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:
- 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?
- 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
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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