J.J. Goldberg

Meet Jewish Senators 14, 15 — and 16? Plus: the House GOP's Jewish Mormon

By J.J. Goldberg

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A few weeks ago I wrote a column about the 13 Jews in the Senate, specifically the 11 Democrats and the two Independents, Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman, who guard the left and right flanken of the Democratic caucus. I wrote that these two white-haired gents from New England not only define the boundaries of Democratic politics — they also describe a certain arc of Jewish identity in the last century, from secular-socialist to Orthodox-conservative, with the other 11 arrayed in between. You’ve heard of life imitating art? Well, this is a case of the particular managing by sheerest coincidence to mirror the general. Call it Kal ve-chomer be-akrai (from the specific to the general, by chance).

It can now be told that the picture is more complex — and perhaps more complete — than I was able to describe at the the time. Two other senators, both appointed to replace members of the incoming Obama administration, have a single Jewish parent each, and an ambivalent connection to their Jewish heritage: Ted Kaufman of Delaware, appointed to Joe Biden’s seat, and Michael Bennet of Colorado, appointed to replace Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Kaufman had a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, and was raised Catholic; but this New York Times profile includes a reminiscence about his childhood in which he seems at one point to contrast himself casually with his “non-Jewish friends.”

As for Bennet, he seems to be rather guarded about his relationship to his Jewish identity — perhaps mirroring his mother’s experience as a hidden child during the Holocaust in Poland. In this profile in the Rocky Mountain News, most of what’s said on the topic comes from his brother James, the editor of The Atlantic. James, a former New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief, also tosses out an intriguingly vague thought on how the senator will vote on Middle East issues, presumably to answer a question (asked? unasked?) about whether his Jewish background will shape his stance toward Israel. Whatever his sense of Jewishness, Michael Bennet does seem to relate strongly to his identity as a child of a survivor.

Again, the particular coincidentally mirrors the general: the Senate’s latest wave of Jews (if such they are) shares the ambivalent, interfaith identity of the coming generation of American Jews.

And we haven’t yet mentioned Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut attorney-general who is the odds-on favorite to succeed the retiring Senator Chris Dodd. Nathan Guttman writes in this Forward profile that Blumenthal is in line to become the 14th Jewish member of the Senate. In fact he could just as easily be considered the 15th Jewish member, if Bennet is counted, or the 16th, if Kaufman is counted. (Here is a long, in-depth political profile of Blumenthal from Slate.com.)

The 13 currently acknowledged Jewish senators all identify themselves openly and unambivalently with the Jewish community. The entry of senators who are ambiguous in their relationship to the Tribe is something new under the Washington sun. Kal ve-chomer be-akrai.

And now, for something completely different, here’s our promised bonus entry:

We often mention the fact that of all the 44 Jews on Capitol Hill (by the traditional count), only one, Eric Cantor of Virginia, is a Republican. Well, we missed someone: freshman congressman Jason Chaffetz (CHAY-fetz) of Utah. He was born and raised Jewish but converted to Mormonism as an undergrad on a football scholarship at Brigham Young University, where he was a place-kicker (reportedly having converted from high school soccer to college football). He is incorrectly described in many places on the Web as the son of Kitty Dukakis with her first husband, author John Chaffetz, before she married the Massachusetts ex-governor, but that’s not true. Jason is the child of John Chaffetz’s second marriage, after John and Kitty were divorced. Here’s an interesting Daily Kos post about Jason’s relationship with his dad, an outspoken gay rights advocate.

According to this profile in Roll Call, Chaffetz is close to his older half-brother, John Chaffetz Dukakis, a onetime Senate aide to John Kerry. Brother John arranged for Jason to be introduced to the Massachusetts House delegation, all of whom are Democrats. That’s given the very conservative freshman Jewish Mormon some important friendships on the other side of the aisle. Apparently, Rep. Barney Frank isn’t one of them; Chaffetz became the ranking Republican on the House’s District of Columbia Affairs committee, which gave him an opportunity to cast a key “no” vote on approving the District’s gay-marriage law (it passed anyway) and Frank isn’t amused. (Funny how Mormons, of all people, position themselves as defenders of the traditional family.)

