The Council of Europe said on Thursday it would not ban male circumcision in a response to a letter sent to the council by Israeli President Shimon Peres.
The Council of Europe passed a non-binding anti-circumcision resolution earlier this week saying the practice violates “physical integrity of children.”
The world’s largest replica of the Ark of the Covenant donated by Filipino Christian businesswoman Grace Gupana went on display in Jerusalem Tuesday, according to Israel Hayom.
Democratic operative Ira Forman, who served as the National Jewish Democratic Council’s (NJDC) executive director before becoming President Obama’s Jewish point man on the 2012 reelection campaign, will become the administration’s Special Envoy on anti-Semitism, according to reports.
The White House has cancelled its annual celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) due to recently enacted across the board spending cuts known as sequestration, according to JTA.
A poll released by Pew Research Center in December has shown that while the Republican Party remains largely united in its support for Israel, liberal Democrats are almost evenly divided.
Mitt Romney became the first Republican presidential candidate to lose the general election after garnering 30 percent of the Jewish vote.
Team Obama has launched a last-minute bid to court Jewish voters in the once reliably Democratic stronghold of South Florida, according to observers on the ground.
Former Democratic New York Mayor Ed Koch recently expressed disappointment in President Obama’s treatment of Israel, telling a Jewish crowd last weekend that no one “can rightfully say that President Obama is the best president” for Israel.