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With Anti-Semitism on the March, Jewish Republicans Welcome Senator Ron Johnson to New York

From the horrific expansion of the Islamic State to an impending U.S.-Iranian deal that will do little to quash the ayatollahs’ atomic ambitions, Jews the world over have mounting reasons to worry. Obama’s ongoing, kindergarten-like tantrum over the re-election of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hardly reassuring.

All of this may explain why American Jews increasingly are leaning toward the Republican party and its policies that unapologetically defend Israel and hammer radical Islamic terrorism. In contrast, Obama gives the Jewish state the back of his hand and refers vaguely to “violent extremists” rather than specifically to the Muslim zealots who gleefully kill Jews, Christians, and virtually anything that moves and is not militantly Islamic. (As demolished antiquities from Afghanistan to Mosul can attest, these fanatics even destroy inanimate objects.)

A recent Gallup poll found that Jewish support for the Democratic party has fallen from 71 percent in 2008 to 61 percent in January. Pew Research indicates that 68 percent of Jews surveyed backed the Democrats in 2012, compared to 61 percent today. Meanwhile, over the same period, Jewish approval of the GOP grew by a quarter, from 25 to 31 percent.

Two prominent Jewish Republicans in New York City will make their own contribution to this promising trend on Thursday this evening, April 8, when they co-host a campaign fundraiser for U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wisc.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

“After negotiating the release of my cousin Julius from Dachau, my great aunt Ida sent Julius and his wife and children to New York,” says Ian Reisner, a Manhattan real-estate developer. “Ida moved to Belgium and ultimately was murdered in Auschwitz. We are not too far from history to be wary of politicians who make bad decisions that threaten our lives. The deal with Iran concerns me. Anti-Semitic murder in Paris and Copenhagen concerns me. Bringing Senator Johnson to New York to discuss foreign policy and security will help educate my close friends about these very real issues.”

“An older relative of mine, whose parents narrowly escaped deportation to Auschwitz, recently started to carry her U.S. passport with her at all times,” says philanthropist and Middle East strategist Kalman Sporn. “As she explained, ‘With this meshugenah president, you never know when we are going to have to leave.’ Ironically, my clients in Dubai share the same concerns over the Iran deal as do my relatives. Senator Johnson’s support for Israel is unwavering. And in today’s climate, I want to be sure that New Yorkers, in particular, hear his message.” Sporn served as vice chairman of the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference.

Those expected at Reisner’s Central Park South penthouse include former Republican National Chairman Ken Mehlman and Holocaust survivor Sam Domb, author of He Hath Not Let Me Die.

Tickets remain available for those who wish to support this effort.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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