Michael Dobkowski, professor of religious studies, was quoted in the Oct. 3 Hartford (Conn.) Courant article “Jewish Voters Unsure Of Kerry.” According to the article, there is a perception in the Jewish electorate that Sen. John Kerry is not a passionate enough supporter of Israel. Many Orthodox Jews regard what's going on in the Mideast as threatening the Jewish population around the world, as it has been for centuries. They appreciate not only Bush's tough response to terrorists, but also his willingness to vividly remind everyone that Israel is an important ally.
“There is suspicion about the depth of Kerry's support,” said Dobkowski. “A lot of assumptions about voters are scrambled because of the fear factor.”