In his Audio Update of 5/13/13, Yossi Gestetner explains how President Obama’s speech writers play around with words to be in both sides of an issue. Specifically, Gestetner notes how Obama ‘uses’ the word Terror without actually ‘calling’ terrorist attacks a terror attack. It’s an important distinction. Listen to the Audio
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Brooklyn’s top booster will turn his back on Bill de Blasio, who lives in Brooklyn, and Bill Thompson, who hails from a Kings County political dynasty, in favor of Manhattan resident Christine Quinn, the Daily News has learned.
Israel Hayom reports: The ultra-Orthodox Shas party will be back in the governing coalition in the near future, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said in a recording obtained by Army Radio and broadcast on Wednesday.
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will soon fulfill his intention to return Shas to the coalition, due to his enemies [within the coalition],” Yosef is reported to have said. “Even Netanyahu is saying there won’t be much time with [Yesh Atid leader Yair] Lapid and [Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali] Bennett. He is suffering from them. He knows that he will suffer from them.”
NYC Elects Blog: Jewish voters are Mr. Weiner’s strongest base among Democratic voters, according to the latest Marist/NBC poll If Weiner would decide to run, 22% of Jewish voters ,who make up 18% of the Democratic electorate, are inclined to support his candidacy while Speaker Quinn would only get 21%, down from 39% in Feb. Whereas if Mr. Weiner skips the mayoral race, Ms. Quinn would get 23% and Bill de Blasio 21% of the Jewish vote.
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NYC Elects Reports: Anthony Weiner is running for mayor. The “I am thinking about it” as an answer to Errol Louis in an exclusive interview on Inside City Hall, was definite and straightforward. Asked why he should be trusted after lying about his actions, Weiner acknowledged it’s a fair game, but stressed:
Ross Barkan Report: It is not yet known who orchestrated the bombings. But New York City is in a “heightened state of alert” and the various mayoral candidates have blasted out statements expressing condolences for the victims’ families and reaffirmed their commitments, vaguely, to strong anti-terrorist policies. While terrorism as an issue is always on the minds of voters and the campaigns, it has, 12 years later, taken a backseat in the mayoral race thus far, gaining less attention than paid sick leave or stop-and-frisk, for example.
The NY Daily News reports: Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota is urging Anthony Weiner to jump into the mayor’s race. “I think he raises the level of debate all around, and I encourage him to enter the race,” Lhota said Monday.
“Anthony’s been a friend for a long time. I’m looking forward to engaging him in a vibrant debate about the issues,” Lhota said.
As for Weiner’s Twitter foibles, Lhota said it’s time to forgive.
“I believe in forgiveness. I always have,” he said, after quipping, “I wasn’t part of Twitter at that time, so I’m not sure exactly what he did.”
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“I have no doubt, that if diplomatic talks with Iran fail, and Tehran doesn’t quit accelerating its nuclear development — U.S. President Barack Obama will launch a military attack against Iran,” Israeli President Shimon Peres told Israel Hayom in a special interview for Israel’s 65th Independence Day.
“To prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons is not just an Israeli interest. It’s a global interest, and an American one. Throughout the time when the U.S. is leading the way, why shouldn’t we help it?”
“It’s possible that the Iranians are trying to buy time, but they are also losing it. The situation in Iran is deteriorating fast, the economy is crashing, and the people understand this well,” Peres added.
JTA Reports: In a question posed in the Greek Parliament last week, Golden Dawn lawmaker Ioannis Lagos asked the Education and Interior ministers why state institutions and schools where commemorating Jan. 27th.
“We have received complaints that on this day, in Greek schools, texts are read which praise the Jews and at the same time portray them as heroes,” Lagos said.
“Given that at the same time Greek children are completely ignorant of important moments in Greek history and of the real holocausts and heroes of the Greeks, we find it unacceptable that they are taught about the Jewish Holocaust in detail,” he said. Jan. 27th is commemorated internationally as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the day Soviet forces liberated the Auschwitz death camp.
AP Via ABC News: Palestinians are holding demonstrations across the West Bank in a show of solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails.
