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LIVE BLOG:Egypt Cancels Truce Talks in Cairo As Fighting Resumes

7:20: Egypt decided on Friday to cancel its hosting of ceasefire talks over the ongoing Gaza war, a Palestinian source — who was expected to attend the negotiations — told Ahram Online.

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TEXT: Sec. Kerry’s Remarks Announcing Israel, Palestinians Have Agreed To 72-Hour Cease-Fire

The following are remarks made by Secretary of State John Kerry in New Delhi, announcing Israel and Hamas have agreed to abide by the US/UN brokered humanitarian cease-fire on offensive activities for 72 hours:
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Rep. Steve Israel ‘Concerned’ About Kerry’s Statements on Israel

2014-07-28 12.57.17Democratic Congressman Steve Israel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said on Thursday that he’s troubled by Secretary of State John Kerry’s handling of Israel during the operation against Hamas in Gaza.

“I do get concerned with statements from Secretary Kerry, as I was concerned with statements in the Bush administration about the need to, for Israel to show sensitivity or demonstrate greater attempts with respect to civilians in Gaza,” Israel said during an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” airing Friday. “When Israel in fact goes further than most any other country, I know to do that.” Read more »

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EXCLUSIVE JP INTERVIEW [Part 1]: Rob Astorino on Gov. Cuomo’s Morelandgate

2014-07-30 15.46.54On Wednesday we sat down for a one-on-one interview with Weschester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial hopeful, Rob Astorino to discuss the state of the race, his views on the issues that are driving the campaign, as well as his first trip to Israel in 2012 and his relationship with the Jewish community.

A full profile of the relatively unknown candidate for governor and the entire interview will be published over the weekend. Read more »

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Former Prez Peres: No Gov’t Can Stop The Fighting Until Rockets, Tunnel Attacks Stop

netanyahu peresFormer Israeli president Shimon Peres on Thursday sided with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the ground operation in Gaza, defying calls for an immediate cease-fire.

“I mean, first of all, we have to get rid of the problem of the tunnels. No government, I mean outside government, can stop the fighting before every mother this country will be sure that, at the night, somebody won’t jump out of the earth and kill her and her children. That’s impossible,” Peres told CNN’s Blitzer in a lengthy interview. Read more »

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US Attorney Warns Gov. Cuomo Of Possible Investigation In Morelandgate

cuomo-moreland-commissionAs Gov.Andrew Cuomo brushed off the attacks on him in the moreland case as ‘entertaining,’ United States attorney in Manhattan Preet Bharara has reportedly threatened to investigate the Cuomo administration for possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering.

The warning, first reported by the NY times, came in a sharply worded letter from Mr. Bharara’s office after several members of the panel issued public statements defending the governor’s handling of the anti-corruption panel, which Cuomo created last year with promises of cleaning up corruption in Albany. Read more »

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Poll: Support For Likud, Right Soars

MIDEAST ISRAEL POLITICSSupport for the Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fractured ruling party has soared over the last few weeks, as the Israeli leader continues to ride on high popularity numbers, a new poll conducted for the Knesset Channel shows.

According to the poll, the Likud Party – without the Yisrael Beteynu faction – would garner as much as 30  seats in the 120-member Knesset if elections were held today. Naftali Bennet’s right-wing Bayit Yehudi party would get 18 seats and Avigdor Lieberman a mere 8 projected seats. Read more »

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Netanyahu: Tunnels Destruction Will Continue ‘With or Without Cease-Fire’

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(AP). Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip “with or without a cease-fire,” as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory.

Netanyahu’s vow came as international efforts to end the 23-day-old conflict seemed to sputter despite concern over the mounting death toll, with more than 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and more than 50 Israelis, almost all of them soldiers, killed since July 8. Read more »

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NYGov – Cuomo In Talks With Israeli Gov’t Over Logistics of Israel Trip

CuomoFor the second time in days, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday publicly issued a strong statement in support of Israel fighting Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“The State of New York stands in solidarity with the State of Israel,” Cuomo told reporters during a visit to Long Island.

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Pentagon Transfers Immediate Resupply Of Ground Ammunition For Gaza Battle

The United States on Wednesday agreed to Israel’s request to resupply Israeli Defense Forces with several types of ammunition as the ground battle in Gaza is entering its third week.

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House Foreign Affairs C’ttee Passes Iron Dome, Naftali Frenkel Reward Bills

The House Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), passed on Wednesday several foreign affairs measures including legislation to support Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system and the $5M Naftali Frenkel Award, passed last night in the Senate.

The Committee passed, as amended, H.R. 5235, the Emergency Iron Dome Replenishment Act, introduced by the Committee’s Ranking Member, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), to support Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

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Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate Condemns Israel’s ‘Gaza Slaughter,’ Supports BDS

As Israeli soldiers continue to uproot Hamas terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins and his running mate Brian Jones released a statement condemning Israel’s actions in Gaza and expressing support for the hypocritical BDS movement.

