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Pollster's winning accuracy on US presidential elections

By Gil Shefler, November 15, 2012

He’s 50 per cent Jewish — and almost 100 per cent accurate when predicting election results.

Nate Silver, the 34-year-old pollster for the New York Times, was the man in the news last week after he called the elections for incumbent Barack Obama with amazing accuracy.

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Reality bites on electoral influence

By Gilbert Kahn, November 15, 2012

Election 2012 may well turn out to be historic for American Jews, but in many ways the results are ones about which Jews have been in denial.

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Abbas tells Obama he is set on UN upgrade

By Anna Sheinman, November 12, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told President Obama that he is set on gaining non-member status for the PA, despite US opposition.

According to Nabil Abu Rdaineh, an aide to President Abbas, the two leaders spoke on the phone on Sunday.

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The truth won’t out

November 9, 2012

If an ambassador is, as Henry Wotton put it, an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country, so the niceties of diplomacy require political leaders to, not to put too fine a point on it, lie through their teeth. Benjamin Netanyahu was, one assumes, among the world leaders who called President Obama to congratulate him on his re-election.

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Bibi's backing for Romney could cause him trouble now

By Jonathan Cummings, November 8, 2012

Until Monday evening, Benjamin Netanyahu’s election guru Arthur Finkelstein was reassuring the Prime Minister’s inner circle that he would be writing a congratulatory note to President Romney. While not a fatal miscalculation, Mr Netanyahu’s strong backing for the losing candidate in the US elections could cause him some trouble in the coming months.

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Israeli cabinet to ask Obama to reject Palestinian UN bid

By Hadas Haimov, November 7, 2012

The Israeli cabinet will ask re-elected US President Barack Obama to refuse the Palestinian request for a diplomatic UN upgrade.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly at the end of the month. Sources say he will ask the UN to upgrade Palestinian status to that of permanent observer-state.

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The man who's already won the US election - satirist Jon Stewart

By Dan Friedman, November 1, 2012

With little more than a hair’s breadth between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, the US election is too close to call. However, whatever the outcome, there is already one certain winner – Jon Stewart.

The presenter of The Daily Show and American television's satirist-in-chief has had a good campaign.

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Obama helps Jewish Chief of Staff keep Shabbat

By Anna Sheinman, October 29, 2012

It was always going to be difficult for President Obama’s Chief of Staff Jack Lew to keep Shabbat, but making his observance that bit easier is his special Shabbat helper – the president himself.

Mr Lew told New York Jewish newspaper The Forward: “I saw the president on many occasions on Friday afternoons look at his watch, and ask: ‘Isn’t it time for you to get going?’”

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Obama, Romney spar over Middle East in presidential debate

By Jennifer Lipman, October 17, 2012

The Republican presidential hopeful accused his Democratic rival of putting "daylight between the US and Israel" during a heated exchange in Tuesday night's debate.

Mitt Romney said there were questions over his opponent's "whole policy" in the Middle East, citing the situations in Syria and Egypt and the recent fatal attack on the US envoy in Libya.

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Obama supporter Sarah Silverman's campaign labelled 'sickening ' by rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, October 15, 2012

An American Jewish comedian and outspoken Obama supporter has been attacked by a rabbi for being vulgar and using her Jewish background inappropriately.

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