How Bush and Clinton Play The Israel Card

George Bush was never going to be a shoo-in with American Jews this year. In part because they traditionally vote Democratic, the President won less than a third of the ballots cast by Jewish voters in 1988, and he has been hard pressed to boost his standing much, even in the afterglow of the gulf war. In recent polls, only 20% of Jewish voters say they will vote for the incumbent. "It's what we call," admitted a senior adviser to the Bush campaign, "total alienation."

Many American Jews disapprove of Bush's strong-arm tactics toward Jerusalem, especially his demand that Israel freeze...

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