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  •  This you may find interesting. I found this (7+ / 0-)

    article on Sen. G, and it's written in a journal called, The Jewish Weekly.  It floored me.  What do you think?

    Gillibrand comments on Israel jeopardize Jewish campaign contributions, votes

    ... she said she would be prepared to support diplomatic pressure on the Israeli leader. “I think the president will use all the means and all the tools in his toolbox to reach a solution for peace in the Middle East,” she said.  “And if he offers positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement,  that will be a strategic decision for the administration and our secretary of state.” That may not be a particularly radical thing to say, but in New York Democratic politics it’s probably not the mark of political genius. It’s one thing to believe that Israel sometimes needs a nudge from Washington; lots of lawmakers believe that. It’s another to say it at the outset of a campaign in which Jewish money could play a huge role. Jewish campaign dollars draw heavily from staunchly pro-Israel givers who tend to respond quickly and aggressively to any deviation from the pro-Israel credo, as defined by groups like AIPAC. And commandment number one is: never support pressure on Israel. Maybe Gillibrand reads the polls that suggest that American Jews in general don’t take such a tough line. But right now it’s Jewish money that she needs, and statements like that could prove troublesome, especially if her Republican opponent is someone with strong connections to big Jewish givers and decent support from voters – someone like former Gov. George Pataki, rumored to be considering a run.

    Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

    by CIndyCasella on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 10:38:08 AM PST

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