Author Archives: Jacob Kornbluh

Poll: Gaza Op Strengthen’s Netanyahu Standing In Likud; Remains Favorite For 4th Term

Time BibiIsraelis may not like all the decisions Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took during Operation Protective Edge, and they may blame him for responding feebly to the rocket attacks. But ultimately, the Israeli public wants peace and quiet and are in no hurry to replace the country’s leadership, a new survey conducted for “Globes” shows.

A majority of 74% do not think that the results of the operation should lead to early Knesset elections, the poll conducted by Rafi Smith showed. Read more »

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De Blasio, Stringer Go At Each Other’s Throats Over Pre-K Program Launch

scott stringerWith only 7 days remaining before the first day of school on Sept. 4th, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer poured cold water on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s celebrations of Pre-K launch, stating his office has received only 141 of over 500 contracts for Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) service providers – leaving 70 percent of UPK contracts unreviewed.

Among the contracts that were already reviewed to date, the Comptroller’s Office has uncovered significant problems, several of which are directly tied to the safety and security of children. Read more »

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Leaked Memo: Netanyahu Orders Ministers To Rehash Winning Talking Points

NY post cover Bibi ObamaFollow the leader – Israel won the war in Gaza, emphasize it when talking to the press and the public, Prime Minister’s Netanyahu advised his ministers Thursday evening.

In a talking points memo distributed to ministers this evening, and obtained by JP, the government stresses the narrative outlined by Bibi in yesterday’s press conference: “Israel made significant military and diplomatic achievements during Operation Protective Edge: Hamas was hit hard and none of its terms for ending the fighting was met.” Read more »

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New York City Sees 29% Spike In Anti-Semitic Attacks In 2014

boro park swastikaWhile general crime is down, anti-Semitic attacks in New York City are on the rise, new compstat numbers show.

In essence, the number of attacks against members of the Jewish community are distinctly low. Nevertheless, when compared to 2013, anti-Semitic attacks have risen by 29 percent in 2014. Read more »

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NYGov – In Letter To Percoco, Astorino Camp Requests 8 Debates

NYGov Astorino CuomoDays after Governor Andrew Cuomo brushed off a request to agree debating his primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout, stating its up to the campaigns to decide, the campaign of Republican Rob Astorino on Thursday sent a letter to the governor’s chief of staff Joe Percoco requesting as many as 8 one-on-one regional debates from now until November. Read more »

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Search For Missing Aharon Sofer Extended To Nearby Jerusalem Neighborhoods, Arab Villages

aharon soferJerusalem Police and rescue missions have intensified the search for missing Aharon Sofer on Thursday, Police spokesperson told JP.

Overnight, special units from Magav (police) and Oketz (IDF) were brought in along with K9 dogs and other animal to search the geographic area of the Jerusalem Forest, but so far without any results.

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AD45 – Flatbush Rabbanim Endorse Ben Akselrod For Assembly [Photos]

IMG_6737“It is time to have another one of our own in the State Assembly in order to tackle the issues dear to our community,” Rabbi Shlomo Braun from Aleh Foundation told a group of local Rabbis on Tuesday.

The candidate they were asked to endorse, was Ben Akslerod, who is running in a rematch election against the incumbent Assembly member Steve Cymbrowitz in the 45th Assembly District that has a strong Orthodox Jewish electorate from Midwood and Flatbush. Read more »

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Conflicting Post-Ceasefire Polls On Public’s View of Netanyahu

Netanyahu - Ya'alonIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval rating continued to slide on Wednsday, a day after the cease-fire with Hamas went into effect.

According to a poll conducted for Channel 2 news evening broadcast, only 32% of the Israeli public said they are satisfied with Netanyahu’s performance over the past few weeks, with 59% expressing dissatisfaction of his conduct as Prime Minister. Read more »

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EXCLUSIVE: Netanyahu Curtailed Search Of Possible Abducted Yeshiva Student In Favor Of Cease-Fire

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Is the blood and soul of a foreign Yeshiva student less red and sacred than of an IDF soldier or the sons of Religious Zionist parents? Or was Bibi so eager to close a deal with Hamas? That’s the questions many in the Orthodox Jewish community, mainly abroad, have been asking themselves over the past few days as the search for Aharon Sofer, missing since Friday, has entered its 5th day with no lead in sight.

