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Netanyahu Claims Media Distorted Facts About Bottlegate

netanyahu family menorahIsraeli Prime Minister and his wife, Benjamin and Sarah Netanyahu, were under attack this past weekend due to the Bottle Recycling Affair, after a report in Haaretz claimed Sarah kept thousands of shekels from deposits on bottle recycling in the Prime Minister’s residence.

In the background lay recriminations and accusations between the Attorney General and the State Comptroller regarding the legal treatment of the subject. The prime minister, for his part, argued that this is a media campaign against him. Read more »

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Netanyahu Stars In New Likud Web Ad: ‘The Bibi-sitter’

bibisitterAfter coming under fire for violating campaign regulations by using children in a political ad, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a new campaign video on Saturday that portrays him as a baby sitter.

The video features a young couple that are about to leave for a night out when the baby-sitter knocks at the door. “You asked for a babysitter? You got a Bibi-sitter,” Netanyahu is shown saying. Read more »

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Likud Charges Zionist Union is Behind Foreign-Funded Campaign Against Netanyahu

herzogThe Likud Party is charging the left has turned to foreign funding in an attempt to buy an election victory, after it was reported that a former Obama campaign strategist has joined a movement aimed at replacing Netanyahu as Prime Minister with millions of dollars of outside funding.

V15, an organization dedicated to bringing political change in the upcoming election, has partnered with OneVoice Israel, which works with Israelis and Palestinians to pressure their political leadership to bring about a two-state solution based on pre-1967 lines. Read more »

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Jeb Bush Welcomes Romney’s Decision To Pass On 2016 Race

Jeb Bush RomneyFormer Florida governor Jeb Bush on Friday welcomed Mitt Romney’s decision to let go of another presidential run, amid reports of donors fleeing to Bush.

After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney told supporters during an am conference call. Read more »

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BEST VIDEO EVER: Christie Falls Off Chair In Radio Studio

Photo credit: Tommy Avallone/WIP

Photo credit: Tommy Avallone/WIP

Video footage of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie falling off his chair during an in-studio appearance at a radio station in June was published online Friday morning by Philly’s SportsRadio 94WIP.

The video shows Christie falling off of his chair upon entering the 94WIP studio for an interview on its morning show. Read more »

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UPDATED: Mitt Romney Announces: I Will Not Run For President In 2016

Mitt Romney(AP). Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016.

Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering a third campaign for the White House, the former Massachusetts governor told members of his staff during a Friday conference call that he is out of race. Read more »

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Polls: Netanyahu Now Favored To Be Reelected As Prime Minister

Photo: Motti Kimchi

Photo: Motti Kimchi

Benjamin Netanyahu is not anymore the persona non grata among Israeli voters in his bid for a 4th term as Israel’s Prime Minister, a new poll, conducted after the security events on the northern border occurred, shows.

According to a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister newspaper, Ma’ariv Sof Hashavua, the percentage of Israeli voters who want Netanyahu to remain prime minister rose from 38% last week to 44%, tying the highest- ever result since elections were announced. Read more »

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Rasmussen Poll: Hillary Below 60 Percent In Democratic Primary; Romney Leads GOP Pack

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A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey asked Democratic voters to choose from six of the early presidential hopefuls from their party as if their state primary were held right now. Clinton led with 59 percent support while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is in second place, earning 12 percent of the vote.

The presidential nominee for the Democratic Party’s 2016 is still Hillary Clinton.

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Former Mossad Chief Dagan Says he Can’t Trust Netanyahu Anymore

meir daganWhile the Mossad itself, as a part of the government does not engage in politics or criticize their boss, Meir Dagan, former Chief of the Mossad, is not as inhibited. He launched a serious criticism of Prime Minister Netanyahu, referring to his upcoming speech in front of congress among other policies he sees as detrimental and dangerous.

