As the general election just kicked off, while the economy is getting the main focus and attention, it is also important to see how American voters view President Obama's conduct as president and his handling of the issues that matter to most Americans. In particular those who will determine who becomes the next President of the U.S. in November 2012. One of the determining factors in this election and one that should be looked at very close, is the Jewish American electorate. Since this race is going to come down to a battle over swing states, those that historically and demographically choose the President, the Jewish population in Florida, Ohio, Philadelphia and Cleveland could be the ones giving Mitt Romney the edge over the President.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Inexperience - in challenging times for America, and at a time when world's peace is at stake, is definitely a factor in determining who out next commander in chief, and leader of the free world should be. And it is irrational to question those who raise voices of concern over Mitt Romney's non-record in the foreign policy field.
However, Obama's record as commander in chief and president over the past three and a half years should also be exposed and examined. If this was an election, a choice between two candidate that do not share much in common and that express a totally different world view than each other, American voters would either have to trust both of them based on their positions and promises, or stick to the candidate that comes closer to their world view and opinion on the issues. Nonetheless, the circumstances in this years elections and given the historical facts, the narrative and the choice given to the electorate is certainly a discussion that puts the candidates views and positions on a disparate path.
Posted by TJK at 4:20 PM
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Following the NYT story on Mitt Romney's 36 year friendship with Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to shake off any sort of affiliation with Romney or even criticize Obama. So he wouldn't be accused by the media or seen in public as intervening in the general election. But we all know what he really thinks of president Obama. And from his muted comments, there are more than some hints, that these two men share a lot in common and that a President Romney will be more than a pleasant wish come true for the Israeli government.
Watch video and judge by yourself:
Posted by TJK at 8:18 PM
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
As New York Establishes New ‘Super Jewish’ District, Community Leaders Rally Behind Felder Candidacy
My article as published in the Jewish Voice in print:
Former NYC Councilman Simcha Felder was the first to announce a bid for the state Senate seat created as a result of the latest redistricting lines, as a ‘Super ‘Jewish’ district, on the Democratic ballot. “I look forward, G-d willing, to the opportunity once again to serve the community and the people of New York State,” Felder said on Wednesday. “But as always, I will work with anyone and everyone who will work with this community,” Felder added.
The new district was first strongly opposed by one of the most vocal of New York’s Jewish politicians, Councilman David Greenfield. At an event last month in Boro Park, Mr. Greenfield compared the effort to create the district to efforts 500 years ago in “The Republic of Venice” where, “They created a specific neighborhood for Jews to live in. They told Jews ‘It would be good for you.’ They gave us a grand new name for that neighborhood,” Mr. Greenfield continued. “They called it a ghetto.” Mr. Greenfield added that the new district was a “ghetto district” and the creation of it was “ghetto politics at its worst.”
Posted by TJK at 1:35 PM
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
NYC Councilman David Greenfield that opposed the creation of a super Jewish. district and even called it a "ghetto", explained me his early endorsement of his predecessor, former Councilman Simcha Felder on Tuesday.
"I still believe that the Super-Jewish district, which was created by the Republicans without the Jewish community's input, diminishes the community's power, he said. "However, the reality is that we now have a Super-Jewish district. So the question becomes: who is the best candidate for this important seat? I believe that Simcha is uniquely qualified due to his experience of consistently delivering for the communities that he represented in the Council. I also know, firsthand, that Simcha really cares about the people he represents. I know Simcha. I trust Simcha. That's why I support Simcha.
Greenfield declined to answer if he is in favor of a 'open election' as earlier reported by Yossi Gestetner. saying "I always decline to answer hypothetical questions."
Posted by TJK at 6:56 AM
Monday, April 23, 2012
As reported on Saturday night by Yossi Gestetner, "According to insiders knowledgeable of the discussions that took place in recent weeks, the Republican Leader of the NY State Senate Dean Skelos is ready to clear the way for Democrat Simcha Felder to run in an open election for the newly created Super Jewish State Senate District. ‘An Open Election’ here would mean that the GOP and Conservative lines will also try to carry Simcha Felder, to secure a Felder win."
"Skelos is ready to help Felder secure the GOP and Conservatives lines, and to accommodate other potential Republicans such such as David Storobin that he should run in a different district."