Roll Call also says that Chaffetz was approached early on by California Rep. Henry Waxman, the influential chairman of the Energy and Commerce committee, who was intrigued by Chaffetz’s Jewish surname and Mormon religious identification. The garrulous Chaffetz turned that encounter into another useful relationship. Unmentioned by Roll Call: Waxman is also the senior Jewish member of the House and the informal dean of the informal Jewish caucus. Odds are, reaching out to Chaffetz was just part of a day’s work for Waxman.



Comments
Paul Weinberg Fri. Jan 15, 2010

Speaking of Mormons, In the Book of Mormon there is a verse, Mormon 7:5, which states:

"Know ye that ye must come to the knowledge of your fathers, and repent of all your sins and iniquities, and believe in Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God, and that he was slain by the Jews, and by the power of the Father he hath risen again, whereby he hath gained the victory over the grave; and also in him the sting of death swallowed up."

Hopefully, the head of the Church will experience a vision, analogous to the one that his predecessor experienced, which allowed African Americans to enter the priesthood, and "the Jews" will no longer be blamed for the death of Jesus Christ. If so, it had best occur before Mitt Romney declares his candidacy for President.

James Fri. Jan 15, 2010

He converted, he isn't Jewish any more.

Cicero Fri. Jan 15, 2010

Now, I know that "the Jews killed Jesus" has been used as an excuse for a thousand years or so to justify oppressing Jews. (Never mind that Jesus was a Jew himself).

However, it is a historical fact that the Jewish leadership was involved in the death of Jesus. I mean... it's kinda true that the Jews (using the Romans) killed Jesus. It says so right in the Bible. Are you going to demand that Christians reject the Bible too? (Josephus also substantiates that the Jewish leadership was involved in the death of Jesus).

So instead of demanding that Mormons deny a historical fact, maybe a better measurement of tolerance would be looking at how Mormons have treated Jews. In fact Mormons have always been friendly to Jews. Back in the early 1840s the Mormons sent one of their Elders to go to Israel specifically for the purpose of petitioning God to open the path for Jews to return to the Holy Land and re-establish Israel.

Doesn't sound to me like the Mormons are anti-Semites.

MIke Fri. Jan 15, 2010

"Funny how Mormons, of all people, position themselves as defenders of the traditional family." I seriously doubt that polygamy would have ever been an issue in the Mormon faith had Joseph Smith not read about it in the Old Testament.

not Cicero Fri. Jan 15, 2010

Cicero: "However, it is a historical fact that the Jewish leadership was involved in the death of Jesus. I mean... it's kinda true that the Jews (using the Romans) killed Jesus. It says so right in the Bible."

The Greek testament got the facts wrong about death of Jesus. It's not a matter of rejecting the Bible only of recognizing the mistaken notions inscribed there. Just as Jews had to reconginze some mistaekn notions about the natural world inscribed in the Hebrew Bible. Many Christian and Jewish scholars have already done so.

But but the porsecutor Cicero he is still hunting for Jews to scapegoat.

Bot Sat. Jan 16, 2010

A little-known fact is that Mormons who are eligible to attend the temple have a divorce rate one-twentieth the rate for people of similar demographics according to a UCLA study.

Yes, they are defenders of marriage and the family. Wouldn't it be nice if all U.S. religions had such an admirable marriage record!

bluto Sat. Jan 16, 2010

In the Bible, I see traditional families of monogamy and polygamy. You will find no sanctioning of homo-sexual marriage, anywhere, at any time, in the scriptures.

The first Synagogue in Salt Lake City, was on land given to the Jewish community, by Brigham Young.

On Temple Square in SLC, on windows on the Assembly Hall, is the Star of David.

