Pitfalls in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian issue are always a challenge for visiting British politicians and it appears that Prime Minister David Cameron, who is due to arrive in the Holy Land on Wednesday for his first visit as British leader, managed to leave Palestinians feeling that they are an “afterthought” even before he landed, the Independent reports.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called a poll that finds he has a 30 percent job approval in Arizona “bogus” on Monday, according to The Hill.
“There is a bogus poll out there,” McCain said on Fox Business’ “Cavuto.” “I can sense the people of my state. When I travel around, which I do constantly, they like me, and I am very grateful.”
Fox News reports: Republican David Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink on Tuesday in a Tampa-area House race largely seen as a critical test for ObamaCare.
With nearly 100 percent of the vote counted, Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote to Sink’s 46.7 percent. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8 percent.
In a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll 57 percent of Iowa adults disapprove of the way Christie, the New Jersey governor and one of the most-talked-about potential 2016 presidential candidates, has handled the controversy surrounding Bridgegate.
Another 25 percent approve, and 18 percent say they’re not sure, according to the poll conducted between Feb. 23-26 with 703 Iowa adults.
Moshe Abutbul was declared the winner in the Beit Shemesh recall elections with at least a 960 vote margin over his rival Eli Cohen. Abutbul received 19,190 votes to Cohen’s 18, 181, according to an unofficial tally.
“Love and truth won,” Abutbul told Kol Chai radio moments ago.
“This is a victory for Am Yisrael,” Shas leader Harav Ariye Deri told Kol Chai.
The pace of Americans signing up for privately administered insurance through President Obama’s health care law slowed down in February, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services.
On Oct. 1, just weeks before HealthCare.gov and all state exchanges were launched, an HHS memo projected that 5.7 million individuals would enroll in a plan by the end of February. In reality, HHS said Tuesday, just 4.2 million Americans had signed up in the first five months, the Washington Examiner reports.
CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News‘ Andrea Mitchell that the agency did not snoop on Senate Intelligence Committee computers to thwart an investigation into illegal detention and interrogations under President George W. Bush.
“We weren’t trying to block anything,” Brennan said. “The matter is being dealt with in an appropriate way, being looked at by the right authorities, and the facts will come out,” he added.
UPDATE 08:04: Agudath Israel projects Haredi Mayor Moshe Abutbul won the mayoral election with 3.5% over his Secular/Zionist rival Eli Cohen.
UPDATE 07:54: Abutbul has extended his lead over Cohen with 1000 votes (17,632-16,632).
UPDATE 07:40: Abutbul currently leading with 659 votes (16,250-15,591).
The Jewish Press, the oldest Orthodox newspaper in the U.S., fired its senior online editor Monday after publishing an offensive opinion article critical of the Haredi community.
On Monday, Yori Yanover, the online editor for The Jewish Press, published an article headlined “50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War.” The author referred to the mass rally in Manhattan on Sunday. The offensive headline drew complete outrage on Twitter. The Yeshiva World also published an Op-Ed against Yanover.
Lincoln Restler, the former Williamsburg district leader who ran against Vito Lopez’ Brooklyn’s Democratic machine, has joined the de Blasio administration as a senior policy adviser, sources told Politicker.
Restler will serve as policy adviser in the mayor’s office of operations, a source told JP.
New York came in second in TIME magazine’s ranking of the most “selfiest” cities in the world with 202 selfie-takers per 100,000 people.
Mayor Bill de Blasio took a victory lap Wednesday, during a press conference, to tout recent drop in violent crimes in NYC, all in the past two months since he took office.
“During the first 10 weeks of 2014, the NYPD has driven down already historically low levels of crime,” the mayor said at a press conference in City Hall. “Overall, major crime has gone down 2 percent in the first 10 weeks of 2014 compared to where the levels stood a year ago. That’s overall – that’s all major crime categories – a 2 percent decline. But let’s talk about homicides. Homicides are down nearly 21 percent from this time a year ago. Shooting incidents down more than 14 percent from this time a year ago. This is extraordinary progress.”
As the opposition continues to boycott Knesset hearings due to the coalition’s deal to pass controversial bills, opposition members declared Tuesday they will walk out of the Knesset plenum during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech on Wednesday, immediately after British Prime Minister David Cameron’s address to the Israeli parliament.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned that “the opposition’s intention to leave the plenum during Cameron’s visit is crossing a red line that will harm Israel’s image in the world.”
