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Welcome To 2016: Rand Paul Castigates Marco Rubio On Twitter Over Cuba Deal

Rand PaulIt started with the announcement by Jeb Bush earlier this week, but the real GOP presidential primary has kicked off on Friday, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) challenged his Republican colleague Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) – also considered to be mulling a presidential run – over his criticism of the US-Cuba deal, in a series of hard0bitting tweets.

Senator @marcorubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat. I reject this isolationism,” Paul tweeted Read more »

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Breaking: Hasidic Jewish Community In Bloomingburg Wins In Dissolution Referendum Vote

IMG-20140930-WA037The Hasidic community residing in the small village of Bloomingburg, NY, celebrated on Friday the news that the opponents of the village’s dissolution defeated the anti-Hasidic proponents of the dissolution in a referendum vote in September.

According to the results, certified by NYS Supreme Court Judge Stephen Schick, the NO’s received 107 votes, while YES got only 85 votes. Read more »

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Visiting Israel, Ben Carson Says He Supports A Palestinian State – In Sinai

carson tunnel israel gazaPotential GOP presidential candidate, neosurguen Dr. Ben Carson, who visited Israel this week, expressed his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state for the Palestinian people, but not on the land that is currently the West Bank and Gaza.

“I know that Egypt in the past has made some overtures in terms of providing a place for the Palestinians. That seems to me something worth exploring,” Carson told the Jerusalem Post in an interview published Thursday. Adding, he was not opposed to a two-state solution, “but would not be in favor of a two-state solution that would put Israel’s population at risk.” Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – Polls Show Yishai-Ariel Merger Benefiting Bibi Voting Bloc; Netanyahu Still In Trouble

Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

SMITH POLL SUGGEST SHAS NOT AFFECTED BY YISHAI DEPARTURE: According to a new poll published in Globes on Thursday and conducted by the Rafi Smith Institute, the split in Shas results in the loss of only one seat for the Haredi bloc, with former Shas chairman Eli Yishai garnering support that mounts up to a mere 2 seats, far less than the 4.5% threshold needed to enter the Knesset. Harav Shlomo Amar has decided to back Shas, despite recent dispute with party leaders. Read more »

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Poll: Jewish New Yorkers Like Christie, Prefer Cruz & Rubio For President

cruz iron domePotential Democratic presidential candidates and the Hawkish Republican hopeful were fare better among the Jewish electorate in the State of New York, then the sort of moderate Republicans, according to new poll conducted by the Siena Research.

While in general, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren on the Democratic side, and Chris Christie, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush on the Republican side, are seen as the best choices for President, among Jewish voters, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are the most preferred candidates for president. Read more »

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Obama: Bush Has ‘Every Right’ to Run; Clinton Would Be ‘Excellent President’

Bush ClintonFollowing the President’s announcement to normalize relations with Cuba, Obama sat down with ABC News’ David Muir where the president was asked about Jeb  Bush’s recent announcement to ‘explore’ a run for presidency.

“The Bush family, I love personally, they are good people. Jeb’s father, George H.W. has been here many times, in some cases with Jeb. And they are a great family, wonderful people,” the president said. Read more »

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Israel Elections – Poll Shows Shas Remaining Strong Despite Yishai’s Departure

DeriThe recent dramatic developments in the early stages of the Knesset elections seemed to have little effect on the political map or the standard of existing parties, although it complicated things for the two main contenders for Prime minister, according to a new poll published in Globes on Thursday.

With 89 days to go before the Knesset elections, the poll, conducted by the Rafi Smith Institute, shows Likud and the joint Labor/Tzipi Livni list running neck and neck with 23 respective seats, if elections were held this week. Read more »

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Jeb Bush To Step Down From Barclays

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(AP). Jeb Bush is stepping down from an advisory role with British banking giant Barclays.

A Bush spokesman said Thursday that the former Florida governor would resign his senior advisor position at the end of the year. Bush has been with the banking and financial services firm since 2009. Read more »

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Israel Elections – Bennett: Israel Should Stop ‘Stuttering’ And Apologizing

bennett hipsterBayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennet on Thursday said that he would not apologize for his “no apologies” campaign, rather push forward with a theme relevant in these days.

