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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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Obama backs Munich silence despite IOC stance

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2012

The US President has given his backing to the calls for a minute’s silence at the London Olympics in memory of the Munich massacre 40 years ago.

White House official Tommy Vietor said on Thursday that the president “absolutely” supported the campaign for this tribute, launched by the widow of one of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the September 1972 Games.

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Obama, Hague express shock at Burgas terror attack

By Jamie Michaels, July 19, 2012

World leaders have spoken of their horror after Wednesday's terrorist attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, which killed at least five Israeli tourists and left 30 injured.

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Obama asks barmitzvah boys for campaign help

By Jennifer Lipman, June 25, 2012

The intended donors are five years away from being able to cast a vote, but Barack Obama's campaign team is hoping to enlist the support of barmitzvah boys across the United States.

On the president's official re-election website, supporters are asked whether they have "a special milestone or event coming up?".

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