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Are some Democrats moving away from Israel?

Some Jewish Democrats and community activists are concerned at what they see as fresh signs that the party is distancing itself from Israel. New York's Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said at a July 22 town hall meeting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "does not have a plan for peace.” In Massachusetts, Jewish Democrats were riled by a recent attempt by some party activists to promote a position more critical of Israel. In California, critics of Israel brought about the adoption of an anti-Israel resolution at the Democrats’ latest state convention.

Posted on July 28, 2017 and filed under News, Politics.

Jewish and Christian Israel supporters discuss anti-BDS efforts in Knesset

“In each and every generation they rise up against us to destroy us,” Israeli MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) reminded a packed Knesset hall earlier this month during the premier joint meeting of the Knesset Caucus to Fight Delegitimization of Israel and the Christian Allies Caucus. The focus of the event: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), and how Jewish and Christian supporters of Israel can work together to quash the economic warfare movement against Israel.

Posted on July 28, 2016 and filed under Features, Israel, Politics, Christian.

British Labour Party engulfed by convergence of the far left and anti-Semitism

Jewish leaders in the United Kingdom have voiced their displeasure with the Labour Party amid an anti-Semitism scandal within its ranks that continues to engulf the country’s second-largest party. With the reported suspension of at least 50 Labour members for anti-Semitic comments over the past two months, British-Jewish voters are also indicating that the scandal may have damaged their perception of the liberal party. Although the Labour Party’s candidate for London mayor, Sadiq Khan, defeated Conservative Party candidate Zac Goldsmith in the city’s May 5 election, results from other local and regional elections around the U.K. on the same day showed losses for the Labour Party among Jewish voters, including in Manchester, home to the country’s second-largest Jewish community. 

Posted on May 6, 2016 and filed under News, Politics, World.

Netanyahu fires Lapid, Livni after failed meeting to salvage Israeli coalition

A meeting on Monday between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid (leader of the Yesh Atid party), intended as a bid to salvage Israel’s coalition government, ended in a stalemate. As a result, a new election is expected in the country. On Tuesday, Netanyahu proceeded to fire Lapid as well as Hatnuah leader and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

Posted on December 1, 2014 and filed under Israel, News, Politics, World.

Rand Paul changes course on Israel funding

Although the 2016 presidential election is still a long way off, prospective candidates are already testing the waters for possible presidential bids—primarily candidates considering running in the currently wide-open Republican race. Thus when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), one of the most visible potential contenders in 2016, said that he had never proposed to cut foreign aid to Israel, many in the pro-Israel community took notice.

Posted on August 12, 2014 and filed under Israel, News, U.S., World, Politics.