Ron Kampeas (JTA)


Second Term: More of Same Until Iran Crisis Hits

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Second Term: More of Same Until Iran Crisis Hits
President Barack Obama’s second term may start with tussles over the economy and health care. He still has to deal with the crisis of Iran’s nuclear program.Read More


Muted Response to Romney's 'Kick the Ball' Tape

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Muted Response to Romney's 'Kick the Ball' Tape
Mitt Romney’s pessimistic take on Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects has drew some headlines in the press but not much noise from centrist Jewish groups.Read More


Democrats Have History in Jewish Vote Fight

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Democrats Have History in Jewish Vote Fight
In the battle for Jewish votes this November, President Barack Obama and the Democrats have history on their side. But the GOP has a financial edge.Read More


Why Did Jerusalem Disappear From Platform?

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Jerusalem has many mysteries, but none may be as perplexing at present as its disappearance from the Democratic Party platform.Read More


Can Surging Santorum Win Over GOP Jews?

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

If Rick Santorum secures the Republican nomination, expect to hear this mantra from his Jewish supporters: In times of crisis, social issues don’t matter.Read More






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