Author Archives: Jacob Kornbluh

Kerry To Bereaved Parents Of Fallen Max Steingberg: ‘How’s Your Day?’

Photo:  Simone Wilson/JJ

Photo: Simone Wilson/JJ

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday paid a shiva call to the parents of Max Steinberg, a Los Angeles native IDF soldier who was killed Sunday in Gaza, at the Crowne Palza hotel in Jerusalem.

“It’s just a huge statement about a young guy finding a place that he was so passionate about, and giving his all, putting himself on the line,” Kerry told the Steinbergs. “It’s an amazing story.” Read more »

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Bloomberg, Welcomed by Netanyahu, Says It’s Safe To Fly To Israel [Video]

bloomy el alPrime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu on Wednesday welcomed the former mayor of New York City, Mike Bloomberg, who came in an emergency solidarity flight in response to the FAA flight ban on Tuesday.

Bloomberg landed at Ben Gurion International Airport today at approximately 5:00 PM local time on an El Al flight, where he was greeted by Prime Minister Netanyahu as he walked down the steps. Read more »

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Rivals Call Cuomo a ‘Crook’ and ‘Corrupt’ In Response To Report Of Involvement In Moreland Comiss.

CuomoA day after he took off the gloves, accusing Governor Andrew Cuomo of engaging in unethical behavior, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino called the incumbent a ‘crook’ in response to Wednesday’s NY Times report of Cuomo’s interference in the Moreland Commission.

“Governor Cuomo is in big trouble. Today’s bombshell New York Times investigative report reveals clear obstruction of justice and calculated public Read more »

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Filing Shows Wife Of Successor To Fired Westchester County Jewish Employee Donated to Astorino’s Campaign

rob astorino govA story long forgotten about a Jewish employee at the office of the Weschester County Executive fired days before the holiday of Passover, seems to have been more of a planned mission on behalf of Executive Rob Astorino.

Bruce Berger, former executive director of Westchester’s Solid Waste Commission, charged that he was fired on April 10, 2014, by Astorino moments before the start of the Jewish holiday “solely for reasons of political cronyism.” Read more »

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Hagel Urges Congress To Approve Israel’s Request of Add. $225M For Iron Dome

Hagel FlagIsrael has requested an additional $225 million in funding for the production of Iron Dome batteries, in light of the wide-scale use of the system during Operation Protective Edge.

In a letter to the leaders of both houses of Congress on Wednesday, U. S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote that the Department of Defense “has reviewed and supports this urgent request.” Read more »

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Poll: Most Americans Favor US Cutting Aid Toi Israel, Palestinians To Force Cease-fire

bibi netanyahu john kerryMost U.S. voters oppose more direct U.S. involvement to end the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza but favor cutting some or all U.S. funding to the two sides to force a peace (or rather a cease-fire) settlement, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll, published Wednesday.

The poll shows that just 30% of likely U.S. Voters believe the United States should get more directly involved if the violence continues between Israel and Hamas, while  57% say the United States should leave the two sides solve the situation on their own. This includes 38% of Republicans, 23% of Democrats and 30% of Independent voters. Read more »

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Brooklyn, NY – Elected Officials, Interfaith Leaders Condemn Hate Attacks Against Muslim Worshipers

douglas jablonReligious leaders and elected officials gathered on Tuesday at the Islamic Society Center in Bay Ridge to condemn what they called two hate incidents at Muslim worshippers outside Brooklyn mosques over the weekend.

According to organizers, a car with blaring lights and sirens circled the Bay Ridge mosque early Sunday morning waving Israeli flags and yelling anti-Islamic slurs. A similar incident happened Friday on Coney Island Avenue, when several passengers threw eggs from a passing by car at elderly worshipers outside the Thayba Islamic Center. Read more »

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Mike Bloomberg Takes El-Al Flight To Israel To Combat FAA Ban

mike bloomberg awardFormer Mayor of New York City Mike Bloomberg announced Tuesday evening he’ll fly to Israel in response to the FAA flight ban that was issued to US airlines earlier in the day.

