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.
ZOA president Mort Klein takes issue with Daniella Greenbaum’s assertion that the ZOA is not a powerful mainstream Pro-Israel organization.
While some Israel supporters say AIPAC has lost its touch, Daniella J. Greenbaum says the prominent Israel lobby is here to stay, and more important than ever.
AIPAC never spelled the threat out. But Congress got the message last summer. Politicians had to decide whether they would vote yay or nay on President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, which lifted economic sanctions in exchange for reductions to the country’s nuclear program.
Now that Senator Elizabeth Warren is on Hillary Clinton’s VP short list, it’s time to evaluate whether or not she’s fulfilled her Senate campaign promises vis-à-vis Israel. By evaluating her voting record, public statements, and institutional ties since assuming office, I’ve broken her positions down into three key issues, evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5 (Jewish) stars. So, how do Warren’s actions compare to her campaign promises?
The Democrats are not the only ones grappling with inter-party tension over the issue of Israel as the presidential nominating conventions approach. Republicans are facing their own revolt.
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said it was “deeply disappointed” in the Obama administration’s opposition to increased missile defense funding for Israel, weighing in on an issue that is apparently obstructing U.S.-Israel talks on renewing defense assistance. “We are deeply disappointed that a June 14 ‘Statement of Administration Policy’ on the…
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will not hold a grudge against AIPAC after the pro-Israel lobby apologized to President Barack Obama after Trump’s speech during its annual conference in March.
Bernie Sanders’s representative Cornel West induced an Israel debate among Democrats, but changes to the party platform are unlikely.