Category Archives: Elections

Eric Cantor Looking to Endorse GOP Candidate for 2016

Eric CantorEric Cantor has been in regular contact with four GOP candidates that are looking to run in the 2016 presidential elections.

The four candidates consist of Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker. He has also not rejected the claim that he may indeed be looking to endorse one of the candidates in the near future.
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Steinitz: Kerry Doesn’t Know What Israel Knows on Iran

shteinitzLikud Minister Yuval Steinitz responded Wednesday evening to criticism leveled against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“He may not know everything we know,” said Shteinitz, referring to American claims that Israel is not involved in the details of the upcoming agreement with Tehran about nuclear program. Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – 19 Days To Go – WH Doubles Down on Netanyahu; Parties Debate Issues In Front of Anglo Voters

Netanyahu likud electionsPOLL -Panels/Maariv-Jerusalem Post: Zionist Union 24, Likud 23, Joint Arab List 13, Bayit Yehudi 12, Yesh Atid 12, Koolanu 8, Shas 7, UTJ 7, Meretz 5, Yisrael Beytenu 5, Yachad 4. 66 - Right-Religious-Kahlon (Parties that have not ruled out nominating Netanyahu in Phase 2); 54 - Center-Left-Arab (Parties that have ruled out nominating Netanyahu in Phase 2) [Knesset Jeremy] Read more »

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Poll Examines How Much Young People Love America

21-american-flag-les-cunliffeWith former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani calling out the U.S. president, boldly stating that his actions reflect his lack of love for America, the polls also show young Americans don’t love their country either.

Only 71% of under 30s say they ‘love America’ compared to 93% of over 65s, but Americans tend to think Obama loves the country.

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Herzog Huddles With Litzman At Wedding of Granddaughter

litzman herzogA wedding is a great occasion celebrating the bringing together of opposites. Last Night (Tuesday) was just such an occasion. Yaakov Litzman (MK United Torah Judaism) married off his granddaughter in Ganei Hadekel in Bnei Brak and wedding guests were treated to the unusual sight of the joyous grandfather speaking with one of the guests, who looked surprisingly like ‘Buji’ Herzog. Read more »

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Jeb Bush Struggles to Distinguish Himself From Father and Brother

102414251-RTR4O8YM.530x298Jeb Bush struggles to distinguish himself from his father and brother, as his foreign policies are under intense scrutiny. Both Bush presidents have led the country in different directions and many wonder which path Jeb will choose.

Although he is insistent that he is “his own man”, out of 21 of his advisers only two of them have not previously worked for the Bush presidents.

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Israelex Morning Read – 20 Days To Go – Herzog Talks To Foreign Press; Bennett Jumps On Netanyahu’s Train To DC

buji kerryPOLLSHaaretz/Dialog: Likud 23, Zionist Union 23, Bayit Yehudi 12, Arab List 12, Yesh Atid 12, Koolanu 9, Shas 7, UTJ 7, Meretz 4, Yachad 4.

-1 out of 5 remain undecided: 21 percent of respondents said they do not know who they will vote for, or said they do not intend to vote in the upcoming election. Read more »

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Herzog Shifts Focus To Tout Security, Diplomatic Credentials

isaac herzog(Reuters). Battling Benjamin Netanyahu’s accusations that he is soft on national security, the Israeli prime minister’s main election rival said on Tuesday he would boost efforts to focus voters on his own military and strategic credentials.

Isaac Herzog, who heads the center-left Zionist Union coalition with former cabinet minister Tzipi Livni, is a former major in an elite military intelligence unit. Read more »

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Chabad Voters Leaning Likud ‘To Avoid Leftist Gov’t’

netanyahu chabadIn recent days, everyone is discussing what the Chabad Hasidim will do in the next Knesset election. It was generally thought that the main competitors for the Chabad vote were the parties United Torah Judaism and Yachad, but in a recent program of Radio Kol Chai it was revealed that one of the parties has a surprising grip on the Chabad electorate: Likud. Read more »

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The Young Guns That Run Israeli Parties Social Media

Photo: Alex Levac

Photo: Alex Levac

They barely had time to travel after the army and they still remember the exams in high school, but these products of the new media generation came from being IDF spokesmen and have managed to capture the Facebook pages and social networks for party leaders.

Since their release from the army, they have split into different areas, but they remain as a group of good friends. The political debates and political secrets they try to set aside. Read more »

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Study: Bamba For Kids Prevents Nut Allergies

osem-bambaAs a snack, Bamba is not so bad. It has no cholesterol, food coloring or preservatives, and is enriched with several vitamins. And, most importantly, the level of Kashrut is Jerusalem Badatz.

Recently, studies have shown that it may play a role in preventing nut allergies in children as they get older. Read more »

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Survey: US Jewish College Students See Increase of Antisemitism on Campuses

swastika-flag-UT-Hillel-1-22-09-OK-ADLIn high school many of us learned about WWII and the injustice done to the Jewish people. Some of us may have even had the opportunity to visit the saddening Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C, yet young people are lashing out on Jewish college students all over the country.

According to a survey released by Louis D. Brandeis Center and Trinity College, more than half of today’s American Jewish college students have witnessed or experienced an anti-Semitic incident.

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Sienna Poll: New Yorkers Want Ethics Reform To Lessen State Corruption

120916_andrew_cuomo_ap_605Voters say Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed ethics reform legislation would lessen state government corruption, which 92 percent say is a serious problem. However, a larger majority, 53-37 percent, says passing an on time state budget is more important than the Governor’s ethics reform package.

While 50-42 percent say the Governor’s goal to hold up the budget over ethics reform is designed to make him look good, rather than a serious effort to reduce corruption in state government, according to a new Siena College poll of New York State registered voters released today.

