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Billionaire Israeli-American Haim Saban, a major Democratic Party supporter who has been dubious of Obama’s attempts at making peace in the Middle East, told the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent that Republicans shouldn’t act like his wallet is going to open up for them: “If solicited, I will absolutely write a check to the level allowed by law,” he said about Obama’s re-election campaign. “I don’t agree that [Obama]’s anti-Israel.”

Obama won 77% of the Jewish vote in 2008–more than John Kerry’s 74% but less than Al Gore’s 79%–and there’s no sign that there will be a serious drop-off in 2012. But Saban notes that he’s not the only major Jewish donor who isn’t especially enthusiastic about the president, which means that Obama might have to work a little bit harder for financial support. [ The Plum Line/Washington Post]

 

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