Bloomberg, the first recipient of the Jewish Genesis Prize, will give up on his luxury private jet and fly with El-Al in order to express his solidarity with Israel in a time of crisis. Read more »

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London, UK – British Parliament Member Says He Would’ve Fired Rockets At Israel

wardBritish Liberal Democrat MP David Ward tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he would “probably” fire a rocket into Israel if he lived in the Gaza Strip.

“The big question is – if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? probably yes,” Ward tweeted on 19:36 GMT. Read more »

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NYPD: No Terror or Politics Connection To Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Incident

Photo: Rick Bruner/Gothamist

Photo: Rick Bruner/Gothamist

The NYPD has ruled out that the motives behind the white flag incident on the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning was terror or politics related.

John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence for the New York City Police Department, told reporters at Police Plaza that the NYPD is searching video surveillance and monitoring social media to see if any certain group had taken responsibility for the incident. Nonetheless, the police had concluded that there’s no nexus of terror or politics. Read more »

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Madeleine Albright: Israel’s Actions in Gaza Are ‘Disproportional’ [Video]

albright Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State that served in the Clinton administration during the Kosovo war, causing the deaths of between 1,200 and 5,700 civilian casualties from NATO strikes, on Tuesday harshly criticized Israel’s disproportional actions in Gaza.

Speaking to Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Madeleine Albright said she thinks Israel is “overdoing” it with its offensive in the Gaza Strip and losing some of its “moral authority” in the process. Read more »

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NYGov- Astorino Suggests Christie Should Consider Stepping Down As RGA Chair

christiecuomoRepublican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Tuesday angrily responded to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s comments that he would not campaign for the Republican in the Empire State due to sluggish poll numbers.

“I will spend time in places where we have a chance to win, I said that right from the beginning,” Christie told reporters in Connecticut, during a campaign stop for Tom Foley. “We don’t pay for landslides and we don’t invest in lost causes.” Read more »

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Dem Senator Says Gaza Casualties Dangerous For US; Suggests Netanyahu Should Be Replaced

murphySen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said on Tuesday that the substantial number of Palestinian civilians reportedly killed in Gaza could endanger U.S. National Security.

“[T]hat is a problem for Israel,” the Democrat said during interview with MSNBC. “But it’s a problem for the United States, as well, which is why we have to be so concerned about this. This is bulletin board material, stuff for people that are recruiting folks to the fight against Israel but also against the West in general.”

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NYGov – Christie Calls Astorino’s Gubernatorial Campaign A ‘Lost Cause’

bdb christieGov. Chris Christie, campaigning as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said on Monday he’s unlikely to cross the bridge to campaign for Republican Rob Astorino’s gubernatorial campaign.

“I will spend time in places where we have a chance to win, I said that right from the beginning,” Christie told reporters in Connecticut, during a campaign stop for Tom Foley. “We don’t pay for landslides and we don’t invest in lost causes.” Read more »

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NY18 – Poll Shows Hayworth With 4 Point Lead Over Rep. Maloney

nan hayworthA survey conducted by Gravis Marketing for conservative publication Human Events shows former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth leading incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) by four points. In a rematch in November, Republican Hayworth would garner 44% of the vote compared to Congressman  Maloney’s 40% share of the vote. 16% remain undecided.

Both candidates have positive favorability ratings. Hayworth has a 41/40 favorable  opinion, while Congressman Maloney has a 37/34 favorable opinion. Read more »

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UK’s Jewish Labor Pary Head, Milliband Opposes Israel’s Ground Op in Gaza

ed miliband meets NetanyahuNone other than the British Labor Party chairman, Ed Miliband, who’s Jewish, said Monday he opposes Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza.

Miliband met with President Barack Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice at the White House Monday afternoon, and told the Huffington Post, following the meeting, that Gaza was among the issues discussed. Read more »

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VIDEO: Ambassador Dermer: IDF Deserves A Nobel Peace Prize For Action In Gaza

dermer CUFIIsrael’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer addressed a crowd of a few thousand Christian supporters of Israel Monday night, at the annual CUFI conference in DC.

