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L.I. Cong.-Elect Zeldin Bashes Obama, Dems on Israel

lee zeldinAlthough he has just been voted into office, Congressman-elect Lee Zeldin — Congress’ only Jewish Republican — has wasted no time to take verbal jabs at President Obama and to insist that his behavior will be markedly different than New York’s roster of Jewish Democrats. Zeldin scoffed at the Obama administration’s assertion that it is essentially on the same page as Israel, noting its criticism of Israeli settlements in Jerusalem and its seemingly overly flexible negotiations with Iran.

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As GOP Gains Control of Senate, Midterms Bring Noted Jewish Wins in L.I., Illinois, Hawaii

Lee ZeldinThe sizable gains by the Republican Party across the United States in Tuesday’s mid-term elections included the notable win in New York’s Long Island, where Lee Zeldin, a state senator, pulled off a victory that will make him the only Jewish Republican in Congress, a role he inherits from recently defeated Rep. Eric Cantor. In New York’s 3rd district, Zeldin unseated incumbent Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop, who had held the seat since 2002. Zeldin had partially based his campaign on a pledge to revive the Jewish GOP presence in Congress after Cantor’s downfall.

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RJC Warns Obama to Ease His Admin’s Hostility Towards Israel

obama netanyahuThe United States and Israel openly disagreed with each other over Israel’s announcement to build some 1,00 housing units in Jerusalem. After Israel announced its plan, the State Department was quick to speak out against the construction plan, calling it “incompatible” with “peace efforts.”

After Prime Minister Netanyahu called the Obama administration’s criticism of Israeli construction activity in East Jerusalem as “detached from reality,” the State Dept spokeswoman said that “our view on construction in East Jerusalem is clear – we will continue to express our views on this issue.” Read more »

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RJC: Obama, Remember Your Commitment to Israel

RJC Billboard 1The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) released the following statement on Tuesday:

Last week it was revealed that Hamas planned a major terrorist attack for the Rosh Hashana holiday this September, in which hundreds of terrorists would exit Hamas tunnels very near Israeli kibbutzim and towns to kidnap and kill thousands of Israelis. Clearly the tunnels represent an immediate, serious threat to Israeli civilians. For that reason, Israel is determined to eliminate the tunnels before ending its operations in Gaza. Read more »

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Three Days After Non-Israel Speech, Adelson Gave $2.5M to Christie’s RGA

christie israelThe website North Jersey is reporting that billionaire casino mogul – and prominent supporter of both Israel- and Republican-related causes – Sheldon Adelson has apparently not been affected permanently by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s somewhat controversial omission of any mention of the Jewish state in his Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala speech in May. Read more »

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CA33 – Observant Jewish Republican Elan Carr Outraises Democrat in Waxman District

elan carrElan Carr, the Republican nominee vying for the 33rd District congressional seat being vacated by Democratic icon Henry Waxman, raised $434,873 in the second fundraising quarter of 2014, according to FEC reports filed Tuesday.

Carr, an Orthodox Jew, finished the quarter with $245,822 cash-on-hand, while his Democratic rival Ted Lieu trails with $204,438. Read more »

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BREAKING: Only Jewish House Republican Defeated in Primary

House majority leader and the only Republican Jewish congressman, Eric Cantor, was defeated in a primary by a resurgent Tea Party candidate.

The surprising result can only be described as an earthquake and a major setback to Jewish Republicans and the ability of the party to appeal to Jewish Americans.

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Pre-2016 Marathon, Rand Paul Stepping Up Aggressive Jewish Outreach

Paul and Rabbi Nate Segal after the meeting

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), son of Dr. Ron Paul and a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has been stepping up his Jewish outreach, Ron Kampeas writes.

In recent weeks, Paul chatted with rabbis on a conference call, met with Young Jewish Conservatives in his Senate office, and proposed legislation to cut funding to the Palestinian Authority unless it recognizes Israel as a Jewish state. He also addressed a recent Jewish Heritage Month event on the Capitol. Read more »

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AIPAC Calls Kerry’s ‘Apartheid’ Comments ‘Offensive and Inappropriate’

Sec. Kerry speaking at AIPAC

Sec. Kerry speaking at AIPAC

The reported remarks on apartheid by Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday were found as ‘troubling’ by almost every Jewish organization – political and bipartisan.

