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      Bloomberg.com published a few days ago a summary of current Jewish Lobby pro war activity.  
          Here are some of the highlights:
          “For our credibility, we have to do something,” said Morris Amitay, founder of the pro-Israel Washington Political Action Committee.
              "The pro-Israel community contributed $14.5 million to federal campaigns for the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s more than the $11.1 million in donations by the defense aerospace industry, one of the biggest and most consistent political contributors."
                  "While most of the Jewish groups’ donations lean Democratic, (Jewish Republican Billionaire ) Sheldon  Adelson alone transformed the 2012 Republican primary when he and his wife used $15 million in private funds to sustain the unsuccessful candidacy of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and then poured $53 million into groups advancing Republican nominee Mitt Romney. In all, Adelson and his wife donated $93 million to Republican causes in the 2012 campaign, center data shows."
                      "The Republican Jewish Coalition, which counts Adelson as a board member, yesterday sent an 'action alert' to its 45,000 members, directing them to tell Congress to authorize force. “This is not a partisan issue,” the coalition said in its message."
                          "The National Jewish Democratic Council, today added its voice to a chorus of U.S.-based Jewish groups urging military intervention. Others include AIPAC, the Anti-Defamation League and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations."
                            "Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said the group decided to act before the Jewish high holidays, when rabbis will likely speak on Syria. Rosh Hashanah begins tonight."
                                "Jewish groups said their concern was that a failure to take action against Syria would send lessons to other countries, most notably Iran, that they could act with impunity."
                                    “This is a critical moment when America must also send a forceful message of resolve to Iran and Hezbollah," AIPAC said in its statement.

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