David Storobin, still hopeful of securing a victory in the special election in the 27th district, that took place on march 20th and is being fiercely challenged in court now, was outraged when I asked him if he would be willing to work together with the majority leader, that backed him him in the 27th, to decide on an agreed candidate for the super Jewish district. "Is this the Soviet Union?," he asked. "I am outraged at the mere idea of there being an "agreed candidate". Candidates should be agreed upon by the voters on election day," he said.
Posted by TJK at 7:27 AM
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Known as the Mr. Fix-it on the economy, while the economy is the dominating issue in the election season. There is one national security and foreign policy issue, that could be described as Obama's greatest failure during his term. That is the threat we are facing of a possible nuclear Iran.
While in public opinion polls, Mitt Romney fares pretty low compared to the president when it comes to foreign policy, there is one field that he is most trusted with among all of Americans, with a commanding lead and that is: dealing with the Iranian threat. According to the latest PEW Research survey, among those who describe Iran as a very important issue in this election (47%), 54% would vote for Mitt Romney and 40% for President Obama. That is a +14 lead for Romney.
Posted by TJK at 2:48 PM
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Polls are going to frustrate you good and proper over the next few months. Drudge will have multiple "SHOCK POLL" headlines, as will CNN headline "Obama still in the lead." but since the GOP primaries has officially ended, Mitt Romney's favorable numbers, as have his poll numbers gone up, while President Obama is steady in his favorable ratings, much lower than when he entered the White House. He's at a consistent point in his disprovable ratings, and is trailing Republican candidate in numerous public opinion polls, or at his best, his once comfortable lead is shrinking to a statistical tie.
Below are listed some recent headlines, only from the last few days that prove Romney's strength as a national frontrunner, as the race for the White House heats up, in an effort to examine President Obama's record in first and only term.
While Obama's strength lays in his personality, Mitt Romney's strength lays in his record. as a weak Frontrunner during the primary season, and as conventional wisdom did not give him too much of a chance only 12 months ago to become the Republican nominee. Mitt Romney is emerging as as the only choice to replace the incumbent president, and as an alternative leader to fix the economy and once again unite this nation.
*Mitt Romney is supported by 48% of national registered voters and Barack Obama by 43% in Gallup's Daily Tracking, April 17 2012.*President Barack Obama's lead over Mitt Romney has narrowed to 4 percentage points from 11 points a month ago, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.*A new survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted April 4 to 15, shows President Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney by just four percentage points (49 to 45 percent). Pew Research reports that Obama's lead "has narrowed since last month, when he had a 12-point advantage.*New CNN/ORC International poll shows that Romney's popularity is starting to rebound.According to the survey, 44% of registered voters said they have a favorable view of Romney, up 10 points from February, while 43% said they have an unfavorable opinion, down 11 points, and 13% were unsure.*According to the CNN/ORC poll, 53% of Americans plan to give Romney a second look when the primaries are officially over, with 45% saying they already know enough about Romney to decide whether he would be a good president.*Republican Mitt Romney holds a slim edge over President Obama in a head-to-head matchup, a Fox News poll released Thursday shows. In a presidential matchup, Romney tops Obama by 46-44 percent if the election were today.
Posted by TJK at 8:30 PM
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The guy that promised hope and change to the country barely 4 years ago, has done something significant over the past few days to offer struggling Americans, some hope for real change. Just as much of a surprise Rick Santorum's exit of the race came to the Romney campaign, it shook up even more the Obama campaign.
The Obama campaign relied on the Republican voters and the GOP contenders to pull this just a little longer to enable the President raise Money and be left out of the one on one debate, while the GOP are battling it out and throwing dirt on each other.
And Boy, did Mitt Romney kick off this general election season with a fireball. kicking the ball right in the president's court, forcing him to defend his record as sitting president rather than blaming outsiders and job creators in an effort to divide the nation and cover up for his messy record and failed policies.
Posted by TJK at 3:38 PM
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I still remember the day, Feb. 7th 2008 when Mitt Romney announced at CPAC that he decided to step down for America and unite behind the presumptive nominee, John McCain.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were battling it out in the Democratic primaries, but i knew that Mitt Romney stands the only chance to defeat the predictable nominee, Barack Obama, and fix the mess President Bush was leaving us with.
With tears strolling down my cheeks (literally) i went to my car parked outside work, and slowly removed the 'Mitt Romney for President' bumper magnet, placing it in the car pocket in hope to take it out with pride in 4 years from now.
Ever since then I looked out with hope that Mitt Romney would enter the race again to exchange the change America fell for and bring hope to the Republican party.
