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Jewish Voters Still Overwhelmingly Democratic

By E.J. Kessler

Jewish Democrats become apoplectic when they hear Republicans swaggeringly predict a shift in the Jewish vote toward the Republican column. The overwhelming preponderance of polling, Democrats say, supports the opposite view — that Jews, alone among white groups, remain overwhelmingly Democratic.Last month, an independent poll for the Ipsos/CookRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Penn Plotting: Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman stopped in Philadelphia on June 16 to headline a fundraiser for Republican mayoral candidate Sam Katz in what some observers are viewing as part of a Republican strategy to put the Keystone State — which went for Al Gore in 2000 — in the GOP column in 2004.Noting that PresidentRead More


Soros Pulls the Plug on Russia’s Open Society Institute

By Vance Serchuk

George Soros has made a life out of staying at least one step ahead of everyone else. The practice kept him alive when he was growing up as a Jew in Hungary during the Holocaust. As an international financier and currency speculator, it made him a billionaire. Even in his philanthropic pursuits, Soros has been a harbinger of sorts, embracingRead More


WHO LET THE DOGS IN? SHOWING OUR STRIPES Straight to the Sources: What Our Tradition Says About Affiliation

By Yossi Beilin

The Jewish Political Tradition, Volume II: Membership Edited by Michael Walzer, Menachem Lorberbaum and Noam J. Zohar Yale University Press, 662 pages, $40. * * *Interest in the question of membership in the Jewish collective has been steadily on the increase since the end of the 18th century, both in the Diaspora and in Israel. Against theRead More


Israel Welcomes Overtures Made By Pakistani Leader

By Marc Perelman

In response to recent overtures by Pakistani ruler Pervez Musharraf, Israel said this week that it is willing to establish relations with Pakistan, one of the world’s largest Muslim countries.“Israel is very encouraged with this new announcement of the president of Pakistan,” Foreign Minister Silvan ShalomRead More


‘Faith’ Plan Puts Groups in Bind: Rights v. Funds

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The latest twist in the White House drive for faith-based social services is putting Jewish organizations in an awkward dilemma, forcing them — so observers say — to choose between their traditional civil rights commitments and their growing dependence on taxpayer dollars to fund social-service programs.The debate has comeRead More


Right To Fight Bush Palestinian Aid Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Right-wing groups are gearing up to fight a Bush administration plan to increase American aid to the Palestinians and channel it directly to the Palestinian Authority.The Zionist Organization of America and several Christian evangelical groups are planning to “try to convince Congress not to finance the evolutionRead More


‘Who’s a Jew’ Battle Flares In Jerusalem

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The stage was set this week for a showdown between the Sharon government, the Chief Rabbinate and the Reform and Conservative movements as the long-simmering debate over “who is a Jew” threatened to boil over once again, five years after it was thought to have been laid to rest.Interior Minister Avraham Poraz,Read More


Bush Promotes Whitewater Deputies

By Ami Eden

Despite President Bush’s campaign pledge to heal the country’s divisions over Clinton-era controversies, the administration has been doling out top legal posts to former deputies of Kenneth Starr and other conservative lawyers who helped fuel the Clinton impeachment effort.The president is reportedly set to offer a seat on the nation’sRead More


As Israel Pulls Out Its Troops, Optimists Hold Their Breath

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Hardened by the recent experience of broken promises and broken dreams, Israelis are watching the emerging cease-fire announced this week with a mixture of skepticism and hope, praying that it turns out to be more than just a temporary lull, as most suspect, in the three-year-old Palestinian intifada.Israeli decision makers areRead More





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