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Netanyahu: Speech to Congress, Against Will of Obama, Was ‘Worthwhile’

Photo/Reuters

Photo/Reuters

While the political dividends have yet to show in public opinion polls, Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu thinks his speech to Congress on Tuesday was “well worth the cost of confrontation” with U.S. President Barack Obama.

In an interview with Israel Hayom, Netanyahu stressed that “it is the Israeli prime minister’s duty to take a stand, even if it comes at the cost of disagreeing with the American president. These disagreements have happened in the past, and will likely happen again.” Read more »

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Weekend Polls: Zionist Union and Likud Deadlocked at Range of 25-22 Seats

Bibi VotesSix polls conducted for weekend newspapers show the two major parties – Likud and Zionist Union – deadlocked with 11 days to go until Election Day. In most of the polls the Likud ruling party trails the leftist Zionist Union by 1-2 seats or even with 23 or 24 seats each.

At the same time, a plurality of voters still want Netanyahu to serves as Prime Minister after the March 17 elections, a Jpost/Panels poll showed. Read more »

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Five Wounded in Motorist Terror Attack in Jerusalem

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Photo/Reuters

(Reuters). A Palestinian motorist rammed his vehicle into a group of people standing near a Jerusalem tram stop on Friday, injuring at least five, including four security officials, Israeli police said.

None of those hit was seriously injured. Read more »

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Israeli Representatives in New York Vote For 20th Knesset in Record Numbers

AmelHundreds of representatives of the State of Israel from various government ministries to dignitaries representing Israel in the New York’s Jewish community gathered at the Consulate General of Israel in New York to cast their early votes ahead of the 20th Knesset.

The high voter turnout spoke to the commitment of Israelis serving the State abroad who are active in helping to shape the next Israeli parliament, the Israeli Consulate said in a statement.

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PLO Council Decides to Cease All Security Coordination with Israel

r-_umar_abbasi2-e1421474504247(Reuters). Leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), led by President Mahmoud Abbas, decided on Thursday to stop all forms of security coordination with Israel, Palestinian officials said.

Three members of the Palestinian Central Council (PCC), the second highest Palestinian decision-making body, told Reuters the decision was taken during the two-day meeting that ended on Thursday. Decisions by the PLO are usually binding on the Palestinian Authority.
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Poll: Israelis Trust Netanyahu on Iran Far More Than Herzog, Obama

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu waves prior to addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington(JNS). A large plurality of Israelis back Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance on the Iranian nuclear issue compared to the more conciliatory approaches of U.S. President Barack Obama and Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog, a new Israel Hayom-New Wave Research Institute poll found. Read more »

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Dem Backers of Iran Bill Object GOP Push Before March 24 Deadline

bob menendez(Reuters). While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress generated loud applause and worldwide headlines, it is unlikely to lead to new legislation or a shift in U.S. policy toward Iran.

Although Netanyahu won praise from the Republicans who invited him to speak on Tuesday and who control the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, he faced fierce criticism from Democrats including Barack Obama whose support is crucial to pushing new legislation through, U.S. lawmakers said. Read more »

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Israel Resuming Some Gaza Produce Imports Halted in 2007

Gaza border(Reuters). Israel will start buying some fruit and vegetables from the Gaza Strip next week, a partial resumption of imports halted when the Islamist group Hamas took over the Palestinian territory in 2007, Israeli officials said on Thursday.

They said the measure was designed to help a Gaza economy devastated by last year’s war with Israel, and to make up for a shortfall in produce from Israeli farmlands left fallow during the current Jewish lunar calendar year in accordance with biblical law. Read more »

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United Hatzalah Accepts AIPAC Award in an Alarming Manner

eli beer aipacAn interesting episode captured the eyes of 16,000 pro-Israel delegates at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Among the many organizations and innovative entrepreneurship who were honored at the annual conference, was Israel United Hatzalah.

Normally, the recipient of such an award would go up to the stage, make a little thank-you speech, and sit back down. Read more »

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Livni Courts the Haredi Vote: ‘My Grandfather Was Religious’

Tzipi LivniLabor leader Isaac Herzog seemed to have burned his bridges with the Haredi political parties when a video was released recently in which he pledged to help the Conservative and Reform movements in Israel. On Tuesday, his partner Tzipi Livni seems bent on trying to win back the Haredi public.

In an interview on Radio Kol Chai, Zionist Union co-leader Tzipi Livni stated that she has an alternative suggestion for the draft law, that would address the situation before it reaches the stage requiring criminal sanctions against yeshiva students. Read more »

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Cruz: When Iran Says They Want to Kill You, Believe Them

Ted CruzJoining Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, on the sidelines of the AIPAC Policy Conference in DC, was Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who sided with Israel’s policy on Iran.

“There is one threat on the face of the planet right now that poses a meaningful possibility of once again exterminating six million Jews, and that is a nuclear Iran,” Cruz said Monday on Capitol Hill. Read more »

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Post-Speech Polls: Support For Likud Increases By 2 Seats

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu waves prior to addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in WashingtonIsraeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a mild electoral boost after his speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday morning, two polls published Wednesday evening show.

