Yesh Atid MK Yair Lapid is celebrating the new United States Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This MoU sets the tone of U.S.-Israel cooperation for the coming years. MK Lapid views the agreement as a success and further proof for Israel that “Lady Liberty never leaves her friends behind.” In a piece for Foreign Policy he writes:
GOP legislators have varying strategies for handling unorthodox Presidential Nominee, Donald J. Trump. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)--currently the only Jewish Republican in Congress--happens to share and echo many Trump's views. Journalist Douglas Bloomfield likens the two Republicans in an op-ed for the Jewish Journal. He writes:
Numerous people are claiming that the money that the United States turned over to Iran back in January was ransom. So, was it? No. This is what State Department Spokesperson James Kirby actually said on Thursday:
In an interview with The Lineup with i24News, former Congressman Ron Klein (D-FL) discusses the 2016 presidential election. Klein makes the case for Clinton and against Trump for Jewish voters in swing states. Klein currently serves as the chairman of Jews for Progress, a project of NJDC.
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Donald Trump made waves in March when he claimed that, if elected president, he would be "neutral" on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Criticism since then has led Trump to walk back his remarks in favor of more explicitly pro-Israel rhetoric; as reported by the Jerusalem Post, however, a video on his website stands by his original noncommittal position.
In an op-ed for JTA, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) argues that, due to Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine's strong track record with Israel and the Jewish community, the 2016 Democratic ticket is the natural choice for Jewish voters.
You really do have to wonder what planet anyone still supporting Donald Trump is on. Strong disagreements in previous presidential elections reflected differing but legitimate policy differences. I'm not sure it's possible to reason with anyone who still supports Trump. I've included some recent statements that our right-wing friends might find persuasive, but the best we can probably do is to encourage as many sane people as possible from both parties to vote and hope that there are more of us than them.
Continuing in the trend of widespread condemnation of Donald Trump from longtime GOP foreign policy and defense officials, a group of several current and former senior Republican officials on Thursday expressed significant concern over their party's presumptive nominee and his positions regarding Israel.
Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to travel to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention as a fellow for the National Jewish Democratic Council and Bluelight Strategies. As a 20-year old college junior, this was my first-ever convention experience: a flurry of introductions, events, credentials, and large coffees amidst the sweltering Philadelphia heat. But above all, for this young Jewish Democrat, the week strongly affirmed the connection I feel between my Jewish and Democratic values – and the essential role our community plays in advancing a progressive platform in this election and beyond.
Eight years ago, some Jews who today support Donald Trump feigned concern about Barack Obama's relative lack of experience, yet now they support a man with zero government experience over a woman with more experience than nearly every presidential candidate in our nation's history.