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Difficult Election Choice

Difficult Election Choice

Doug Chandler’s article on Jewish women deciding whom to vote for come November truly resonated with me (“Elections Stirring Passions Among Jewish Women,” Sept. 14).

As a 26-year-old Jewish mother, I haven’t voted in too many presidential elections yet, but I have never had to think as long and as hard as I am now about which way to pull the lever. I love Israel and, just as passionately, believe women are entitled to control their own reproductive rights. I was never convinced I’d have to choose between the two, since I was skeptical that a vote for President Barack Obama really meant the devastation for Israel that conservative pundits forecasted.

With the increasing animosity between [Israeli Prime Minister] Bibi [Netanyahu] and Obama, however, and the Obama administration’s tepid view of Jerusalem’s status, it looks like I — along with many other Jewish women — will be forced to choose between a president who values a warm friendship with Israel and a president who ensures we have a say over our own bodies. What a shame.


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