News Roundup for November 11, 2022

November 11, 2022
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74 Percent of Jewish Voters View Trump, MAGA as ‘Threat to Jews in America,’ Poll Finds, Haaretz
“Three out of four Jewish Americans voted for Democrats in the U.S. midterm elections, significantly motivated by rising antisemitism and extremism fostered by former president Donald Trump’s influence on the Republican Party. Jews backed Democrats over Republicans by a 74-25 margin, according to a GBAO Election Night poll commissioned by J Street, with 55 percent of voters citing “the state of democracy” as their top issue while 40 percent cited abortion.”

Poll: US Jews Overwhelmingly Backed Democrats in Midterms, Religion News
“As in the past, Jews across the country voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates — 74% to 25%, according to a new exit poll of 800 registered Jewish voters sponsored by the pro-Israel group J Street. But this year their votes were as much against something or someone — as in the case of Mastriano. The J Street poll showed that a whopping 97% of American Jews said they were concerned about antisemitism.”

Polls Show Most Jewish Voters Backed Democrats, Animated by Democracy and Abortion Concerns, JTA
“A poll of Jewish voters showed them overwhelmingly listing abortion rights and risks to democracy as their top issues when they voted in midterm elections. The poll commissioned by J Street and another exit poll conducted on behalf of Fox News Channel and the Associated Press also showed substantial majorities of Jews voting Democratic, although they differed on how big the majorities were. That is commensurate with Jewish voting in the past, which favors Democrats two-to-one generally.”

Three-Quarters of Jewish Voters Polled Blame Trump for Rise in Antisemitism, NewsWeek
“J Street on Thursday published the election night poll finding that 76 percent of American Jews believe the former president and his wing of the GOP are responsible for an uptick in antisemitism and white supremacy. The poll also found 74 percent believe Trump and the MAGA movement are “”a threat to Jews in America.”” The poll follows reports of increasing antisemitic incidents and as Trump is expected to announce another bid for the presidency.”

Nearly Three-Quarters of Jewish Voters Think Trump and MAGA Are a ‘Threat to Jews in America’, Survey Finds, The Independent
“American Jewish voters overwhelmingly backed Democrats in Tuesday’s midterm election and view former president Donald Trump and his Make America Great Again (Maga) movement as a threat, a survey conducted by the liberal advocacy group J Street has found.”

National Election Night Survey of Jewish Voters Finds Overwhelming Support for Democrats, Opposition to Trump and the Far-Right, J Street
“The overwhelming majority of American Jews voted for Democratic candidates in the midterm elections, while raising serious concerns about the state of American democracy and the role that Donald Trump and his GOP allies have played in the rise of antisemitism, according to a new Election Night poll.”

Top News and Analysis

Israel’s President To Invite Netanyahu To Form Next Government, CNN
Israel’s President Isaac Herzog announced Friday he will invite Benjamin Netanyahu to form Israel’s next government, paving the way for him to take the country’s top job for a record sixth time and extend his record as the nation’s longest-serving leader. Herzog will officially issue the mandate to Netanyahu on Sunday, he said. Herzog made the announcement after meeting with all the factions in parliament, the Knesset, to ask who they would back for prime minister.

U.S. Slams Israeli Ultranationalist Lawmaker’s Remarks at Kahane Memorial, Axios
State Department spokesperson Ned Price said it was “abhorrent” that Israeli politician Itamar Ben-Gvir, the leader of a Jewish supremacist party who is set to become a minister in the next government, praised the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was known for his racist and extreme rhetoric, at a memorial service in Israel on Thursday. Such strongly worded criticism by a State Department official is unusual when it comes to issues related to Israel. Ben-Gvir, whose party is part of Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc that recently won the Israeli elections, is expected to be appointed the new minister of internal security.

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Israel Readies Indictments in Death of Palestinian-American, AP
The Israeli army on Thursday moved toward indicting two commanders over the death of a 78-year-old Palestinian-American man who was dragged from a car, bound and blindfolded after being stopped at a checkpoint.

Shin Bet Admits to Tracking Israeli Journalists Using Cell Phone Data, Haaretz
The Shin Bet security service has been using a database collected from cellphone companies to monitor the activity of journalists, as well as in the investigation of crimes, and not just in security-related investigations, the state’s response to a petition filed by a civil rights group with the High Court revealed.

Palestinians Join Huge Fatah Rally in Gaza Strip Amid Rift, The Washington Post
Turning a huge park in Gaza City into a sea of yellow flags, tens of thousands of Palestinians on Thursday commemorated the anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat — a rare public show of support for the Fatah faction in the heartland of its Islamist rival Hamas.

Opinion and Analysis

AIPAC’s Fallen Crown: The Arrogance and Absurdity of America’s ‘pro-Israel’ Lobby, Haaretz
Chair of the Progressive Zionists of California Daniel Bral writes, “What gets discounted in that “pro-Israel” bubble is that criticizing Israeli policy – notwithstanding Palestinian policy – is a necessary and proper means of achieving a two-state solution – the only path toward securing Israel’s future as both a Jewish and democratic state. As Israel careens further rightward, those who have Israel’s attention, particularly American Jews but also American politicians, must use the power of their voice to reorient Israel’s posture toward peace.”

Palestinian Parents Fear for Their Children As Israel’s Far Right Rises, The Washington Post
Claire Parker and Shira Rubin report, “As former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to return to power with the help of Israel’s far right, Palestinian families say that well-rehearsed warnings to their children about dealing with Israeli security forces have taken on new urgency.”

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