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Three Weeks To Go, Polls Show Deadlocked Race For Prime Minister

bibi knessetPoll released this week show a deadlocked race for Prime Minister in the March 17 Knesset Elections. A poll conducted for the Knesset Channel Tuesday shows Likud and the Zionist Union with 24 projected seats each.

A similar poll conducted for Haaretz by Dialog shows the Likud and Zionist Union locked in a dead heat with 23 seats each.  Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – 3 Weeks To Go – Netanyahu Speech Back On The Table; Herzog Declines Invite To Join Trip; UTJ Against Unity Gov’t

NETANYAHU-BEFORE-CONGRESSPOLL – Knesset Channel/Panels: Likud 24, Zionist Union 24, Arab list 13, Yesh Atid 12, Bayit Yehudi 11, Koolanu 8, Shas 7, UTJ 7, Yisrael Beytenu 5, Meretz 5, Yachad 5.

TOP SENATE DEMS INVITED NETANYAHU FOR CLOSED-DOOR MEETING: Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein invited Netanyahu on Monday to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators during his upcoming visit to Washington, “to maintain Israel’s dialogue with both political parties in Congress,” according to a letter obtained by Reuters. Read more »

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Yishai Establishes Torah Council; Chetboun and Bennett at Odds

yoni chetbounIn a surprising move, Rafael Pinhasi has joined Eli Yishai and Yachad. Also, Yoni Chetboun, #2 on the Yachad list, goes on the road. Naftali Bennett, Bayit Hayehudi, opens up in an interview and is has some negative things to say about Chetboun, who left Bayit Yehudi after breaking ranks and voting against the draft law. Read more »

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Tzipi Livni: The Transparent Candidate For Prime Minister

LivnieHiding Tzipi: It is now a formal policy. Two months after they started the Campaign with the announcement of the rotation, Tzipi Livni will taper back and the Zionist Union will try to tone down her presence in the party campaign. Isaac Herzog will occupy most of the volume of the Campaign and will take front and center stage. Read more »

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Meet The Temporary Orthodox Jewish Candidate For NY11 – Amber Adler

amber adlerIt ain’t over till it’s over, goes the saying. At least that’s the case for a political junkie seeking to impress Democratic Party leaders in Brooklyn and Staten Island in the upcoming special election for former congressman Michael Grimm’s vacant seat.

While the Republicans have already picked Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan as their candidate, the Democrats have yet to decide on a candidate,although Councilman Vincent Gentile seems like the favorite to get the nomination by the end of this week. Read more »

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Likud Decides Not to Fight Comptroller’s Report on Housing Crisis

Photo/AP

Photo/AP

Likud ministers’ held a meeting on Sunday in which party officials decided to change the plan of action with regard to the State Comptroller’s report about the housing crisis, and to refrain from attacking Shapiro personally.

The ministers agreed to instead, focus on verbal attacks of officials past performance, including political opponents Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni. Read more »

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#Israelex Shtick: Israeli Party Leaders Conduct Emoiji Interviews

emojisIn recent years, our conversations have become much shorter. Sometimes, a smiley is just enough to express joy, a thumbs-up signal is the international sign of satisfaction – but those are just two of innumerable “emoticons” that are used in cellular correspondence.

Prior to the elections on 17th  March, and inspired by the groundbreaking interview of the Australian foreign minister, Israel’s Ynet News has decided to diversify. Read more »

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Despite Tensions, Most Americans Still View Israel Favorably

130317_americaDespite the growing tension between Israel and the U.S. due to disagreements about how the Iran’s nuclear program should be confronted, 7 out of 10 Americans still support Israel.

70 percent of Americans view Israel favorably, 62 percent said they sympathize with Israel more than the Palestinians, whereas 17 percent favor Palestinian authority and 16 percent sympathize more with Palestinians altogether.

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#Israelex Morning Read – 22 Days To Go – Likud, Zionist Union Get Closer To One Another; Netanyahu Gets key Endorsements

Photo/Reuters

Photo/Reuters

DAY AFTER HEROIC ACT, BARKAT ENDORSES NETANYAHU: At a press conference on Monday announcing the fifth annual Jerusalem Marathon, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said, “I support Netanyahu. We are partnering to build the city of Jerusalem and I think he is the best prime minister for the state of Israel.” [Jpost“For many years.” [Israel Hayom] Read more »

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Scott Walker Starting to Feel the Heat In Run For President

Governor Scott Walker Speaks At American Action Forum In D.C.Scott Walker thinks the recall election he made it through three years ago has prepared him for the upcoming 2016 presidential elections he plans to run in.

However, Gov. Walker realizes running for president is an intense experience and that he will go under more scrutiny than ever. Read more »

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Ex-Minister Sa’ar Endorses Netanyahu – Likud

Gideon Saar Nexto to BibiPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received Sunday a boost from a political rival, who just recently mulled a run against Netanyahu in the Likud chairmanship primaries.

Former Likud minister Gideon Sa’ar on Sunday urged voters to reelect Likud in the upcoming elections, accusing the left of readiness to concede territories to the Palestinians. Read more »

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Study: Netanyahu Dominated News Cycle In Past Two Months

Photo/Reuters

Photo/Reuters

The Israeli media agenda has, in recent weeks, focused on the personal life of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and neglected the core issues of policy, security, economic, and social issues.

That is according to an analysis performed by “Ifat Media” for “Haaretz“. The Company assessed the media agenda according to two aspects: the salient issues of concern in the political media reports, and the identity of the individual who is referred to the most often in those reports. Read more »

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