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Jewish Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman just returned from an uplifting trip to Israel, a tradition for many congressional and gubernatorial candidates, especially those vying to represent a large Jewish constituency.
His Democratic opponent, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, running in NY’s 4th congressional district that includes the Five Towns with a prominent Jewish population, also visited Israel recently. But for Blakeman, 58, the visit to Israel was more personal and in a more joyful manner.
As reported two weeks ago,Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he received an invitation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Israel. The governor said he is considering to travel to Israel, his first overseas visit since he became governor, especially in these challenging times for Israel.
During our conversation with Westchester County Executive and Republicans gubernatorial hopeful, Rob Astorino, we asked whether he is considering a visit to Israel during the campaign season.
Appearing for a brief phone interview on CNN, Leehy Shaer commented on the news that Israel found the body of her murdered nephew, Gilad Shaar.
“I’m still shocked,” she said. “I’m holding his picture, and I see his smile, and I don’t believe. He’s so young and innocent, and he (had) all his life in front of him.”
Nothing has changed dramatically since the government passed the 3 controversial bills last week, other than Netanyahu continues to be leading into a 4th term and Labor’s leader Isaac Herzog is establishing himself as a candidate for prime Minister, according to the latest poll conducted by Panels Politics and commissioned by The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew-language sister publication Sof Hashavua.
If Knesset elections were to be held today, Likud Beitenu would maintain its edge with 34 projected seats while the Labor Party would boost its representation in the 120-seat Knesset from 15 to 19 seat.
The year 2013 had more problems that the Chinese knockoff version of the Obamacare website, trying to be accessed through a BlackBerry device, in North Korea, during one of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s drunken stupors. You wanna know how bad 2013 was? Let’s put it this way: Remember how we were all assured that the world was going to end in 2011? Twice? And how we were guaranteed that it was gonna end in 2012? Well, 2013 was such a bad year, that not only was there no need for official notifications of apocalyptic proportions, but professional-doomsday-foreseer Harold Camping himself died this year!
Via The Wrap: Former President George W. Bush blessed the “Tonight Show” couch for one last time to wish host Jay Leno the best as he winds down his tenure (again) on the NBC late night talk show.
The audience was treated to good conversation, some solid jokes — almost exclusively from Bush — and even a surprise visit from former First Lady Laura Bush, who discussed her husband’s health scare.
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In an blistering interview in the Yiddish language newspaper “Di Tzeitung – News Report”, Joseph Hayon the longshot Republican candidate running for city council in the 44th district against councilman David Greenfield, touted his qualifications for the job and hammered Greenfield for not being there enough for the community.
He named his experience as a school teacher, a tuition paying father of three, and a customer service specialist for a small business as qualifications which gives him a broad understanding of the needs and the hardships of this community.
London’s Mayor Boris Johnson has no plans to run as Conservative Leader in 2015. Instead, he says he will stay in office to the end of the current term which runs well into 2016:
Said Johnson in an exclusive interview with GestetnerUpdates.Com: “I have no such plans [to run for the leadership of the Conservatives]. I am working flat out now to get the Olympic legacy delivered here in London. I wan to make sure we get the benefit of all the billions we put into the games… I am staying Mayor for the rest of my mayoral term.”
In an exclusive interview with GestetnerUpdates.Com, London’s Mayor Boris Johnson pledged to come down hard on the people who harassed gays in London in the now infamous videos that circulated on the internet a month ago.
Mr. Johnson argues that the overall growth of the Muslim Community in London is not a problem to anyone but “I was concerned when I saw the report. I didn’t actually see the video but I saw several reports about these alleged incidences and I have taken it up with the Police. The people we are talking about are a group of extremists called Muslims Against the Crusade. By any stretch of the imagination they do not represent the majority of Muslims in London. We are determined to come down on them very hard. They are preaching doctrines of intolerance that we found absolutely unacceptable in London today.”
NY Dem State Senator Malcolm Smith spoke exclusively with Gestetner Updates regarding the recent news of his potential NYC Mayoral race in 2013 as a Republican.
Hours before NYC Councilman Dan Halloran released to the public that he will undergo surgery for a tumor, he kept his schedule for an exclusive interview with GestetnerUpdates.Com to discuss his run for New York’s Sixth Congressional District on the GOP and Conservative lines.
The race has generated a lot of public interest due to the three-way Primary on the Democratic side and the huge number of Jewish voters in the district. “All three of the major Democrats running, says Halloran, are in-line Obama Democrats. They have not bumped their party. They have followed down the line on all the issues that are important to the Communities.”
AUDIO: Exclusive Interview: Mayor Johnson’s Assembly Ally Says Livingstone Being ‘Insulting’ to Jews Helped Mayor
Andrew Boff, a leading Conservative Party Member in the London Assembly and close ally to Mayor Johnson tells GestetnerUpdates in an exclusive interview that former London Mayor Ken Livingstone‘s approach to Jews helped the sitting mayor in today’s elections.
Boff says Livingstone was not able to capitalize on the dissatisfaction voters have with the Conservative Party (of which Mayor Johnson is a member) because Livingstone “is a very divisive figure. He is trying to play ethnic politics too much and he can be quite insulting for example to the Jewish Community in London who is a very large part of the electorate… I think people have responded to that.”
Boff also said in the interview that Livingstone “has been particularly insulting – I don’t want to say Anti-Semitic, but not sensitive – to the different cultures in London. You have to be sensitive to all cultures in a job like that.”
Congressman Allen West tells GestetnerUpdates.com in an exclusive interview, that “you don’t actively go seek something like that [VP seat]. That is something what an egomaniacal person would do. I have a job as a congressional representative. If someone were to come to me asking to take that role, [then] that’s something I’ll have to pray about; talk with my family about; and with some other close people we have as friends and advisors, and then we will make the best decision for our country.”
In an exclusive interview today with GestetnerUpdates.com, Congressman Allen West was asked “would you support an overt military strike by the United States at this time?” His answer: “There comes a time when you have exhausted your diplomatic solutions and I see that happening.” When pressed if he thinks we have indeed exhausted all the options, Col. West said, “in my assessment yes. I would like to sit down with Netanyahu to have a classified intelligence sharing briefing and that could solidify my assessment.”
Exclusive Interview: Joe the Plumber Agitated that Jewish Paper Backs Opponent Who Signed Pro-Palestinian Letter
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, tells GestetnerUpdates.com in an exclusive interview that he “does not understand” why the Jewish Week backs Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D) in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District where Wurzelbacher himself is running on the Republican line.
Kaptur was one of 54 lawmakers to pen a pro-Palestinian letter to President Obama in early 2010.
Michael Long, the Chairman of the New York State Conservative Party, gave today an exclusive interview for GestetnerUpdates.Com. Here is his take on some issues:
On the state of the NYS Republican Party: I think they would be more effective if they stood for a set of principles… I don’t think New Yorker’s know what they stand for. Over the years they voted for increased taxes and voted on the wrong side of social issues, and therefore ruined their own reputation.
On the GOP 20102 Race: I still believe Romney will be the nominee… Registered Conservatives here in New York would be more in favor of Rick Santorum than for Mitt Romney… [But] NY Conservatives would rally to help Romney defeat Obama…