From the moment Mitt Romney entered the presidential race for the second time, his message was consistent and crystal clear. The opponents that woke up morning by morning entering the race, did it for political reasons. If it was the purpose of selling books, getting a prime time slot on Fox News, covering up for previous losses or simple to stop Mitt Romney.
The Primaries were more than a joke, the Herman Cain, Bachmann and Perry moments were embarrassing and harmful. But Governor Romney stood above the fray, built an organized and disciplined campaign, won 17 out of the 20 prime time debates and earned the votes in all of the must win states in order to get the 1,144 delegates needed.
every candidate has his flaws, his gaffes and downsides during the course of the campaign. And i highly acknowledge that Mitt Romney is not the most likeable and exciting guy to hang out with, get enthused about, or relate with. But this country has already a cool guy as president, a golf player, a beer drinker and even a dancer but what about the country itself? what about our future? what about those who are out of work or have stopped looking for a job? what about those who are struggling to make ends meat and are under the hurdle of government regulations and control? what about those paying almost half of their weekly paycheck for gas at the pump? what about those business owners that are closing down their stores and losing their investments?
Not to mention the state of out national security, our leadership role in the world, our relationship with our allies and the threat of a nuclear Iran looming over our heads.
How did that work out for you, America? how cool is that? how sexy is that?
America needs to return to its exceptionalism, uniqueness and strength but taking a different direction. And the guy that is committed to do that, to fundamentally change our economy, based on his business experience and record in government - is Mitt Romney.
It has been along time coming, but now on this day, April 10th 2012, at this moment i can confidently say: that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for President, and bring the real change America and the world is waiting for.
And Congratulations Governor Romney, and thank you for being there for us..
Posted by TJK at 5:58 PM
Josh Nathan-Kazis that profiled earlier this month the new group "Jews Pick Rick," Orthodox Rick Santorum supporters, reports that with Rick Santroum’s exit from the presidential race, Jewish supporters of the conservative candidate say that they’re ready to back his onetime rival Mitt Romney.
“We’re happy he stayed in as long as he did,” said David Shor, creator of the website Jews Pick Rick. “We’re going to unite behind Mitt Romney and hopefully we’ll be able to beat Obama in the general election.”
“I’m sure they’ll go to Romney,” Shor said of his fellow Orthodox Jewish Santorum supporters. “I don’t think [Obama] will be able to get the Jewish Orthodox vote.”
Other Santorum supporters were upset at the news. “This is a big disappointment,” allowed Yochonon Donn, an editor at the Orthodox daily Hamodia who is a Santorum supporter in his personal capacity. “I think ultimately whoever would have supported [Santorum], they will go for Romney. They’re not going to go for Obama. I don’t think they will stay home.”
Posted by TJK at 4:12 PM
Mitt Romney holds a commanding lead in the polls heading toward New York’s April 24 presidential primary, topping Rick Santorum by 33 points statewide, according to a new Siena research poll released Tuesday.
51% of likely New York Republican voters said they plan on voting for Romney , while Santorum only gets 18 percent,Ron Paul 11 percent and Newt Gingrich with 6 percent.
“As the Republican Party leadership has rallied behind Romney, so too it appears, have Republican voters in New York,” Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said in a statement. “Romney has extended the 15-point lead over Santorum he held last month to a now nearly three-to-one 33-point lead.”
A lot has been written about the Orthodox vote in the NY primary. A group called "Jews Pick Rick" made the round of the news, creating the impression that Orthodox Jews prefer the ideolog and pro-Israel Republican, Rick Santorum over Governor Romney. However it turns out that Romney's lead over Santorum is even larger among Republican Jewish voters (who are viewed as more conservative), Romney leads this group with 57%, Santorum gets only 15%. Romney's favorability with Jews also matches his favorable view (37%) with Catholics or Protestants (38-39), 4 points higher than Santorum's (33%).
Romney also has strong support among Jewish voters in the general election. getting 45% of the vote, compared to Obama's 50%. Yet, in the same poll, when Jewish voters were asked whom they would vote for if election were held today, only 46% of respondents would vote for President Obama, while 51% prefer someone else.
