The No. 2 House Republican joined the annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage this weekend, at a time when the future of the Voting Rights Act is murky and the GOP is looking to make inroads among minority communities.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened the Likud party’s faction meeting on Tuesday with announcements about the direction of talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Knesset votes slated for this week.
“In light of statements made by the Palestinians, we are moving away from a peace deal,” Netanyahu noted. “They said this week they would never recognize Israel as a Jewish state and never give up the right of return.”
The Israeli Air Force immediately retaliated for a mortar shell attack on soldiers near Gaza and bombed Islamic Jihad terror targets, reportedly killing three terrorists. The casualties were reported by Islamic Jihad sources and have not been confirmed or denied by the IDF, but military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said, “Direct hits were confirmed” moments after the mortar shell attack. The military holds Hamas, the de facto regime in Gaza, responsible for all terrorist attacks. – Jewish Press
The Monroe Town Board faced another packed house Monday night as residents and elected officials addressed them about the pending bid to expand Kiryas Joel. Emily Convers, from the citizens group United Monroe, ripped the board for not speaking out in defense of their residents when they have been accused of anti-Semitism and bigotry for opposing the 507-acre annexation push.
“By saying nothing you are agreeing,” she said. “We can easily state that this Town Board does not represent us whatsoever.”
China’s defense ministry will redeploy 10 satellites to join the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared on Saturday with 239 people on board after three days of fruitless searching, Chinese media reports.
As the Malaysian authorities announced they were doubling the size of the search area, Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department said it had received a report from the crew of a Cathay Pacific plane flying from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur at about 3pm that debris was spotted near Vung Tau, off southeast Vietnam.
The victim in a New York “knockout” attack went ‘On The Record’ with Fox News’ Greta tonight to discuss the ordeal.
Video appears to be showing shows Kyle Rogers being sucker-punched by a suspect who is still on the loose. Rogers said he walked out of a bar and the next thing he knew, he was waking up in an ambulance. His jaw is still wired shut.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio received Monday evening the half cup full from his fellow Democrats in control of the state Assembly, as Speaker Shelly Silver announced his house’s budget proposal will include a provision giving the city the taxing authority de Blasio is seeking to fund his signature pre-k plan.
Separate budget proposals from the Democrat-controlled Assembly and the Senate’s majority coalition of Republicans and Democrats are expected later this week. A final budget is due before the new fiscal year starts April 1.
Thirty Senate Democrats aimed to prove Monday night that climate advocates can talk all night, too. They will be doing a dusk-to-dawn series of floor speeches starting Monday evening to show that the chamber’s Democrats have reached a consensus on the urgent need to address climate change, Politico reported,
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), who organized the effort, said it was merely an “opening salvo” to prove “that we’re taking this seriously and there is a stirring in the Senate around this issue.”
(By Jacob Kornbluh – JP) And.. He’s fired! The end? No! Immediately after The Jewish Press announced it had fired its online editor for an offensive article and headline, painting the ultra-Orthodox community as selfish bigots, non other than a competitor penned an op-ed slamming Yanover and his publisher, declaring the game is not over.
[Rabbi] Pinchos Lipschutz, publisher and editor in chief of Yated USA weekly newspaper, compared The Jewish Press Op-Ed to the infamous NY Post cover on the eve of Menachem Stark’s murder.”The chareidim want you dead,” is the headline of his Op-Ed submitted to The Yeshiva World.
“We condemn in the strongest terms Iran’s effort to supply terrorist organizations operating in the region with weaponry,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney, whose statement was posted on Facebook by U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, Haaretz reported.
The puzzling disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has all the earmarks of terrorism, says Rep. Peter King.
“It’s still a mystery… Basically, though, you have a lot of indicators of potential terrorism here,” the New York Republican, who is chairman of the House Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, told ‘The Steve Malzberg Show’ on Newsmax TV.
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Assemblyman Hikind recently visited The Shabbos House Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center in Albany. The occasion was “Torah-Tuesday,” a weekly study group where dinner is provided for attendees that’s been ongoing since 2000.
The Assemblyman’s first visit to the student center was in 2006 shortly after the Gaza disengagement. His recent visit was to the new, bigger and better Shabbos House (built in 2009) where he attended the class “All About Havdalah,” then addressed the students about New York State issues and Israeli history.
Assemblyman Bill Colton may have shared an overlapping southern Brooklyn district with former Councilman Domenic Recchia for 12 years, but he’s not quite willing to back the Democrat against a possible long-shot primary challenge from Rev. Erick Salgado, Politkcer reports.
