At their peak

The 2012 US elections could mark the highpoint of Jewish influence in American politics.

October 31, 2012 13:15
Pro-Israel students on US campus

Pro-Israel students on US campus 521. (photo credit: Courtesy JAFI)


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In the closing stages of the razor-thin 2012 US presidential election, American Jews suddenly emerged in a starring role in a way they never had before.

In no previous election had the candidates spent so much money and expended so much time and energy in an effort to target and capture Jewish votes. In the short term, some might see this as gratifying. After all, it’s nice to be wanted. But some of the longer term implications are worrying both for the American Jewish community and for Israel.


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