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Poll: 2/3 of Democrats Unhappy of Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

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A plurality of US voters think that President Barack Obama should’ve been consulted on the decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, a new poll published on Sunday showed.

According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, 48% of US voters think Obama should have been consulted before the invite was issued, Only 30 percent said they believed the invitation extended by House Speaker John Boehner was appropriate. Read more »

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Jewish Republican: No Bipartisan Nature for Israel, It’s Incredibly Partisan

jeff ballabonRecent polls show Israel enjoying broad support among the American public. But amid criticism of the Israeli Prime Minister over his expected speech to Congress and a decline of support among Democratic voters, some seem to suggest that Israel is not anymore a bipartisan issue.

Jeff Ballabon, a Jewish operative and former senior vice president of CBS News, gave a presentation at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, in which he presented recent polling data and statistics to prove a point that some Republicans are now claiming: Israel is being supported only by the right – the Republican Party.  Read more »

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Sen. Schumer: Tiff Over Netanyahu’s Speech Is Temporary

Schumer at AIPAC 2014Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress tiff is temporary, New York Senator Chuck Schumer said Sunday.

Speaking to John Catsimatidis on the “Cats Roundtable” om AM 970, Schumer said that regardless of “the finger-pointing and name-calling” related to Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional address on Tuesday, what matters most is “making sure Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon.”

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Netanyahu, ADL & Jewish Dems Condemn Boteach Offensive Ad Against Rice

09.02-Shmuley-BoteachIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and a Jewish Democratic group strongly criticized an ad published in The New York Times on Saturday calling National Security Advisor Susan Rice “blind” to genocide.

The full page ad, placed by [Rabbi] Shmuley Boteach, asserts that Susan Rice’s criticism of Prime Minister Netanyahu merits special condemnation because of “her pattern of callous disregard for genocide.” Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – 16 Days To Go – Bibi Departs To DC; Likud Hopes Speech Will Be Game Changers; Netanyahu Reaches Out To Haredim

bibi DCNETANYAHU TAKES CAMPAIGN TO KOTEL: Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu took his campaign against a nuclear deal with Iran to Jerusalem’s sacred Western Wall on Saturday, on the eve of his departure to Washington to address Congress on the issue. His rare pilgrimage to one of Judaism’s holiest sites was highly symbolic — and political — an apparent attempt by Netanyahu, two weeks before a national election, to portray a U.S. visit, that has brought relations with Washington to a new low, as crucial to Israel’s survival. [Reuters] Read more »

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De Blasio Criticizes GOP Over Netanyahu Invite

Photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO

Photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress next Tuesday a “mistake,” The NY Observer reports.

“I think it’s quite clear that there’s been a tradition where foreign leaders are not invited to address Congress in the immediate weeks before their elections and that is for a good reason,” Mr. de Blasio said during at an unrelated City Hall press conference.

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Maloney Vague On Attending Netanyahu’s Speech In Response to Satmar-KJ Letter:

maloneyCongressman Sean Patrick Maloney, representing New York’s 18th congressional district, is still refusing to commit himself attending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next Tuesday, but at the same has not announced he will be boycotting the speech.

On Wednesday, the mayor of the all-Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, Abraham Wieder, sent a letter to Rep. Maloney, urging him to boycott Netanyahu’s speech, as a matter of respect for the anti-Zionist constituents of his district. Read more »

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National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Ambassador Power To Address AIPAC

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via/ @IsraeliPM

Trying to distinguish itself from its criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress and the general relationship with the powerful pro-Israel lobby, the Obama administration announced Thursday it will be sending two top administration officials to address the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from March 1-3. Read more »

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Sen. Cory Booker To Attend Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

Booker EyesNew Jersey Senator Cory Booker said on Thursday that he will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress next Tuesday.