“Any suggestion that Israel is, or is at risk of becoming, an apartheid state is offensive and inappropriate,” a statement by the bipartisan AIPAC read. “The Jewish state is a shining light for freedom and opportunity in a region plagued by terror, hate and oppression.”

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RJC Head Pushes Back Against Perception Of Org. As An Adelson Entity

matt brooksThe Republican Jewish Coalition is pushing back against the media describing the RJC’s weekend retreat last month in Vegas as the ‘Sheldon Adelson primary.’

“Because of their obsession with one man, the media’s depiction of our meeting was exaggerated and ignored the real news story here: the warm relationship between the GOP and the American Jewish community,” Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, wrote in an Op-Ed for The NY Observer. Read more »

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Christie, Adelson To Attend Shmuley Boteach Philanthropy Event in NY

09.02-Shmuley-BoteachNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson are expected to meet once again next month at a Jewish philanthropy event in New York City.

Christie is listed as the featured keynote speaker at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards gala, organized by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, on May 18 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Adelson and his wife, who were honored at the event last year, are also expected to attend the second annual event, according to the invitation. Read more »

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RJC Blasts Kerry ‘Troubling’ Comments Blaming Israel For Peace Talks Impasse

RJC Billboard 1The Republican Jewish Coalition strongly criticized Secretary of State John Kerry’s statements placing the bulk of the blame on Israel for the stalled peace talks in testimony today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“After almost nine months of negotiations, during which Israel took concrete steps to advance the process, including the release of 78 prisoners – many of them terrorists – it is outrageous for Secretary Kerry to blame the Jewish state for the apparent failure of the diplomatic process undertaken at his insistence,” RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said in a statement. Read more »

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Republican Jewish Coalition Leader: Shabbos Conference Was A ‘Kiruv’ Mission

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via Maddie Hanna/Twitter

Responding to critics for holding a public event on Shabbos, a prominent leader of the Republican Jewish Coalition argued Thursday that the weekend conference in Vegas, that included high-profile speakers on Shabbos morning, was actually a “kiruv” mission.

“Let’s start with just what this weekend was all about. They called it the Adelson primary, but the weekend, in my mind, is one of the great “kiruv” (Orthodox Jewish outreach) efforts in the Jewish world,” Phil Rosen, a member of the board of directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition, told Michael Fragin on his radio program The Spin Class. Read more »

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Mort Klein: Republican Jewish Donors ‘Shocked’ At Christie’s Israel Stance

Chris ChristieNew Jersey governor Chris Christie hurt himself with Republican Jewish voters and donors following his controversial remarks at the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday, Morton Klein, president of Zionist Organization of America, said. “No doubt about it.”

Speaking to The Forbes, Klein said that what the media didn’t catch up to is the observation of many Republican donors who were leaning toward Gov. Christie before his Saturday speech, but now they are questioning his grasp of key issues, his stands and, most tellingly, his temperament and his character. Read more »

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Audio: Cheney Endorses Unilateral Israeli Strike On Iran

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney voiced his support for an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities over the weekend, during his closed-door keynote address at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual spring meeting. Mother Jones has obtained a recording of Cheney’s speech.

In his speech, Cheney recalled a conversation he had in 2007 with then-Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, after Israeli reportedly bombed a covert Syrian nuclear facility. “[Yadlin] looked across the table over dinner, and he said, ‘Two down, one to go.’ I knew exactly what he meant,” Cheney said.. “One to go” was understood as a reference to a future Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear project. The crowd responded approvingly with laughter and applause. Read more »

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Former Bush Strategist Rips Republicans Attending ‘Kissing The Ring’ Of Sheldon

A former political aide to a Republican President criticized his fellow Republican presidential contenders for “kissing the ring” of mega donor Sheldon Adelson at a Las Vegas confab the billionaire casino magnate hosted this weekend for the Republican Jewish Coalition.

“I think it’s ridiculous that these candidates for president are trumping out to Las Vegas to kiss the ring of a billionaire casino owner, and they think that’s somehow going help them get elected president,” Matthew Dowd, former President George W. Bush strategist, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

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Walker Woos Jewish Republican By Displaying Menorah On X-Mas

Lacking Foreign Policy credentials, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential presidential candidate, tried to woo Jewish Republicans on Saturday by boasting his love for Jewish traditions.

In a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting in Vegas Saturday morning, Walker talked about his father’s first pilgrimage to Israel in the 1980s.