BYU has a Jerusalem Center and is one of just a few American Universities to have such, in the Holy Land.

Many ancient records have been restored through a cooperative effort of BYU's technology and Israeli scholars, not to mention their joint ventures in archaelogy.

The Mormons have always been friends of Israel, to question that is just ignorant.

What is so amazing, is the Liberal Jews in Congress, who have not been as supportive of Israel as have Conservatives. The socialist agenda of the left will be the destruction of the Jews. It seems to me their politics are misguided. Their preservation is dependent on conservative priciples and values, and not from the lefties.

MrNirom Sat. Jan 16, 2010

The Book of Mormon gives an explanation to the reason "why" the Jews are persecuted... not that they should be.

It is important to note that the prophet who is speaking is Zenos and he was alive about 600 years before Christ was born. So what he was saying was based on what he saw the future bringing to them as a people.

13 And as for those who are at Jerusalem, saith the prophet, they shall be scourged by all people, because they crucify the God of Israel, and turn their hearts aside, rejecting signs and wonders, and the power and glory of the God of Israel. 14 And because they turn their hearts aside, saith the prophet, and have despised the Holy One of Israel, they shall wander in the flesh, and perish, and become a hiss and a byword, and be hated among all nations. 15 Nevertheless, when that day cometh, saith the prophet, that they no more turn aside their hearts against the Holy One of Israel, then will he remember the covenants which he made to their fathers. 16 Yea, then will he remember the isles of the sea; yea, and all the people who are of the house of Israel, will I gather in, saith the Lord, according to the words of the prophet Zenos, from the four quarters of the earth. 17 Yea, and all the earth shall see the salvation of the Lord, saith the prophet; every nation, kindred, tongue and people shall be blessed.

Etosamoe Sat. Jan 16, 2010

Actually, quite apart from the accuracy of the historical description of who "killed" Jesus, the Book of Mormon specifically instructs Mormons not to persecute the Jews. The prophet Mormon makes the following statement to those who will read the Book of Mormon in later times, seeming to correct their previous treatment of the Jews:

"Yea, and ye need not any longer hiss, nor spurn, nor make game of the Jews, nor any of the remnant of the house of Israel; for behold, the Lord remembereth his covenant unto them, and he will do unto them according to that which he hath sworn."

-- 3 Nephi 29:8

MrNirom Sat. Jan 16, 2010

The Book of Mormon gives an explanation to the reason "why" the Jews are persecuted... not that they should be.

It is important to note that the prophet who is speaking is Zenos and he was alive about 600 years before Christ was born. So what he was saying was based on what he saw the future bringing to them as a people.

13 And as for those who are at Jerusalem, saith the prophet, they shall be scourged by all people, because they crucify the God of Israel, and turn their hearts aside, rejecting signs and wonders, and the power and glory of the God of Israel. 14 And because they turn their hearts aside, saith the prophet, and have despised the Holy One of Israel, they shall wander in the flesh, and perish, and become a hiss and a byword, and be hated among all nations. 15 Nevertheless, when that day cometh, saith the prophet, that they no more turn aside their hearts against the Holy One of Israel, then will he remember the covenants which he made to their fathers. 16 Yea, then will he remember the isles of the sea; yea, and all the people who are of the house of Israel, will I gather in, saith the Lord, according to the words of the prophet Zenos, from the four quarters of the earth. 17 Yea, and all the earth shall see the salvation of the Lord, saith the prophet; every nation, kindred, tongue and people shall be blessed.

MrNirom Sat. Jan 16, 2010

Sorry about the 2nd post.. I hit the refresh button and it told me it needed to "resend" the info. I did not think it meant to resend my comments for the 2nd time.

Georg Starkermann Sat. Jan 16, 2010

The first Governor of the State of Utah was a Jew and not a Mormon. What does that tell you?