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Dermer: Withering Critics of Kerry Coming From Free Press, Israeli Public [Video]

ron dermerIsrael’s ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that criticism from within the Jewish state of Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel’s “very rambunctious democracy” and not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“This is not coming from the prime minister,” Ambassador Ron Dermer said during an interview on ‘Morning Joe’ TV program. “This is the Israeli press that is speaking. We are a free country.” Read more »

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WaPo/ABC Poll: 52% of Americans Disapprove Obama’s Handling of Israel/Hamas Fighting

obama in Israel #1President Obama’s low approval ratings has once again taken another toll in another Foreign Policy crisis that he can’t seem to solve, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll

When it comes to President Obama’s handling of the increasing tensions in Gaza, the poll shows 39 percent approve and 52 percent disapprove, including 33% who “strongly disapprove.” Read more »

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Oops! Dem Challenger To McConnell: Iron Dome Defends Israel From Hamas Tunnels

OOPS! Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, may have to call her office to make up for a serious Foreign Policy blunder.

During an event at her campaign’s Fayette County headquarters over the weekend, the minority Senate leader’s challenger suggested that the Iron Dome defends Israel from the Hamas terror tunnels. The only problem is that the Iron Dome is a missile defense system that has no way of preventing tunneling.

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US Economy Likely Showed Big Rebound in Last Quarter

(AP). After a dismal start to the year reflecting a harsh winter, the U.S. economy showed signs of rebounding in the spring, with many forecasters expecting growth to be even stronger in the second half of the year.

The government on Wednesday will provide its first estimate of how much the gross domestic product — the economy’s total output of goods and services — grew in the April-June quarter. The consensus forecast is that the economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.9 percent, according to a survey of economists by data firm FactSet. Read more »

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Senate Passes Cruz’ Naftali Frenkel Reward Bill by Unanimous Consent

cruz frenkelThe U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) bill that would require the Secretary of State to offer rewards totaling up to $5,000,000 for information on the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, a dual United States-Israeli citizen, on June 12, 2014.

The bill passed without amendments by unanimous consent. Read more »

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US Senate Passes Resolution In Support of Israel

The US Senate passed a resolution Tuesday that states the Senate’s support of Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas rocket attacks and condemns the “bias” United Nation’s Human Rights Council report on the fighting in Gaza.

S.Res. 526 was passed through a unanimous consent agreement.

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Masbia Soup Kitchen Says Dagim Contribution Made Alternative ’9 Days’ Menu Possible

IMG_0165Masbia Kitchen continues to surprise with its serving the needy. On Monday, on the beginning of the “Nine Days,” a time of mourning in the Jewish community, NYC’s only Kosher open-for-all soup-kitchen network, announced it will remain open to serve 500 dinners every day despite the restriction of serving meat and poultry. Instead, the menu will consist of a variety of fish dishes.

Masbia’s Executive Director Alexander Rapaport said it was made possible thanks to the generosity of Dagim (Fish) Market, who donated and hand delivered 3,000 portions of fish. Read more »

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Report: Obama Was Rude and Hostile During Phone Call With Netanyahu

Obama Foot on Table IsraelThe conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama was tense and tough, according to a report on Channel 1 Tuesday evening.

Based on a transcript of the conversation, obtained by Israel’s channel 1, Obama “behaved in a rude, condescending and hostile manner,” the network’s foreign correspondent concluded.

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Another Day Of Friendly Fire? Kerry: Bibi Asked For Cease-Fire; PMO Official: Kerry Raised It

bibi netanyahu john kerryAfter the US administration pushed back Monday against Israeli officials for launching “a misinformation campaign” against Secretary of State John Kerry, US top diplomat revealed Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called him on Monday to raise the idea of a ceasefire.

“The prime minister talked to me about the idea of a ceasefire. He raised it with me. Netanyahu has consistently said that he would embrace a ceasefire that permits Israel to protect itself against the tunnels,” Kerry said during a visit to Ukraine.

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Senate Republicans Speak Out In Defense Of Israel On The Floor [Video]

mcconnell israelSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday lead a group of Republican Senators in discussing Israel’s security efforts against Hamas at the start of the Senate’s morning session.

“Republicans are united in our support of Israel’s defense, and this morning my colleagues will explain our opposition to any effort to force a ceasefire on Israel that does not further its security objectives,” McConnell said on the Senate Floor. “Israel’s right to defend itself should be affirmed.” Read more »

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Wave of Anti-Semitic Graffiti, Hate Attacks In London [Photos]

More than 100 hate crimes have been recorded by police and community groups in the United Kingdom in July, more than double the usual number.

In one of the most recent hate attacks, a Swastika was scribbled on a brick wall outside a home in North London, a neighborhood with a large Jewish population.

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Kerry Highlights London’s Hasidic Community For Helping Protect Religious Freedom

kerry religious freedomSecretary of State John Kerry on Monday presented the State Department’s 2013 report on International Religious Freedom. Kerry was joined with President Obama’s newly minted nominee as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Rabbi David Saperstein.

“When it comes to the work of protecting religious freedom, it is safe to say that David Saperstein represents the gold standard,” Kerry said of Saperstein’s appointment. Read more »

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NYGov – Cuomo Confirms He’s Planning Israel Trip

CuomoNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed on Monday that he is weighing a trip to Israel, marking his first international travel since he took office on January 2010.

“I have not yet set a plan to visit, but it’s not out of the question,” Cuomo told reporters at an unrelated news conference in Buffalo, NY. “I have been corresponding with Israeli officials on the current situation that is going on in the Middle East.”

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