During his speech, which was interrupted several times by code pink hecklers, Ambassador Dermer emphasized that no military in history has taken greater care than the IDF to protect the innocents of the other side. Read more »

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Over 18,000 Attend Funeral of Fallen US-Israeli Soldier Sean Carmeli HY”D

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Some 18,000 attended late Monday night the funeral of fallen American-Israeli soldier, Sean Carmeli, in Haifa. Carmeli, 21, born in Texas, was killed early Sunday morning by Hamas militant’ fire in Gaza.

Sean’s parents, who live in South Padre Island, Texas, were on their way to Israel and are expected to arrive later in the night. Read more »

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CNN Poll: A Clear Majority of Americans Justify Israel’s Actions in Gaza

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A clear majority of Americans believe Israel’s military actions in Gaza are justified, with only a third saying that Israel has used too much force, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey conducted Friday through Sunday.

According to the poll, 57% of the US public said the Israeli actions against Hamas in the Gaza Strip are justified, with 34% saying they are unjustified. Read more »

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NY’s Jewish Elected Officials Urge The Jewish Community To Speak Up For Israel

Photo: Stefano Giovannini

Photo: Stefano Giovannini

Around 1000 members of the Jewish community gathered Sunday night at a community solidarity event dubbed “Come Together” at the 92Y in Manhattan.

“Come Together” was spearheaded by the Israeli American Council and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, UJA-Federation of New York, and the Israeliness program of the 92Y. Read more »

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2016 – Rand Paul’s Jewish Charm Offensive Bearing Fruits

Paul and Rabbi Nate Segal after the meeting

Paul and Rabbi Nate Segal after the meeting

In a lengthy profile of Sen, Rand Paul’s charm offensive in the Jewish community over the past year, gearing up for a WH run, the National Journal reports of Paul’s political operation capitalizing on his recent pro-Israel speech on the Senate, e-mailing copies of it to a host of influential Jewish and pro-Israel Republicans across the United States.

This entire episode serves as a prime example of Paul’s aggressive outreach efforts to the Jewish community Read more »

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UK – Cameron Schools Lawmakers on Critics of ‘Israel’s Right To Defend Itself’

cameron parliamentBritish Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday served as one of Israel’s public relations advocates when he explained to the House of Commons why, in his view, Israel should get the support needed for its right to defend itself.

“I’ve been clear throughout this crisis that Israel has the right to defend itself. Those criticizing Israel’s response must ask themselves how they would expect their own government to react if hundreds of rockets were raining down on British cities today,” said Cameron. Read more »

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Cuomo Leads Astorino By 37 Points; Loses Some ground Among Jewish Voters

NYGov Astorino CuomoFifteen weeks until Election Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo maintains an undefeatable 37-point lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino (60-23), according to the latest Siena College Poll of likely voters. 59 percent say Cuomo has made New York a better place to live, compared to 15 percent who say he’s made it worse and 21 percent who say it has remained the same as it was four years ago. Read more »

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Thousands Chant Support Of Israel At ‘NYC Loves Israel’ Rally In Times Square [Photos]

2014-07-20 16.47.14Around 4000 people, mostly young Jewish and Israelis from across New York City, gathered on Sunday in Times Square to chant, wave, sing and express their support of Israel, as tens of thousands of troops battle Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The event was organized by a private group of young New York Jews led by New York City based entrepreneurs Nachi Yavo, Assaf Shilony, Daniel Leon and political activists Eve Stieglitz and Sari Singer, herself a survivor of a Hamas terror attack.  Read more »

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NYGov – Jewish New Yorkers Blast Teachout For Hiring Anti-Israel Consultant

zephyr TeachoutProminent members of the Jewish community in New York on Sunday ripped Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout for hiring an anti-Israel consultant. The story was first reported by JP.

According to our report, published last Wednesday, Teachout, a law professor who has is running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the September gubernatorial primary, spent as much as two thirds of her total spending to pay consulting fees to a controversial figure accused of anti-Israel views. Read more »

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