Republicans predict Iran deal will gain them Jewish votes in 2016

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Max Neuberger, Founder, Jewish Insider, left, moderates an appearance by Greg Rosenbaum, Board Chair, National Jewish Democratic Council and President, Palisades Associates, Inc, center; and Matt Brooks, Executive Director, Republican Jewish Coalition, right, on "Inside the 2016 Election: Whither Go the Jews?" at the 2015 Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., on November 10, 2015. Photo by Ron Sachs, courtesy of 2015 Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly

Max Neuberger, Founder, Jewish Insider, left, moderates an appearance by Greg Rosenbaum, Board Chair, National Jewish Democratic Council and President, Palisades Associates, Inc, center; and Matt Brooks, Executive Director, Republican Jewish Coalition, right, on "Inside the 2016 Election: Whither Go the Jews?" at the 2015 Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., on November 10, 2015. Photo by Ron Sachs, courtesy of 2015 Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly

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(RNS) But Democrats say the Iran nuclear deal is no litmus test on support for Israel, and that they will continue to reap the lion's share of Jewish votes.

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  • Larry

    That is about as wishful thinking as Carson’s belief the Pyramids were granaries.

    Jews are generally distrustful of “Christian Zionists”. A generation ago the same fundamentalist Christians were virulently anti-semitic (many still are but much less obviously so).

    One has to discount historical data here. This GOP is far more reliant on fundamentalist christians than they were in the past. The fiscal conservatives are dropping out of elections like flies near a can of Raid. The fundies have a nasty theocratic streak which anyone from a minority religious group would find potentially threatening. People hijacking government for Jesus aren’t going to be sympathetic to the Jewish voters.

  • Bernardo

    Jewish votes? Not many votes these days. Only 1.9% of the 2014 USA population were Jewish. http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/pr_15-05-12_rls-00/ . So what is the big deal?