Here is me explaining to Yochonon Donn from Hamodia, why Jews prefer Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum:
"Jacob Kornbluh, an Orthodox Jew from Boro Park who is working with Jews For Mitt (a Boston group), said that his group's message echoes the national campaign's by focusing on the economy. "After all," Mr Kornbluh said, "the economy remains the number 1 issue right now, its in distress. and in order to make a fundamental change and turn around the economy, Americans need a guy that has the business experience and that fiscal conservative record of balancing a budget and creating jobs."..... "But Mr. Kornbluh said that while Mr. Santorum may be closer to the community in values, it is more important to elect a candidate who can defeat President Barack Obama. "In order to beat President Obama in the fall," Mr Kornbluh said, "the Republican nominee must not only rally the base but appeal and bite into Obama's 2008 electorate - independents and disaffected Democrats.Out of the remaining candidates, only Mitt Romney has the right organization,the resources ability to raise big money and the broader appeal that is needed to beat an incumbent President.""Orthodox Jews must look beyond, and select a candidate that not only agrees with them on the issues that matter to them, but also a candidate that can get the Jewish vote at large - those who lost trust in Obama but will never vote for a Hard core conservative candidate."
Posted by TJK at 11:23 AM
Monday, April 9, 2012
A recent survey by the Public Religion Research of Jewish Voters, sent campaign Obama all over the place, spinning the poll results that show the President getting 62% of the Jewish Vote, ONLY 16% less than the 78% of support he got in 2008.
While the RJC pointed out the 16 point decline in support of the President, Campaign Obama spun it their way. Bluntly claiming that the numbers are the same as of June 2008, which improved by the time of election day.
The Pundits also came across the poll data, that shows Israel playing a minor factor in deciding for whom to vote for. And that the economy and values are more important to the Jewish electorate.
Before dismissing the poll as a manipulated poll, or as inaccurate. Here is why team Obama have reasons to worry and shvitz under their iron cleaned shirts: First, Obama is not anymore candidate Obama, but President Obama with a three and a half years in office record. So, a 16% decline in support is not only a sign of disappointment among traditional Democratic voters, but an increasing trend that could end with roughly 55% among Jewish voters, once they come across the aisle to examine the President's record being put out on the table.
This and more, even if Israel is not a deciding issue in the election, which can easily be dismissed. If indeed the economic situation and the role of government is the dominating issue among the Jewish electorate too, than there is no reason to believe that the decline in support of the president is not so significant, and that President Obama will succeed in bringing them home closer to the election. Nobody other than Team Obama in the Chicago bunker thinks that the President has a successful record when it comes to the economy, reducing the size of government, reducing the unemployment rate and releasing the heavy burden of high gas prices off our shoulders.
So, regardless of what the dominating issue might be, if its the economy or foreign affairs, Jewish voters as all Americans are fed up of being fooled again. And be rest assured, that once election day draws closer, there will be a significant decline in the president's support, just enough to determine the outcome of the election in the swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
MITCHELL BARD takes the poll data a step further and finds a noticeable unrepresentative sample. But nonetheless matches the results with a crystal clear conclusion - Obama’s current support is the lowest percentage for any Democrat since Jimmy Carter.
"Anyone who believes the hype over the recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute suggesting that Jews don’t consider Israel an important factor in their vote hasn’t spoken to any Jews in the last three years. And anyone who buys the spin from the survey that American Jews are showing strong support for Obama is simply ignorant of electoral history.
Putting aside what looks to be a liberal bias in the response group (44 percent identified as liberal or very liberal) and questions (which focused on religious and social issues rather than security and peace issues), the fact that Jews, like most Americans, would say the economy is the most important issue in this election is unremarkable. The more interesting question would be how many of these Jews are assimilated, disinterested in politics, have little knowledge or interest in Israel, because answers to these questions would probably also put the results in a proper perspective.
Two hints that this sample is unrepresentative and includes those less likely to consider Israel important are the finding that 60% of those polled don’t belong to synagogues and 64% never visited Israel.
If you ask people who attend synagogues, who have traveled to Israel, are members of AIPAC and other Jewish organization or are seniors, I suspect you would be hard pressed to find someone who does not think Israel is a very important issue. More important than the economy? Maybe not, but the relevant question is whether it is important enough that they will vote against someone they believe will harm Israel’s interests.
The lack of concern the pollsters found for Israel is reflected in the apparent disinterest of the pollsters, who asked only seven out of 43 questions about Israel and only one that directly related to security. Still, on these questions, the results were far more hawkish than one would expect from the liberal views found on social issues. For example, 83% said Iran is a major problem, second only to the concern expressed for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (which asked no follow-ups as to the reasons for its perpetuation, such as terrorism, incitement and the Palestinian refusal to enter negotiations). Furthermore, 59% said the US should take military action against Iran if sanctions fail. Only 53% supported a Palestinian state, 42% opposed.
