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Where does Bernie Sanders stand on Israel?

Where does Bernie Sanders stand on Israel?

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders’ best friend is a Zionist who teaches Jewish philosophy, he had a formative experience on a kibbutz and “Saturday Night Live” dubbed him the “old Jew.”

Still, Sanders can’t get away from the inevitable “But where is he on Israel?” question, especially now that the Democratic presidential contender, an Independent senator from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats, has pulled ahead of Hillary Rodham Clinton in New Hampshire, the first primary state.

“Do you view yourself as a Zionist?” the left-leaning online magazine Vox asked Sanders in a July 28 interview.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:43 )


GOP in ‘frank conversations’

GOP in ‘frank conversations’ WASHINGTON — The Republican Party as a whole is having the morning-afters, reconsidering how it might have done better in an election that saw the party fail to win the White House and suffer modest losses in Congress, and Jewish Republicans and conservatives are coming forward with their own insights. “There will be a lot of very frank conversations between our organization and its leadership and the leadership within the party,” Matt Brooks, the director of the Republican Jewish Coaliti...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 November 2012 03:50 )


Americans in Israel vote heavily for Romney

Americans in Israel vote heavily for RomneyTEL AVIV — Most Israelis were asleep as the polls closed in America and voters waited for the results, but on one rooftop in central Tel Aviv a party with loud classic rock music and flashing lights was going strong. It was the pro-Obama election-watching party of Israel’s left-wing Meretz party. Deviating from a solidly anti-Obama consensus in Israel — a poll showed Israeli Jews preferring Republican challenger Mitt Romney over the president, 59% to 22% — Meretz’ s young members...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 November 2012 13:18 )


How the Jewish vote went: About 70/30

How the Jewish vote went: About 70/30WASHINGTON — President Obama’s Jewish numbers are down, but by how much and why? Expect four more years of tussling between Jewish Republicans and Democrats about the meaning of Obama’s dip from 78% Jewish support cited in 2008 exit polls to 69% this year in the national exit polls run by a media consortium. Is it a result of Obama’s fractious relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Or is it a natural fall-off in an election that was closer across the board than i...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 November 2012 13:18 )

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Op-Ed: Israel, a ‘green’ pioneer, is now falling short

Gabrielle Birkner As part of the Jewish state’s delegation at the Paris climate conference, I want to wave the flag of the ‘start-up nation.’ But as a Jew, I know Israel is lagging, writes a solar energy activist... [Link]

Sean Penn, in Tel Aviv, praises Israeli aid group working in Haiti

Julie Wiener As the keynote speaker at an IsraAID conference in Tel Aviv, Penn credited the group’s “inspiration and support.” ... [Link]

Jewish billionaire first Brazilian to join Gates and Buffet’s Giving Pledge

Julie Wiener Real estate magnate Elie Horn, who is Orthodox, and his wife have committed to giving away 60 percent of their fortune to charity. ... [Link]

Hungarian mayor says Israel behind Paris attacks, then apologizes

Marcy Oster The mayor of Szentgotthard apologized the day after his remarks from two weeks ago were made public, saying the wording was “unfortunate.” ... [Link]

British-American Jewish academic refuses to answer Israeli girl’s query

Marcy Oster Marsha Levine, an eminent archaeozoologist, said she would not help the 13-year-old “until there is peace and justice for Palestinians in Palestine.” ... [Link]

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ — and behind the scenes

Lisa Keys The cast and crew shared a Shabbat meal at Mendy’s — and five other surprising facts about the upcoming revival of the iconic Broadway musical. ... [Link]

Western Wall rabbi ordered to include women in Israel’s Hanukkah candle-lighting

Marcy Oster The directive came in response to a Women of the Wall campaign claiming that excluding women from the national ceremony at the Kotel is discriminatory. ... [Link]

Why Shelly Silver won’t be sharing a prison cell with Willie Rapfogel

Uriel Heilman Within the space of less than a week, Silver, the former New York Assembly speaker, was found guilty on seven counts of corruption charges, while his old pal Rapfogel, the disgraced Met Council chief,... [Link]

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