Politics Schmolitics: US Presidential Elections, Israel/Jewish Elections Blog, Bush’s Visit to Israel

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Israel Elections Blog

For some time now, I have been trying to decide whether to start a blog following the Jewish and Israeli issues in the 2008 US presidential elections. It would observe and analyze voters’ and candidates’ priorities, behaviors, and values on key issues of concern.

Therefore, I have two questions for you:

  1. Is this something that you add value to your life? Would you read it? Is it something you feel we need or that you would want to have?
  2. Would you be interested in collaborating on such a project?

Let me know. If I start one, I want to do it fairly soon while we are still just starting the primary season. As far as I am aware– and I have done significant searching– no blog like this exists, only bloggers posting intermittent posts and official news sources.

UPDATE! I have decided not to go in the direction of creating an Israeli/Jewish US elections blog. Since this posting, the JTA has released its Election Central 2008 website and the Jerusalem Post has made their election coverage much more complete, which accomplishes the same purpose, but with significantly more resources. President Bush’s visit to Israel has additionally spurred on more election coverage from the Israeli blogosphere.

The goal of any good blog is to find a yet unfulfilled niche and cover it as completely as possible to give your readers maximum coverage. My blog would no longer fit these criteria, so I am excited to be moving on to other great projects– but take note, I’ll be reading and listening. Thanks for your feedback for those who weighed in on this issue.

(Updated Sunday, January 13th, 2007)

Absentee Voting from Israel

To my American readers: a quick reminder that you most likely still have time to register to vote by absentee ballot in the primaries.

Click here to download a voter registration form (which needs to be faxed with a signature).

You can get more information on the specifics of your last state of residence from the Overseas Vote Foundation.

I try to keep politics out of this blog, but we need to think of Israel’s future relationship with the United States. It’s just a reality.

P.S. Absentee voting means no hanging chads.

President Bush Visits Israel

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And lastly, President Bush has just arrived in Jerusalem and the whole city has shut down as a result. Here’s an excerpt of my Global Voices Online post.

“American President George W. Bush is arriving in Israel today and for once, English speaking Israelis have little to say. Views fall primarily into two camps:

  • Complaints about the short-term discomfort that high security will cause Jerusalemites in their daily routines
  • Concern about new rockets launched from Lebanon and ongoing attacks from Gaza hailing Bush’s visit

During his two-day stay, Bush’s primary purpose is to monitor and encourage the peace talks between the Israeli government and Palestinian Authority with the goal of establishing a Palestinian state in 2008. While in Israel, he will meet with PA President Mahmoud Abbas and later with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

President Bush’s last visit to Israel was in 1998, shortly before his first term as president.

The visit will cost Israel an unbelievable $25,000 an hour in security and force closings of all main streets for the next two days.”

Read more here.

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7 Responses to Politics Schmolitics: US Presidential Elections, Israel/Jewish Elections Blog, Bush’s Visit to Israel

  1. Shai says:

    Maya, it’s a great idea. I would be interested to see what you think of what’s going on there, as there is no question that both as Americans and Jews, what happens in this election will have world-wide implications.

  2. thenewjew says:

    Thanks for your vote of confidence, Shai. It means a lot to me.

    Maya

  3. Anti-Racist Blog says:

    I love the idea of you creating this blog. I love politics, and have been following the Presidential election closely. I would be happy to contribute posts if you decide to do it.

  4. thenewjew says:

    Gosh, how can you possibly have time to do another single thing? I can’t imagine what your day looks like. But thanks!

  5. thenewjew says:

    Hey ARB,

    You should get in touch with this group: NETWORK– Student Activism on Campus. I found them through Facebook here: http://smith.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2216163078 (I know you can’t see it…). Their mission statement is: “To get students active on issues pertaining to Israel, democracy and extremism.”

    There’s no website URL, but the group’s creator is a man named Mike Khardas out of NYU. I can leave him a message with your e-mail and blog URL if you like. Let me know your preferences.

    Maya

  6. Anti-Racist Blog says:

    Thanks for the info. I’ll check it out.

  7. Mike Khardas says:

    If you would like to help out i live in the GTA. Toronto Canada that is. We run events for students up here at York University and U of T that involve middle east issues. Anyone can email me at taporsnap@hotmail.com for more info.

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