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.
Democratic 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.”
On 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.
“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.
As 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.
Support 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.
(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.
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.
Israel’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.”
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.”
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.
(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.
The 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.
Masbia 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.
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.
After 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.
“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.”
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.
Secretary 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.
“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.”