Walking a fine line between toeing the Democratic party line and his support for Israel, especially with regards to Iran, Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Friday criticized House Speaker John Boehner for undermining the bipartisan US-Israel relationship by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the Congress without consulting with the WH.
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(AP). House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans’ decision to ask the leader of Israel — an archenemy of Iran — to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.
Asked Friday if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be well-advised to speak out in favor of heavier sanctions on Iran somewhere other than a joint meeting of Congress, Pelosi said “the opportunities are great,” and noted that the Israeli leader often appears on Sunday talk shows in the U.S.
President Barack Obama’s negotiators have conceded to as much as 80 percent of Iran’s demands in the P5+1 negotiations over their nuclear program, Israel’s Channel 10 quoted Israeli officials on Friday.
According to the unnamed officials, the Obama administration “has given the Iranians 80 percent of what they want” out of the negotiations.
(AP). Israel’s settlement watchdog group said Friday that the government has issued hundreds of tenders for housing units in the West Bank, an area the Palestinians demand for their future state, a move that comes several weeks before Israel’s national election.
Peace Now said on Friday that 450 tenders have been issued.
(AP). The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Friday that this week’s deadly cross-border attack on Israeli soldiers was a message that it will no longer tolerate any Israeli attacks against its members.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of supporters in south Beirut that Hezbollah does not fear war and is ready if Israel provokes further violence.
Upon his return from a 4-day in New York, President Reuven Rivlin paid condolence visits to the families of Staff-Sgt. Dor Chaim Nini and Maj. Yochai Kalangel, who were killed when their patrol vehicle was hit by an anti-tank missile fired into Israel on the northern border on Wednesday.
Sitting with the family of Dor, the President said, “I want you to know, that from the moment I received the news, while in New York, I spoke with each leader I met, about the great loss that we had suffered as a country. I felt that we were their emissaries as they were all of ours.”
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.
More than a week into the current rift between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama, Israeli Ambassador is still trying to clean up the mess, after it was reported that he coordinated the invitation extended to the Israeli prime minister by the office of House Speaker John Boehner.
In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Ambassador Dermer insisted that Netanyahu never meant to disrespect Obama by agreeing to speak before a joint session of congress.
(AP). Organizers of a Swiss music festival say Israeli conductor Israel Yinon collapsed during a performance and died.
Yinon was conducting a piece by Richard Strauss on Thursday night when he collapsed, said Marc Reinhardt, a spokesman for the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, whose students were performing.
The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) has released its first comprehensive survey of Israel’s national-religious community. 21% of Israeli Jews state that, to a large or very large extent, they belong to the National-Religious sector in terms of both their lifestyle and outlook.
This is much larger than previously thought. (23% state they belong to a slight extent, and 53% state they do not belong at all.) The institute ran a survey to explore the opinions of this sector of Israeli society.
While 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.
While 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.
Although the aftermath of the attacks on the office of Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket in Paris has left both Muslims and Jews living in Europe exposed to hate crime, in some areas these very two religious groups are banning together to advocate for peace.
In North London in Hackney, a Stamford Hill neighborhood, community leaders from Muslim and Jewish groups have decided to unite together instead of intensifying hate.
Leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to express their concern about the Palestinian Authority’s decision to join the International Criminal Court.
They are warning the United States could cut off aid to Palestinians if they don’t back out of their bid to join the International Criminal Court.
The Republican National Committee’s trip to Israel is being fully funded by a well-known hate group. 60 members are going to Israel for nine days starting Saturday and the entire trip is being paid by a subsidiary of the American Family Association (AFA).
They may sound loving and warm, but in reality the AFA is considered a hate group, known for its “extremism and demonizing attacks on all minorities.”
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer praised a group of bipartisan Senators for overwhelmingly supporting the “Nuclear Free Iran Act of 2015” at the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday.
The bill, co-sponsored by the New York Democrat, would impose additional sanctions on Iran if international negotiations do not yield a final nuclear deal by the P5+1 June 30th deadline. But lawmakers are holding off on a full Senate vote to see whether diplomatic negotiations yield a deal.
Israeli 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.
The recent rift between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu has become more contentious lately and by all appearances, will only grow wider. Netanyahu seems determined defy Obama and speak in front of congress. Standing alongside Netanyahu is the Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, and he is drawing as much fire from the White House and Bibi’s critics as his boss.
When 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.
Strange 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.
A new survey explores the real state of affairs in the Israeli hi-tech market. 46% of established technology companies in Israel from 1999 to 2014 were closed. Only half the companies were sold in an amount that exceeded their investments. 2.5% of the companies reached sales of over 100 million, or more than a hundred employees.
#Israelex Morning Read – Last Minute Drama In Presenting Knesset Lists; Polls Show Likud Gaining Back Support
BEGIN 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.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday accused Iran of being behind Hezbollah’s anti-missile attack in Mt. Dov on Wednesday, which claimed the lives of two soldiers and left 7 others wounded.
“Today, Iran is the one arming, organizing, funding and launching its messengers of terror on our borders in the north and the south,” Netanyahu said at the State Memorial Ceremony for Former PM Ariel Sharon.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin paid tribute to the those fallen on the horrific attacks on 9/11 and laid a wreath at the 9/11 memorial reflection pool, before heading back to Israel Wednesday evening.
“When we are talking about the necessity to fight terror, this is the place,” Rivlin told reporters. “There is no other way but to stand against terror, and to [tell the terrorist groups] ‘we are going to fight you until the end.’”