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Sundown: Poll Shows Jews Moving to GOP

Plus Wexler on the problem of building on swappable land, and more

by
Marc Tracy
February 02, 2012
Rep. Eric Cantor may get some company!(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rep. Eric Cantor may get some company!(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

• A new Pew poll suggests the Jewish vote is trending Republican in a more pronounced fashion than the general populace’s. Big news if it shows up in November. [Forward]

• In a remarkable report, Robert Worth finds an official Iranian attempt to co-opt the Arab Spring failing in light of the leadership’s continued support for the Assad regime. [NYT]

• At Herzliya, former Congressman and Obama ally Robert Wexler questioned whether Israel should be building on West Bank land such that the amount of land swapped in a final deal is diminished. He is doing the Lord’s work, pun intended. [JPost]

• A French Jewish woman is embroiled in a custody battle with a Saudi prince. Wait, what? [JTA]

• Coffee with Shalom Auslander. [Capital]

• The Anti-Defamation League lambasted a local Italian politician for calling Roberto Benigni a “communist billionaire Jew,” which we back the group on. It added, “He is a man to be celebrated, not insulted.”… Yeah? [Ynet]

“I am what they call a Jew,” says The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz, “which means that I am neurotic and have a habit of falling into tailspins of anxiety.” It’s not just Jewish bloggers? Also, remember how this is the best plotline in television history?

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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