Haaretz Facing Criticism for Cartoon Likening Netanyahu to Terrorist

Haaretz cartoonThe far-left Israeli news organization Haaretz published a cartoon on Thursday depicting Israel’s Prime Minister to an Al-Qaeda terrorist piloting a plane in to the World Trade Center.

The carton tried to explain the chikensh-t comment that a senior Obama administration official made towards Netanyahu. Amos Biderman, the man behind the cartoon, explained to the Times of Israel that the cartoon showed that “Netanyahu was leading to a disaster in Israel-US relations on the scale of 9/11.” Read more »

Cruz: If GOP Elects Another Moderate Republican in 2016 Hillary Will Win

Cruz CPAC 2014A firebrand conservative Senator said that if the Republican party will elect a moderate Republican to be their nominee for the presidential election in 2016, as they did in 2008 with McCain and 2012 with Romney, the GOP will lose the White House in 2016.

In an interview with CNBC, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that the Republican party needs to learn from history, “If Republicans run another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a John McCain or a Mitt Romney, we will end up with the same result, which is millions of people will stay home on Election Day, which is what happened for all three of them.” Read more »







Felder: Hikind Is Running Unopposed; Suggests Caller’s Supporters To Move Away

simcha hikind endorsementIn what seemed to be a full fledged endorsement of Assemblyman Dov Hikind in his tough reelection bid in the 48th Assembly District, State Senator Simcha Felder on Thursday dismissed the candidacy of Republican candidate R’ Nachman Caller as illegitimate.

During an interview on the Dov Hikind 2014 campaign radio program on 620AM, Mr. Felder told the 32-year incumbent that there’s no choice in this election, thus endorsing his reelection bid. Read more »

Obama Campaigns in Maine, Avoids Spat Over Ebola



(AP) — In a final-week burst of campaigning, President Barack Obama sought to mobilize Democratic voters Thursday in the race for governor in Maine while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and the nurse who has defied them.

Obama was headlining a rally in Portland for Mike Michaud, a six-term congressman who is running to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a neck-and-neck race. Independent candidate Eliot Cutler is running a distant third. Read more »







Outremont Residents Debate Accommodations for Jewish Sukkoths During Holiday

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Residents from the wealthy neighborhood Outremont in Montreal, Canada are debating on time restrictions as to how long temporary Sukkoths — built during the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth — should be allowed to be built on properties. Outremont is home to a large Hasidic community.

Current zoning restrictions limit temporary buildings to 15 days. The Sukkoth holiday takes course during a span of 9 days — and sometimes 10, if the last day is followed by Shabbos — which leaves just 2-3 days before the holiday to construct the hut and another 2-3 days after, to remove it. Read more »

Kerry: Reported Comment Toward Netanyahu is ‘Disgraceful and Damaging’

Kerry Bibi NetanyahuSecretary of State John Kerry said that the profane language used by a senior Obama administration official to describe Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is ‘disgraceful and damaging.’

Speaking at the annual Washington Ideas Forum, Kerry said that “We condemn anybody who uses language such as was used in this article.” Read more »







Cuomo Leads Astorino Nearly Two to One in New Poll

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A majority of New Yorkers agree with Gov. Cuomo on his handling with the deadly Ebola virus, and his 21-day quarantine for any individual that may have had contact with an Ebola patient, a new poll shows.

A WSJ/NBC New York poll shows that 82 percent of New Yorkers support the 21-day quarantine, even if the person that has come in contact with the virus doesn’t show any symptoms, while 15 percent oppose the policy. Read more »

First Presidential Debate Set for Republicans

GOP debate 2012 CNN(AP) — The 2014 midterm elections are days away, but preparation are already underway for the first debate of the 2016 presidential primary contest.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced on Thursday that it will invite GOP presidential candidates to attend a televised debate at California’s Reagan Library in September 2015. Read more »

England: Jewish Actress Rips Miliband For Anti-Israel Moves, Renounces Lifelong Support For Labour

Maureen LipmanBritish actress and comedienne Maureen Lipman announced on Thursday that she will not be voting for Labour in the next election, as she has traditionally done. “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse,” the star wrote, “just when the anti-Semitism in France, Denmark, Norway, Hungary is mounting savagely, just when our cemeteries and synagogues and shops are once again under threat. Just when the virulence against a country defending itself, against 4,000 rockets and 32 tunnels inside its borders, as it has every right to do under the Geneva Convention, had been swept aside by the real pestilence of IS, in steps Mr. Miliband to demand that the government recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.”

