Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

U.S. Jewish Leader Worried by Thrust of White House Campaign

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

U.S. Jewish Leader Worried by Thrust of White House Campaign

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THE HEAD OF THE Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Malcolm Hoenlein, expressed concern Feb. 12 regarding the atmosphere that has surrounded Democratic Senator Barack Obama's campaign for president, while making it clear he has no problem with Obama himself.

"All the talk about change, but without defining what that change should be is an opening for all kind of mischief," Hoenlein said at a press conference in Jerusalem. Obama has made change a central theme in his campaign.

Hoenlein is in Jerusalem for the annual leadership mission of the Conference of Presidents, which will take place the week of Feb. 12 in Georgia and the following week in Israel.

Hoenlein was careful to stress that "it's not the candidates themselves we are concerned about," pointing out that Obama, like the other major candidates, has signed on to the foundation of a national committee to celebrate Israel's 60th anniversary in the U.S.

"Of course Obama has plenty of Jewish supporters and there are many Jews around him," Hoenlein said. "But there is a legitimate concern over the zeitgeist around the campaign."

He also cited the fact that Obama has criticized his rival Democratic candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton, for her vote in favor of including the Iranian Republican Guards in the list of terror organizations.

The U.S. Jewish leader warned the American presidential campaign could signal a shift toward declining U.S. support for Israel.

"Support for Israel is at an all time high, [but] our polling suggests that as broad the support is, it is also thin and most Americans see Israel as a dark and militaristic place," he said. …

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