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Netanyahu Scolds Opposition With Hardline Election-Style Speech [Video]

netanyahu knessetIf there was any indication that Israel is headed for early Knesset elections, it was most evident on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scolded the opposition for overlooking his government’s achievements simply for the fact that he refused to concede land to the Palestinians.

During a heated Knesset session, called for by 40 MKs over the high cost of living, Netanyahu defended his proposed Jewish Nationality bill and slammed the opposition for being obsessed with giving up territory to the Palestinians, and not recognizing his accomplishments as prime minister for nine years. Read more »

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Netanyahu: Supporters Of Two-State Solution Should Support Jewish Nationality Law

netanyahu knessetPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday emphasized that his push to define the Jewishness of the State of Israel by law stems from his support for the creation of a Palestinian state in a possible peace agreement

During a speech to the Knesset, Wednesday afternoon, Netanyahu told Israel lawmakers that he was baffled as to why “his friends” within Israel were opposed to his suggested ‘Jewish Nationality’ bill. Read more »

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UK2015 – Miliband Condemns Leicester City Council Anti Israel/Pro-BDS Motion

ed milibandBritish Labour Party head, Ed Miliband, on Wednesday reiterated his opposition to boycott Israel, following a Leicester City Council’s motion to condemn and boycott Israel.

The Midlands Council, which has 51 Labour councillors out of a total of 55, passed the motion condemning Israel for “continuing to ignore and breach international law” and “continuing its occupation of Palestinian territories,” with a resolution on removing goods from “the ‘Israeli Occupied Territories.’” Read more »

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Cameron on Jewish Nationality Law: Important That Israel Continues To Respect Rights Of All

bb cameronBritish Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday joined the United States State Department in calling on Israel to continue to respect the rights of its minorities, in light of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s push to define the Jewishness and the nationality of the State of Israel.

Cameron was responding to a question posed to him by to MP Gerald Kaufman during the Prime Minister’s Questions session in the UK’s parliament.  Read more »

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Greenfield Introduces Bill To Regulate Uber’s Surge Pricing

greenfield-streets-580x388Councilman David Greenfield on Tuesday introduced legislation in the City Council to rein in Uber’s exorbitant “surge pricing” and protect consumers from price gouging fares.

Uber, a car service company which allows customers to hail a private car or taxi from a mobile app, has faced increasing scrutiny over its surge pricing model, especially during rush hours, bad weather and on holidays. Read more »

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Minority Council Members Protest Ferguson Verdict During Council Meeting [Video]

ferguson protest NYC councilA group of City Council members protested the verdict reached in the Michael Brown case on Monday, by disrupting a Council meeting Tuesday afternoon, chanting “black lives matter” during a roll call at the beginning of a stated meeting at the Council chambers.

The group, led by Councilman Andy King (D-Bronx), co-chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, marched out of the chambers and walked down to the Council’s rotunda, yelling, “We are the New York City Council, representatives of a majority minority city to proclaim in solidarity that black lives matter.” Read more »

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Greenfield: There Needs To Be More Affordable Housing

greenfield affordableThe City Council is committed to do better than the de Blasio administration in providing more communities throughout the City of New York their fair share in providing affordable housing, Council Member David Greenfield said on Tuesday.

“There needs to be more affordability. The old mode of 80/20 is, frankly, dead,” Greenfield told reporters at City Hall. “We are looking at a new work model where there’s a mandatory zoning requirement, in which you have to build affordability, and you have to build more affordability.” Read more »

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Ted Cruz Suggests Joe Lieberman For Defense Secretary

Joe LiebermanHawkish Republican Senator, Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday suggested that President Obama should consider appointing former Senator Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucused with Democrats, as outgoing  Secretary of Defens Chuck Hagel’s successor.

“Today’s resignation reflects the ongoing damage caused by President Obama’s misguided foreign policy of leading from behind. We need a Secretary of Defense who is squarely focused on defending the national security interests of the United States, first and foremost, and especially preventing a bad deal over Iran’s nuclear weapons program that could do irreparable harm to us and our allies,” said Cruz in a statement.  Read more »

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Sen. Schumer Thanks Def. Secretary Hagel For ‘Service’

Schumer at AIPAC 2014US Senator Chuck Schumer, who helped allay concerns about Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary in 2013, applauded the outgoing Pentagon chief secretary, after President Obama announced Hagel’s resignation at the White House on Monday morning.

