The Israeli ex-pat community makes up anywhere from 300,000 to 800,000 members. Most are concentrated in New York and Los Angeles, rendering them useless in terms of electoral strategy. So why bother with this tiny sliver of a constituency?
Days before Rosh Hashanah, President Donald Trump gathered some of his closest Jewish advisers to sit next to him in the Oval Office as he conducted the traditional presidential High Holiday conference call with rabbis and Jewish leaders. Here are some of the members of the American Jewish community with whom the president consults.
In the days since the story ran, new developments have come at a rapid pace, including a ruling by Israel’s Supreme Court forcing Netanyahu to release the dates of his phone conversations with Adelson and Amos Regev, the former editor-in-chief of Israel Hayom. In addition, Netanyahu’s former chief of staff Ari Harow turned state’s witness in this and another investigation into Netanyahu. These developments have fed speculation as to whether the prime minister’s legal problems could spell the end of his hold on power.
While still addressing the integration of Israeli-Americans into American Jewish life, this year’s conference gave center stage to the Coalition for Action’s step-by-step construction of alliances with local political and religious groups and use of social media to build support for pro-Israel actions.