Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations last week, refuting the claims of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and thanking President Barack Obama for his strong support for Israel at the U.N. Netanyahu also reminded the world that "the only time that the United States cast a U.N. Security Council veto during the Obama presidency was against an anti-Israel resolution in 2011. As President Obama rightly declared at this podium, peace will not come from statements and resolutions at the United Nations."
The polls show Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck in the hotly contested swing states. Every vote will count in determining whether states go red or blue, and the Jewish vote could be the critical tipping point in many of these states, especially Florida and Pennsylvania. A recent study reveals how influential the Jewish vote will be. JTA reports:
Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Advisor, Lauren Rosenberg, gives in-depth and profound responses to U.S.-Israel related questions in an interview with Moment Magazine. Rosenberg affirms Hillary’s personal connection to Israel as well as her continued support for the U.S.-Israel relationship. On the other hand, David Friedman, a Trump campaign advisor, barely scrapes together responses to the interviewer’s questions. He completely neglects the multi-faceted nature of the Jewish vote. Moment Magazine asks each advisor why Jews should vote for their candidate:
FiveThirtyEight published a story this Wednesday stating that Jewish Republicans are refusing to donate to Trump’s campaign. Here are some key passages:
The United States and Israel last week signed a new 10-year memorandum of understanding. The Anti-Defamation League hailed the announcement, noting that the new MOU "provides Israel with the largest defense aid package in American history - $38 billion over the next decade." Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said that "our relationship with Israel should not be up for debate and I'm very pleased the Administration has reached this agreement supporting the Israeli people and their security."
Following the news of Donald Trump Jr.’s abhorrent gas chamber remark, we released this statement, which was picked up by multiple outlets. Here is a list of everyone who covered our release:
The GOP presidential nominee's son, Donald Trump Jr. said on Thursday that if the GOP acted as Hillary Clinton does, the media would be "warming up the gas chambers" (read the official NJDC statement here). Now a former Trump Organization executive alleges that Donald Trump himself has made similar references. The Forward reports:
Jews still overwhelmingly identify as Democrats. A September 2016 Pew study revealed that 74% of Jews are Democrats compared with 24% who are Republican. The Pew study reveals:
Armin Rosen in a lengthy article in Tablet notes discusses Hillary Clinton, and her outreach to the Jewish community and what her presidency might mean for Mideast policy:
Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and Hillary Clinton's response to 9/11 is essential reading. As The Guardian noted last week, "Of all the varied chapters of Clinton's tumultuous 30 years in public life, the story of her response to the attacks on the twin towers is one of the richest in terms of the clues it provides as to what to expect from a Clinton presidency. It reveals elements of her character, of her domestic policy strengths, as well as her tendency to lean towards the hawkish side in international affairs."