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Romney to challenge Obama with foreign policy speech

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2012

Mitt Romney is planning to address questions over his foreign policy agenda at a speech next week.

With a month to go until the presidential election, Mr Romney will make a final push to convince the US electorate that he is the right man to succeed Barack Obama.

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Samuel L Jackson in Jewish group's pro-Obama campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

A Jewish group has joined forces with actor Samuel L Jackson in a video campaigning against Mitt Romney.

With just over a month to go before the United States votes on whether to return Democrat Barack Obama to the White House or elect Republican Mr Romney, campaigners on both sides are working hard to spread the word about their favoured candidate.

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Obama’s dangerous campaign

By Melanie Phillips, September 16, 2012

Into my inbox last week popped an email from Michelle Obama. "Thank you for an amazing week… Can you chip in $5 or more to stand with Barack today?"

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The race is on for kosher vote in US Presidential election

By Tom Tugend, September 13, 2012

In the run-up to the US presidential election on November 6, the battle for the Jewish vote is moving into top gear.

Both parties have in-house, Jewish-focused campaign organisations which proclaim the righteous deeds of their candidate and defend him against the outrageous lies of his opponents.

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Condolences offered after deaths of four in Benghazi

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2012

Politicians from around the world have offered condolences to the family and friends of the victims of an attack on US embassy staff in Libya.

The US envoy to the North African country, Christopher Stevens, was killed along three others during a pro-Islamist riot broke in Benghazi on Tuesday night.

President Obama said in a statement that he strongly condemned "the outrageous attack".

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David Wolpe, the Democratic rabbi

By Simon Round, September 6, 2012

The Democrats and Republicans may have widely divergent candidates and policies but they do agree on one thing — it is best to use a rabbi to bless their conventions.

While the Republicans went for modern Orthodox minister Meir Soloveichik, the Democrats chose Rabbi David Wolpe of the Conservative Sinai Temple in Los Angeles to perform the invocation.

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Major embarrassment for Obama on Jerusalem

By Jonathan Cummings, September 6, 2012

The word from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, is that Barack Obama has an “unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security”. His party believes that “there will be no lasting peace unless Israel’s security concerns are met” and, together, they “encourage all parties to be resolute in the pursuit of peace”.

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For Romney, Israel is a film set to impress Christian voters

By Nathan Jeffay, August 2, 2012

“You are good,” the smartly dressed organiser at Mitt Romney’s Jerusalem breakfast told guests on Monday morning as she let them in. What this meant was: you were one of the select few invited to the function; you hold an American passport; and you have paid $25,000 for your seat.

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No difference between Romney and Obama on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 2, 2012

Despite Mitt Romney’s forceful rhetoric on Iran during his visit to Israel last weekend, the substance of his position differed very little from that of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who visited Jerusalem later in the week.

The Republican presidential candidate was careful not to openly criticise his rival, President Barack Obama, but succeeded in angering the Palestinian leadership.

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Obama to visit Israel if he wins second term in White House

By Jennifer Lipman, July 24, 2012

President Obama will visit Israel if he is elected for four more years.

The pledge was made by his senior aide Colin Kahl in a conversation with journalists on Monday.

"We can expect him to visit Israel in a second term, should he be re-elected," said Mr Kahl, the president's campaign spokesman on the Middle East.

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