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Canada: Prime Minister Harper to Announce New Family Benefits

Canada HarperCanadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was set to unveil a package of measures aimed at benefiting families on Thursday. The most fundamental part of the package is expected to be an enhancement to the $2.5-billion universal child care benefit. The Canadian government is reportedly expanding the program, with the options to either double the existing amount or make the $100 per child benefit available to parents with children older than six.

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Democratic House Incumbent in Iowa Shows Strong Lead With Early Voters



A poll released on Wednesday shows Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley maintaining a commanding lead with early voters in Iowa’s open United States Senate race, over his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst. While the poll shows the race to be a dead heat overall, Braley holds a hard-to-beat 15-point lead with those who have already voted. The poll also shows him with a 10-point lead with independent voters.

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Boiling Point in Jerusalem: Palestinian Government Urges ‘Day of Rage’ Against Israel Tomorrow

Mideast Israel PalestiniansIn an unsettling new development amidst the ever-escalating tensions emanating from the Arabs of East Jerusalem, the Palestinian government has urged its “fighters” to launch a “day of rage” against Israel on Friday that would include armed attacks in Jerusalem, a move that has brought serious worries that widespread riots could wreak havoc on the holy city.

Israeli authorities barred access to the Temple Mount and the Moslem Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem late Wednesday following the attempted assassination of a Jewish activist by a Palestinian terrorist. Israel’s call to deny entry to the Temple Mount area — the first such closure since 1967 — led the Palestinian government to call for armed resistance and accuse Israel of effectively declaring war.

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Daughter of Famed Lawyer Nat Lewin to Plead Hard-Fought Passport Case Before Supreme Court

Nat Lewin and Daughter This coming Monday – for her very fist time – Alyza Lewin will do what her famous father, 78-year-old attorney Nathan Lewin, has done many times before; she will argue before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry. “I had to decide whether I was ready to step into some enormous shoes,” Alyza Lewin reflected on Wednesday. “And I decided I was.”

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Study: Israeli Air Force is World’s Greatest; IDF Most Powerful in Middle East

IAFA new study that was conducted by military experts has demonstrated that Israel’s military is the most powerful in the Middle East, while its air force comes out on top by worldwide comparison.

The study ranked the 15 strongest armies in the Middle East while noting the size of the countries’ respective defense budgets, along with the latest geopolitical turmoil and its impact on military strength.

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NJ Gov. Christie to Visit 19 States in Intense Push For GOP Gubernatorial Candidates

Chris ChristieNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie – regarded by many as a potentially leading candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination – will make appearances in 19 states over the next five days as he engages in a strenuous effort to get out the vote for GOP candidates ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

Christie has been aggressively fundraising and campaigning this year – visiting 36 states and Washington, D.C. – in his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The group announced Thursday that under Christie’s leadership it has raised an impressive total of $102 million, surpassing its goal of $100 million.

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NYPD: Attack on Jewish Woman in Williamsburg Was Apparently Hate Crime

NYPD patchA Jewish woman was hit in the head with a milk crate by an unknown group of attackers this past Saturday afternoon in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime by the New York Police Department.

The 29-year-old victim was sitting on a bench in De Hostos Playground, located at the corner of Walton Street and Harrison Avenue, at around 4:00 PM on Saturday when she was hit, according to police.

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Senator Lieberman at Yeshiva University: Orthodox Should Be More Involved in Public Service

Joe LiebermanFormer United States Senator Joseph Lieberman – who made history both as the first religiously observant Jewish member of the Senate and as the first Jewish major party candidate for vice-president – addressed hundreds of students and faculty members on Tuesday at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus.