Speaking at an event in memory of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Dagan spoke out against Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett, saying they were dangerous to Israel. Read more »

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Israel Elections – Likud’s Miri Regev Explodes At Koolanu Candidate At Students Forum

miri-regev-and-flagWhile tensions in the north grow, the candidates for the 20th Knesset panel discussed issues as a part of the project “new voters” sponsored by Mako and Ben Rabesky and Shevi Zarai of Sky Productions  at the ORT school in Ramle.

The discussion was supposed to focus on matters of economy and social issues. Accusations flew and there was more shouting than discussing. Read more »

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Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan Eager to Fill Silver’s Vacant Seat

Catherine NolanAs many people question who will replace Sheldon Silver, who was arrested last week on federal corruption charges, a Queens Assemblywoman is eager to become the first woman to fill his seat.

Catherine Nolan, who district includes Sunnyside, Ridgewood, Long Island City, Astoria, Woodside and Maspeth, announced her candidacy for Assembly Speaker on Wednesday. Nolan believes she is a great contender because of her decades of experience in the state legislature.

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#Israelex Poll: Likud Up to 27 Seats, Zionist Union 26

likud campaign sloganIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party has imported its standing among the Israeli electorate following the deadly Hezbollah attack on the northern border Wednesday morning, according to a new TNS Telecaster poll published Thursday night by Channel 1.

The poll indicated that the Likud would get 27 seats and the Zionist Camp 26 seats, if elections were held today. In last week’s poll, Likud led the Zionist Union by two – 26 seats to the Labor Alliance’s 24. Read more »

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Wright Heading To Congress After Dropping Out From Speaker Race

Keith WRIGHTAssemblyman Keith Wright may have earned a place in Congress in return for dropping out of the race for speaker of the NY State Assembly.

Wright has previously said he plans to run in 2016 for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Charles Rangel. But that changed when the news about Shelly Sliver broke out last week. Read more »

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Israel Elections – Yishai Runs with Baruch Marzel As Partner

eli YishaiWhen two parties come together, it can be a difficult and painful process of compromise and disappointment. Such was the case when Yachad tried to merge with Otzma Yehudit. They are all men of powerful belief who are working hard for the good of Israel, so compromise is especially difficult.

In a painful conclusion to talks, Dr. Michael Ben Ari will not be on the joint list, but he considers it a great victory against “The Haters of Israel” that Baruch Marzel will be running as part of Eli Yishai’s list for the Knesset. Read more »

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Na-Nach Party Suggests Merger With Kahlon to Solve Conflict In Names

na nach breslovStrange things happen, even in national elections, maybe more so than in other situations. The name of Moshe Kahlon’s party is in danger. The party “Kulanu Chaverim Na Nach ” (We are all friends Na Nach) made up of Breslov Hasidim has officially signed up today to run for the election with almost the same name that Kahlon chose for his party.

Kahlon’s  party has yet to register so if there is a conflict between two parties with the same name, that is considered to be “misleading to the voters”, it is possible that Moshe Kahlon will have to find a new name. Or add a Breslover to his party list. Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – Last Minute Drama In Presenting Knesset Lists; Polls Show Likud Gaining Back Support

begin netanyahuBEGIN RETURNS TO LIKUD ON 11TH SPOT: Less than 12 hours before the deadline for parties to submit their Knesset lists for the 2015 elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided on Thursday to reserve the 11th spot on the Likud list to former minister Benny Begin. [Ynet]

IN FOR SURPRISE? @LahavHarkov: Last-minute craziness: 5.5 hours before deadline to submit lists for Knesset, Koolanu & Likud are in talks to unite, @Channel2News reports. Read more »

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Romney Takes Aim At Obama, Clinton In Mississippi Speech

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Photo/AP

(AP). Mitt Romney hasn’t officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during a stop Wednesday in Mississippi, back-slapping at a popular barbecue joint before delivering a speech that questioned Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s foreign policy and economic credentials.

