Poll: Americans Favor Ground Troops Against ISIS; Disapprove Obama In Fighting Radical Islam

Obama ISIS speechAs always in times of war, a majority of American back the US military’s campaign against ISIS, with 78 percent who approves of the US-led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, a new poll conducted for Fox News showed.

At the same time, a majority of 57 percent believe defeating ISIS will take ground troops as opposed to airstrikes alone. By a 52-42 percent margin, voters favor adding ground troops if airstrikes aren’t enough to defeat ISIS. Republicans favor it by a wide 66-29 percent margin. A similar majority of Democrats oppose it (52-42 percent). Read more »

Palestinians: Israeli Occupation Must End In 2016

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(AP) — The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence.

The circulation of the draft resolution to council members follows Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ announcement to the U.N. General Assembly last Friday that he would ask the council to set a deadline for a pullout and dictate the ground rules for any talks with Israel. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neo-Nazi Group Spreads Anti-Semitic Fliers in Sydney

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A security wall that is being built in front of a Jewish school in Sydney, Australia, built due to the rise of anti-Semitism, is now the topic of another anti-Semitic incident.

A neo-Nazi group called Squadron 88, (88 is white supremacist shorthand of Heil Hitler, H being the 8th letter of the alphabet) spread out fliers that contained a notorious anti-Semitic cartoon of Jews. Read more »

Mississippi Restaurant Offers to Name Salad After Rabbi Following Anti-Semitic Comments

Owner of Wraps restaurant anti-semitic commentJust days after a restaurant owner threw out a Jewish rabbi after asking the owner to clarify a remark in which he stereotyped Jews as being cheap, the restaurant named a salad ‘Jewish Salad.’

On September 23, Rabbi Ted Riter, an interim rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel of Jackson, Mississippi, said that he requested a salad from the owner f the Wraps restaurant, but the owner responded by asking if he wants a “full size or a Jewish size?” Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ex-Majority Leader Cantor Fights Subpoena in Bank of China Terror Funding Case

Cantor Grimace - SalonShurat Hadin – the Israeli legal organization that seeks to bankrupt terrorist entities through massive lawsuits – announced on Wednesday that former United States House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is combating its attempt to subpoena him.

Cantor was subpoenaed to a deposition in a case against the Bank of China, according to Ronn Torossian, spokesperson for the Israel Law Center, while the bank and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were trying to block the former Republican Jewish Congressman from testifying. Read more »

Revered Jewish Mystic Rebbe Nachman of Breslov – Movie Star??

na nach breslovA novelist who used to create movies has returned to his old profession to make a film with deeply traditional Jewish themes.

After three decades off, Tzvi Fishman is in the process of directing and producing a feature film that will star Yehuda Barkan, Israel’s highest-grossing movie actor, and winner of this year’s prestigious Ofir Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. The movie will be based on four stories related to the famed righteous Chassidic master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friedman ‘Pre-Shabbos’ Obama Dinner Draws Masses of Baltimore Spectators

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More than 200 excited people stood along the streets of Northwest Baltimore on a recent Friday afternoon in an attempt to briefly spot President Obama as he traveled through the neighborhood to a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that was being held at the home of former AIPAC president and prominent political financier Howard Friedman, who is Orthodox. Read more »

US Strongly Condemns Israel’s New Project In E. Jerusalem, Hours After Bibi/Obama Meeting

20141001-120023.jpg(AP). In a strikingly sharp public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from “even its closest allies” and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians.

The harsh criticism came just hours after President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House. Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said the president raised his concerns about the construction project with Netanyahu, though the two leaders made no mention of the matter in their public comments to reporters. Read more »

Dutch Teen Suspended From School After Online Wish to Decapitate Jews

A student at a Dutch high school was suspended after he posted a video in which he declared that he belonged to ISIS and wanted to decapitate Jews. Reacting swiftly to the boy’s outrageous act, the De Spindel high school in Hengelo, a city in eastern Netherlands, suspended the 14-year-old this past week. The student, who is reportedly a Muslim of Balkan descent, was identified in Dutch media only as Ilhan M.

“Hi, I am from ISIS and I would like to cut off the heads of Jews,” he states in the online video, after which he utters a number of profanities about Jewish women.

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Former President Carter: I Chose Not to Destroy Iran to End ’79 Hostage Crisis

CarterFormer United States President Jimmy Carter said in an interview that is being broadcast Wednesday that he could have won reelection in 1980 if he had come across more “strong” and “manly” by taking concerted military action against Iran. “I could’ve been reelected if I’d taken military action against Iran, shown that I was strong and resolute and manly and so forth,” he stated on CNBC. Read more »

BREAKING: Julia Pierson Resigns As Secret Service Director

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Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, has offered her resignation, ABC reports.

The move comes after high-ranking lawmakers from both parties urged Pierson to resign, in wake of the White House break-in. Read more »

Rockland’s Executive Ed Day Called For Probe Into Fraud Allegations in Ramapo Referendum

IMG_0268Rockland County Executive Ed Day on Wednesday called for a criminal investigation into Ramapo’s contentious referendums on whether to increase the number of Town Board members from four to six, and whether to separate the town into geographical districts (wards) to elect a Town Board member from each district.