Eli Sat. Jan 16, 2010

Cicero, there is no established historical fact about the death of Jesus, the birth of Jesus, and anything else about Jesus. The only mention of him is in the New Testament. The Josephus passage turned out to be a church forgery. That period of history was rich in historical writing, including Josephus, Philo of Alexandria, and many Greek and Roman historians. Despite that, there is no contemporary confirmation of any of the accounts of Jesus's life or death as related in the New Testament. That Christians choose to believe it is perfectly natural and sincere, just as Muslims believe in the Koran, Hindus in the Baghavad Gita, etc. It's a matter of faith. But it's definitely not a matter of historical fact.

Richard Hode Sun. Jan 17, 2010

So, Jesus was not put to death by the Jews/Romans? By whom then? Or is the idea that Jesus never existed because he was only mentioned by the writers of the New Testament? I think that's pretty weak.

There was nothing unusual that a thorn in the side to authority was unjustly hounded and executed. That sort of behavior goes on in many countries even now, and we're talking about 2,000 years ago in the Roman Empire, a time not big on civil liberties. It is our misfortune as Jews that the one who made it big posthumously was one of ours, a man whom our ancestors railroaded to death. It could have just as easily been any of the uncounted thousands who were persecuted and murdered all over the "civilized" world and beyond. But it just had to be one of ours. (As Lenny Bruce said, "I found a note in the basement the other day. It said: 'I did it. Signed, Morty.'")

I think one of the reasons that many Jews are "ambivalent" about their affiliation is that the religious basis has become irrelevant, just as among Christians. I suppose religious ritual has meaning and feels good to people who have grown up with it, pretty much like my "Christian" wife who enjoys her Christmas tree, but religion is seen mostly as fables. And only nit-pickers worry whether someone's mother or father is Jewish. If person proclaims himself not Jewish, then he is not one, obviously. It doesn't matter if pedants dig into his biography and find that his mother is Jewish and then point to the person and shout "Yes, you are!"

Likewise, someone who proclaims himself Jewish, is. It's not as if we have valuable racial bloodlines to protect against being polluted by strangers, or secrets that we want to conceal from the world. Anybody can pick up a bible and read the Old Testament. But in most cases the candidate is vetted by the guardians of Jewishness to see if he is Jewish enough to pass. (It probably works pretty much like a university, the pass levels are periodically adjusted depending on the failure rate and other factors.) In any case, how are they going to police someone who says he is Jewish, although he hasn't passed the vetting? What if the person goes through life in the firm belief that he is Jewish and achieves great things? Will pedants who dig into his background and discover that he wasn't vetted shout "He is not Jewish!"? I didn't think so.

No, it's the inherent absurdity of religion and its guardians that is at the root of "ambivalence" and intermarriage. Religion just doesn't make a difference anymore, thank (the generic) God ...

fred Wilson Sun. Jan 17, 2010

Mormons believe they are Semitic. Whether you believe that or not will not stop them from believing it. Therefor is not the author of the above article guilty of anti-semitism? The author assumes that there is only two positions, complacent acceptance of Jews on the one hand or bigoted prejudice on the other hand. What about being pro-something to the point you will stick your neck out to help that group of people? Did Mormons force male homosexuals to be promiscuous to the point that the average gay man has over 200 sexual partners per year? No. You can't blame that and the rampant spread of aids on Mormon's. Who produced the movie Schindler's list?? A Mormon. Who is investing a ton more money in real Aids research then was ever put into prop. 8 and have been doing so, multipied by a ridiculously higher factor? Mormons. Who passed out flyers in Nazi Germany and was brutally tortured and executed for doing it? Hubner, a German teenager. And what religion was Hubner? Mormon. When a group of people have gone out of there way to help you the natural reaction is to attack their place of worship and spit in their face. This is the new morality.

Jackson Sun. Jan 17, 2010

Richard Hode “Jesus was not put to death by the Jews/Romans? By whom then? Or is the idea that Jesus never existed because he was only mentioned by the writers of the New Testament? I think that's pretty weak.”

