The United Nations marked on Wednesday the commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, after Tuesday’s ceremony was cancelled due to the snow blizzard on the East Coast.
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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is cutting short his New York visit and returning to Israel Wednesday night, due to the security situation on Israel’s northern border after a Hezbollah attack killed two IDF soldiers and injured several.
The President will depart from New York as early as this evening “with the desire to be in Israel, with the bereaved families and the wounded, following the events in northern Israel,” a spokesperson for the president said. He will still go ahead with his scheduled meetings and events today, JP has learned.
Supporters for the city’s Jewish community are berating Mayor de Blasio with a series of ads over a his signature pre-kindergarten policy they say costs Jewish families $50 million a year.
“Mr. Mayor … MAKE UNIVERSAL PRE-K UNIVERSAL,” say the ads, which kicked off Tuesday in several Jewish and media publications.
President Barack Obama commented in public for the first time since the WH announced that he will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March, because his trip to Washington comes too close to Israel’s upcoming Knesset elections.
“I’m declining to meet with him simply because our general policy is, we don’t meet with any world leader two weeks before their election,” Obama said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “I think that’s inappropriate, and that’s true with some of our closest allies.”
#Israelex Morning Read – Netanyahu Recruits Professor and Terrorism Expert For Reserved Places; Obama Publicly Counters Netanyahu’s Iran Argument
TRI POLL: BIBI EXTENDS LEAD OVER BUJI: This week, Bizportal and Orange presented the seventh survey examining who the Israeli public would prefer to see as prime minister. Again, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu increased his lead over the duo of Herzog and Tzipi Livni, winning 34% of the support from respondents, compared with 32% in the three previous weeks. The leaders of the Zionist camp, Herzog and Livni, have fallen in the current survey – the pair won the support of 21% of the respondents, compared to 24% in last week’s poll. [JP]
According to Morelle, after two days of intense discussions, Assembly Democrats have agreed that Mr. Silver’s time has come to step down and that he’ll have to resign by Monday or be ousted by the Democratic conference.
The Zionist Camp list is not only maintaining its standing as the largest protected party in the 20th Knesset, but it has also extended its lead over the Likud, according to a Channel 2 poll released Monday.
The poll, conducted by Dr. Mina Tzemach, Mano Geva’s Midgam company and the Statnet company, showed the joint Labor-Livni list receiving 26 Knesset seats, while the Likud, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would receive only 23 seats, if elections were held today.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday expressed his dismay at the recent corruption case that has shocked Albany and further expressed his frustration at Sheldon Silver’s plan to step aside in favor of a five-person committee, while battling his criminal corruption charges.
“I’m focused on the functionality of government, and I want to know what the mechanism is that will replace the speaker,” Gov. Cuomo said during an unrelated press conference. “I’m not going to tell them how to run the Assembly.”
In what seems to be the beginning of more intense pressure mounted on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to step down, one of Albany’s most powerful Assembly members, Keith Wright on Monday called on Silver to resign as speaker.
“Based upon the extraordinarily disturbing events from last week, revelations and charges that will reverberate for months if not years to come, Sheldon Silver must resign as speaker immediately,” Wright said in a statement.
Dubbed as the first 2016 presidential forum of the year, Sen. Rand Paul and his Republican colleagues Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz sparred about US foreign policy, particularly on how the U.S. should confront Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. The forum was hosted by the Koch brothers and moderated by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl.
#israelex Morning Read – Netanyahu Aims Attack At Media; Herzog In Dilemma Over AIPAC Invite; Lapid To Present Candidate List
“ANYONE BUT SARA” — Bibi pleads: Leave my family alone: Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on lashed out at the media on Monday after reports emerged Sunday over his wife Sara’s allegedly untoward behavior toward staff at the couple’s official residence in Jerusalem. “The media attack against my wife Sara is yet another low point for some leading memebrs of the Israeli media that will use any means to hurt me and my political path,” Netanyau charged.
In an attempt to clear the hazy skies from the clouds over the US-Israel relationship, Israel Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer sought to reassure Americans and the pro-Israel community that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had no intention to disrespect President Barack Obama or intervene in American politics by accepting House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a join session of congress in March.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin drew a connection between the African American community celebrating Martin Luther King Day and the Jewish people marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in a matter of days, during a moving speech at a Brooklyn Church, on his first stop in a week-long visit to NY on Sunday.
