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Rick Santorum campaigning today.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

• Republican candidate Rick Santorum is staunchly pro-Israel and has a history of working well with Jewish groups. But his staunch social conservatism and very public Catholicism could nonetheless make him a tough sell to the majority of Jewish voters. [JTA]

• Noam Shalit, father of Gilad, will run for Knesset as a Labor man. [Haaretz]

• The editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress, the liberal group of blogs which has come under fire for its writers’ alleged anti-Israel slant, reportedly admitted in an email that the term “Israel-firster”—which appeared in at least one TP writer’s Twitter feed—is “terrible, anti-Semitic language.” [JPost]

• The saga of a prospective New Jersey Hebrew-language charter school. [NYT]

• The lost 11th century Jews of … Afghanistan! [Medievalists]

• Carl Kruger Agonistes. [NY Mag]

On Saturday Night Live, Rick Santorum (played by Andy Samberg) says, “What is this campaign about? Two things. One, making the family once again the center of our nation’s public policy, and two, starting a war with Iran as a favor to Israel, whether Israel asks us to or not.” Mondoweiss sees a biting barb. I see, at the least, mainstream recognition of just how central Israel has become to this race.





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