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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 By Ron Kampeas KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (JTA)--In the battle for Jewish votes this November, both parties acknowledge the other's advantage: Re- publicans have the money and Democrats have the history. The funding disparity was evident on Sept. 9 and 10 when the Republican Jewish Coali- tion rolled out major voter outreach bids in three major Jewish population centers: the suburbs of Cleveland and Philadelphia, and in Broward and Palm Beach counties in South Florida. The operations included ex- pensive mechanisms unheard of in any Jewish outreach operation for years, if ever: Banks of volunteers phoning voters identified beforehand by researchers through "mi- crotargeting," a system that uses market research and other factors to narrow re- spondents to those likeliest to switch their vote. Volunteers also distributed leaflets to homes in suburbs with high Jewish concentra- tions. The effort attracted hun- dreds of RJC volunteers from across the country to the three target areas in states that both parties have identified as having enough undecided Jewish voters who could de- cide the election. Among the volunteers were dozens of students whose hotel stays over the Sabbath were paid for by the RJC. "This effort--both in terms of numbers of participants and scope of the effort--was unprecedented and historic," the RJC's executive director, Matthew Brooks, told JTA in an email. Democrats, slightly slack- jawed, said they could never match the effort, which is part of an overall push that Brooks has priced at $6.5 million. "We will be outspent," ac- knowledged Robert Wexler, a former Florida congress- man and one of the Obama Votes on page 17A Key figure behind anti- Muslim movie taken in for questioning (JTA)--An Egyptian Chris- tian manwho police say is one of the key figures behind the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" was taken in for questioning. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was questioned near Los Angeles after being brought in Saturday morning by federal probation officers, The New York Times reported, but he was not placed under arrest. Police reportedly may be investigating wheth- er Nakoula uploaded the 14-minute movie trailer, translated into Arabic, to YouTube. Under the terms of his sentencing in a conviction in a 2010 check-kiting case, he is not allowed to use the Internet without permission from his probation officer. The trailer for the crudely produced film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad has been cited as the reason for the outbreak of violence at U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East and throughout the world. Four American y YOU In 2010, Nakoula pleaded no contest to federal bank fraud charges and was or- dered to pay more than $790,000 in restitution, the AP reported. The report cited federal court papers saying that Nakoula had used the name Nicola Bacily, among other aliases. Romney in Rosh Hashanah message: U.S. will always stand by Israel WASHINGTON (JTA)--A strong America will always stand with a strong Israel, Mitt Romney said in his Rosh Hashanah message. "Israel is among America's best friends and closest allies in the world, and I believe no one should never doubt this basic truth: A free and strong America will always stand with a free and strong Israel," the Republican presidential candidate said, recalling his visit to the country in July. Romney in the video mes- sage released Sept. 13 also noted the role of the U.S. Jewish community in build- ing the U.S. economy, and said the High Holy Days are a time to contemplate creating a better future. "They are a time for fami- lies to gather and embrace our many blessings, and they offer a chance to think about how we can improve our lives in years ahead," he said. President Obama in his Rosh Hashanah message delivered the same day called for reconciliation in a political season that has been especially fraughtwith charged rhetoric. France gives highest honor to Simone Veil, ex-politician who survived Auschwitz (JTA)--Simone Veil, a French politician and Holo- caust survivor, was awarded France's highest honor. French President Francois Hollande presented Veil, 85, with the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour at the Ely- see Palace on Sept. 10. Veil, a lawyer by education, served as minister of health under the center-right gov- ernment of Valery Giscard d'Estaing and later as presi- dent of the European Parlia- ment, as well as a member of the Constitutional Council of France. She was imprisoned at Auschwitz but managed to escape the Nazi death camp. Wikipedia Pope Benedict XVI diplomats have died in the violence. In the wake of the initial violence, two media outlets interviewed a California man who gave his name as Sam Bacile and reportedly said he had produced, directed and written "Innocence of Muslims." But his claims quickly came under scrutiny and apparently are untrue. Members of the film's cast, who said they were misled about its true message, said the film's producer was Egyptian. ngagement nnouncement Jessica Meyers and Matthew Klein Marci and Jeff Gaeser of Chuluota, Fla., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Meyers to Matthew Klein, son of Jill and Dr. Marc Klein of Boca Raton, Fla. The bride-elect is the assistant administrator of Central Florida Pulmonary Group, P.A. in Orlando, Fla. She rec~her bachelor's degree from the University of No~orida and a master's degree from the University Of C~ral Florida. ~'groo~-elect is an attorney specializing in em- plo~nt l~ith the law firm of Jackson Lewis, LLP, in ~ndo. He received a bachelor's degree from Miami U~sity arid his law degree from the University of FI~. ~ :c~ ~wedd~,~Jan. 26, 2013 at Congregation Oh~Shalom in Maitland, Fla. The couple will reside ,r Fewer than 70 people have received the Grand Cross since Napoleon Bonaparte established it in 1802. Earlier this year Moshe Kantor, presi- dent of the European Jewish Congress, received the lesser title of Knight of the Legion of Honour. Obama in rabbis call: No 'space' with Israel on Iran, but a[so~:red lines WASHINGTON (JTA)-- President Obama told rabbis in a pre-Rosh Hashanah con- ference call that there is "no space" between the United States and Israel on Iran, but added that he would not make public a red line that could trigger a strike against Iran. "There may come a time" Obama told 1,200 rabbis of all denominations on the call last Friday, that the United States would "exercise a mili- tary option" to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon He said, however, he would not set red lines or a deadline, as Israel has demanded, not- ing that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would also not make public Israel's own trigger for military action. "No leader ties his own hands," he said. Still, Obama said, "there is no space between the U.S. and Israel" on Iran. The rabbis asked Obama why he has been focused so much during this election year on the middle class, at times seemingly to the exclu- sion of the poor. Obama responded that the programs he has championed as benefitting the middle class, including expanded health care, would also ben- efit the poor. Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, "wish you a happy and sweet New Year." The rabbis, in introduc- ing Obama, also noted their outstanding plea that he commute the life sentence of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. The call was organized by the rabbinical umbrellas of the Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Or- thodox streams. Romney: Same 'red line' as Obama on Iran, but a differ- ent strategy (JTA)--Republican presi- dential nominee Mitt Romney suggested that he had the same "red line" as President Obama on Iran but a dif- ferent strategy to prevent the Islamic Republic from crossing it. Romney told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that his "red line" on Iran was the acquisition of a nuclear weapon. "My red line is Iran may not have a nuclear weapon. It is inappropriate for them to have the capacity to ter- rorize the world," Romney said in the interview, which was released last Friday. "Iran with a nuclear weapon or with fissile material that can be given to Hezbollah or Hamas or others has the potential of not just destabilizing the Middle East. But it could be brought here." Stephanopoulos noted that Obama has said that it would be unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons and suggested that Romney's red line was the same as the president's. "Yeah, and I laid out what I would do to keep Iran from reaching that red line," Romney responded, explain- ing that he had said five years ago at Israel's Herzliya Conference that "crippling sanctions needed to be put in place immediately." Pope in Lebanon as 'pil- grim of peace' ROME (JTA)--Against widening violent Middle East protests sparked by an anti- Islam film, Pope Benedict XVI began a two-day visit to Lebanon declaring that he was there as a "pilgrim of peace" to the entire region. "Looking beyond your country, I also come symboli- cally to all the countries of the Middle East as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of all the inhabit- ants of all the countries of the region, whatever their origins and beliefs," he said on his arrival in Beirut on Sept. 14. On the eve of the pope's trip, the Vatican significantly sharpened its condemnation of the Sept. 12 attack in Beng- hazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other U.S. diplomatic staff members. "The very serious attack organized against the United States diplomatic mission in Libya, which led to the death of the ambassador and of other functionaries, calls for the firmest possible con- demnation on the part of the Holy See," said a statement Sept. 13 by the Vatican's chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi. "Nothing, in fact, can justify the activity of terrorist organizations and homicidal violence. Along with our sadness, mourn- ing and prayers for the vic- tims, we again express the hope that, despite this latest tragedy, the international community may discover the most favorable ways to continue its commitment in favor of peace in Libya and the entire Middle East." El Al ending flights to Cairo (JTA)--EI AI said it is dis- continuing its weekly flights to Cairo. In a letter published Sun- day in the daily Maariv, El A1 Airlines CEO Eliezer Shkedi said Israel's official airline cannot afford the high se- curity and operating costs for the nearly empty flights, according to news reports. The airline declined com- ment. Irena Etinger, spokes- woman for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, con- firmed the letter. The letter, addressed to Lieberman, did not say when the flights would end. Under the 1979 peace accord, the two countries agreed to provide flights. Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said if E1 A1 cancels its service, another airline must provide Cairo flights, according to The As- sociated Press. Iran commander: If Israel at- tacks, 'nothing will remain' (JTA)--Iran's top Revolu- tionary Guard commander warned that"nothing will re- main" if Israel takes military action against Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear activities. "Our response to Israel is clear: I think nothing will remain of Israel" should it attack Iran, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said Sunday, provid- ing more specifics than are typically included in Iranian threats, according to The Associated Press. "Given Israel's small land area and its vulnerability to a massive volume of Iran's missiles, I don't think any spot in Israel will remain safe," he said. Jafari also warned that Iran might close the Straits of Hormuz if it is attacked, withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and hit U.S. bases in the Middle East, AP reported. Israel upsets Japan in quali- fier, returning to Davis Cup World Group (JTA)--Amir Weintraub won the deciding match to send Israel past Japan and into the Davis Cup World Group following a two-year absence. Weintraub, ranked No. 223 in the world, defeated Japan's Go Soeda, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday in Japan to snap the 2-2 tie between the teams. Soeda is ranked 53rd. Israel's top-ranked player, Dudi Sela, fell in five sets ear- lier in the day to Kei Nishikori to set up the decider. Team Israel's baseball clas- sic roster features Green, Kapler (JTA)--Former Major Leaguers Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler are on the 28- man roster for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier. Green and Kapler were to play the outfield when Israel faced South Africa in Jupiter, Fla., onWednesday, according to a news release. The double- elimination tournament will send its overall winner to the baseball classic in March. Green and Kapler also will serve as coaches for the Israeli squad managed by former Maj or League catcher Brad Ausmus. Three Israelis--Alon Leichman, Shlomo Upetz and Dan Rothem--are among the pitchers. The remaining players come from minor league teams.