“If there is a word that personifies Chuck Hagel, it is ‘service,’” Schumer said in a statement. “He served his country as a hero in Vietnam, as a Senator, and now as Defense Secretary, where he presided over the department in a smart and level-headed way. I wish Chuck Hagel and his family the best.” Read more »

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Major Jewish Orgs Applaud Hagel’s Service and Commitment to Israel

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The National Jewish Democratic Council on Monday thanked Secretary of State Chuck Hagel for his service and applauded him for his strong support of Israel, following today’s announcement that Hagel will resign his position.

The democratic Jewish organization further expressed confidence that Secretary Hagel’s successor will be equally as committed to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Read more »

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PHOTO: Sen. Warren Meets Netanyahu In Jerusalem

netanyahu warren Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party’s darling, met on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while on a visit to the region, her first trip abroad as senator.

Warren also met with Israeli government officials and Knesset Members as she toured the Knesset. She was welcomed in the Knesset plenum by Minister Yuval Shteinitz.

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Sen. Warren Watches On Lively Knesset Debate During Israel Visit [Video]

warren knessetSenator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) experienced firsthand the internal conflict and Israeli/Arab tension in Israel, as well as the lively Knesset debates, as she visited the Israeli Parliament on Monday.

Sen. Warren was seated in the VIP balcony, accompanied by US Ambassador Dan Shapiro, as the Knesset erupted into chaos after Arab MK, Jamal Zahalka was dragged off the podium after called the deputy Knesset Speaker, presiding over the non-confidence session, MK Moshe Fieglin, a ‘fascist’. Read more »

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Behind The Scenes At The ZOA Dinner In Manhattan

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Some 1,200 attendees filled up the ballroom at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, in what seemed to be the largest ever Zionist Organization of America (Z0A) dinner. High profile speakers included Pastor John Hagee, Michael Levin (President of Sands Corporation), Professor Alan Dershowitz and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), highlighting the perils facing Israel and the importance of a strong America-Israel partnership.

“Barack HUSSEIN Obama” ZOA president Morton Klein repeatedly referred to the President throughout the evening, prompting the crowd’s standing ovations.  Read more »

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Report: Obama Forced Hagel To Step Down As Defense Secretary

Obama HagelDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, marking the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate, the NY Times reported Monday.

The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask Hagel to step down after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said.
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Netanyahu On Iran Talks Extension: ‘No Deal Is Better Than A Bad Deal’

netanyahu bbcIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday welcomed the P5+1 announcement that the talks with Iran over its nuclear program was extended for another 7 months.

“No deal is better than a bad deal. The deal that Iran was pushing for was terrible. A deal would have left Iran with the ability to enrich uranium for an atom bomb while removing the sanctions,” Netanyahu told the BBC, words he repeated at the start of the Likud faction meeting at the Knesset Monday afternoon. Read more »

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2016: Warren Visits Israel In First Visit Abroad

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenMassachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party’s darling, is currently in  Israel as part of a visit to the region, her first trip abroad as senator, The Boston Globe first reported Sunday.

Warren, whose name has been mentioned as a possible challenger to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016, arrived Saturday in Tel Aviv. She met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday. Read more »

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on J’lem Massacre: ‘We Felt We Were Attacked Too’

de Blasio at Ohel ConcertThe attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, which resulted in the murder of five Israelis by two coldblooded Palestinian terrorists, was like an attack on New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday.

“We felt a direct sense of connection to the people of Jerusalem and to the people of Israel. We felt we were attacked too, because our friendship is so closely; because we have a special relationship, and a special closeness to Israel,” Mr. de Blasio said during a speech at OHEL’s annual dinner in Manhattan.
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Fast-Growing Hispanic Evangelical Population Steps Up Support For Israel

.(Sean Savage/JNS). Against the backdrop of growing threats facing Israel at home and abroad, one of the fastest-growing ethnoreligious segments in the U.S. is stepping up its support for the Jewish state.

