Friday, October 31, 2014 Heshvan 7, 5775

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It's a question worth asking: What effect will the May 31 Israeli flotilla incident have on domestic politics, especially in the already heated Senate race here in Pennsylvania? Republican Senate hopeful Pat Toomey -- who took less than 24 hours to put out a statement after the event that had reporters and pundits writing and blogging like wildfire -- is...
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Inside the Israeli consulate in Center City, Jerusalem's top diplomat to the region has been working overtime to get his country's message out. Consul General Daniel Kutner says that it's not just a public-relations problem, but a more fundamental effort to delegitimitze Israel. He takes issue with those who suggest that all Israel needs to do is explain its position...
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Alarmed by the continuing international outrage directed at Israel following last week's raid on a Gaza-bound ship, local Jews are stepping up their activism in defense of the Jewish state. In public meetings, briefings at the Israeli consulate, letters to the editor, e-mail blasts and street demonstrations, activists are voicing their anger and frustration. "The whole world is against this...
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Until now, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter -- one of the most influential Jewish politicians of the last 30 years -- has been known as a political escape artist, achieving electoral victories in the face of probably defeat. Supporters say that the son of an immigrant from Russia, who went from being the lone Jewish kid in Russel, Kan., to the...
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With Specter gone, Senate hopefuls chart course to vie for Jewish support
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Dan Hirschhorn, JE Feature
U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter enjoyed deep support from the Philadelphia-area Jewish community, and it's no mystery why. As a Republican from Kansas who was moderate on social issues and staunch in his support of Israel, he seemed hand-crafted more than any GOPer to win Jewish votes, especially in the suburbs. But now, he's out of the picture, his defection to...
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