Barack Obama

Palestinians ‘optimistic’ over Obama

By Ben Lynfield, November 6, 2008

Palestinian leaders are hoping Barack Obama's campaign emphasis on change will translate in office into a shift away from what they view as reflexive American support for Israel.

"I don't know if there is going to be pressure on Israel but he may have a different approach, one of engaging the Israelis, of persuading them," former Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Ziyad Abu Amer said.

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US Jews turn to Obama

By Nathan Guttman, October 29, 2008

As the presidential campaign enters its final phase, Democrat contender Barack Obama is consolidating his lead with American Jewish voters in polls and reaching a 3:1 margin over his Republican rival John McCain.

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Jesse Jackson: Obama would end decades of “zionist control”

October 17, 2008

Barack Obama's campaign has played down accusations by civil-rights leader the Rev Jesse Jackson that the Democrat candidate would end decades of "Zionist control" if he became president.

The New York Post quoted Rev Jackson, at the World Policy Forum in Evian, France, as saying an Obama presidency would weaken Zionists, who "have controlled American policy for decades".

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Top Israeli officals deny they endorsed Obama

By Yaakov Katz and Nathan Guttman, October 7, 2008

Two former leading Israeli security officials say they were duped into taking part in a video ad supporting United States Senator Barack Obama's campaign for president that has been widely circulated on the internet.

Uzi Dayan, a former deputy chief of staff of the IDF and former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy were among eight Israeli ex-security officials interviewed for the short film released by the Jewish Council for Education and Research.

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Nippers back Barack

By Simon Round, October 2, 2008

If Barack Obama sweeps to victory in the US presidential elections next month, it may be partly due to his secret weapon - Jewish grandchildren.

One of the more weirdly named support groups for the Democrat nominee for the top job is "Jewish Grandchildren for Obama", which was set up, according to its blurb, to "help educate older generations of Jewish voters about why Obama is the best choice - domestically and internationally".

But why stop there? We could have Jewish nieces for McCain and perhaps even Jewish kilt-wearers for Brown.

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Obama woos a key Florida constituency

By Nathan Guttman, September 29, 2008

Facing disappointing poll numbers among Jewish voters, Democratic candidate Barack Obama is doubling his efforts to win over older Jewish voters, mainly those in retirement communities in southern Florida.

Mr Obama's campaign has been sending surrogates to speak to Jewish voters in Florida and answer concerns they might have regarding the candidate's backgrounds and his views on Israel and the Middle East.

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Obama reaches out to faith groups

By Nathan Guttman, August 28, 2008

Attempting to make inroads to the Jewish community and Christian evangelicals, the Democrats launched a drive to highlight the role of faith and religion during its convention.

The conference, in Denver, formed a first-ever "faith caucus" and featured discussions on the role of religion in politics which included Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders.

From left: Barack Obama; his wife, Michelle; Jill Biden; and Joseph Biden

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Obama highlights faith and religion at Democratic convention

By Nathan Guttman, August 27, 2008

Attempting to make inroads to the Jewish community and Christian evangelicals, the Democrats launched an effort to highlight the role of faith and religion during its convention.

The conference, in Denver, formed a first-ever "faith caucus" and featured discussions on the role of religion in politics which included Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders.

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Obama gets a kosher boost

By Dana Gloger, August 22, 2008

US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has promoted his adviser on Jewish and Middle East issues to the position of senior policy adviser and Jewish outreach coordinator.

Daniel Shapiro's appointment has been hailed as an increased effort by Democrat Mr Obama's campaign team to court America's Jewish vote ahead of the country's November general elections.

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Obama fires up the Israeli public

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2008

Senator Barack Obama may or may not be elected the 44th President of the United States in November, but this week in Israel he received a welcome to match that of many heads of state.

The Democratic candidate reciprocated in kind by saying almost everything possible to allay Israeli and Jewish fears of his election.

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