Speaking around the country and reading what Jews are writing about in the mainstream and social media, it is quite evident the election is very much on their minds and the questions people ask are not about Obamacare or the deficit, it’s about aid to Israel, Iran and whether Obama can be trusted to protect Israel.
Does anyone believe that Obama and his rivals would go to the AIPAC conference and spend a disproportionate amount of time talking about Israel if they did not believe it was an issue that shaped Jews’ votes? They read polls every day and if they believed Jews didn’t care about Israel, you can be sure that Obama would have spent his time defending his record on the economy at AIPAC rather than his policy toward Israel.
62% is potentially disastrous for Obama in a close election. Remember, he got 78% of the Jewish vote in 2008; 16 points is a precipitous decline.
Even the most delusional Republican does not expect any of their candidates to win a majority of the Jewish vote. But in a close election it could make a difference if the Republican gets more than 30% as Reagan and Bush Sr. did in their victories.
The survey spinners also failed to consider historical perspective. Obama’s current support is the lowest percentage for any Democrat since Jimmy Carter. The average Jewish vote for a Democrat is 71%, so his support is significantly below average. In fact, the last two Democrats to receive less than 70% of the Jewish vote – Dukakis and Mondale – both lost."
Posted by TJK at 11:32 PM
Sunday, April 8, 2012
MICHAEL BARBARO in the MYT introduces Mitt Romney to the Jewish Community, by looking at the decades-long relationship between the presumptive Republican nominee and the popular Prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. While Israel is not a partisan issue and the PM made no reference to the upcoming election, the US-Israel relationship will be strengthened, by telling the story of two men with a unknown pretty significant relationship.
"In 1976, the lives of Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu intersected, briefly but indelibly, in the 16th-floor offices of the Boston Consulting Group, where both had been recruited as corporate advisers. At the most formative time of their careers, they sized each other up during the firm’s weekly brainstorming sessions, absorbing the same profoundly analytical view of the world.
That shared experience decades ago led to a warm friendship, little known to outsiders, that is now rich with political intrigue. Mr. Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, is making the case for military action against Iran as Mr. Romney, the likely Republican presidential nominee, is attacking the Obama administration for not supporting Mr. Netanyahu more robustly.
The relationship between Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Romney — nurtured over meals in Boston, New York and Jerusalem, strengthened by a network of mutual friends and heightened by their conservative ideologies — has resulted in an unusually frank exchange of advice and insights on topics like politics, economics and the Middle East.
When Mr. Romney was the governor of Massachusetts, Mr. Netanyahu offered him firsthand pointers on how to shrink the size of government. When Mr. Netanyahu wanted to encourage pension funds to divest from businesses tied to Iran, Mr. Romney counseled him on which American officials to meet with. And when Mr. Romney first ran for president, Mr. Netanyahu presciently asked him whether he thought Newt Gingrich would ever jump into the race.
Only a few weeks ago, on Super Tuesday, Mr. Netanyahu delivered a personal briefing by telephone to Mr. Romney about the situation in Iran.
“We can almost speak in shorthand,” Mr. Romney said in an interview. “We share common experiences and have a perspective and underpinning which is similar.”
Mr. Netanyahu attributed their “easy communication” to what he called “B.C.G.’s intellectually rigorous boot camp.”
“So despite our very different backgrounds,” he said through an aide, “my sense is that we employ similar methods in analyzing problems and coming up with solutions for them.”
The ties between Mr. Romney and Mr. Netanyahu stand out because there is little precedent for two politicians of their stature to have such a history together that predates their entry into government. And that history could well influence decision-making at a time when the United States may face crucial questions about whether to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities or support Israel in such an action.
Mr. Romney has suggested that he would not make any significant policy decisions about Israel without consulting Mr. Netanyahu — In a telling exchange during a debate in December, Mr. Romney criticized Mr. Gingrich for making a disparaging remark about Palestinians, declaring: “Before I made a statement of that nature, I’d get on the phone to my friend Bibi Netanyahu and say: ‘Would it help if I say this? What would you like me to do?’ “
Mr. Netanyahu insists that he is neutral in the presidential election, but he has at best a fraught relationship with President Obama. For years, the prime minister has skillfully mobilized many Jewish groups and Congressional Republicans to pressure the Obama administration into taking a more confrontational approach against Iran.