According to a snap poll conducted for Channel 1, the Likud Party and the Zionist Union are deadlocked at 23 projected seats, a 2-seat increase for the ruling party, if elections were held today. Read more »

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Kerry: Demanding Iran’s ‘Capitulation’ is No Way to Secure Nuclear Deal

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(Reuters). Simply demanding Iran’s capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Kerry said he and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawad Zarif made some progress in their negotiations in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux and would resume them on March 15. Read more »

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Deri Rallies Shas Base At Huge Campaign Rally in Tel Aviv

Photo: ישראל ברדוגו

Photo: ישראל ברדוגו

Ariyeh Deri returned to his magic, managing to rally the Shas electorate at a mass rally Shas election rally at Yad Eliyahu stadium in Tel Aviv Tuesday night, the largest campaign rally thus far in the race to the Israeli elections.

At the final phase of the election campaign, the Shas leader declared the party will recommend Benjamin Netanyahu for PM when called upon by President Rivlin. Read more »

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British Advertizing Authority Bans Brochure For Claiming Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital

jaffa gate jerusalemFollowing a complaint, the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled the title of the brochure “Israel Land of Creation” and references to Old City attractions put out by the Israeli Tourist Office, was misleading, and banned the advertisement from appearing again in its current form.

“We understood that the status of the territories in question was the subject of much international dispute,” the watchdog organization said. Read more »

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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio To Visit Israel in the Summer

Photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO

Photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to travel Israel in the summer, in his first trip to the Jewish state since taking office.

The mayor told the NY Times in an interview Tuesday that he would visit Israel to “stand in solidarity” with the Jewish community abroad. Recent anti- Semitic incidents and terror attacks against Jewish communities in Europe, he said, has alarmed him personally, and has emphasized the importance of defending the Jewish community from his office in City Hall. Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – 13 Days To Go – Netanyahu Gets Positives Reviews on Speech; Deri Endorses Netanyahu for PM

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu waves prior to addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in WashingtonNETANYAHU TO CONGRESS: YOU BETTER OFF WITHOUT A DEAL WITH IRAN: Walking a fine line, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday against agreeing to a nuclear deal that would leave Iran with the capability to develop a nuclear bomb in the future. In an impassioned address to the US Congress, Netanyahu stressed that the looming deal being negotiated at this time “will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them.” [JP] Read more »

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Netanyahu Returns to Israel and to the Campaign Trail

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu waves prior to addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in WashingtonThere are few who will deny that Prime Minister Netanyahu made a powerful showing in Congress.

Sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Walla! News the tthe prime minister promised before his speech to the US Congress, that he will make sure not to introduce political content that might spill over and turn the speech into election propaganda. Read more »

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Netanyahu Responds to Obama: I Gave ‘Practical Alternative’ to Bad Deal

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(Reuters). Pushing back against criticism from U.S. President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he had presented a practical alternative for an international nuclear agreement being negotiated with Iran. Read more »

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In NYC, Thousands Protest Netanyahu for Claiming to Speak for All Jews

IMG_9517Some 3,000 followers of the Satmar Rebbe in Williamsburg took it to the streets of Manhattan Tuesday evening to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his speech to Congress and his claim that he’s an emissary on behalf of world Jewry to warn of a nuclear Iran.

The protest, held outside the Israeli Consulate on 2nd avenue and 42nd street in Midtown Manhattan, was organized by the Central Rabbinical Congress of the USA and Canada and attended by the Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum. Read more »

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Israel Must Investigate Civilian Killings In Gaza War: U.N. Envoy

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(Reuters). A United Nations envoy called on Israel on Tuesday to investigate the killing of more than 1,500 Palestinian civilians, one third of them children, during the 2014 Gaza war, and to make the findings public.

Makarim Wibisono, a former Indonesian ambassador, issued his first report to the U.N. Human Rights Council since becoming its special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories last June. Read more »

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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Makes Waves at AIPAC Conference

120619071331-boteach-custom-1Although the focus was on Congress and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach also made waves this week at the AIPAC conference, being condemned by both sides.

Boteach’s organization’s attack ad in the New York Times last week that accused National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide and depicted her against a backdrop of skulls, received negative reactions from all major Jewish groups, the Obama administration and AIPAC.

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Ya’alon Defends Netanyahu Amid Obama’s Criticism, Attacks Bennett

yaalon watching iran vessel siezureDefense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, in an interview on Tuesday with IDF Radio, dismissed President Obama’s comments Monday that Netanyahu’s speech draws attention away from the important thing – preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

“The last six years we said ‘no’ to the pressures from America, and our relations were not damaged,” said Yaalon. Read more »

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Memorial for Slain Israeli Munich Athletes Planned for Rio Olympics

Olympics rings (symbol)Over forty years have passed since eleven Israeli athletes and one German police officer were killed at the summer Olympics in Munich, Germany by the Palestinian group, Black September.

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee will remedy this by erecting a place to mourn family and friends at the, including the murdered Israeli athletes. Read more »

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Livni Burning Bridges With Haredim on the Trail: UTJ

Tzipi Livni - funeralTzipi Livni, co-leader of the Zionist Union, issued a harsh attack on some of her potential partners if she and her partner Isaac Herzog intend to outseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the March 17 elections.

B’Hadrei Haredim reported that during a campaign even Monday night, Livni said that “the government of Bibi-Bennett-Haredi, will return us to the days of darkness.” Read more »

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