3:33pm: The Republican Jewish Coalition’s Executive Director Matt Brooks: “This was an historic speech. It’s clear through its substance that all concerns about this being a political speech were put to rest. Prime Minister Netanyahu was both substantive and convincing.
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Some 3,000 followers of the Satmar Rebbe in Williamsburg took it to the streets of Manhattan Tuesday evening to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his speech to Congress and his claim that he’s an emissary on behalf of world Jewry to warn of a nuclear Iran.
The protest, held outside the Israeli Consulate on 2nd avenue and 42nd street in Midtown Manhattan, was organized by the Central Rabbinical Congress of the USA and Canada and attended by the Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum.
(Reuters). A United Nations envoy called on Israel on Tuesday to investigate the killing of more than 1,500 Palestinian civilians, one third of them children, during the 2014 Gaza war, and to make the findings public.
Makarim Wibisono, a former Indonesian ambassador, issued his first report to the U.N. Human Rights Council since becoming its special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories last June.
(Reuters). The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that theFerguson, Missouri, police department routinely engages in racially biased practices, a law enforcement official familiar with the department’s findings said on Tuesday.
The investigation into the police department began in August after the shooting of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson sparked national protests.
(Reuters). A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government’s mass surveillance programs was working with American and German lawyers to return home.
In Washington, U.S. officials said they would welcome Snowden’s return to theUnited States but he would have to face criminal charges which have been filed against him.
(Reuters). A Kansas judge on Tuesday ordered a Missouri white supremacist to stand trial on capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of three people outside two Jewish centers in a Kansas City suburb last April.
Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan found probable cause to believe that Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74, committed the murders as well as three attempted murders, following 1-1/2 days of sometimes harrowing testimony.
According to the police, the two robbed the 48-year-old delivery man last Wednesday at around 12:38am while he was delivering food to an apartment inside 220 East 102nd Street. The two displayed police shields and accompanied the victim into the elevator to the 14th floor.
(Reuters). The United States said on Tuesday it would respond through diplomatic channels to Venezuela’s demand for a cut in U.S. Embassy staff in Caracas, but added that Caracas had drastically underestimated its own diplomatic presence in the United States.
Venezuela on Monday ordered the U.S. Embassy in Caracas to come up with a plan within 15 days to reduce staff to 17 from 100 amid the worst diplomatic flare-up between the two ideological foes since socialist President Nicolas Maduro was elected in 2013.
Boteach’s organization’s attack ad in the New York Times last week that accused National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide and depicted her against a backdrop of skulls, received negative reactions from all major Jewish groups, the Obama administration and AIPAC.
(Reuters). Authorities are investigating a report of shots fired on Tuesday near the National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland and damage to an NSA building, a U.S. Park Police spokeswoman said.
Shots were reported near an exit along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway leading to Fort Meade, site of the spy agency, spokeswoman Sergeant Lelani Woods said.
(Reuters). Democrats scrambled on Tuesday to contain the fallout for Hillary Clinton, their favored 2016 presidential candidate, after allegations she inappropriately used her personal email for work while secretary of state.
The Clinton camp quickly sought to discredit a New York Times report published late Monday that said her exclusive use of a personal email account from 2009 through 2013 and a lack of email preservation may have run afoul of the Federal Records Act.
The fire on Jan. 31 ruined about 85,000 boxes of case files, said Ron Younkins, the state Office of Court Administration’s executive director. Some of them predate the Civil War, while others were as recent as 2011, he said, adding that all the cases were closed.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, in an interview on Tuesday with IDF Radio, dismissed President Obama’s comments Monday that Netanyahu’s speech draws attention away from the important thing – preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
“The last six years we said ‘no’ to the pressures from America, and our relations were not damaged,” said Yaalon.
The terrorist group ISIS is becoming more powerful with each passing day, recruiting members from various countries throughout the world and reaching out to the younger generation through modern technology.
On Monday Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said that he believes that law enforcement agencies are a step behind ISIS, unable to stop the terrorist group’s outreach to young people through social media and violent video games.
At the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee will remedy this by erecting a place to mourn family and friends at the, including the murdered Israeli athletes.
Tzipi Livni, co-leader of the Zionist Union, issued a harsh attack on some of her potential partners if she and her partner Isaac Herzog intend to outseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the March 17 elections.
B’Hadrei Haredim reported that during a campaign even Monday night, Livni said that “the government of Bibi-Bennett-Haredi, will return us to the days of darkness.”
(Reuters). Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have made an argument that many Israelis support in warning Congress on Tuesday about a potential nuclear deal with Iran, but critics asked whether it was worth the widening rift with the White House.
The address was broadcast live on Israeli television and radio, and came at a politically sensitive time — just two weeks before a closely contested election in which Netanyahu is seeking a fourth term.
(Reuters). Oil rebounded on Tuesday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Obama administration against accepting a weak nuclear deal with Iran, and rival Libyan forces targeted oil terminals in the African nation.
Higher prices imposed by Saudi Arabia for its crude buyers in Asia, the United States and northwest Europe were another positive development, traders said, although some had expected benchmark Brent and U.S. oil futures to rally even more on that.
Catsimatidis, the 66-year-old billionaire confirmed that he has been negotiating with Zuckerman for a month now, according the NY Post.
The leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are disseminating a letter among their colleagues that stresses the need for congressional involvement if a deal is struck with Iran, according to The Hill.
(AFP). US President Barack Obama said there was “nothing new” in Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress Tuesday, insisting the Israeli Prime Minister did not offer a better option than negotiations.
Netanyahu “did not offer any viable alternatives,” Obama said speaking from the Oval Office.
This has posed organizations such as the Michigan-based William Davidson Foundation to offer a $2 million grant to a nonprofit that advances Jewish education through technology.
Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer is under fire again for spending time in Israel to help his boss’s reelection campaign, weeks after he was accused of handling the invitation by House Speaker John Boehner that landed Bibi in his present situation.
It is unclear how much time Dermer has spent in Israel in the last month. He has kept a low profile, but senior sources said he stayed at a Jerusalem hotel at least ten days before joining the prime minister’s flight to the United States.
(AFP). The United States will “confront aggressively” Iran’s bid to expand its influence across the Middle East even if a nuclear deal is reached, a State Department official said Tuesday.
The official’s comments came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a controversial address to the US Congress, sought to highlight Iran’s expansionist hopes as one reason to halt the nuclear talks.