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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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...

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

Romney visit reveals falling visibility of Palestinian issue

By Ben Sales, JTA July 30, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Mitt Romney’s policy speech in Israel covered plenty of bases: The presumptive Republican presidential candidate spoke about the status of Jerusalem, the threat of a nuclear Iran, the “tumult” of the Arab Spring and the “enduring...

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...

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld addressing the media after meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, April 27, 2006.

Would Condoleezza Rice as Veep choice undercut GOP’s Israel argument?

By Uriel Heilman, JTA July 15, 2012

NEW YORK – For the past four years, Jewish conservatives have been working hard to paint President Obama as too willing to press Israel on Palestinian issues. But the latest Washington buzz could throw a wrench in that line of attack -- if, as some...

Condoleezza Rice

News Analysis: Would Condoleezza Rice as Veep choice undercut GOP’s Israel argument?

By Uriel Heilman , JTA July 13, 2012

NEW YORK — For the past four years, Jewish conservatives have been working hard to paint President Obama as too willing to press Israel on Palestinian issues.  But the latest Washington buzz could throw a wrench in that line of attack — if, as some...

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...

Romney to Jewish donors: ‘I get Israeli briefings’

By Ron Kampeas, JTA June 24, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney told donors attending his campaign's Utah retreat that he is briefed on the Middle East by Israeli government officials. About 50 of the 700 donors who attended the retreat this weekend in Park City were Jewish, according to...

Mitt Romney speaking to supporters at a rally in Tempe, Ariz., April 20, 2012.

Romney, guarded about his Mormonism, faces the Lieberman challenge

By Ron Kampeas, JTA June 12, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney’s Lacrosse moment awaits him. The Democratic convention in Los Angeles was where Joe Lieberman made history as the first Jewish candidate on a major ticket on Aug. 17, 2000. But two days later, history came to life in Lacrosse,...

President Obama, shown hosting a Passover seder at the White House on April 6, 2012, has gained Jewish support in the last half year, according to a new poll.

Obama’s Jewish support rises over past six months, AJC poll finds

By Ron Kampeas, JTA April 30, 2012

WASHINGTON—President Obama enjoys the support of three-fifths of American Jews, according to the latest American Jewish Committee survey, a significant improvement over where he stood half a year ago in the organization’s polling.The poll, released...

The campaign for Mitt Romney, shown greeting the crowd in suburban Boston on March 6, 2012, is emphasizing his friendship with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his tough posture on Iran in distinguishing itself from President Obama.

Romney’s triumph smooths sharp edges of GOP Middle East policy rhetoric

By Ron Kampeas, JTA April 17, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Republican primaries are effectively over, and gone with them is the sharp-edged rhetoric and departures from past U.S. policy on the Middle East. Gone is Rick Santorum’s pledge to strike Iran and his suggestion that West Bank Palestinians...

Santorum picks up Mississippi, Alabama

JTA March 13, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Rick Santorum was projected to sweep two southern states in Republican primaries, all but burying Newt Gingrich's chance for the nomination and complicating Mitt Romney's status as frontrunner. Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator...

Halevy: Romney’s Iran talk is irresponsible

JTA March 7, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy said Mitt Romney's gibes at President Obama's Iran policy were irresponsible. "This means to an Iranian, if you will wait until another few months and there is a change in the White House, then maybe there...

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