At the Democratic National Committee’s Jewish roundtable, Rep. Jared Polis urged attendees to increase the Jewish Democratic vote from 75 to 90 percent.
Mordy Siegal is committed to providing convenient kosher food to the hungry masses.
Much of Melania’s speech may not have been kosher, but at least some of the food was.
It will be years before it’s clear whether or not this week’s conference of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was a success.
Dylan Williams, the director of J Street, a non-profit that lobbies for bold US leadership to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state resolution, speaks with Odyssey Networks from the Republican National Convention. Dylan explains why he believes a large number of Jewish Americans will choose to re-elect President Obama for a second term. Dylan continues on to discuss the misunderstanding by both parties when it comes to the position Jewish Americans take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Nevertheless, I think were he elected president, Governor Romney’s approach to US support for Israel would not differ very much at all from the approach taken by President Obama or previous republican presidents,” says Williams.
There’s been important changes at the Democratic National Convention in relation to the party’s view on Israel. A vote has been held to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But it was a vote that only just passed. A vote that should have been simple. The thought was there’d be a clear majority voting yes to pass the amendment. So, no clear decision. Take two. The planned change was suddenly looking not so simple. A pause while the embarrassed Antonio Villaraigosa VIA-RAG-OSA tried to work out what to do. And then a rather awkward third vote. So the vote was passed, and the platform changed - to the sound of boos. The party and more importantly President Obama wanted to push this through. To change its platform - a core belief held by the party - to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It was their platform in 2008 - but was watered down after criticism the Democrats were too pro-Israeli. After the vote the Jewish chair of the Democratic National Committee tried to down-play it. Clarity maybe, but many delegates felt this was a crucial change. But others were less emphatic, marking the division within the party. The platform has been changed. But how much will the embarrassing vote affect Jewish trust in the Democrats? Clearly divisions exist and will continue to exist in the Democrat party over how Israel is viewed. The important thing is the officially party line. And how this vote and the strengthening of the party’s position may help to win …
Debbie Wasserman Schultz learned at the family dinner table not to let anything stand in the way of her dreams. She’s using those lessons as she steers President Obama’s reelection campaign.
In the United States, the Republicans are holding their National Convention. It’s a chance to get their message out and try to motivate the nation to vote for their candidate Mitt Romney in November’s Presidential election. This year they’re trying hard to win over Jewish voters who traditionally vote for the Democrats. In the last election Democrat Barack Obama collected 78% of the Jewish vote, helping him into the White House. But Mitt Romney hopes to prove with his pro-Israeli foreign policy that he is the candidate that Jews should vote for. Nick Harper, JN1, Florida.
From the time of the Robber Barons to Citizens United, how did our politics get so corrupt? And what can we do about it? George Martinez, Magnus Ohman, Mee-Jin Cha and Michael Russo join the discussion.