Jewish Voters Aren't Feeling Obama

Smear campaign aside, more US Jews trust in Hillary
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 11:35 AM CST
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Chicago, March 2, 2007, about Iraq and the strengthening strategic position of Iran....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – More US Jews are looking askance at Barack Obama and opting for Hillary Clinton, unsure of Obama's devotion to Israel. The New Republic looks beyond a recent email campaign—which claimed Obama was a Muslim and anti-Semite—to uncover the roots of an estimated 2-1 preference for Hillary and continuing anti-Obama whispers among Jewish leaders.

Despite his pro-Israel stands, Obama lost Jewish support by saying Palestinians have “suffered” and promoting talks with Iran and Syria. Israel hawks also dislike Obama adviser Zbigniew Brezinski and supporter George Soros. One prominent US Zionist summed up Obama with a laugh: "You mean Barack Mohammed Hussein Obama?"