Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774
Foreign Policy Issues Do you support increased sanctions against Iran? If so, what kind of sanctions? Specter: Yes, I support enhanced sanctions. It is important that the next round of sanctions be measured. As RAND scholar Alireza Nader noted in a Sept. 30, 2009 paper: "Additional sanctions may create popular resentment against the government, and may even increase protests and...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
It was a rainy Monday morning as members of Allentown's Conservative Temple Beth El filed into the dark synagogue and greeted one another with a friendly series of boker tovs, or "good mornings." The synagogue usually attracts up to 75 people on Shabbat, but on this particular day, only about a dozen congregants sauntered in to the small sanctuary, most...
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On May 18, Pennsylvania voters will decide the political fate of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, the longest-serving senator in the state's history and one of the most notable Jewish politicians in the country. But there's no shortage of other key contests to be decided on primary day, including the race to succeed Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, one of three Jewish...
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Making his re-election pitch inside an Elkins Park synagogue earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter ratcheted up his criticism of President Barack Obama's dealings with Israel. "I say publicly: You are wrong, Mr. President," Specter said Sunday afternoon, referring to the administration's call for Israel to cease building in eastern Jerusalem, and news reports of Obama's private chastising of...
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It's hard to find a political figure today held in less esteem in the eyes of most Jews than former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a blogger for the conservative publication Commentary wrote earlier this year. Jennifer Rubin, in a January posting analyzing the Palin phenomenon, asserted that while they might be off-base, Jews see her as "uncouth, unschooled, a hick,...
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