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Pro-Israel Groups Flock to GOP Convention

One reason the Democrats keep hammering the GOP over the planned Ron Paul tribute video may be because they’re concerned about the major pro-Israel presence at the Florida convention this week. Republicans have reportedly been chipping away at Obama’s Jewish support in Florida, and they took advantage of the convention location to ramp up their Jewish outreach this week.

The Republican Jewish Coalition hosted a kick-off event at the home of Ambassador Mel Sembler on Sunday, with a surprise drop-in from pro-Israel actor Jon Voight. Other attendees included Reince Priebus, Karl Rove and Connie Mack. The group will also be hosting a “Salute for Pro-Israel Elected Officials” event, headlined by Eric Cantor. Thursday the group has a briefing with the Romney campaign, with Ambassador John Bolton, Jim Talent, and pollster Neil Newhouse, moderated by Ari Fleischer.

AIPAC has also had an active presence, including a Sunday event with speeches from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Bill Kristol. And the AJC has been hosting panels on the Middle East and other topics, reports the Forward’s Nathan Guttman.

The events have reportedly been packed, despite the travel delays from the storm.

The major display of Israel support at the GOP convention has to be a concern for the Democrats. The Obama campaign’s latest attempt at Jewish outreach blew up in its face after it was discovered that several members of its official “Rabbis for Obama” group were staunch anti-Israel activists.



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