Your comment is pretty weak.

Of course in the gospel the Romans execute Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders turn him over to them.

What is at issue is the way the process is described. From a Jewish religious point of view those “leaders” could not have acted as they were said to act. They could not have tried him on the Sabbath and condemnation of death was both pretty infrequent at the time and it required a lot more hurdles to get through than the gospels allow.

So all in all, the whole question is still a mystery.

Moreover from an historical point of view Judea was under Roman domination and it was the Imperialist Romans who were the real law in the land.

Would you have blamed the Colonial Americans had the British captured and executed Washington even if a lot of Americans approved of such an outcome? I think not!

Brown Sun. Jan 17, 2010

The real Cicero was anti-Christian as well as anti-Jewish.

Susanne Sun. Jan 17, 2010

About the Jews having killed Jesus: Jesus is not dead. He was resurrected from the dead after three days, hence the whole issue is a mute point.

If you don't believe Jesus was resurrected, you're not a Christian anyway, so why would you care to begin with?

Richard Hode Sun. Jan 17, 2010

Oh well, then what's all the fuss about? I get the drift - whoever killed the non-existent Jesus is guilt-free because Jesus did not really die (I forgot about the resurrection part - my bad.) In fact, it was probably a good thing to kill Jesus so that he could be resurrected, thus fulfilling "God's plan." Did I get it right this time? (Banging head against wall.)

So I will step up and take credit on behalf of the Jews. I admit it, we killed him, and wasn't it a good thing we did? No death, no resurrection and where would you all be then? The seat on the Father's right hand would still be carrying a "Vacant" sign, there would be no one to preside at the Rapture, and none of you Christians would be "saved." So to put the matter to rest once and for all: I did it. Signed, Dick.

Susanne Sun. Jan 17, 2010

About the Jews having killed Jesus: Jesus is not dead. He was resurrected from the dead after three days, hence the whole issue is a mute point.

If you don't believe Jesus was resurrected, you're not a Christian anyway, so why would you care to begin with?

Susanne Sun. Jan 17, 2010

"So I will step up and take credit on behalf of the Jews. I admit it, we killed him, and wasn't it a good thing we did? No death, no resurrection and where would you all be then?"

Well, you're in fact right, but of course, to be saved eternally you need to actually be a Christian. If you're a Jew, you'll have to wait for your very own Messiah to come, albeit, depending on the strength of your beliefs, maybe the Great Prophet Zarquon will do as well. I'm fairly sure, however, that Joseph Smith does not count.

Susanne Sun. Jan 17, 2010

Also, I am thinking about founding my very own Mormon church where every middle-aged woman is married to three to four cute 18- to 25-year old men who are doing all the chores AND bring home the bacon, according to the Archangel Cougari, mentioned in the seventh book of the testament.

Anybody with me?

new_york_loner Mon. Jan 18, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, please, let's not sugar-coat it. I think that it's fair to say that most Jews think that Jesus of Nazareth was a blasphemous heretic and a rabble-rousing, seditious troublemaker - a whacko, who got what he deserved.

I also think it's accurate to say that the very idea of God incarnate i.e. a divine human, or a demigod, is idolatry, in the minds of observant Jews. As I understand it, the Jewish Messiah was never supoposed to be the Son of God. Half-man/half-God myths are pagan ideas; perhaps, the early gentile Christians fused the Jewish Messiah myth with their own heathen fables.

Of course, these unholy notions are seldom expressed by American Jews; if they were, support for Israel might wane. So, the politically expedient spiritual delusions continue.

The AIPAC-sponsored US Congress has been very busy promoting another grand delusion - that whatever's good for Israel is good for the USA. These dual allegiance lawmakers have actually deluded themselves.

Dave Tue. Jan 19, 2010

Is that "and that he was slain by the Jews" line even accurate? I can only find something like 9 Google matches for it. Sounds like something that may have been made up.