Mr. Salgado, a socially conservative pastor, publicly thanked Mr. Colton today for helping put together the paperwork he needed to run for the Staten Island congressional seat now held by Republican Michael Grimm.
The Jewish Press has apologized for an offensive headline against the Haredi community today and fired its online editor who wrote/approved it, JP has learned.
“The Jewish Press apologizes to its readers for the unfortunate op-ed article, along with its incendiary and insulting headline, regarding the Atzeres Tefilla in New York on Sunday against the drafting of yeshiva students in Israel that appeared on the Jewish Press website early Monday,” a statement by The Jewish Press’s publishers Jerry Greenwald and Naomi Mauer read.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer told the Israeli American Council (IAC) last night that Israel will never allow a nuclear Iran and will take any necessary measures to defend itself.
Iran “is the single most important issue facing Israel,” Dermer said. “We need to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapons capability – not just nuclear weapons – and I can assure you that the Prime Minister of Israel is not going to allow Iran’s regime to develop nuclear weapons. I can assure you that Prime Minister Netanyahu will do whatever he must do to defend the Jewish State.”
Israeli agent and US prisoner Jonathan Pollard was released from hospital Monday, according to Ma’ariv – only to be escorted back to his prison cell.
“He is very weak and completely exhausted,” Pollard’s wife, Esther, told the press. “In my first conversation with him after his hospitalization he was having a hard time speaking – he was breathing heavily and suffering from pain so excruciating he could only answer ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to questions. He was unable to speak beyond a few words. When I asked him how he was feeling, he groaned and whispered ‘Wretched.’”
Israeli Prime Minister must have watched the Oscars last week. After a press conference at Eilat Port to present the Iranians shipment of missiles Israel seized, the Prime minister asked for a personal moment with the Israeli navy ‘Flotilla 13′ commandos.
Netanyahu took a selfie with the soldiers who participated in raid on Iranian arms shipment, and immediately posted it on Facebook. He later uploaded a photo of him snapping the selfie as a cover photo for the Israeli Prime Minister Office’s Facebook page.
Newly announced Republican gubernatorial candidate, Rob Astorino hammered away at Albany on Friday, using unconventional language to define the Captiol.
“We are losing because this building is a cesspool of corruption and that’s got to stop,” Astorino said at a campaign launch event, according to Times Union. “There has to be turnover in this building. What happens when Shelly Silver is Speaker for 21 years … this is exactly what happens. When Shelly Silver is there for 21 years, when anyone is there for that long, corruption creeps in rather quickly.”
“50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War,” read The Jewish Press headline Monday morning. The author referred to the mass rally in Manhattan. “Since then we’ve seen one demonstration of a few hundred thousand Haredim against the new law in Jerusalem (but not a single day’s work was lost!)..” the first paragraph of the article read.
Yesh Atid Knesset Member, Rabbi Dov Lipman defended Saturday night the new draft law, expected to pass this week, as very much pro-Chareidi.
“Right now anybody who is in draft age in the Chareidi world, if they don’t serve, they are not allowed to go to work, so you have tens of thousands of people who are not allowed to go to work and support their families legally even if they want to,” said Lipman in an interview that aired on Zev Brenner’s Talkline radio program. “The law says that anyone aged 22 and over, because of the fact that they were brought up in this culture…they are allowed to go to work without serving.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio got an earful Monday morning from the ‘Morning Joe’ show’s hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who hammered the new mayor for his allegedly antagonistic stance toward charter schools.
“I don’t understand your positions on charters,” stated Scarborough. “The waiting list is 50,000. And it’s not a bunch of rich kids from Manhattan that want to get in there, it’s some of the poorest, most disadvantaged children of colors.”
Dozens of journalists attended a weapons exhibit and press conference on Monday afternoon, in which the arms seized on the Klos C vessel were put on public display. In his address to the press, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that in confiscating the shipment, “we have exposed the truth behind Iran’s fake smiles.”
“The world needs to awaken from its state of illusion and prevent Iran from acquiring the capability to create nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said. “The international community’s decision to ignore the seized weapons ship is biased, dangerous and unacceptable.”
Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-SI/Brooklyn) held Monday morning a press conference with Staten Island community leaders, Superstorm Sandy victims, and storm recovery advocates calling on the U.S. Senate to immediately take up and pass his flood insurance reform bill, H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, which passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 4th with major bipartisan support.