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Project Red Sea Aimed to Bring Voice to Pro-Israel Community

Project Red Sea set out this election season to bring the voice of Americans living in Israel to like minded voters in key U.S. states.
By Yoni Kempinski and Annie Lubin
First Publish: 11/8/2012, 2:16 AM

Project Red Sea Aimed to get Ohio voters behind the Republicans
Project Red Sea Aimed to get Ohio voters behind the Republicans
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Project Red Sea set out this past election season to bring the voice of Americans living in Israel to like minded pro-Israel voters in key U.S. states. Through their use of the press, social media and ground efforts, the group brought to these key states their message of what's good for Israel. 

Ruth Lieberman was part of a delegation that went to the key state of Ohio where she directed efforts for the Republican campaign and helped spread the project's message to voters. 

"Personally, I was honored to meet so many people here with a true love and concern for Israel, in America's best interest as well," said Lieberman. "The Jews of Ohio are warm, active and impressively dedicated - the Christians are large in number and in heart, and they aren't afraid to speak out." 

"Our tens of volunteers worked every day, connected thru the internet and watching and reacting in time with our campaigns here, Senate and presidential. They stayed on top of the issues and talked about Israel and everything else with their fellow voters. Republicans Abroad Israel provided much of the manpower, with many other unaffiliated Israeli-Americans joining us because they wanted to make a difference!"

Lieberman touched on figures that emerged from yesterday's voting which claimed almost 70% of American Jews voted for Barack Obama, figures which Lieberman and her delegation tried to reverse.

"I'd say Obama enjoyed the traditional support that Jews have always shown for the democratic party," said Lieberman. "It's just hard for them to make the switch and admit that the party has moved away from its traditional policies - working to take Jerusalem and G-d out of the Democratic party platform was just symptomatic of something deeper. While Jews may agree with some of the Democrats' social agenda, this is starting to conflict with Jewish family values, and it isn't as comfortable as it used to be. 

"On the larger, looming economic policies, there is a disconnect that will continue to be felt as the numbers of Jews supporting Democrats lessens - as shown in a poll already last night. Jews are beginning to see the disastrous fiscal results of the Obama policy on the economy - and it's a direct contrast to fiscal conservatism that promotes both small and big businesses - and this is the key issue here in the US right now: the Jewish businessman or woman knows that less government intervention is more growth, and they aren't getting that from Obama's administration. 

"We will fight to make sure that Congress remains Israel's strongest ally - we have to, with the Iranian threat looming we have no choice. Don't get me wrong, I do believe that Israel will take care of itself; but it's nice to know that our superpower friend has our back, and I'm just not sure that's what we will see in this upcoming second term.

"It's our hope that we made some impact, and that we can continue to raise our pro-Israel voices as Americans in Israel, beyond the elections - to affect policy and strengthen the decisions made in Washington for Israel."