Democratic mega-donor Haim Saban has an open line to Hillary Clinton and he’s not afraid to use it.
Jewish Republicans were watching the Democratic convention in Philadelphia very closely — and they didn’t like what they saw when it comes to Israel.
For Israel, would a Hillary Clinton administration continue the tone set by Barack Obama? Or would she be a much warmer and closer friend to the Jewish state? It depends who and what you want to listen to at this Democratic convention
In many ways, Wasserman Schultz embodied the enormous influence that American Jews have within the Democratic Party. A Jew with deep communal involvements who was a key pillar of support for the mainstream pro-Israel lobby in Congress and within the party, Wasserman was both chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a member of Congress sitting on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations — a panel that votes on all major government expenditures. This put her at the nexus of U.S. policy, politics and political fundraising in a way that few others matched.
In a carefully crafted speech, the Jewish senator from Vermont, whose unlikely race for president energized millions, sought to get the party back on track after a raucous opening day in Philadelphia.
For a five days in April, Simone Zimmerman was the most controversial figure in Jewish politics.
In a fast moving set of events Sunday, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee less than 24 hours before the party convened in Philadelphia for its nominating convention.
Virginia’s Tim Kaine is a centrist pro-Israel choice who should please moderate Democrats as Hillary’s No. 2.
Jason Greenblatt, Donald Trump’s adviser on Israel, who recently increased his role and serves as the campaign’s de-facto liaison to the Jewish community, worked the crowd and the media in Cleveland, making the case for Trump on issues relating to his views on Israel.
Donald Trump’s closest Jewish advisers are Orthodox, and it looks like his donors are, too, signaling a change in Republican politics. The wild card? Sheldon Adelson.