“When Israel says clearly, without stuttering and without apologizing, that we do not agree to committing suicide and building a Palestinian state on Israeli land, the world will eventually understand,” Bennett said during a speech at the Herzliya Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – Polls Smell Good For Kahlon; Feiglin Drops Out Of Likud Chairmanship Race

kahlon party logoPOLL SHOWS UNLIKELY KAHLON-LAPID MERGER A GAME CHANGER: A poll released by Haaretz on Wednesday shows that a hypothetical joint ticket between Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid and Moshe Kahlon’s socioeconomic Kulanu parties would become the largest Knesset list. According to themProf. Camil Fuchs poll, while running separately Yesh Atid would win 12 seats and Kulans would win 11 seats, a combined list would receive 24 seats. Read more »

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Effort to Draft Warren Into ’16 Race Lands in Iowa

Sen. Warren(AP). Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are working the ground in Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where an organizing effort is already in place — for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

MoveOn.org held a meeting Wednesday evening in Des Moines as part of its new “Run Warren Run” campaign. The group is trying to persuade Warren to seek the Democratic nomination in 2016, even though the Massachusetts senator has repeatedly said she is not running. Read more »

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PHOTOS: Jeb Bush Hosts Menorah lighting, Eats Jelly Donut On First Day Of Hanukkah

JEB hanukkah 1Continuing the tradition of lighting the Chanukah Menorah by prominent public officials, presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who announced an exploratory committee yesterday, invited Jason Lyons to light the Menorah on the first night of Chanukah.

Mr. Lyons chaired the US-Israel Security Alliance Congressional Tribute last month on Capitol Hill. Read more »

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Democrats’ Neutrality With Israeli-Palestinian Issue May Influence Party’s Future Leaders

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‘Israel is America’s only democratic ally in the Middle East.’ That’s something Americans hear often from American leaders, who are vocal in their support of the State of Israel. Politicians running for office tend to talk about Israel, some are criticized for being too weak in favor of the Jewish State, while the more vocal ones are highly praised.

Among the general public, Republicans tend to be more supportive of Israel, compared to Democrats along with Independents who lean more neutral, but will that change with some demographics in the Democratic party rising? Read more »

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Bibi Vs. Kahlon? Poll Shows Hypotehtical Lapid-Kahlon Merger Becoming Largest Party

moshe kahlonPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party’s standing in the polls has been pretty consistent as a favorite to become the largest party in the Knesset, with 21-23 projected seats. However, a new poll released Wednesday shows that a hypothetical joint ticket between Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid and Moshe Kahlon’s socioeconomic Kulanu parties would actually become the largest Knesset list if elections were held this week, besting Likud and Labor-Hatnuah. Read more »

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Americans Equally Support and Oppose A Clinton 2016 Presidency

hillary clintonAlthough Hillary Clinton is seen as a clear front runner in the Democratic Party, nearly the same amount of Americans oppose a run (48), as those supporting her (50%).

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who announced on Tuesday that he’s ‘actively exploring’ a presidential bid, receives 31 percent support for a 2016 run, while 57% oppose it. Read more »

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Republican Wins Congressional Seat Previously Held By Gabby Giffords

Mcsally(AP). Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final outstanding race to the Republican challenger.

Martha McSally won a House seat over Democrat Ron Barber by 167 votes out of about 220,000 cast, results released Wednesday show. Read more »

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Potential GOP Contenders Not Welcoming Of Jeb Bush

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(AP). It’s suddenly become crystal clear that Jeb Bush has his eye on the presidency.

With just a few words, the former Florida governor stepped further into the 2016 Republican presidential contest than potential rivals, declaring via Facebook on Tuesday that he will “actively explore the possibility of running.” Some of those rivals, as well as veterans of presidential politics generally, saw his statement as a de facto announcement that ends months of speculation about his intentions. Read more »

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Jewish Donors Lining Up Behind Jeb Bush

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Leading his announcement with a “happy Hanukkah” and hosting a menorah lighting party, former Florida governor Jeb Bush has already secured the backing of prominent Jewish donors for his potential bid for president in 2016.

