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  10/14/2012, Tishrei 28, 5773

Senator Arlen Specter Dead at 82

Arlen Specter, the moderate Jewish senator from Pennsylvania, passed away, Sunday in his Philadelphia home, at the age of 82, of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of immune-system cancer. Despite his Democratic party roots, he served as a Republican, becoming the longest-serving senator ever from the Keystone State until the GOP "moved farther and farther to the right", when he switched parties and lost to a Republican.

Specter was a suporter of Israel but differed with Zionist leaders and others by reaching out to Iran and Syria. He even offered himself as a broker for peace talks between Israel and Syria.

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