“To the extent that their personal relationship would give Netanyahu entree to the Romney White House in a way that he doesn’t now have to the Obama White House,” Martin Indyk said, “the prime minister would certainly consider that to be a significant advantage.”
Although they never worked closely on a project together, Mr. Romney and Mr. Netanyahu, competitive by nature, left deep impressions on each other, which appear to have only grown.
Mr. Romney, never known for his lack of self-confidence, still recalls the sense of envy he felt watching Mr. Netanyahu effortlessly hold court during the firm’s Monday morning meetings, when consultants presented their work and fielded questions from their colleagues. The sessions were renowned for their sometimes grueling interrogations.
“He was a strong personality with a distinct point of view,” Mr. Romney said. “I aspired to the same kind of perspective.”
Over dinner years later, aides said, Mr. Netanyahu would reveal the depth of his own scorekeeping, when he quipped, with mostly playful chagrin, that Mr. Romney had been “Henderson’s favorite.”
“His star,” the prime minister said of Mr. Romney’s time at Boston Consulting, “had already risen.”
Mr. Romney worked at the company from 1975 to 1977; Mr. Netanyahu was involved from 1976 to 1978. But a month after Mr. Netanyahu arrived, he returned to Israel to start an antiterrorism foundation in memory of his brother, an officer killed while leading the hostage rescue force at Entebbe, Uganda. An aide said he sporadically returned to the company over the rest of that two-year period.
Mr. Romney later decamped to Bain & Company, a rival of Boston Consulting. They did, however, maintain a significant link: at Bain, Mr. Romney worked closely with Fleur Cates, Mr. Netanyahu’s second wife. (Ms. Cates and Mr. Netanyahu divorced in the mid-1980s, but she remains in touch with Mr. Romney.)
The men reconnected shortly after 2003 when Mr. Romney became the governor of Massachusetts. Mr. Netanyahu paid him a visit, eager to swap tales of government life.
Mr. Netanyahu, who had recently stepped down as Israel’s finance minister, regaled Mr. Romney with stories of how, in the tradition of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, he had challenged unionized workers over control of their pensions, reduced taxes and privatized formerly government-run industries, reducing the role of government in private enterprise.
He encouraged Mr. Romney to look for ways to do the same. As Mr. Romney recalled, Mr. Netanyahu told him of a favorite memory from basic training about a soldier trying to race his comrades with a fat man atop his shoulders. Naturally, he loses.
“Government,” Mr. Romney recalled him saying, “is the guy on your shoulders.”
As governor, Mr. Romney said, he frequently repeated the story to the heads of various agencies, reminding them that their job as regulators was to “catch the bad guys, but also to encourage the good guys and to make business more successful in our state.”
A few years later, Mr. Romney had dinner with Mr. Netanyahu at a private home in the Jewish quarter of the Old City, in central Jerusalem, where the two spent hours discussing the American and Israeli economies. When Mr. Netanyahu informed Mr. Romney of a personal campaign to persuade American pension funds to divest from businesses tied to Iran, Mr. Romney offered up his Rolodex.
Before he left Israel, Mr. Romney set up several meetings with government officials in the United States for his old colleague. “I immediately saw the wisdom of his thinking,” Mr. Romney said.
Back in Massachusetts, Mr. Romney sent out letters to legislators requesting that the public pension funds they controlled sell off investments from corporations doing business with Iran.
Even as Mr. Netanyahu, a keen and eager student of American politics, has tried to avoid any hint of favoritism in the presidential election, friends say he has paid especially close attention to Mr. Romney’s political fortunes in this campaign season.
And the prime minister keeps open lines of communication to the candidate. When it was Mr. Gingrich’s turn to leap to the top of the polls, Mr. Netanyahu was startled in January by an article exploring why Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino executive and outspoken supporter of Israel, was devoting millions of dollars to back Mr. Gingrich. It described Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Adelson as close friends.
Mr. Netanyahu’s office quickly relayed a message to a senior Romney adviser, Dan Senor: the prime minister had played no role in Mr. Adelson’s decision to bankroll a Romney rival."
Posted by TJK at 9:18 PM
Yossi Gestetner comments on the AAPC's selection of Bob Turner's campaign manager as the Republican campaign manager of the year:
"While the win would have not been possible without Chaskel Bennet and Jacob Kornbluh pushing early on for Turner in the Orthodox Jewish Community...".
Posted by TJK at 8:37 PM