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Orthodox Jews Were Not Affected By “Obama Bad For Israel” Rhetoric

By Benjamin Schuman-Stoler

According to data based on precincts “with High-Concentration Of Orthodox Jewish Voters,” Orthodox Jews were not only unafraid of Barack Obama, some communities voted for him in larger numbers than they did for John Kerry in 2004.

Shmuel Rosner blogs (and has a nice chart) about the data , compiled by The Public Policy office of the Orthodox Union, at JPost. He gives four explanations for the data:

  1. Like many Americans, Orthodox Jews thought it was time for the GOP to get its butt kicked.
  2. The economy has a profound impact on Orthodox families with a lot of children and a lot of expenses.
  3. Bush was rewarded in 2004 for his friendship toward Israel. McCain wasn’t.
  4. Sarah Palin was a downer to Jews, some Orthodox included.

Either way, we know that the rumors and the rhetoric swirling around Obama as bad for Israel and bad for Jews didn’t work among this demographic.

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Obama Controversy Regarding Sen. Hagel

More controversy regarding Barack Obama and his policies on Jewish-related issues has bubbled up and, perhaps, simmered down in the past few days.

According to the JTA, the Republican Jewish Coalition released a statement yesterday (which has since been removed from their website) condemning what they saw as Sen. Chuck Hagel’s accompanying Obama on his upcoming trip to the Middle East. The RJC demanded Obama drop Hagel from the trip. Continue reading