“Those who say the Holocaust never happened, the day will come when some will say the transportation and enslavement of 10 million Africans to the Americas never happened,” Rivlin told the some 2,500 Black congregants at the Christian Cultural Center (CCC) in Brooklyn.
Efforts to arrange a meeting between Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and President Barack Obama during the former’s week-long visit to NY did not succeed due to scheduling conflicts, the President’s office said Sunday.
Rivlin is in NY for his first visit to the US since elected as president to address the UN ceremony, marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, on the international Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau on Sunday rejected the criticism leveled against him over his decision to accept an invitation to address a joint session of Congress two weeks before Israelis head to the polls.
“As Prime Minister of Israel, I am obligated to make every effort in order to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons that would be aimed at the State of Israel. This effort is worldwide and I will go anywhere I am invited in order to enunciate the State of Israel’s position and in order to defend its future and its existence,” Netanyahu said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting.
In a brief ceremony at City Hall on Friday, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen accepted a symbolic gift – a five-dollar bill – from Rabbi Yaakov Kermaier of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, who serves as chairman of the eruv committee.
Mayor Bill de Blasio attended Shabbat services at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan Saturday morning and addressed his recent trip to Paris, following the terror attack on the Hyper Cacher supermarket.
The mayor told congregants that he felt the need to visit Paris and the sites of the recent terror attacks to be “a voice on behalf of the Jewish community and to stand up and speak when the world has to pay attention to what’s happening around us.”
The criticism over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming visit to DC and address to a joint session of Congress has prompted politicians from all sides, in Israel and in the US, to criticize the prime minister’s plot to snub President Barack Obama in coordinating below the radar the invitation with House Speaker John Boehner.
Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin departed for the US this morning to New York, where he is expected to address the United Nations Special Assembly to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Tuesday.
During his visist, Rivlin will hold meetings with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, NJ Governor Chris Chtristie, as well as lay a wreath at the 9-11 Memorial and address members of the African-American, Hispanic and Jewish communities.
Simon Wiesenthal Center Condemns ‘Anti-Semitic’ Outburst During City Council Vote on Holocaust Commemoration
The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Friday strongly condemned the anti-Israel outburst by 40 pro-Palestinian activists that erupted in the New York City Council Chambers yesterday just as the City Council began discussing and voting on a resolution to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
As first reported by JP, the protesters started yelling from the balcony, “shame on you, Melissa”, “why are you supporting an apartheid” and “Palestinian lives matter.” After five minutes of yelling and screaming, the protesters were escorted out.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest had Friday a slip of the tongue when he was asked about the administration’s feeling towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid tension over his expected visit to address Congress two weeks before the Israeli Knesset elections.
During a daily briefing with reporters at the White House, Earnest repeated that the invitation — and its acceptance — was a “departure from protocol,” but refused to say if administration officials were angered or frustrated by the move.
The Consulate General of Israel in New York, along with the Jewish Community Relations Council in New York and the Jewish National Fund will present the MLK award during a special ceremony that will be held during a Brooklyn Nets game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
#Israelex Morning Read – Likud Rebounds, Netanyahu Leads Big In Suitability For PM; Arab Parties Unite In Joint List
LIKUD LEADS LABOR BY 2 IN NEW TNS/CHANNEL 1 POLL: According to the TNS Telecaster poll published Thursday night by Channel 1, Likud would get 26 mandates, whereas Labor-Zionist Camp would get 24. Jewish Home would come in at 15 mandates; a united Arab list with 11 seats; Shas would get nine mandates, and Yesh Atid eight, United Torah Judaism 8; Yisrael Beytenu and Koolanu would get 7 respective seats, with Meretz coming in at five. [INN]
In a unique setting, on Tuesday, Council Member Mark Levine hosted a panel discussion titled, “Shared Narratives, Values and Cultures of the Latino and Jewish Communities in New York City” with the participation of Jewish and Latino leaders.
The panel included Assembly member Nily Rozic, who was born in Jerusalem to Argentinian parents, as well as Dina Siegel-Vann of The American Jewish Committee (AJC), a Mexico City native who has spent much of her career working with Latin American Jewish Communities; Former Bronx Borough President, Fernando Ferrer and Hispanic Federation President Jose Calderon.