In a Facebook post, Day called on Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe to investigate yesterday’s ward system vote “in response to a number of substantive messages I have received from many of you, coupled with details of alleged voter fraud and improprieties.” Read more »

Obama Reaches 50% Approval on Foreign Policy – First Time in Eight Months

obama unFor the first time in eight months, the generally unpopular President Obama has received a 50 percent approval rating on a particular issue – in this case, it is his handling of the serious security threat posed by the radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The latest Washington Post / ABC News poll shows that 50 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of ISIS, while 44 percent say they disapprove. This is a notable improvement from August, when the poll question about the terrorist organization only mentioned the group’s operations in Iraq and not Syria, and only 42 percent of Americans voiced their approval of Obama’s actions on the issue.

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De Blasio Unveils Digital.NYC, First All-Inclusive Online Hub For City’s Tech Ecosystem

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled Digital.NYC, a first-of-its-kind online platform that will serve as a centralized hub for the City’s tech ecosystem, providing information and resources to help turn ideas into businesses, deliver valuable tools for digital startups, and connect New Yorkers to opportunities in the City’s tech ecosystem. Read more »

British Foreign Secretary: I Support Israel, But Its Actions Must Satisfy Western Public

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In an address to the group Conservative Friends of Israel, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond stated that he wants to help secure a better future for Israel, and maintained that his party had been consistent in its support of the Jewish state during this past summer’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

At the same time though, Hammond warned of the need for Israel to ensure its continued support by the Western public, or risk losing the sympathy that came its way when it was beset with terrorist attacks.

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Obama Tells Netanyahu Status Quo in Gaza, West Bank Must Change

20141001-120023.jpg(AP). President Barack Obama says he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo) are meeting at a challenging time and says Israel is in a “turbulent neighborhood.”

Obama and Netanyahu made their remarks Wednesday at the beginning of their meeting at the White House, their first since the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.

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Sara Netanyahu Honored by Jewish Leaders For Dedication to Wounded Israeli Soldiers

netanyahu UNSara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was honored at a Jewish Federation event in New York City on Tuesday for her dedicated work on behalf of wounded Israeli soldiers and bereaved families during this summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

Throughout the extended military hostilities in Gaza, Sara Netanyahu actively reached out to the families who suffered the most as a result of the fighting. Read more »

NY City Council Eyeing Stiffer Penalties For Bad Landlords, More Housing Preservation

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The New York City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee is set to consider two measures Wednesday that legislators say would strengthen Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to preserve and construct 200,000 units of affordable housing over the course of the next decade, Capital NY reports.

The measures, introduced by Councilmen Ritchie Torres and Antonio Reynoso, are part of a package of legislation entitled the Quality Housing Act. Read more »

Australia Sends Two Unarmed Planes to Aid US-Led Airstrikes in Iraq

Tony AbbottAustralia’s Prime Minister announced Wednesday that his country will support the US-led airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. Australia will send two air force planes to support the operations, but will not launch its own airstrikes yet.

An E-7A Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft and a KC-30A refueling plane will join operations from the al-Minhad Air Base outside Dubai, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament.

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Potential 2016 Candidate Christie: Obama Ultimately Responsible For Failure to Assess ISIS Threat

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 – offered a harsh assessment of President Obama for a “60 Minutes” interview in which the president said the United States had underestimated the threat of the radical terrorist group Islamic State in the Middle East, accusing the commander in chief of seeking to avoid personal responsibility for such a notable security failure.

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Baltimore County GOP Committee Passes Pro-Israel Resolution

Israel ProtestThe Baltimore County Republican Central Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of Israel’s self-defense on Sept. 8, it was reported in the Jewish Times.

“The Central Committee is effectively the face of the Republican party for the county,” Rudy Stoler, the primary author of the resolution and a county council candidate for District 2, commented “We wanted a way to connect with our Jewish voters.” Read more »

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough Arrested

william scarborough(AP). An official with knowledge of the investigation says a New York legislator has been arrested this morning and is headed for an Albany courtroom.

The official, who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly before Wednesday’s arraignment, says the arrest of Assemblyman William Scarborough follows a joint investigation by the state comptroller and attorney general’s offices. Read more »

Former Tel Aviv Mayor Shlomo Lahat Passes Away at 87

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(AP). Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who presided over the city’s transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, has died at the age of 87.

Lahat’s son Dan told Israel’s Channel 10 that his father died in a Tel Aviv hospital early on Wednesday. Israeli media said Lahat had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years. Read more »

Ryan: Obama Shouldn’t Promise No Boots on the Ground Fighting ISIS

Paul RyanWhile the United States military is leading a coalition of other countries in airstrikes against the Islamic State extremists group in key positions in Iraq and Syria, the President has repeatedly promised that American boots will stay off the ground.

Praising the president’s leadership in authorizing the airstrikes, Rep. Paul Ryan took issue with the presidents promise to keep American troops off the ground. Read more »

Rockland Hasidic Community Leaders Denounce Offensive Tweets By Yahoo! Finance Reporter

IMG_0268A Yahoo! Finance reporter on Tuesday added fuel to the fire in an already heated election over two referendums about the future of the Town of Ramapo, by naming the Hasidic community in Rockland County “chazzers” (a Hebrew translation of ‘pigs’). He further blamed the Orthodox Jewish community, largely opponents of the ward system, for election fraud.

Phil Pearlyman, the interactive editor at Yahoo! Finance, posted the offensive comments in a series of tweets after polls were already closed. Read more »

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