“I was back in New York on Sunday and everybody was going up to me: What about Jeb? What about Jeb? What about Jeb?” Jewish bundler Fred Zeidman, a Houston-based fundraiser who he has helped raise money for the Bush family in the past., remarked.  Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – Netanyahu Mocks Herzog-Livni Merger; Bayit Yehudi Dispute Remains Unresolved

bibi lights menorahBA’YAMIM HAHEM, B’ZMAN HAZE – WHERE THE CANDIDATES LIT THE MENORAH ON FIRST NIGHT OF HANUKKAH: Labor Leader Isaac “Buji” Herzog lit with an IDF soldier injured during operation Protective Edge. [Lahav Harkov] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon lit in Jerusalem with IDF soldiers [Israel Hatzolah] Video [Facebook] GAFFE? Netanyahu celebrates Hanukkah by lighting menorah the wrong way. [NY Daily News] “SCANDAL: Benjamin Netanyahu lights the menorah WRONG, using a separate candle instead of the shamash #impeach,” tweeted Yair Rosenberg. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein attends Belzer Rebbe’s lighting ceremony [Facebook]. Read more »

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2016: Cruz Seeks Donors, O’Malley Pushing Off Announcement to Spring

Cruz PaulThe first high profile candidate to openly enter the 2016 presidential field may have been Jeb Bush, but others are working tirelessly behind the scenes to ready themselves should they decide to run.

In one example, firebrand Conservative Sen. Ted Cruz met earlier this month with GOP donors in a secretive meeting in Los Angeles, where the Texas senator portrayed himself as more like Reagan than Goldwater. Read more »

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Walker Jokes With Rabbis About ‘Molotov’ Gaffe At Menorah Lighting Ceremony

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(AP). Gov. Scott Walker is trying to take his “Molotov” gaffe in stride.

Walker, speaking after a menorah-lighting ceremony at the governor’s mansion Tuesday, said he joked with rabbis about a letter drafted in his name to a Jewish leader about a decade ago that ends with him saying “Molotov” instead of “mazel tov.” Read more »

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UK2015 – British PM Cameron Touts Pro-Israel Bona Fides In Appeal To Jewish Voters

cameron uk jewishEntering into an election year, British Prime Minister David Cameron reasserted his support for Israel, at an address to some 700 Jewish leaders on Tuesday, saying the Conservative Party would always stand behind “the homeland of the Jewish people.”

“I’ve been a friend of Israel through thick and thin. I believe in Israel – and that belief is rock solid,” Cameron declared. “Israel is an extraordinary nation – and even more extraordinary when you think of where it is.” Read more »

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Israel Elections – Shas and Yisha On Verge Of Disappearance: Polls

Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Less than 12 hours after former Shas chairman Eli Yishai announced he;s forming a new political party, a new poll shows Yishai garnering half of its electorate, placing both parties on the verge of the Knesset’s 4-seat threshold.

The poll, conducted by Panels Politics for the Knesset Channel, indicated that Yishai’s ‘Yach’ party and Shas would receive 4 respective seats in the March 17 elections. Read more »

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Sen. Cruz to Focus 2016 Campaign on Jews, Hispanics

Ted Cruz NYSen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has reportedly devised a very unique plan in his quest for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2016. Rather than focus on winning over Independents, he will instead go after the votes of “Jews, Hispanics, and Millenials.”

Assuming the Tea Party senator does officially announce his plan to run, as has been strongly rumored, his strategy for victory purposely leaves out any effort to court the support of political independents. “Winning independents has meant not winning,” an adviser to Cruz flatly stated.

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Carson Visits Holy Places, Tours Borders During Israel Trip

via Twitter/Ben Carson

via Twitter/Ben Carson

As Jeb Bush leads announcement of exploratory committee with a “happy Hanukkah,” Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, also preparing for a potential bid for president in 2016, is on a trip to Israel, touring the country for his first time.

Carson is joined by his wife, Candy, his top adviser Terry Giles, and business manager Armstrong Williams. Read more »

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