The Connecticut Democrat-turned-Independent lectured on the topic of “Judaism and Public Service.” As the first of a three-part series, the lecture inaugurated Lieberman’s role as the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service at the flagship Modern Orthodox educational institution.

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Israel’s Foreign Ministry Recalls Ambassador From Sweden



Israel’s Foreign Ministry has recalled its ambassador to Sweden, Isaac Bachman, from Stockholm for consultations in protest of Sweden’s recognition of a Palestinian state, Ha’arez reports.

According to a Foreign Ministry official, Bachman will remain in Jerusalem until further notice. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is considering permanently removing Bachman from Stockholm, downgrading Israeli diplomatic relations with Sweden after Sweden announced its support for the unilateral creation of Palestine. Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn DA Thompson To Visit Israel In February

DSC08319Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is planning a trip to Israel next year, JP has learned.

During a fundraiser in Borough Park on Monday, Mr. Thompson announced that he’s expecting to travel to Israel some time next February, according to one attendee, who wished to remain anonymous. Read more »

IDF: ‘Hezbollah Probably Dug Tunnels to Enter Israel, But No Conclusive Evidence’



The Israeli government believes that the terrorist group Hezbollah has quite likely dug a number of tunnels across the border from Lebanon in preparation for any future war, although the Jewish state has no conclusive evidence of such a development, an Israeli army general stated on Wednesday.

Israel’s vulnerability to tunnels that could be used for infiltration into its homeland came to glaring light during its war against Hamas in Gaza this past summer. Read more »

AD48 – Caller, Hikind Debate Housing Crisis In Borough Park

2014-10-13 17.46.51It’s is crunch time in Borough Park. The two candidates seeking to represent the Orthodox Jewish community in the 48th Assembly District, took it to the presses on Thursday, touting their plans to solve the housing and tuition crisis in the next few years.

The first indirect public debate between Assemblyman Dov Hikind and his Republican challenger R’ Nachman Caller took place on Wednesday over the latter’s plan to build 2,000 housing units in Borough Park in 4 years.

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Israeli UN Ambassador to Security Council: Building Homes in Jerusalem ‘No Threat to Middle East’



Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations defended his country’s construction of new homes in areas of Jerusalem that are technically beyond the Green Line on Wednesday, declaring to the Security Council that “the people of Israel are not occupiers and we are not settlers.” Ron Prosor asserted, “Israel is our home and Jerusalem is our eternal capital.”

Prosor stated these comments at an emergency Security Council session that had been called to address the escalating tensions between Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem. Read more »

Sweden Recognizes Unilateral Palestinian State



(AP). Sweden’s new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

The EU member became the third Western European nation, after Malta and Cyprus, to do so, reflecting growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Read more »

Obama Administration Engages in ‘Damage Control’ After Disclosure of Insult to Netanyahu – But Doesn’t Deny It

The White House on Wednesday engaged in attempted “damage control” after an unsettling controversy broke out regarding a magazine article that outlined deep tensions between the United States and Israel – and quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official as calling the Israeli Prime Minister the derisive epithet “chickens–t.”

Officials of the Obama administration, including White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, did not issue any denial of the offensive quote, nor did they convey in any fashion that they would seek to discover which official said it.

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UPDATED: AD20 – Assembly Candidate Todd Kaminsky Says He’s Opposed To Education Tax Credit Bill

kaminsky goldfederA proposal to ease the burden of Yeshiva parents and lower the high tuition costs has met the emphatic opposition of the Democratic candidate running for the open seat in New York’s 20th Assembly District in Long Island, that includes the 5 Towns, JP has learned.

The past Monday evening, during a political debate in Long Beach, Assembly candidate Todd Kaminsky said he would not support tuition tax credits for yeshivas, private and parochial school parents, despite the fact that many Democrats, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, have expressed their support of the bill. Read more »

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