Obama Declares 2014 ‘A Breakthrough Year For America’

Obama Dance(AP). President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been “a breakthrough year for America,” putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress.

“My presidency is entering the fourth quarter. Interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter,” Obama said at a year-end news conference before leaving on a two-week vacation to Hawaii. Read more »

FBI To Examine Threatening Letter Sent To Rockland Jewish Legislator Aron Wieder

wieder isis 2Rockland County authorities have handed over the threatening letter that was sent on Monday to Rockland legislator Aron Wieder – in in which his face is was doctored on the body of an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded – for a DNA and fingerprints test at the FBI’s lab in NY, JP has learned.

The FBI and (JTTF) Joined Terrorism Task Force are now assisting in the investigation in order to determine who was behind the horrendous act,  Rockland County Sheriff Louis Faico, told JP. Read more »







Welcome To 2016: Rand Paul Castigates Marco Rubio On Twitter Over Cuba Deal

Rand PaulIt started with the announcement by Jeb Bush earlier this week, but the real GOP presidential primary has kicked off on Friday, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) challenged his Republican colleague Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) – also considered to be mulling a presidential run – over his criticism of the US-Cuba deal, in a series of hard0bitting tweets.

Senator @marcorubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat. I reject this isolationism,” Paul tweeted Read more »

Fidel Castro Remains Silent Amid Historic US-Cuba Shift



(AP). Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro

The larger-than-life retired leader of Cuba so far has made no public comment about the announcement that the U.S. will restore diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of hostility. His brother, President Raul Castro, broke the news to the nation in a TV address and may appear again Friday as the Cuban National Assembly holds one of its twice-annual sessions. Read more »







Greenfield’s Yeshiva Security Bill Gains Super-Majority Support In City Council

greenfield affordableAs many as 45 members of the New York City Council have signed on in support of Councilman David Greenfield’s proposed legislation that would place security safeguards at non-public schools and Yeshivas throughout the City of New York, granting it a super majority, the Councilman announced on Friday.

Introduced in 2013, Greenfield’s bill, Introduction 65, requires the presence of an NYPD School Safety officer in every school, be they public or private. Read more »

Breaking: Hasidic Jewish Community In Bloomingburg Wins In Dissolution Referendum Vote

IMG-20140930-WA037The Hasidic community residing in the small village of Bloomingburg, NY, celebrated on Friday the news that the opponents of the village’s dissolution defeated the anti-Hasidic proponents of the dissolution in a referendum vote in September.

According to the results, certified by NYS Supreme Court Judge Stephen Schick, the NO’s received 107 votes, while YES got only 85 votes. Read more »







Liberal Jewish Comedian Sarah Silverman To Star In New HBO Comedy

via screengrab (YoutTube)

via screengrab (YoutTube)

Liberal Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman will star in an HBO pilot “as a pathologically honest woman having a modern mid-life crisis,” Variety reported.

Silverman, who recently received the Emmy award for Best Writing for a Variety Show for her HBO comedy special “Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles.,” got the news while visiting Israel. Read more »

Visiting Israel, Ben Carson Says He Supports A Palestinian State – In Sinai

carson tunnel israel gazaPotential GOP presidential candidate, neosurguen Dr. Ben Carson, who visited Israel this week, expressed his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state for the Palestinian people, but not on the land that is currently the West Bank and Gaza.

“I know that Egypt in the past has made some overtures in terms of providing a place for the Palestinians. That seems to me something worth exploring,” Carson told the Jerusalem Post in an interview published Thursday. Adding, he was not opposed to a two-state solution, “but would not be in favor of a two-state solution that would put Israel’s population at risk.” Read more »

Indian Prime Minister Modi Tweets Happy Hanukkah In Hebrew

Credit: @Yair_Rosenberg via Twitter

Credit: @Yair_Rosenberg via Twitter

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted Friday a happy Hanukkah in both English and Hebrew to Jews around the world celebrating the festival of lights.

“I wish my friends of the Jewish faith a Happy Hanukkah! May this Festival of Lights and this period of celebration herald peace, hope and well-being for all,” Modi wrote on Twitter. Read more »

Obama To Give State of The Union Address on Jan. 20



(AP). Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

The House Republican leader sent a letter to Obama on Friday formally inviting him to deliver the prime-time speech. Read more »

Pakistan Kills 77 Militants In Operation After School Terror Attack



(AP). Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani prosecutor said the government will try to cancel the bail granted to the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks — a decision that outraged neighboring India and called into question Pakistan’s commitment to fighting militancy. Read more »

Auschwitz Victims’ Suitcases Get High-Tech Storage At Warsaw Museum

auschwitz suitcases(AP). The Auschwitz museum says some of the victims’ 3,800 suitcases have been put into a state-of-the-art protective storage room partly funded by the European Union.

Spokesman Pawel Sawicki told The Associated Press on Friday that 1,800 suitcases have been placed into air-conditioned, fireproof storage cupboards tailored to fit the various sizes of luggage. Another 2,000 suitcases are on display but will be rotated into the storage room. Read more »

US Parents Of Lone IDF Soldiers Run For Shelter As Rocket From Gaza Hits Eshkol

gaza rocketA rocket fired from Gaza landed Friday in the Eshkol Regional Council, for the third time since the end of the summertime operation in Gaza, the IDF confirmed.

