The Palin Puzzle

Support for Israel, traditionally a bipartisan issue in American politics, has become a very partisan issue.

By JAN JABEN-EILON
September 5, 2010 10:27
Sarah Palin

sarah palin311. (photo credit: erik lesser / AP)

 
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WHEN BENYAMIN KORN, 54, a self-described activist, journalist, son of a Reform rabbi, father of four teenagers and a ba’al teshuva (someone who has become religiously observant), launched the Jews for Sarah Palin website in mid-April, he was the butt of jokes by friends and foes alike.

After all, 78 percent of American Jews had supported the Democratic presidential ticket in 2008, according to exit polls. And an American Jewish Committee poll in September showed that Jews disapproved of Palin by a 54 to 37 percent margin, indicating that the addition of the former Alaskan governor to the Republican ticket was part of the reason for the Jewish vote.

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