Fervently Pro-Israel – And Possible Future Prez – Senator Cruz to Address ZOA Dinner

Texas Senator Ted Cruz – who is increasingly mentioned as a potential Republican presidential nominee in 2016 - will be the keynote speaker at the annual dinner of the Zionist Organization of America in late November. The slot will give Cruz the opportunity to address some of the most influential Jewish leaders in the United States, including casino magnate and prominent Republican financial supporter Sheldon Adelson.

“We’re inviting him because he’s one of Israel’s greatest friends,” said ZOA president Morton Klein, who noted that he expects up to 1,000 attendees at the dinner, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Nov. 23.

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El Al Response to Hareidi Seat Switch Flap: ‘We Have No Policy’

El-Al El Al IsraelDespite many complaints from members of the public after an El Al flight from New York to Israel last week was disrupted when a number of male Hareidi Jewish passengers refused to be seated next to women, the Israeli airline stated that it has no official policy for dealing with the issue and has no intention of implementing one.

According to an El Al spokesman, the airline’s “policy in general is to try to accommodate any customer request,” and that it handles special requests on a case-by-case basis.

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PA Confers ‘Martyr’ Status on Murderers of Three Israeli Yeshiva Students

kidnapping suspectsThe Hamas terrorists Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu Eisha, who abducted and almost immediately murdered teenage Israeli yeshiva students Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrah, and Gilad Sha’ar on June 12, were given the highest status in Islam – martyrdom – by official Palestinian Authority (PA) press and leaders.

The PA news agency WAFA lauded the two men as martyrs last Tuesday after the IDF killed them earlier in the day in Chevron, when the terrorists engaged Israeli forces in a gun battle.

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Netanyahu to Tell Obama: Keep Focus on Iran, Release Pollard

Via/AP

Via/AP

Senior Israeli officials have revealed that Prime Minister Netanyahu will hold a meeting with U.S. President Obama on Wednesday, at which the PM will tell Obama that the international war against the terrorist group Islamic State must not be offset by concessions to Iran in the ongoing negotiations over its nuclear program.

Netanyahu also informed United States Jewish leaders on Tuesday that he plans to raise with Obama the possibility of bringing Arab states into the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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Brooklyn Man Indicted For Posing As Police Officer & Threatening To Shoot Pulled Over Driver

NYPD officerBrooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Tuesday announced that a 20-year-old Brooklyn man has been indicted on charges including impersonating a police officer and menacing for threatening to kill a driver he had pulled over in a phony “traffic stop” in Crown Heights.

According to the investigation, on September 5, 2014, at about 7:40 p.m., a 30-year-old Brooklyn man driving a van with a female passenger in the vicinity of Utica Avenue and Lincoln Place made a U-turn and cut off the defendant Maurice Joiner’s vehicle, and the two drivers exchanged words. Read more »

State Department Response to Netanyahu UN Warning: ‘US Won’t Be Fooled By Iran’s Charm Offensive’

bibi diagramA spokesperson for the State Department offered a reassurance on Tuesday that the United States will not be fooled by what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu derided as Iran’s “manipulative charm offensive” regarding the Islamic regime’s intentions toward the West.

“I can assure anyone that an agreement reached would not be based on a charm offensive or how that impacts us, but on the facts and the details,” Jen Psaki decisively stated at a news conference. “And we’re not going to agree to a comprehensive agreement that doesn’t meet our standards and meet our threshold.”

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NYGov- Cuomo Meets Netanyahu At NY Reception With Jewish Leaders

cuomo bibi nyNY Governor Andrew Cuomo had yet another day to campaign over his recent Israel trip, just moments after he had landed from a weekend visit to Afghanistan.

Cuomo attended a reception for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hosted by the Israeli Consulate and the Conference Of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, at the New York Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue Tuesday morning. Read more »

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Erekat: ‘Netanyahu Is Just Like ISIS Head’

Saeb ErekatA senior Palestinian official on Tuesday compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the leader of the terrorist Islamic State organization, after Netanyahu stated that Hamas is similar to the radical fundamentalist group.