While Jerusalem Police and local volunteers are seen at the forefront in the search being conducted in the Jerusalem Forest, some defense and intelligence Read more »

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NY04 – GOP Congressional Candidate Bruce Blakeman Gets Engaged In Israel

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There is one thing to visit a country during war, and there’s another thing to blend that visit with a moment of happiness, as a Jewish Republican congressional candidate did during a visit of solidarity to the Jewish State.

Bruce Blakeman, who is running for Congress in NY’s 4th congressional district that includes the Five Towns with a prominent Jewish population, was visiting Israel when he proposed to his girlfriend attorney Segal Magori. Read more »

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Like in NYC, The State of California Also Has An Active Jewish Caucus

blockWhile the State of New York is blessed with a Jewish Assembly speaker, a Jewish Senate co-leader, along with New York City’s 14-member Jewish Caucus, a similar pattern is being developed in the State of California.

The last time an ethnic Caucus was formed in the state’s legislature was in 2001, when a group of legislators formed the Asian and Pacific Islander descent Caucus, years after the Latino Caucus was formed (1967). This year in January, State Senator Marty Block (District 39) decided to assemble members who were born Jewish to join the Jewish Caucus after he became chair of 2008’s Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony. Read more »

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Quinnipaic: Mayor De Blasio’s Approval Rating Is Steady At 50%

De Blasio Family, DanteNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hold on to a 50 percent job approval rating, despite recent events that highlighted racial tensions in the city and a rise in shooting incidents, according to the latest monthly Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday afternoon.

55% of voters approve the way de Blasio is handling relations between blacks and whites. However, when it comes to  handling relations between the police and the community, only 46 percent approve and 44 percent disapprove the mayor’s handling of the issue.  Read more »

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Sofer Family, Community Members and Local Pols Express ‘Grave Concern’ For Safety Of Missing Aharon Sofer

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The family of missing Yeshivas student Aharon Sofer, along with Lakewood Jewish community members and local officials have gathered on Tuesday in Lakewood, NJ, to express “grave concern” for his safety, calling on the authorities to intensify the search.

The search in the Jerusalem Forest continues “and all possibilities, including abduction, are being considered, the family, who’s now in Israel, said in a statement read aloud at the press conference. Read more »

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Mayor de Blasio Vows To Fight Growing Anti-Semitic Attacks, Serve As An Example To Europe

bill de blasio jewish queensMayor Bill de Blasio on Monday promised to aggressively fight bias and anti-Semitics attacks by all forms, emphasizing that every incident is being taken seriously by the NYPD and the administration.

Speaking at the Queens Jewish Community Council Testimonial Dinner in Astorio, Queens, the mayor said that it shouldn’t have been the case that in 2014 he’s forced to recognize and address bias attacks against the Jewish community in the largest City of the world, but if so, it’s his responsibility as mayor to stand up and fight them by all means. Read more »

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Ukrainian President Poroshenko Dissolves Parliament

ukraine parliament(AP) — Ukraine’s president on Monday dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions.

President Petro Poroshenko announced in a statement posted on his website that he has dissolved parliament and called for snap elections on October 26. Read more »

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Pataki: The United States Has Not Been As Supportive As It Should Be Of Israel

Pataki PhotoThe United States has not been as supportive as it should be of Israel, former NY Governor, and a rumored to be a presidential candidate, George Pataki charged on Sunday.

Speaking to billionaire John Catsimatidis on the ‘Cats Roundtable’ Sunday morning radio program, Pataki said that the administration should not have been just supportive “in our rhetoric, but certainly not slowing down or stopping arms sales to Israel at a time when they are under attack.” Read more »

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NYGov- Rob Astorino Warmly Welcomed By Orthodox Jewish Voters Residing In The Catskills

2014-08-24 11.33.41 Jacob Kornbluh, Sol Rieger – Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino on Sunday visited the Jewish community residing for the summer in the Catskills, a tradition never skipped by candidates seeking the Orthodox Jewish vote.

