How Orthodox Money Is Reshaping Republican Politics

By:NATHAN GUTTMAN, Forward— Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have long appreciated the importance of tapping into the pool of Jewish donors, who are among the most generous political contributors in the nation. But until recently, Orthodox Jews have been an elusive target. Like their Democratic counterparts, Republican candidates chose to go after more secular —…

Rubio: Palestinian statehood not currently possible

By: JTA, Times of Israel— US Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a candidate for the Republican nomination for president, said he would not pursue a two-state solution for the Israel-Palestinian conflict right now. “I don’t think the conditions exist for that today,” Rubio said Wednesday during a question-and-answer session hosted by PBS’s Charlie Rose at…

Survey Shows Quarter of US Jews Leaving Their Faith

By: ARI SOFFER, Israel National News— A new survey released Tuesday reveals some interesting data about American Jews. The Pew Research Religious Landscape Survey revealed both positive and negative findings concerning the future of United States Jewry, including the fact that – in spite of relatively low birthrates and growing intermarriage – the community’s relative…

Ex-CIA head sees ‘strategic’ threat for Israel in boycott campaign

By: ELHANAN MILLER, Times of Israel— NEW YORK — Israel is facing a “strategic threat” in the form of the international boycott, divestment and sanction campaign, former CIA chief David Petraeus said on Monday. Petraeus said that Israel was currently experiencing “the best of times and the most worrisome of times.” He was speaking during…

Burn Baby Burn

By: RON JAGER— Never in human history has there been a similar act of benevolence by a developed nation. Since the 1980s, despite the immense dangers, the religious obstacles, and the logistical complexities, Israel has brought tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews from one of the most underdeveloped countries on the globe to the shores…