“I am committed to upholding that principle—when America’s and Israel’s security is on the line, and we’re dealing with a situation as dire and complex as Iranian nuclear negotiations, I will listen to all sides, and will not miss an opportunity to hear from the prime minister of one of America’s closest and most important allies,” Booker said in a statement. Read more »

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LIVE BLOG #CPAC2015 – Trump: I Will Stand With Israel, Stop Iran From Getting Nukes

trump12:25pm: DONALD TRUMP: I WILL HELP ISRAEL – Speaking to a packed room of Conservative Republicans at CPAC Friday afternoon, Donald Trump listed defeating ISIS, preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and supporting Israel among his top five priorities if he runs for President and wins. ” “Iran.. they cannot have a nuclear weapon, and we must protect Israel,” said Trump. “I would stand with Israel… there wouldn’t need to be speeches behind my back.” Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – 19 Days To Go – WH Doubles Down on Netanyahu; Parties Debate Issues In Front of Anglo Voters

Netanyahu likud electionsPOLL -Panels/Maariv-Jerusalem Post: Zionist Union 24, Likud 23, Joint Arab List 13, Bayit Yehudi 12, Yesh Atid 12, Koolanu 8, Shas 7, UTJ 7, Meretz 5, Yisrael Beytenu 5, Yachad 4. 66 - Right-Religious-Kahlon (Parties that have not ruled out nominating Netanyahu in Phase 2); 54 - Center-Left-Arab (Parties that have ruled out nominating Netanyahu in Phase 2) [Knesset Jeremy] Read more »

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De Blasio Defends MBP Deal As Step Forward For Baby’s Health

de blasio simcha felderMayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday defended his decision to annul the consent form requirement that was imposed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg on performing the ritual of Metzizah B’peh.

According to agreement reached between City Hall and a coalition of rabbinical representatives of the community, the city has agreed to no longer require that a mohel obtain a signed consent form before he is allowed to perform the ritual. Read more »

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Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries Says He’ll Attend Netanyahu’s Speech

jeffriesBrooklyn congressman Hakeem Jeffries will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a join session of Congress next Tuesday, JP has learned.

“Rep. Jeffries will attend the speech. He has communicated that decision to his constituents,” Jeffries’s spokesperson Michael Hardaway told JP. Read more »

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Village of Kiryas Joel Urges Rep. Maloney To Boycott Netanyahu’s Speech To Congress

Kiryas-Joel-006The all-Hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel, home to over 20,000 Ultra-Orthodox Jews – mainly followers of the two Satmar factions – sent Tuesday a letter to Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, urging him to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress next week Tuesday.

In a letter issued by the mayor, Abraham Wieder and Village administrator Gedalye Szegedin, as well as the HasidiC Board of Trustees, Rep. Maloney is asked respect the anti-Zionist constituents of his district and skip the speech.

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Israelex Morning Read – 20 Days To Go – Herzog Talks To Foreign Press; Bennett Jumps On Netanyahu’s Train To DC

buji kerryPOLLSHaaretz/Dialog: Likud 23, Zionist Union 23, Bayit Yehudi 12, Arab List 12, Yesh Atid 12, Koolanu 9, Shas 7, UTJ 7, Meretz 4, Yachad 4.

-1 out of 5 remain undecided: 21 percent of respondents said they do not know who they will vote for, or said they do not intend to vote in the upcoming election. Read more »

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Orthodox Jewish Community Praises Mayor De Blasio On Deal Re: Metzitzah B’peh

bill de blasio skver 2The Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn praised Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration on an historic deal reached Tuesday that would eliminate the consent form requirement over the practice of Metzitzah B’peh.

According to agreement between City Hall and a coalition of rabbinical representatives of the community, the city has agreed to no longer require that a mohel obtain a signed consent form before he is allowed to perform the ritual.

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Mayor de Blasio Annuls Metzitzah B’peh Consent Form Regulation

bill-deblasioNYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to annul the regulation enforced by the Bloomberg administration on the practice of Metzitzah B’peh, JP has learned.