IDF forces canvassing the area found the rocket in an open area, and no injuries or damage were reported. There were no claims of responsibility yet. Read more »

#Israelex Morning Read – Polls Show Yishai-Ariel Merger Benefiting Bibi Voting Bloc; Netanyahu Still In Trouble

Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

SMITH POLL SUGGEST SHAS NOT AFFECTED BY YISHAI DEPARTURE: According to a new poll published in Globes on Thursday and conducted by the Rafi Smith Institute, the split in Shas results in the loss of only one seat for the Haredi bloc, with former Shas chairman Eli Yishai garnering support that mounts up to a mere 2 seats, far less than the 4.5% threshold needed to enter the Knesset. Harav Shlomo Amar has decided to back Shas, despite recent dispute with party leaders. Read more »

CAMERA Launches Billboards Across NYC Accusing NYT Of Biased Reporting On Israel

camera billborads israel(JNS). A series of new billboards in New York City calls out The New York Times for what a media watchdog group says is persistent anti-Israel bias in the newspaper’s reporting.

Five new billboards from the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) will join an existing CAMERA billboard opposite the headquarters of The New York Times in midtown Manhattan. The midtown billboard reads, “The New York Times Against Israel—All Rant, All Slant, All The Time. Stop The Bias!”

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Report: US Not Fully Prepared For Nuclear Terrorist Attack

Nuclear bomb(AP). The federal government isn’t fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.

The report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, obtained by The Associated Press before its release, found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency didn’t always keep track of disaster efforts by agencies, hampering the nation’s preparedness even after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Read more »

Poll: Jewish New Yorkers Like Christie, Prefer Cruz & Rubio For President

cruz iron domePotential Democratic presidential candidates and the Hawkish Republican hopeful were fare better among the Jewish electorate in the State of New York, then the sort of moderate Republicans, according to new poll conducted by the Siena Research.

While in general, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren on the Democratic side, and Chris Christie, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush on the Republican side, are seen as the best choices for President, among Jewish voters, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are the most preferred candidates for president. Read more »

8 Children Killed, Mother Stabbed, In Australia



(AP). Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.

Police believe the 34-year-old woman with chest wounds is the mother of seven of the children, and the eighth child is believed to be one of her relatives, Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said. She was receiving treatment for her injuries and was in stable condition at a hospital. Read more »

ZOA: After Freeing 3 Convicted Cuban Spies, Obama Must Free Jonathan Pollard

PollardThe Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) called on President Barack Obama to release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard from jail. after freeing three convicted spies who spied for an enemy regime, noting that Pollard only spied for an American ally, Israel.

“It is remarkable that President Obama, who has been repeatedly urged by U.S. officials who held responsibility at the time for national security and intelligence matters to free Jonathan Pollard, has refused to do so,” ZOA National President Morton Klein said in a statement. Read more »

Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder ‘In Shock’ After Receiving ISIS-style Threatening Letter

wieder isis 2Rockland County majority leader, Aron Wieder was a little shaken to discover that his tireless advocacy on behalf of his community in Rockland County has taken some to suggest the extreme, after receiving a threatening picture in which his face is was doctored on the body of an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded.

On Thursday, Spring Valley Legislator Aron Wieder revealed to local media that the chilling picture was sent to his county office on Monday in an envelope postmarked from Monsey and sent under the name of “Moshe Muhammad.”   Read more »

Canadian Prime Minister: Gunman in Parliament Attack May Not Have Acted Alone



Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that the shooter at Canada’s Parliament might not have been acting alone in committing the attack.

Harper previously called the attack by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a ‘terror attack.’ Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian citizen who was seeking to travel to Syria, was shot dead after a gunfight in the halls of Parliament, but not before he managed to shoot and kill a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial. Read more »

FA Suspends Liverpool Striker for One Game Over ‘Offensive’ Post

Mario Balotelli anti semitic instagram postEngland’s Football Association handed a one-game suspension to Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli over an offensive Instagram post, which he deleted moments after being posted.

Balotelli posted on his Instagram page an image that depicted ‘Super Mario’ with the caption “Don’t be racist!” beneath the character were the words “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.” He later deleted the post and apologized the next day. Read more »

Alleged Mastermind Behind Mumbai Terror Attack Granted Bail

chabad mumbaiIn a largely disappointing decision a court in Pakistan granted bail to a man allegedly behind the deadly terror attack in the Indian city of Mumbai, in 2008.

The attack which saw ten terrorists armed with guns terrorize the city over two days, claimed the lives of 166 people including Jews that were killed in a Chabad educational center, known as the Nariman House. Read more »

Obama: Bush Has ‘Every Right’ to Run; Clinton Would Be ‘Excellent President’

Bush ClintonFollowing the President’s announcement to normalize relations with Cuba, Obama sat down with ABC News’ David Muir where the president was asked about Jeb  Bush’s recent announcement to ‘explore’ a run for presidency.

“The Bush family, I love personally, they are good people. Jeb’s father, George H.W. has been here many times, in some cases with Jeb. And they are a great family, wonderful people,” the president said. Read more »

PETA Honors NYC Mayor De Blasio As ‘Person of the Year’

mayor de blasio 100 daysThe animal rights group PETA has honored New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio with its ‘Person of the Year’ award on Thursday for his efforts in advocating for animal rights.

Mayor de Blasio has strongly expressed his opposition to horse-drawn carriages in Manhattan, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) group has recognized his efforts. Read more »

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