“Netanyahu is trying to disseminate fear of the Islamic State led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but Netanyahu forgets that he himself leads the Jewish state,” declared Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator in peace talks with Israel. “He wants us to call Israel the Jewish state and supports terrorist settlers who kill, destroy and burn mosques and churches… like Baghdadi’s men kill and terrorize.”

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Twelve-Year-Old Yeshiva Student Finds TV Fame as Cooking Prodigy

Courtesy of the food network

Courtesy of the food network

He may be a mere 12 years old, but Eitan Bernath of Teaneck is such a talented chef that he has ended up appearing on the Food Network’s popular cooking show “Chopped.”

“He’s always been curious and he likes science,” explained Eitan’s mother, Sabrina Bernath, to the Jewish Standard. “He thinks it’s cool to mix flavors and watch things rise. He also likes to make people happy” by preparing delicious food items for them.

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Once Again, Former NY Governor George Pataki Mulling WH Run

Pataki Photo(AP). Former New York Gov. George Pataki is reportedly considering running for president in 2016, though a former aide says talk of a campaign is premature.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that Pataki is privately weighing whether to enter the wide-open Republican field. The paper says Pataki recently met with Republican donor David Koch. Read more »

JP Business: Sitt Buys Upper West Side Building For $40M-Plus

Thor Equities – the company headed by Sephardic real estate magnate Joseph Sitt – has joined GreenOak to acquire the 10-story prewar Manhattan apartment building located at 150 West 82nd Street for a total of $41.5 million.

The 58-unit rental building, which is situated between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, contains 34 market-rate units.

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Ex-Majority Leader Cantor’s Passion For Finance Lands Him Top Wall Street Gig

alg-eric-cantor-jpgFormer Virginia Congressman and Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor – whose recent surprise defeat by a Tea Party candidate prompted him to leave the political arena – has turned his loss into a highly profitable new career by becoming the managing director and vice chairman of New York-based investment bank Moelis & Co. (MC). Cantor’s new position will net him over $3.4 million by the end of 2015. Read more »

Pro-Palestinian Groups To Protest Nets/Maccabi Tel Aviv Game At Barclays Center

20140518-165421.jpgWhen the Brooklyn Nets open their pre-season against Maccabi Tel Aviv next Tuesday, a number of groups are expected to stand outside and protest Israel’s recent actions in Gaza and warrant an end to “hoops as usual” for Israel’s top team.

A Facebook page has already been set up by one of the groups, Jewish Voice for Peace. So far, only 67 people have confirmed their attendance. Read more »

Secret Service Head Acknowledges: WH Intruder Posed A Real Threat

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Via/AP

(AP). Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged to Congress that an Army veteran who jumped the White House fence and made his way into the executive mansion was a threat.

Pierson said, “I think Mr. Gonzalez coming into the main floor mansion is a threat.” Read more »

NYGov – Cuomo Camp Mocks Perry Stumping For Astorino: NYers Will Get An ‘Oops’ Moment

perry astorinoGovernor Andrew Cuomo’s reelection campaign on Tuesday mocked Rob Astorino for deploying Texas Governor Rick Perry for a campaign event in Buffalo this evening, saying if New Yorkers take Perry’s advice and vote for Astorino, we will have an ‘oops’ moment in November.

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino will be campaigning today with  Texas Governor Rick Perry in Buffalo. Tickets to the fundraiser costs $99, while couples are being asked to give $175 to attend and $500 if they want to get their picture taken with Perry. Read more »

JP Business: Judge Dismisses Nurses’ Lawsuit, Clears Way For LICH Sale

fortis, LICH joel kestenbaumA judge in Brooklyn dismissed a lawsuit on Monday that had been brought by the nurses’ union and had nearly helped sabotage an agreement to maintain limited healthcare facilities at the site of the soon-to-be dismantled Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn.

NYU Langone Medical Center had pledged to operate an emergency room as part of a business deal to sell the LICH site. Read more »

Congressman Engel Voices Serious Concern Over ISIS Threat

Engel PodiumCongressman Eliot Engel (D-Bronx & Westchester) has voiced his support for President Obama’s strategy of training and arming Syrian rebels to actively combat the expanding threat of the terrorist organization Islamic State, but the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee is nonetheless worried that the extreme radical group could ultimately triumph in the region.

