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Steve Sheffey
Steve Sheffey has long been active in the pro-Israel community and in Jewish communal life. He served on the Board of CityPAC, Chicago’s premier pro-Israel political action committee, for seven years, including two years as its President. He is a life-long member of AIPAC. In 1992, he ran for delegate pledged to Tom Harkin in what was then the Illinois’s 9th Congressional District and in 2012 he was elected to serve as a Barack Obama delegate from the 10th Congressional District of Illinois. He has volunteered in various capacities in the Congressional campaigns of Abner Mikva, Robert Weinberger, Sid Yates, John Cullerton, Lauren Beth Gash, Dan Seals, and Brad Schneider. He is the author of “God Has Brought Me Laughter,” a collection of jokes organized by the Torah portion of the week. The views he presents in his writings and talks do not necessarily represent the views of any organization he is or has been associated with, and unless otherwise noted, he does not write or speak on behalf of these organizations.

Entries by Steve Sheffey

Dold's Israel Partisanship is Unacceptable

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 8:09 AM

Ex-Congressman Robert Dold continues to cross a time-honored line by refusing to respect the hard-earned, bipartisan support for the U.S.-Israel relationship in Congress. I've been active in pro-Israel politics for a long time, and I thought I'd seen everything. But I never thought I'd see someone who claims to be...

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Dold Sinks to New Low

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:01 PM

The cardinal principle of pro-Israel advocacy is that support for Israel must be bipartisan; concerns about Israel should never be mischaracterized for political gain. Ex-Congressman Robert Dold (R-IL) violated that rule this week in the lowest way possible: By lying about current Illinois 10th district Congressman Brad Schneider's (D-IL) views...

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Why Won't Mitt Romney Answer Elie Wiesel?

(51) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 5:10 PM

It's been more than two months since Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel asked Mitt Romney to "speak to his own church and say they should stop" performing posthumous proxy baptisms on Jews, including Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

The Huffington Post

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The New Republican Haggadah

(5) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 2:45 PM

Jewish history is littered with sects, groups of people kind of like Jews who celebrate the same holidays and have many of the same customs, yet are somehow different.

Today's sect is known as "Jewish Republicans," few in number but very loud. Like most Jews, they celebrate Pesach, but...

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Don't Let Republicans Divide Us on Iran

(27) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 12:31 PM

Some Republicans who say there should be no daylight between the U.S. and Israel are doing their best to create the illusion of daylight for partisan gain. Some Republicans who say disagreements between the U.S. and Israel should be ironed out in private have no compunctions about publicly airing their...

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The Path to Palestinian Statehood

(66) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 3:14 PM

The time is ripe for the Palestinians to ride the crest of change sweeping the Arab world. A democratic state of Palestine is well within their grasp. To achieve it, they need only follow the successful Jewish model that led to the rebirth of Israel following World War II.


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The Most Anti-Israel President Ever?

(209) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 10:10 PM

Our Republican friends will do their darndest to convince us that the answer is Barack Obama. President Obama is not perfect, but let's compare him to his predecessors rather than to perfection.

George W. Bush (43) pressured Israel to allow Hamas to participate in Gaza elections...

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Progressives Should Support Israel

(477) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 4:13 PM

The progressive movement has been tarred by a vocal minority that seeks to criticize Israel at every opportunity. It's time for the progressive community to stand up and show its support for Israel.

Israel is a progressive's dream: "Universal education, universal health care, equal rights, minority rights...

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Obama: Pro-Israel at the Two-Year Mark

(123) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 1:05 PM

After two years, it is clear that none of the flights of fancy imagined by our Republican friends about Barack Obama's fitness for office have come to pass. President Obama's record after two years in office is outstanding from a pro-Israel perspective.

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A New Paradigm for Middle East Peace

(225) Comments | Posted November 14, 2010 | 9:32 AM

Twice in the last decade, Israel offered to cede nearly all of Judea and Samaria to the Palestinians, only to be rebuffed. It's time for a new paradigm: Instead of rewarding Palestinian intransigence by pressuring Israel to stop settlement growth, the United States should tell the Palestinians that time is...

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Israel Cares About Peace

(88) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 8:37 AM

In its September 13, 2010 issue, Time magazine asks the wrong question. The question isn't why Israel doesn't care about peace. The question is why the Arab world refuses to make peace with Israel.

Israel's entire history is an unending willingness to trade land for the hope...

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Obama's Cairo Speech

(4) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 11:19 PM

Certain mischaracterizations of President Obama's June 4, 2009 Cairo speech
have become so ingrained that what he actually said in Cairo has almost become a footnote. Let's go with the facts, not the legends:

  1. Obama never referred to 60 years of "occupation."

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Jan Schakowsky Deserves Pro-Israel Support

(32) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 6:15 AM

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) is a good friend of Israel who deserves our enthusiastic support over self-proclaimed Tea Party Republican Joel Pollak.

Maybe I'm old-school, but the pro-Israel community has historically judged incumbents on their record in Congress. Jan's record on Israel is perfect:

  • Jan co-sponsored of H.Res....

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Israel Justified in Gaza Action

(31) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 6:38 AM

Not everything is gray. Sometimes there is such a thing as right and wrong, and the cynical attempt by supporters of Hamas to send a flotilla to Gaza should be condemned by everyone who genuinely wants peace in the Middle East.

Hamas has fired thousands of rockets into Israel, even...

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Obama: Still Pro-Israel

(64) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 6:54 AM

As much as we may be disappointed in the Administration's behavior during the past two weeks, we need to keep the situation in perspective. If Benjamin Netanyahu can rise above it, so can we.

If our goal is peace, the Administration should be pressuring the Palestinians, not Israel....

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Giannoulias, Kirk, and Broadway Bank

(13) Comments | Posted March 11, 2010 | 5:39 AM

While we try to sort through the facts about Broadway Bank, let's not forget the most important fact of all: Unless it turns out that Alexi Giannoulias did anything illegal--and no one is alleging that he did--Broadway Bank is among the least important issues in this...

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The Mark Kirk We Know

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 12:46 PM

Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) has been my Congressman since he was elected in 2000. Tonight, he won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. The other President from Illinois said "you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Kirk can't fool all the people, but he fooled enough...

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Why We are Democrats

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 5:42 AM

Let us not forget in the wake of Martha Coakley's defeat that there is a reason why we are, or should be, Democrats. Not "independents." Democrats. I write from the perspective of an American Jew, but many Americans of all ethnicities and religions share the values that make them Democrats...

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Obama's First Year: Pro-Israel

(33) Comments | Posted January 13, 2010 | 10:03 PM

Political pundits are like astrologers and psychics: They get away with making outlandish predictions and are remembered when lightning strikes and they guess right, but rarely are they called to account for a litany of missed calls that would put weather forecasters and stock market analysts to shame. We were...

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