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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Oren: Obama is ‘true friend’ of Israel

JTA REPORT July 11, 2013

Michael Oren, Israel’s departing ambassador to the United States, said that President Obama is “a true friend” of Israel and that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “committed to peace.” In a wide-ranging interview Thursday with Haaretz,...

Congressional Dems upset at Jerusalem platform omission

By Ron Kampeas, JTA September 5, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Congressional Democrats expressed disappointment about the removal from the Democratic Party platform of a reference to Jerusalem as Israel's capital. U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told JTA on Wednesday that the controversy surrounding...

Some Jewish leaders accused Rep. Michele Bachman, left, for launching a witch hunt following her allegations that Huma Abedin had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Allegations against Clinton aide Abedin stir Jewish concerns about attacks on ‘outsiders’

By Ron Kampeas, JTA August 2, 2012

WASHINGTON – Rep. Michele Bachmann has incurred the wrath of leading Jewish groups and some Republican leaders, even though she may be one of Israel’s staunchest defenders in Congress and one of its best-known Republicans. The reaction was spurred...

Eric Mink

The blame game has no winners

By Eric Mink August 1, 2012

By the time George W. Bush left the White House, the “free”-market kleptocracy over which he had cheerily presided had transformed the American economy into a toxic-waste dump.With breathtaking arrogance and an almost sociopathic capacity for self-delusion,...

Mitt Romney touching the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Tisha bAv, July 29, 2012.

Romney, Obama show love for Israel in their own separate ways

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 31, 2012

WASHINGTON — It was a weekend of Israel love politically that highlighted two approaches to showing affection for the Jewish state: Go to Israel, as Mitt Romney did, or go pro-Israel, as the administration of President Barack Obama did. The pictures...

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, January 13, 2011.

Romney, Obama exchange foreign policy jabs, with Israel as an emphasis

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 24, 2012

WASHINGTON — It’s foreign policy, stupid, at least for the next two weeks or so -- and it’s the Middle East, especially. Mitt Romney’s planned trip to Britain, Poland and Israel beginning at the end of this week has shifted the presidential campaign...

Left to right, Matthew Brooks, Ari Fleischer and Elie Pieprz in Modiin registering American citizens in Israel to vote in Novembers U.S. presidential elections, July 11, 2012.

As U.S. officials descend on Israel, Republicans rally for votes

By Ben Sales, JTA July 17, 2012

JERUSALEM -- For a few days at least, the old joke about Israel being the 51st U.S. state feels true. A litany of U.S. officials and politicians are parading through Israel this month, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week and presumptive...

President Obama, flanked by Nathan Diament, left, and Dr. Simcha Katz of the Orthodox Union, displays the framed reproduction of President George Washington’s letter to the Jewish community of Newport, R.I., that he was given at the conclusion of his Oval Office meeting with Orthodox Jewish leaders.

Nathan Diament bestrides Orthodox, Washington worlds

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 10, 2012

WASHINGTON — Nathan Diament learned two things 22 years ago while watching Barack Obama play pickup basketball at the Harvard Law School gym.“He was a generous passer,” he said of the school’s Law Review editor and the future U.S. president. “He...

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, January 13, 2011.

Visit to Israel gives Romney chance to shore up foreign policy, evangelical cred

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 3, 2012

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s announced trip to Israel, at the height of his campaign to wrest the presidency from Barack Obama, could be a twofer, drawing closer two critical constituencies: evangelicals and foreign policy hawks. A Romney campaign official...

Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman represents the states 73rd District, encompassing Clayton and Richmond Heights.

Jewish American Heritage Month reception

BY REP. STACEY NEWMAN June 13, 2012

Last month I received an invitation via email through my legislative office that I wasn’t sure at first was real. However, after calling the number listed, I was assured it was legitimate. I was overjoyed. I was invited to the White House for the annual...

President Barack Obama is photographed with Orthodox Jewish rabbis inthe Oval Office, June 5, 2012.

In outreach to Orthodox Jews, Obama repeats commitment to Israel

By Ron Kampeas, JTA June 6, 2012

WASHINGTON -- President Obama is spreading the word, one Jewish constituency at a time: He has Israel's back. Obama defended his record on Israel and on religious freedoms on Tuesday during a White House meeting with Orthodox leaders. Challenged by one...

President Barack Obama is photographed with Orthodox Jewish rabbis inthe Oval Office, June 5, 2012.

Back to ‘kishkes’: Obama defends his Israel commitments, touts his Jewish ties

By Ron Kampeas, JTA May 31, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The so-called “kishkes issue” -- what does President Obama, deep down, really feel about Israel -- is now being addressed at the highest level by Obama himself. Obama dropped in on a White House meeting Tuesday of lay and rabbinical...

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