A Jewish watchdog group in the Netherlands has reported a 23 percent rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the country since 2012.
The Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) recorded 147 anti-Semitic incidents in 2013, compared to 114 in 2012.
The group reported that verbal assaults on Jews rose from 14 to 21, three incidents involved direct physical violence and there were 11 incidents of anti-Semitic bullying at schools.
The biggest form of abuse was over Twitter, where there were 57 incidents of abusive messages that violated laws against incitement to hatred and violence.
More than 1,000 Jews gathered Sunday in Times Square to learn about aliyah, or moving to Israel.
The event was hosted by Nefesh B’Nefesh – the first of numerous events scheduled in seven cities across North America. The initiative is sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF-USA.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton had no update to offer Tuesday on the ongoing investigation in Menachem Stark’s case. At an unrelated press conference in City Hall alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bratton said that he was last briefed on the case this morning but had no additional information to share whether the NYPD is closer to apprehend the murder or those responsible for the killing of Williamsburg businessman Menachem Stark.
“That investigation is still very active and we expect that it will be successfully concluded,” Bratton told JP.
The Knesset Task Force to help Haredim join the workforce, established by MK Rabbi Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid), met Monday to discuss further steps to empower Haredim finding a job and support their families with dignity.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Science Minister Yaakov Peri, Energy Minister Silvan Shalom, and Deputy Finance Minister Mickey Levy joined Knesset members in expressing their support for MK Lipman’s efforts and to explain the government’s commitment to this important process.
Leading figures in New York’s Jewish community have joined together in a statement that calls for vibrant and meaningful discussion of Israel, despite differences of opinion. The statement is issued by The Israel Talks, an initiative of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY).
The statement was drafted by Karen Adler, Rabbi Lester Bronstein, Professor Steven M. Cohen, Ethan Felson, Lawrence Grossman, Alan Jaffe, Hindy Poupko, Rabbi Avi Shafran, Dr. Marian Stoltz-Loike, Marc Suvall, and Jeff Wiesenfeld. As members of The Israel Talks’ steering committee, they modeled the kind of constructive conversation about Israel across religious and political differences at the heart of The Israel Talks’ work.
Several leading Orthodox rabbis in Israel have begun to battle what has become a popular phenomenon in the society, even among Country leaders, MAKO reports. According to the rabbis, the extensive use of ‘selfie’ pictures among yeshiva students at various events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs and major conferences is considered idolatry, and its purpose is to empower the people’s use of valuable time and forget from God and Torah study.
Westchester County Executive may have outmaneuvered Donald Trump in first announcing his bid for Governor on the Republican line, but so far a majority of Republican county leaders remain uncommitted, a Capital NY survey shows.
After a weekend launch across the state, Astorino has managed to garner roughly 25 percent of the weighted state committee vote.
In the wake of recently published reports that the de Blasio administration does not intend to restore millions of dollars for certain after-school programs, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the New York State Children and Families Committee, is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to reinstate funding to the Priority 5, 6 and 7 voucher programs, noting that cuts initiated under the Bloomberg administration disproportionately impacted the Orthodox Jewish community.
In a letter to Mayor de Blasio, Senator Felder referenced his long-standing ties with the Mayor (although he did not endorse him for mayor – jk), saying, “During the time we served together in the City Council, we regularly fought side-by-side to convince the previous Mayoral administration not to discontinue funding for the Priority 5, 6 and 7 voucher programs.”
Sixty-six percent of Israeli Jews and 53% of Israeli Arabs do not trust US Secretary of State John Kerry to take Israel’s security into account in the American framework agreement he intends to reveal next month, according to the monthly Peace Index poll sponsored by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, which was published Tuesday afternoon.
Only a mere 31% of Israeli Jews and 32% of Arab Israelis do trust Kerry to take into account Israel’s security. Among Israelis who consider themselves left-wing, the number was 79%.
Obamacare plans identical to the ones of the pre-Obamacare era, are now more expensive than the past. Some people pay less for these plans because it’s subsidized by the Government. Other plans are genuinely cheaper than the past, but it comes with short comings; such as high deductibles, larger co-pays and not being accepted by key hospitals because the reimbursements to doctors are very low. Hence, the prices of the plans are “cheap.” A NY man got stuck with an $1,800 bill after a St. Joseph’s associated Hospital didn’t accept his Obamacare plan. See Video Here