In Bethlehem, Israeli forces dispersed several dozen activists who blocked a road on Monday. There were no reports of injuries. In the West Bank city of Ramallah, about 50 activists demonstrated at a U.N. office.
The hunger strikers, who include a man who is said to be in critical condition after staging an on-again, off-again strike for more than 200 days, say they are being unfairly held and are demanding to be released.
Politico: President Barack Obama is hitting the links Sunday in Palm City, Fla., with professional golfer Tiger Woods one day after playing with his former coach, according to Tim Rosaforte of Golf Digest. Rosaforte wrote on Twitter that Obama and Woods, who has more tournament winnings than any golfer in the sport’s history, were playing their first round together. Also playing: Jim Crane, the owner of the Florida resort where Obama is spending the weekend.
JTA Reports: A Knesset committee will investigate the incarceration and death of dual Australian-Israeli citizen Ben Zygier. The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Subcommittee for Intelligence announced Sunday that it would conduct an “intensive examination” of the Prisoner X incident.
JTA Reports: Some 300 people attended a protest rally against Argentine-Iranian cooperation in investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center. Among the protestors on Feb. 14 in the Argentine capital were relatives of the survivors of the bombing of the AMIA center. Israeli and Argentinean justice authorities blame Iran for the attack.
“We ask Argentine society’s forgiveness for wasting a great privilege that democracy gave us,” Sergio Bergman, a lawmaker and Reform rabbi, said in a speech at the rally. “We had the first Jewish foreign minister and that is why we say sorry.”
INN Reports: The European Union is unlikely to designate Hizbullah a terrorist organization, despite the fact that its member Bulgaria has fingered the group as being behind the attack in Burgas last year, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Saturday.
Sources in the EU told the radio station that if the necessary evidence to prove that Hizbullah was involved in the Burgas attack is presented, the tendency is to slap sanctions specifically on those involved in the attack, but not to declare that Hizbullah as a whole is a terrorist organization.
LoHud Reports: Statewide, candidates and outside groups combined to spend more than $128 million on 27 House races, recent filings with the Federal Election Commission show.
Spending in the 18th Congressional District race between Sean Patrick Maloney, and freshman Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth reached $10.9 million. Hayworth lost her bid for a second term in the district, which covers the Lower Hudson Valley. About half of the spending, $5.4 million, came from independent groups such as super PACs. Hayworth spent $3.3 million, versus $2.2 million spent by Maloney. Both ended 2012 with campaign debt: $690,444 for Hayworth and $65,974 for Maloney…
Businessweek Reports: The U.S. Postal Service has another would-be savior: Al Franken, the U.S. senator from Minnesota and former Saturday Night Live cast member. On Thursday, he and seven Democratic colleagues introduced a bill to “modernize” the financially troubled agency, which is losing $25 million a day.
By “modernize,” Franken and his allies mean expand the Postal Service’s operations. This is from his press release: “The measure would let the Postal Service look for innovative new ways to generate revenue by allowing post offices to notarize documents, issue hunting and fishing licenses, and allow shipments of wine and beer—all services currently prohibited at post offices.”
There is also vague language about how the legislation would “clear the way for the Postal Service to help customers take advantage of e-mail and Internet services.”
AP Via ABC News Reports: An Egyptian security official said Saturday that the interior ministry has agreed to purchase 100,000 new 9mm pistols after low-ranking policemen went on strike demanding greater firepower to defend themselves against increased lawlessness.
The announcement ended five days of strikes by thousands of low-ranking policemen that threatened to further unravel security in the Arab world’s most populous nation, two years after the overthrow of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Reuters Reports: Last week, Reuters reported world powers were planning to offer to ease sanctions barring trade in gold and other precious metals with Iran in return for steps to shut down Fordow.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee, referred to the reported offer on Sunday and dismissed any idea of a closure, the Iranian Students’ News Agency reported.
“Fordow will never be shut down because … our national duty is to be able to defend our nuclear and vital centres against an enemy threat,” Boroujerdi was quoted as saying by the agency. “This suggestion (shutting down Fordow) is meant to help the Zionist regime,” he added.