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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 02:45 PM

Jews, pro-Israel community warm to prospect of John Kerry as U.S. secretary of state

Jews, pro-Israel community warm to prospect of John Kerry as U.S. secretary of state
What differentiates Kerry from Sen. Chuck Hagel, pro-Israel officials say, is his willingness to engage even when he disagrees and his familiarity with the issues.
By JTA | Dec.26, 2012 | 11:05 AM | 13

On a wintry day at a small Iowa shul in November of 2003, John Kerry got all verklempt. The man whose opponents had taken to depicting as aloof and patrician, whose campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination had been all but written off by that point, leapt onto the dais at Tifereth Israel synagogue in Des Moines. Kerry delivered an emotional account of his then-recent discovery that his grandfather was Jewish and recalled how, on a visit to Israel standing atop Masada, he had cried out, Am Yisrael Chai!

The bond Kerry has forged with the Jewish community because of his roots and because of his interest in the Middle East has helped smooth over rough patches when he has criticized Israel.

We've had disagreements in the past, but on the whole hes a staunch advocate and defender of the U.S.-Israel relationship and Israeli security, the Anti-Defamation League's national director, Abraham Foxman, told JTA in a telephone interview from Israel, where he was meeting with Israeli leaders.


http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-features/jews-pro-israel-community-warm-to-prospect-of-john-kerry-as-u-s-secretary-of-state-1.490131

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Response to King_David (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:00 PM

1. So!

Why should it matter?

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:30 PM

2. See what group I posted the article in?

Or which newspaper published the article?

It matters to some people .

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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:34 PM

3. think chas freeman n/t

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