His time at Mississippi State University marked Romney’s third public appearance since he revealed earlier this month that he’s considering in another presidential run. Read more »

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Kahlon Blames Netanyahu for Neglecting Israel’s Economy, While Travelling To DC

moshe kahlonFor the first time since Moshe Kahlon announced his return to politics leading an independent party, the head of the Kulanu attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, about his trip to the United States.

“It could be that the prime minister’s trip to Congress is important, but first I want him to go to the north and south of the country to view the real problems of this country. It’s not related to the right or the left – these socioeconomic problems, “said Kahlon during a visit at the factory for Phoenicia in Nazareth Illit.” Read more »

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Romney Plans to Take a Jab at Hillary Clinton at an Address Mississippi State

mitt-romney-12-is-hillary-clinton-08After publicly opposing sanctions on Iran, it seems Hillary Clinton has become an easy target for certain Republicans who say she is “clueless” when it comes to foreign policy.

Potential presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney, will take obvious aim at possible opponent Hillary Clinton on both economic and foreign policy issues in an address at Mississippi State University Wednesday night.

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Bill Clinton Has Claimed “Adam” as His First Husband Name of the White House

Bill clintonBill Clinton is rather supportive of his wife’s goal to run for the 2016 presidential election. So supportive he even made up a nickname for himself if he becomes the “first husband” of the White House.

“Let’s say, if a woman became president, we could, I could be called Adam,” Clinton said in an interview with the “Rachael Ray Show” airing Thursday.

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A Wonderful Land Election – Israel’s Answer to Saturday Night Live

Bibi SatireNewspapers are fine if you want to know what’s happening, and surveys are dandy, but if you really want to know what the average Israeli thinks, you need to tune in to Eretz Nehederet (A Wonderful Land) on Channel 2.

On the air since November 2003, the show has grabbed 30% of the Israeli viewers, and even Obama has checked it out to find out what Israelis think of him. If they haven’t laughed at you on the show, then you are a nobody in Israeli politics. Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – Netanyahu Recruits Professor and Terrorism Expert For Reserved Places; Obama Publicly Counters Netanyahu’s Iran Argument

Photo: Motti Kimchi

Photo: Motti Kimchi

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] Read more »

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The Next Israeli Prime Minister? Isaac Herzog’s Impressive Family Tree

herzogOne of the conditions that is not necessary to be Israeli Prime Minister is an impressive family tree. But if it were a condition, Labor Leader Isaac “Buji” Herzog would easily win the election.

You don’t have to look far to see that Isaac Herzog was raised in a household where politics was discussed over the dinner table. His father, Chaim Herzog, was an Irish-born Israeli politician, General, lawyer and author who served as the sixth President of Israe, serving for 10 years from 1983-1993. Read more »

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Survey Shows Bibi Extending Lead Over Herzog In Race For Prime Minister

Photo: Motti Kimchi

Photo: Motti Kimchi

A recent survey shows an undeniable trend. Israelis prefer Bibi sitting right where he is, in the Prime Minister’s office.  There is some significant shuffling around going on, and it is always interesting to see what Israelis shmoozing in the coffee houses think is the most important issue in the upcoming election.

This week, Bizportal and Orange presented the seventh survey examining who the Israeli public would prefer to see as prime minister. Read more »

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Likud Minister Steinitz: Iran Could Become Nuclear If Zionist Camp Wins

shteinitzYuval Shteinits, Minister of Intelligence, Minister of International Relations and Minister of Strategic Affairs, was quoted as saying on Monday  that if the Zionist Camp under Herzog and Livni take power in the next elections, Israel will be facing grave existential threats from Iran and also from within its own borders.

When asked by Jerusalem Post Political Correspondent Gil Hoffman if Israel would be destroyed if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not reelected on March 17, Steinitz said, “I think it might be dangerous – first because if, unfortunately Herzog and Tzipi are running the country, I don’t think they can hinder the Iranian nuclear issue like Netanyahu can.” Read more »

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