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Elections might trigger sharp turns - Cantor could become highest ranking Jew in House history

Elections might trigger sharp turns - Cantor could become highest ranking Jew in House history

WASHINGTON — The likely prospect of Republican control of at least one chamber of Congress has triggered broad speculation about the remainder of President Obama’s time in the White House, Republican bids for the presidency in 2012 — and the very course of the nation, if not the West.

The issues that preoccupy Jewish voters and groups have a narrower cast.

Nevertheless, the likelihood of a GOP-controlled US House of Representatives, along with the more remote possibility of a Republican Senate, could mean sharp turns in foreign policy and domestic spending.

Here’s a glance.

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Israel

Palestinian statehood end game pushes Israel against wall

JERUSALEM — With talks at a stalemate and no agreement from the Israelis to reinstate a settlement freeze, the Palestinians are playing a new card: an end game to statehood through an appeal to the international community. The card hasn’t actually been played, but the mere threat that the Palestinians would push for international recognition of a state from the UN has been enough to push the Israeli government to reconsider options to return to the negotiating table. On Sunday, Oct. 24, pa...
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Tancredo says he’s not Don Quixote, confident for gubernatorial win

Tancredo says he’s not Don Quixote, confident for gubernatorial winThe Intermountain Jewish News prefers running opposing candidates’ responses next to one another. However, Mayor John Hickenlooper (Democrat) and Dan Maes (Republican) have not yet responded to the IJN requests for interviews. TOM Tancredo has been the enfant terrible of Colorado politics for so long that he’s almost his own institution. The acknowledged figurehead of the anti-illegal immigration movement in the US, Tancredo’s conservative approach to just about every social and fiscal i...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 01:21 )

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In New York gubernatorial race, Orthodox react to violence

In New York gubernatorial race, Orthodox react to violenceNEW YORK — When the Republican candidate for New York governor, Carl Paladino, addressed an Orthodox crowd on Sunday, Oct. 10, about his opposition to pride parades and how children shouldn’t be “brainwashed” into thinking being homosexual is OK, he clearly thought he’d find a receptive audience. He was right. Orthodox viewpoints on homosexuality are derived from the Torah, which is clear in its condemnation of intimate homosexual relations, and Orthodox leaders almost uniformly oppo...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 October 2010 13:02 )

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Israel

West Bank rabbis visit defaced mosque

West Bank rabbis visit defaced mosqueJERUSALEM — Rabbis from West Bank settlements visiting a vandalized mosque brought Korans to replace burned holy books. Peace activist Rabbi Menachem Froman of Tekoa led the delegation that arrived Oct. 5 in the Hebron-area village of Beit Fajar. It also included Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, head of the Har Etzion Yeshiva, and another rabbi from the yeshiva, Shlomo Brin; and Shlomo Rifkin, chief rabbi of Efrat. The new copies of the Koran replaced those burned in the Oct. 3 arson attack....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 October 2010 12:51 )

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Obama learns his lesson about Jewish toddlers

Ron Kampeas Or maybe Shabbat’s a lot more fun than the seder when you’re 4. ... [Link]

Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

Ron Kampeas President Obama says his criticism of Israel is born of the high regard with which he holds Israel — and the expectation he has that Israel live up to the values it shares with the United States... [Link]

Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

Gabe Friedman Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her nonprofit Born This Way Foundation. ... [Link]

World Bank: Gaza economy on ‘verge of collapse’

Gabe Friedman Gaza’s economy, stifled by the highest unemployment rate in the world, blockades, poor governance and a series of military conflicts, is headed towards a “collapse,” a new report by the World Ba... [Link]

Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

Ron Kampeas Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. ... [Link]

Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

Cnaan Liphshiz The owners of Rotterdam’s Le Souq say they replaced Israel with ‘Palestine’ on a map because of their passion for Palestinian food. ... [Link]

How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

Uriel Heilman Shalom Lamm is developing a playbook for setting up an American shtetl. The problem is some of his new neighbors in Bloomingburg claim he used bribery, fraud and corruption of public officials to do s... [Link]

Switzerland defends funding for Israeli leftist group

Cnaan Liphshiz Breaking the Silence is scheduled to bring an exhibition to Zurich with federal, municipal support. ... [Link]

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