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Christie Apologizes To Sheldon Adelson For ‘Occupied Territories’ Remark

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized to Sheldon Adelson for referring to the Israeli settlements as ‘occupied territories’ during a speech he gave earlier in the day at an RJC event, Politico has learned.

Invoking a 2012 trip he and his family took to Israel, Christie recalled “I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories across and just felt personally how extraordinary that was to understand, the military risk that Israel faces every day.” Read more »

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Christie Calls Settlements “Occupied Territories” In Speech To Republican Jews [Video]

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via Henry J. Gomez

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won “hearty applause from major Jewish donors” in a speech Saturday morning to the Republican Jewish Coalition conference gathered in Vegas, Politico reports. :The governor received three standing ovations from the 400-person crowd, which appeared to be more enthusiastic about Christie than about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker or Ohio Gov. John Kasich,” a North Jersey reporter wrote.

In his speech, Christie criticized the Obama administration’s foreign policy and spoke about his recent visit to Israel. Read more »

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Jeb Bush Addresses Deep-Pocketed Adelson Reception For RJC In Vegas

Jeb BushFormer Florida Governor Jeb Bush spoke about foreign policy and the economic importance of immigration reform to a group of 60-70 prominent Republican fund-raisers at a VIP dinner of major supporters of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Vegas Thrusday night.

During the question and answer session one person told Bush he should run for President in 2016. He said “I’m going to ignore that one,” according to one attendee at the closed to press event. He turned it aside with a smile saying he had not decided and then pivoted to what policies were needed in the country, according to a separate source who spoke to CNN. Read more »

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Shabbat and the Republican Jewish Conference – By Jacob Kornbluh

jacob KornbluhThe following is a blog post responding to The Republican Jewish Coalition supporters’ rebuttal, as published on Times of Israel.

I was disheartened to see a recent blog post on this site describing my criticism of the Republican Jewish Coalition holding a public live-streamed event on Shabbat as a self-serving cause. Read more »

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The Republican Jewish Coalition Pushes Back With Personal Attack On Kornbluh

RJC Republican Jewish CoalitionThe following is a blog post by Aaron Robinow, a YU student and previous attendee at the RJC Vegas Conference. Robinow was approached by the Republican Jewish Coalition’s CA regional director Arie Lipnick to respond to our story – written by Jacob Kornbluh – about the RJC holding its annual public retreat on Shabbos.

“Kornbluh attempts to make himself the self-appointed representative for all Republican Orthodox Jewry, but only criticizes the organization to serve his own agenda. The Blogger was not interested in talking specifics about the accommodations made for Orthodox Jews at the conference when he took to the airwaves on Zev Brenner Show. Kornbluh rather focused on condemning the RJC’s lack of participation in local politics, particularly in the predominantly Jewish areas in Brooklyn.” Read more »

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Republican ‘Jewish Coalition’ Shows Shabbos The Middle Finger

The Republican Jewish Coalition is all about Judaism and Israel until it comes to the the values of the Jewish people. This year, a range of high ranking 2016 Republican presidential candidates as well as Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer will address a group of rich Republicans on Shabbos.

According to a program for the RJC’s spring leadership conference, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will address the entire conference, which is open to donors who give more than $1,000 a year to the group, on Saturday morning, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich will speak at a luncheon hosted by the group’s National Women’s Committee. Kasich and Walker will also attend a “Discussion and Photo Op” for the RJC donors who meet a $5,000 annual donation level or greater. Read more »

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Israeli Ambassador Dermer To Share Stage W/Critics Of Obama At RJC Spring Conference

ron dermerIn a break with diplomatic tradition, Israeli ambassador to the Unites States Ron Dermer is scheduled to attend the Republican Jewish Coalition’s (RJC) Spring Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas this week on Shabbos and share the speaking platform with critics of the President, such as: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, Ohio Governor Jon Kasich and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

The audience is limited to members of the RJC’s National Leadership, and closed to the press most of the time. The speeches of the GOP governors and possible 2016 presidential candidates, Saturday morning, will be open to press.

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RJC: Palestinian Side Must Take Steps for Peace

The Republican Jewish Coalition’s Executive Director Matthew Brooks released Monday the following statement regarding the meeting between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

“It is the Palestinians who need to make the ‘tough decisions’ and ‘compromises’ that President Obama called for in his meeting with Netanyahu today. Israel has made tough compromises for peace many times in the past and they were met with ‘suicide bombers and rockets in return,’ as the prime minister noted today.

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