In fact, it's part of the official Mormon doctrine that Jews are the Chosen People.

Dan Wed. Jan 20, 2010

A favorite Book of Mormon passage:

2 Nephi, Chapter 29:

2...and my words shall hiss forth unto the ends of the earth, for a standard unto my people, which are of the house of Israel;

3 And because my words shall hiss forth--many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.

4 But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?

5 O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people.

6 "Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?"

7 "Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?"

8 "Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also."

new_york_loner Wed. Jan 20, 2010

The Mormons believe that a race of white men populated North America at the time of Christ; these whites, according to LDS dogma, were wiped out by the dark-skinned Lamanites - the ancestors of the American aborigines. This canard made stealing Indian lands in Utah and Idaho so much easier.

The Mormons believe that Jesus visited these American white men before ascending into heaven, as a resurrected divine human being. Of course, no trace of these white men has been found. But they keep digging and asking for more donations to finance the dig.

Truly, the Mormons are idiots for Zionism; ironically, they wave the US flag and say the pledge, but the truth is that they are unwitting, de facto Israeli agents. They should all make Aliyah to Herzl's utopia, because pluralistic, secular democracy is enethema to the theocratic Mormons.

Kingcharlie Wed. Jan 20, 2010

Wow... new_york_loner...you seem to have an axe to grind. Where to start?

Mormons do believe that a tribe of Isreal (light skinned)had a colony somewhere on the american continent. Is there archeological evidence for pre-columbian light skinned people? Answer: Not much.. but definitely YES. Ever heard of "Kenowick Man"? Ever heard of "Spirit Caveman". Both skeletons were discovered on this continent, both ancient pre-columbian, and both have caucasion features. There are a lot of other evidences, such as mayan murals of light and dark skinned people, and even Louis and Clark's exedition noted indian tribes that had european features such as blue eyes and light hair.

Regarding Mormon treatment of native americans. Mormons, unlike the US government of the time, were friendly with the Native americans and worked in cooperation with them. In fact, one of the justifications of the Utah War was that mormons were too friendly with the indians.

You are correct though... Mormons do believe in Zion. Mormons tend to be pro Israel. American Mormons also are patriotic americans. Mormons believe the US Constitution, the founders, and the resulting democracy were divinely inspired.

Dan Wed. Jan 20, 2010

A favorite Book of Mormon passage:

2 Nephi, Chapter 29:

2...and my words shall hiss forth unto the ends of the earth, for a standard unto my people, which are of the house of Israel;

3 And because my words shall hiss forth--many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.

4 But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?

5 O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people.

6 "Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?"

7 "Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?"

8 "Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also."

Jenna Thu. Jan 21, 2010

I seem to sense that many Jews just hate anyone that doesn't agree with them. They always want to nitpick others. I sense that Jews hate Mormons and it doesn't take much to scratch the surface and see it revealed.

Troy S Fri. Jan 22, 2010

Mormons and Jews have much in common, and, in fact, have been on friendly terms in a general sense for a long time. Mormons have a short history, but it has fostered and mirrors in a sense the same feelings of persecution that permeates to some degree the modern Jewish culture. Don't misunderstand, Latter-day Saint (Mormon) history does not compare to the amount of persecution heaped upon Jews over the millennia, but the idea that Mormons and Jews should waste any energy at all nit-picking each other is incredible, when they both have so many real enemies elsewhere. Personally, two of my best friends, Ron and Itay, are Isrealis, and I can't think of a time ever in all my years as a Mormon where I have ever heard anything taught to Latter-day Saints that would make us hate or dislike in any way the Jewish people (quite the opposite, in fact).

Bill Pearlman Sun. Jan 24, 2010

When I was on the research committee of my pro-israel pac whenever I came across a mormon candidate it was a no brainer. They are down the line fantastic on Israel. Without exception. In fact hen it comes to to the middle east, except for Lieberman, and maybe Schumer, I'd rather have a mormon any day of the week.

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