At the forefront of the interests of America’s Hispanic Evangelical Christian population is the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/Conela. Claiming to represent more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals in the U.S., NHCLC/Conela is now beginning to wield its considerable influence for the purpose of standing up for Israel. Read more »

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Livni: I Will Not Support The Jewish Nationality Bill In Knesset Vote

LivnieJustice Minister Tzipi Livni on Sunday acknowledged that she might be fired from the government on Wednesday, due to her opposition to the Jewish nationality law that passed today by the cabinet.

Appearing on Channel 2′s prime time newscast, Livni said she would not support the bill in Wednesday vote, but would not commit voting against, which will ultimately result in Prime Minister Netanyahu firing her from her governmental post. Read more »

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Poll: Shas/UTJ Could Give Netanyahu A Stable Coalition After Early Knesset Elections

DeriUnlike the center-left, who is threatening to quit the government over controversial bills, but are afraid of losing power in early elections, Haredi parties are actually enjoying Netanyahu’s courtship and at the same time vying for new elections in order to return to their ministerial portfolios.

A poll conducted by the TRI research and strategy institute for BeHadrei Haredim gave Shas 10 projected seats if elections were to be held today. Read more »

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#KinusSelfie Rocks Chabad’s Kinus Hashluchim Conference

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Thousands of Chabad Shluchim (emissaries) gathered in New York over the week for the annual ‘Kinus Hashluchim’ (International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries), to share inspiration, ideas and goals, and mingle with their colleagues on mission from around the world.

The highlight of the conference is the gala banquet, which highlights Chabad’s activities in the more than 70 countries it serves. Knesset Speaker Yuli “Yoel” Edelstein will be the keynote speaker at the event, held this year at the Brooklyn Marriot. Read more »

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Senators, Reps Pledge To Stand With Israel At Iron Dome Tribute On Capitol Hill

iron dome tributeThe US administration’s contribution to the security of Israel by funding the Iron Dome defensive shield was highlighted by US Senators, Congressmen, community leaders, as well as administration officials, during a luncheon at the US Capitol and at an off-the-record briefing at the White House last Wednesday.

The “Tribute to the U.S. Israel Security Alliance,” at the Russell Senate Office Building, was co-chaired by Elliot Gibber, Stanley Tate, Simcha Lyons and Jason Lyons and organized by Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group, in honor of the U.S. Israel relationship and special appreciation for Iron Dome funding. Read more »

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Miss America 2015 Opens Inaugural Russian-American Person of the Year Awards

Photo credit: Landon Knoblock

Photo credit: Landon Knoblock

Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015, thanked the Russian-Jewish community on Friday for supporting her efforts to become third consecutive Miss America winner from New York, after she had won the title of Miss New York on May 24, 2014 while serving as Miss City of New York.

Kazantsev, the daughter of Russian immigrants, hosted a press briefing Friday at the Gallery Shchukin in midtown to officially open the Inaugural Russian-American Person of the Year Awards and announce the nominees. Read more »

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NYC Council Speaker Mark-Viveriro: Immigration Reform ‘Not Just A Latino Issue’

MMV MasbiaMany progressives, Democrats and Latinos across America celebrated President Barack Obama’s announcement of the immediate executive action he will be taking in order to find relief to the many undocumented immigrants. But to one progressive leader, the actions announced are just one of many reforms needed to reform the broken immigration system; and not just aimed to satisfy one community. And it all started under her watch in the City of New York. Read more »

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Bloomingburg Jewish Community Calls BOE Decision To Toss Hasidic Vote ‘Anti-Jewish’

bloomingburg #4On Thursday, the Sullivan County Board of Elections tossed out 62 of 69 Hasidic voter registration challenges that were filed by proponents of the village of Bloomingburg dissolution.

The voters whose registrations were rejected were all of the incoming Hasidic Jewish community, who were opposed to the plan put forth in a referendum to dissolve Bloomingburg into the Town of Mamakating. Read more »

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