“Well, they better be. And if they’re not, then we’re in for a lot of trouble,” Engel commented to the New York Observer on Monday when he was asked if the Middle Eastern coalition being put together by the United States will be sufficiently effective to stop ISIS.

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Brooklyn DA Thompson Sets Up Hate Crimes Unit

2014-05-27 18.31.41(AP). The Brooklyn district attorney has created a hate crimes unit to deal with a rise in reported racially and religiously motivated attacks across the borough.

The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/1pnPI75 ) says the unit will initially have five prosecutors. Read more »

Legendary Jewish Performer Neil Diamond Wows Fans at Brooklyn ‘Homecoming’ Concert

neil-diamond-4Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn served as the unique setting for a concert by legendary singer Neil Diamond on Monday evening. The entertainer – who has been dubbed by some as the “Jewish Elvis” for his charismatic stage personality – revealed the location of the pop-up concert on Twitter Monday morning, sending diehard fans into a frenzy as they rushed to gain access.

The concert was in effect a homecoming for Diamond, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, and the location was particularly fitting, as he attended Erasmus as a youngster. It also was intended as a vehicle to promote his imminently forthcoming new album, “Melody Road.” Read more »

Knesset Speaker: Holocaust Didn’t Start In Auschwitz, It Began With Anti-Semtic Attacks In Local Cities

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Photo:Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The Holocaust didn’t start in Auschwitz, but in local Europen cities where Jews and their businesses were targeted for being Jewish, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said on Tuesday during a visit to Austria.

Edelstein attended a ceremony outside the Holocaust memorial in Vienna`s Jewish Quarter, where he was joined by Doris Bures, President of the Austrian parliament`s National Council, MK David Tsur (Hatenua), chair of the Israel-Austria Parliamentary Friendship Group, and Israeli Ambassador in Vienna Zvi Heifetz. Read more »

Teen Charged For Climbing Manhattan Skyscraper To Take Photos: NYPD

432_Park_Avenue,_April_2014Police say have arrested a 17-year-old teenager for climbing an under-construction residential tower that is expected to be one of the city’s tallest buildings (1,398 feet) so he could take photos, NBC4 reported.

The teen allegedly climbed atop 432 Park Ave. and posted the photos he took on his Instagram account. He was charged with criminal trespassing and reckless endangerment. Read more »

Netanyahu Meets With Top Donors During US Visit

netanyahu UNIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is literally putting his (well, his donors’) money where his mouth is. While the visit to NY was supposed to be a diplomatic tour to refute the lies of the Palestinians and garner support for a tougher tone on Iran, Netanyahu-who announced he’ll be running for a fourth term as prime minister- found plenty of time in his calendar to cuddle with his top donors. Read more »

Agudath Israel Issues Updated Edition of Workplace Religious Rights Guide

agudath israelAgudath Israel of America on Monday announced the release of an updated version of its “Guide to Religious Rights in the Workplace,” edited by Agudath Israel’s General Counsel Rabbi Mordechai Biser, which provides answers to common questions and difficulties encountered by employees trying to accommodate their religious observance just in time for the high holiday season.

The guide is especially essential at this time, in the months of September and October, with so many Jewish holidays coming close together and causing these issues to surface, which makes this new edition even more important. Read more »

US-led Airstrikes Hit Islamic State Target Near Border With Turkey

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(AP). Activists say the U.S.-led coalition has struck targets of the Islamic State group near a besieged Kurdish town along Syria’s border with Turkey.

It was not immediately clear if Tuesday’s airstrikes succeeded in halting the militants’ advance on Koubani, also known as Ayn Arab. Read more »

Sen. Cruz: Hamas Committed War Crimes While Israel’s Actions Were Self Defense

cruz frenkelFollowing the notorious speech by Palestinian President Abbas at the United Nations General Assembly last Friday, accusing Israel of committing ‘genocide’ during it’s recent war against Hamas, Senator Ted Cruz slammed Abbas for what he called “slanderous” speech.

In a speech to world leaders at the UNGA, the Palestinian leader accused Israel of conducting a “war of genocide” in Gaza, but stopped short of saying he would pursue war crimes charges against Israel. Read more »

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