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Jewish Press Endorses Bush and Lazio

Thursday, 02 November 2000 12:00 AM

The paper said a Gore presidency would "mean more of the same slavish obeisance to the Oslo accords" that the paper claims have allowed Yasser Arafat to dodge plans for a real peace with Israel.

"This is not to suggest that Mr. Gore is anti-Israel, only that he seems ready to continue policies that have proven so disastrous," according to the editorial in the Jewish Press.

The paper said Republican George W. Bush believes in "standing with an ally" – a reference to Israel – although the paper expressed disappointment that Bush "did not make the Middle East more of an issue in the campaign."

Lazio won the endorsement because, according to the paper, Hillary Rodham Clinton "never really appeared to strike a resonant chord and never really embraced our community. She was never able to erase the memory of her advocacy of a Palestinian state." The Jewish Press added that "on American support for Israel, we believe that a Senator Lazio would be a reliable ally, whereas a Senator Clinton would not."

The Republican Jewish Coalition believes the endorsements for Bush and Lazio will have a "significant" effect for those campaigns within America's Jewish community.

"I think it will have a significant effect. People in the Jewish community intellectually understand that Rick Lazio and Governor Bush are the true friends of Israel and the true friends of the Jewish community. And to see that position validated by a leading newspaper in the Jewish community, I think, gives people a greater sense of confidence to go out and to ultimately cast their vote for Bush or Lazio," Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matthew Brooks said.

Brooks also thinks the Jewish Press endorsement is adding to the momentum within the Jewish community in favor of both Bush and Lazio.

Neither the Lazio nor the Clinton campaign returned phone calls seeking comment.

Meanwhile, the Republican Jewish Coalition announced Thursday it has launched a major advertising campaign in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey in response to recent comments by Vice President Gore over the U.S. abstention on a United Nations Security Council resolution that criticized Israel for cracking down on Palestinian violence. RJC is also angry at Gore for his opposition to moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"We are deeply disappointed in Vice President Gore's decision to step back from his stated position of being a friend of Israel. Israel is our closest strategic ally. U.S. policy should reflect that special relationship, which in turn helps keep Israel strong against the brutal enemies that surround her. Instead, Vice President Gore has turned his back on Israel, weakening Israel and diminishing the effectiveness of U.S. foreign policy," Brooks said.

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