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When US journalists assert that Romney is playing up the Israel issue to win Jewish votes from Obama, I’ve repeatedly said that they are hiding the more important battle, for cash. James Besser in the Jewish Week agrees with me:

So why are Jewish Republicans spending millions portraying Obama as a threat to the Jewish state?

The reason is money. While Jewish voting isn’t very Israel-focused, Jewish campaign giving is — and especially the mega-giving that is playing a bigger role than ever in Election 2012.  Tarring Obama as anti-Israel, while not influencing many Jewish votes, galvanizes the growing base of wealthy pro-Israel givers and provides a platform for their generally hard-line views, one more front in the internal Jewish debate over Israel’s future.

Jewish Republicans aren’t indifferent to the possibility of picking up some extra Jewish votes, especially in critical states like Florida, but few are naive enough to believe there’s a chance of winning over enough to make a real difference in the final vote tally. Jewish votes — a drop in the huge electoral bucket — are much less important than Israel-focused campaign cash.

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Yep, the Jewish mass vote is trivial; it’s all about big Zionist bucks. It it was not so horrifying how America’s foreign policy in the key ME has been hi-jacked, it would be really amusing how our mainstream media plays up the importance of Jewish votes but not the much… Read more »

Enough Jewish voters in Florida accidentally voted for Buchanan to throw the election to Bush. After all the talk about chaos theory and butterfly wings, it is funny that the fate of the world was so different because of a butterfly ballot. Don’t discount the effects of a small percentage… Read more »

But what was the article’s headline. . .

Eyeing Jewish Vote In U.S., Romney Goes To Israel

Kathleen posted a link the other day to a pie chart at Informed Comment that showed that Adelson represents about 15% of the total 501(c)(4)/SuperPAC giving this cycle.

http://www.juancole.com/2012/08/your-election-is-being-bought-by-47-billionaires-and-they-are-buying-war-climate-change.html

“While Jewish voting isn’t very Israel-focused, Jewish campaign giving is — and especially the mega-giving that is playing a bigger role than ever in Election 2012.” This is an area that needs much additional discussion and analysis. Why are so many Jewish fat cats such pro-Israel Zionists? Why so much… Read more »