He Writes: I’ve confirmed that the White House asked the congressional leadership to attend; this is par for the course for State Dinners, and although this was not technically a state dinner, the White House protocol operation treated it as such. I learned furthermore that Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Jewish majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, has never attended any formal White House Jewish functions under Obama, although he had been invited to the Chanukah parties and the Jewish American Heritage Month events. I asked the offices of Cantor and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) why they had not attended. McConnell’s office never got back to me. Boehner’s office noted that he was out of town, as the House was not in session.
Daily Archives: 06/14/2012
The Obama administration on Thursday called on Cuba to immediately release jailed American contractor Alan Gross, saying his health has worsened and he can no longer walk. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the administration also is urging authorities in Havana to turn over information about his condition to his family so they can assess his health and whether he is receiving adequate medical care. – Reuters Via Yahoo!
The NJDC Writes: The latest attack by the so-called Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) —a Republican front group that has been condemned by vaunted American Jewish communal organizations—has nothing to do with Iran, or Israel. It has to do with one thing: electing Republicans and defeating President Barack Obama. The easiest way to demonstrate this is by looking at the words of ECI’s own leaders, as they’ve praised the President’s policies on Iran and Israel—even recently. They clearly don’t even believe their own ads. This is a Republican front group that puts politics first, plain and simple—regardless of the damage it does to the bipartisan U.S.-Israel alliance or the global effort to stop Iran that President Obama has led.
The American Jewish Press Association handed out “The Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism.” The first and second place awards for “Excellence in News Reporting” went to Hella Winston of the Jewish Week who wrote two reports negative of the Ultra Orthodox Community.
The disgrace here is twofold:
Explains the Times: They continue to have strong influence in Albany, thanks to a pragmatic alliance with the state’s Democratic governor, Andrew M. Cuomo. They are generally favored to retain their control of the Senate, thanks to gerrymandering designed to protect their incumbents, a strong fund-raising advantage, and a Democratic minority tainted with a reputation for corruption and division. And they hope that they can retain their strength in the state’s Congressional delegation – they now hold 8 of the 29 seats in a delegation that had only two Republicans at the time of the 2010 election.
Rep. Chris Smith says Bolivia’s interior and justice ministers promised him they would personally look into the case of Jacob Ostreicher. The New Jersey Republican called Ostreicher’s jailing “an egregious violation of human rights.” He met with the American earlier this week and attended a court hearing. AP Via VINNews
Much attention has been given this week to a stat from the UJA study that 43% of Hasidic households in NYC qualify as poor (such as earning $27K in a family of three). One blogger wrote the poverty is “self inflicted.” But in a lengthy analysis on these numbers, the Forward’s Josh Nathan Kazis writes “Financial distress is not limited to the ultra-Orthodox. Today, [ONLY] 7% of New York Jewish households report annual incomes of $250,000 or more, while 42% report incomes of less than $50,000. And 37% of households reported that they were “just managing” to make ends meet.”
The RJC’s Scott Feigelstein Writes: Obama is Undercutting our allies, particularly Israel, with the unnecessary and undeserved moral equivalency of the actions of the Arabs and the actions of Israelis, specifically regarding rejection of the “peace process”, worrying more about Israelis adding rooms to their housing than about rockets being fired at those houses is just one sorry example. Here is another cause for concern and worry about the Obama Administration and the Middle East: Turkey.
The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) congratulated Israeli President Shimon Peres upon receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House. NJDC Chair Marc R. Stanley and President and CEO David A. Harris said jointly:
On behalf of the Board, membership and staff of the National Jewish Democratic Council, we congratulate President Peres on this tremendous honor of receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Likewise, as American Jews, we are proud and deeply gratified that the President of the United States has chosen to recognize the life’s work of one of Israel’s most important and central leaders.