The city has agreed to no longer require that a mohel obtain a signed consent form before he is allowed to perform the ritual. The City will support a Board of Health consideration to repeal the health code provision regarding written consent, the mayor’s office announced Tuesday evening.  Read more »

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ADL Calls For Bipartisan Support Of Netanyahu’s Speech To Congress

Abe Foxman - ADLAfter originally criticizing the invitation to address congress, calling it a “circus,” the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Tuesday urged House Representatives and Senators to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on March 3.

“While the original decision by Prime Minister Netanyahu to accept the invitation to address Congress without consulting the Democratic leadership was, in our view, ill-advised, now that it is happening, the speech deserves support from both sides of the aisle,” Abe Foxman, ADL National Director, said in a statement.  Read more »

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Bennett To Join Netanyahu On Trip To Address Congress

bibi bennettBayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett announced Tuesday evening that he is expected to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his trip to the US next week, where the Israeli prime minister is expected to alarm Congress over a looming bad nuclear deal with Iran.

“Mr. Herzog, let’s set aside our campaigning and join the prime minister’s national mission in the US,” Bennett said in a a video posted on his Facebook page. Read more »

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Village of New Square In State of Fiscal Distress

bill de blasio skver 2New Square – an upstate all-Hasdic village was listed in fiscal distress, out of 539 villages in the State of New York.

According to a report by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Pomona and New Square, villages in Rockland County, are listed in a third tier, “susceptible to fiscal stress.” Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – 3 Weeks To Go – Netanyahu Speech Back On The Table; Herzog Declines Invite To Join Trip; UTJ Against Unity Gov’t

NETANYAHU-BEFORE-CONGRESSPOLL – Knesset Channel/Panels: Likud 24, Zionist Union 24, Arab list 13, Yesh Atid 12, Bayit Yehudi 11, Koolanu 8, Shas 7, UTJ 7, Yisrael Beytenu 5, Meretz 5, Yachad 5.

TOP SENATE DEMS INVITED NETANYAHU FOR CLOSED-DOOR MEETING: Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein invited Netanyahu on Monday to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators during his upcoming visit to Washington, “to maintain Israel’s dialogue with both political parties in Congress,” according to a letter obtained by Reuters. Read more »

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Mayor Bill de Blasio Attends Skver Wedding In New Square [Video]

bill de blasio skverMayor Bill de Blasio made an unexpected visit to the Hasidic village of New Square Monday evening. The NYC mayor attended the wedding of a grandson of the Skverer Rebbe, Rabbi David Twersky.

As of 2014, the population of the all-Hasidic village was estimated at 7,516. Read more »

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NYC Councilman Asked To Remove Yarmulke At U.S. Consulate In Ramallah

greenfieldA New York City Orthodox Jewish member of the City Council was asked by U.S. officials to remove his yarmulka during a visit at the U.S. Consulate in Ramallah.

Brooklyn Councilmember David Greenfield was part of a NYC Council delegation, headed by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, on a 8-day visit to Israel. The trip was funded by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). Read more »

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Meet The Temporary Orthodox Jewish Candidate For NY11 – Amber Adler

amber adlerIt ain’t over till it’s over, goes the saying. At least that’s the case for a political junkie seeking to impress Democratic Party leaders in Brooklyn and Staten Island in the upcoming special election for former congressman Michael Grimm’s vacant seat.

While the Republicans have already picked Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan as their candidate, the Democrats have yet to decide on a candidate,although Councilman Vincent Gentile seems like the favorite to get the nomination by the end of this week. Read more »

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Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Endorses Netanyahu For PM

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A day after he was praised for his bravery in subduing a Palestinian terrorist in the the State of Israel’s capital on Sunday, Mayor Nir Barkat endorsed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for reelection.

Barkat praised Netanyahu during a joint press conference for enofrcing security measures in and around the capital, while remaining unequivocally steadfast in standing against international pressure to divide the city of Jerusalem. Read more »

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