americans, starting trade resolutions or diplomatic relations with a totalitarian regime that doesn’t respect its own citizens, doesn’t believe in human rights or democracy,” said Scott.

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence In Israel For Personal And Official 9-Day Visit

mike penceIndiana Governor Mike Pence departed this week on a nine-day trip to Israel, which includes personal visits to cultural sites and a three-day economic development mission to bring jobs and investment to Indiana.

Pence will also spend the holidays with his wife and three kids in Israel, touring cultural sites covered by Christians United for Israel, his office announced.   Read more »

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Ben Carson: Israelis Think US-Israel Relationship ‘In Jeopardy’

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via Twitter/Ben Carson

Fresh off a week-long visit to Israel, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a potential presidential contender in the 2016 Republican primaries, contended that Israelis he met during his visit to the Jewish state were concerned about the declining relationship between the United States of America’s administration and Israel.

“I don’t think I’ve met any Israelis, since I’ve been on this trip, who didn’t think that the relationship was in jeopardy,” Carson told CBN News. Read more »

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British PM Cameron Gives Impassioned Speech At Number 10 Hanukkah Reception [Video]

cameron menorahBritish Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the contribution of the Jewish community in the United Kingdom, serving as a model of how to integrate successfully into a country, during a Hanukkah reception at Downing Street in London last week.

“When I think of the Jewish community in Britain I think of a community that has been unbelievably brilliant at integrating with our country and making an enormous contribution to it, while of course at the same time wanting to maintain important issues of religion and culture,” Cameron remarked. Read more »

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2016 Hopeful Ben Carson Pledges Support For Israel

carson tunnel israel gaza(AP). In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone — and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama.

“I do not believe that Obama has been one to cultivate the relationship,” said Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has emerged as a favorite of some conservatives in the early field of possible GOP candidates. Read more »

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Visiting Israel, Ben Carson Says He Supports A Palestinian State – In Sinai

carson tunnel israel gazaPotential GOP presidential candidate, neosurguen Dr. Ben Carson, who visited Israel this week, expressed his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state for the Palestinian people, but not on the land that is currently the West Bank and Gaza.

“I know that Egypt in the past has made some overtures in terms of providing a place for the Palestinians. That seems to me something worth exploring,” Carson told the Jerusalem Post in an interview published Thursday. Adding, he was not opposed to a two-state solution, “but would not be in favor of a two-state solution that would put Israel’s population at risk.” Read more »

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