Astorino, who was upstate New York over the weekend for a jobs campaign tour, visited Sunday morning the popular B’nai Israel Synagogue (Nikleshburg) in Woodbourne during the morning prayers’ prime time hours.

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Talking 2016, Rand Paul Calls Hillary Clinton A ‘War Hawk’

Rand PaulIn what might seem as a preview for 2016, and maybe a nightmare for Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday called Hillary Clinton a “war hawk.”

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning program, Paul said there would be a “transformational election” if Democrats nominate “a war hawk” like Clinton. Read more »

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Gubernatorial Candidate Zephyr Teachout Tweets Picture Of Anti-Israel Poster

anti israel garner rallyZephyr Teachout, a candidate for governor in the September 9th Democratic primary, on Saturday tweeted a picture of an anti-Israel poster at the rally protesting the NYPD’s involvement in the death of Eric Garner on Statan Island.

Teachout joined some 2,500 expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

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NYC Jewish Caucus Chair Mark Levine Calls For Swift Arrest Of Activists Behind Pro-BDS Flag Bridge Incident

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The chairman of NYC’s Council Jewish Caucus, Councilman Mark Levine on Friday condemned the recent incident in which pro-Palestinian protesters, marching in solidarity with Hamas and the people in Gaza, dropped a huge pro-BDS banner down the Manhattan Bridge. The banner read, “Gaza. Boycott Divestment Sanctions.”

“The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign against Israel is a wrongheaded, one-sided, and destructive movement, which jeopardizes prospects for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Levine said in a statement.

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NYGov – Cuomo’s Running Mate Kathy Hochul Tours Crown Heights Jewish Community [Photos]

2014-08-21 16.47.28Governor Andrew Cuomo’s running mate and candidate for lieutenant governor in the upcoming 2014 elections, Former congresswoman Kathy Hochul on Thursday visited the Jewish community in the Crown Heights sections of Brooklyn.

Accompanied by the governor’s Jewish liaison Dovid Lobl and Assemblyman Karim Camara, Ms. Hochul strolled the streets in the Jewish neighborhood, stopped to greet bypassing residents and visited the home of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Z”L, known as 770. Read more »

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Poll: Netanyahu’s Approval Rating Down To 55%

bibi bennettPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval rating continued to drop with operation Protective Edge in its 2nd month, according to the poll to just 55%, down from 82% on July 23 and 63% when ground forces left Gaza, a new poll published by Channel 2, on Thursday, showed.

The poll, conducted by Shiluv Millward Brown Market Research, also found that 56% agreed with Netanyahu’s statement on Wednesday that it was wrong of security cabinet ministers to publicly criticize him while Israel was under fire. Read more »

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Cuomo Grants $43K To Anti-Hasidic Bloomingburg Dissolution Activists

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While staying mum on the ongoing tension between residents, outside activists and the new Hasidic Jewish community in the small village of Bloomingburg in Upstate NY, governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration granted as much as $42,750 to Bloomingburg activists to aid its process of dissolving itself into the Town of Mamakating.

According to the Governor’s office, the Sullivan County village was one of three municipalities in the entire state to be awarded money under the state Local Government Citizen Re-Organization Empowerment Grant program.

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JCRC’s Michael Miller Urges Respect Of Religion, Law Enforcement At Mayoral Interfaith Summit

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted on Wednesday a meeting between religious and law enforcement leaders  to call for calm and collaboration, following weeks long tension over the police-involved death of Eric Garner.

“Religion in this great city is a cause of bringing people together,” Dolan said. “It’s a bridge. It’s a source of reconciliation and peace and unity.” Read more »

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NYPD Investigating Anti-Semitic/Pro-BDS Flag On Manhattan Bridge

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Pro Palestinian protesters marching in solidarity with Hamas and the people in Gaza tweeted the following photo of a massive pro-Gaza and pro-BDS banner hanging down the Manhattan Bridge in New York City. the huge banner read, “Gaza. Boycott Divestment Sanctions.”

The banner was removed moments later by NYPD.

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