“The State of New York stands in solidarity with the State of Israel,” Cuomo told reporters during a visit to Long Island.
OOPS! Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, may have to call her office to make up for a serious Foreign Policy blunder.
During an event at her campaign’s Fayette County headquarters over the weekend, the minority Senate leader’s challenger suggested that the Iron Dome defends Israel from the Hamas terror tunnels. The only problem is that the Iron Dome is a missile defense system that has no way of preventing tunneling.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) bill that would require the Secretary of State to offer rewards totaling up to $5,000,000 for information on the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, a dual United States-Israeli citizen, on June 12, 2014.
The bill passed without amendments by unanimous consent.
A similar poll published earlier this month by Gallup showed President Obama’s approval rating among Jewish American voters at 55 percent, a significant drop of 22 percentage points from the 77% at the start of his presidency. Disapproval of Obama among Jews stood at 41 percent.
When Jason Carter, the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia, stated that he feels a “powerful connection” to Israel, he was clearly trying to distance himself from part of the legacy of his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, who is known to be harshly critical of the Jewish state.
As the New York Times outlines, the gubernatorial hopeful is attempting to walk a fine line as he both embraces his famous lineage and separates himself from its more controversial aspects.
“I have not yet set a plan to visit, but it’s not out of the question,” Cuomo told reporters at an unrelated news conference in Buffalo, NY. “I have been corresponding with Israeli officials on the current situation that is going on in the Middle East.”
Since political candidates are not called to address pro-Israel rallies, John Cahill, Republican candidate for New York State Attorney General, released Monday a strong statement in support of Israel’s self defense war in Gaza.
“Today, I stand with the Jewish community in support of Israel during its unending struggle with terrorism. What is happening in Gaza is a tragedy of the greatest magnitude and my heart goes out to those innocent families and individuals living in constant fear for their lives,” Cahill said in a written statement, as 10,000 New yorker gathered in Manhattan to stand in solidarity with Israel.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz and New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand teamed up on Monday to introduce a bipartisan resolution condemning Hamas for targeting Israeli civilians and for using “innocent civilians as human shields” in their war against Israel.
“Hamas is undoubtedly guilty of violating international humanitarian law through its deliberate, repeated, and consistent use of civilians as human shields,” Cruz said in a statement. “The United States of America, along with the entire international community must expose and denounce Hamas’ barbaric tactics and unequivocally support Israel’s right to self-defense.”
Nassau District Attorney and Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice just returned from an uplifting 3-day visit to Israel, a tradition for many congressional and gubernatorial candidates, especially those vying to represent a large Jewish constituency.
Rice, running in NY’s 4th congressional district that includes the Five Towns with a prominent Jewish population, said she initiated the visit before the recent escalation between Israel and Hamas. “After I won the primary, I said, if and when I win the primary I’m going to plan a trip to Israel,” she told JP.
The Former Massachusetts Governor and GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday endorsed Senator Lee Zeldin’s campaign in NY’s First Congressional District. Zeldin is running to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop.
“Senator and Army Reserve Major Lee Zeldin is exactly the type of new blood Washington so desperately needs. He will help stop the fiscal insanity and partisan politics that have brought our government to its knees under the Obama Administration,” Gov. Romney said in a statement released by the Zeldin campaign.
Speaking to Fareed Zakaria on CNN Sunday morning, Hillary said that the continued settlement activity is “my biggest complaint with the Israeli government.”
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said she has no problem taking a Tel Aviv-bound flight at this moment. Yet she fell short of criticizing the FAA decision, earlier this week, to ban flights to Israel.
During an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, the host asked Clinton, “Would you feel comfortable right now to get on a commercial airliner and go to Israel, tonight?”
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday reinforced his support for the Israeli people and government in response to a letter he received from Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Ambassador to the U.S., Maen Rashid Areikat.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Rubio said he received a “scathing” letter from the ambassador, criticizing him for comments he had made in support of Israel.
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ben Cardin (D-MD) Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) held a press conference on Thursday at the Senate Radio-TV Gallery to announce a new Senate resolution urging the Obama administration to ensure that any cease fire does not leave Israel vulnerable to attacks from rockets or via tunnels.
Nassau District Attorney and Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice, who is running in NY’s 4th congressional district that includes the Five Towns with a prominent Jewish population, landed Monday night in Tel Aviv, Israel, to meet with economic and national security experts and local community leaders, her campaign said.
Rabbi Hershel Billet, a former president of the Rabbinical Council of America and longtime rabbi at a Woodmere synagogue, accompanied Rice on her visit, according to Newsday.
A survey conducted by Gravis Marketing for conservative publication Human Events shows former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth leading incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) by four points. In a rematch in November, Republican Hayworth would garner 44% of the vote compared to Congressman Maloney’s 40% share of the vote. 16% remain undecided.
Both candidates have positive favorability ratings. Hayworth has a 41/40 favorable opinion, while Congressman Maloney has a 37/34 favorable opinion.
Hillary Clinton on Monday repeatedly stressed that Israel was “provoked” by Hamas in the current conflict roiling the Middle East, offering among her strongest statements yet concerning the war in Gaza, Politico reports.
The former secretary of state defended Israel during a question-and-answer session at the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. The session was moderated by Katie Stanton, Twitter’s vice president of global media who previously served on the innovation team at the State Department during Clinton’s tenure there.
Miliband met with President Barack Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice at the White House Monday afternoon, and told the Huffington Post, following the meeting, that Gaza was among the issues discussed.
In a lengthy profile of Sen, Rand Paul’s charm offensive in the Jewish community over the past year, gearing up for a WH run, the National Journal reports of Paul’s political operation capitalizing on his recent pro-Israel speech on the Senate, e-mailing copies of it to a host of influential Jewish and pro-Israel Republicans across the United States.
This entire episode serves as a prime example of Paul’s aggressive outreach efforts to the Jewish community
Fifteen weeks until Election Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo maintains an undefeatable 37-point lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino (60-23), according to the latest Siena College Poll of likely voters. 59 percent say Cuomo has made New York a better place to live, compared to 15 percent who say he’s made it worse and 21 percent who say it has remained the same as it was four years ago.
The front-runner in Florida’s Democratic race for governor, Charlie Crist, announced Thursday that his running mate will be Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, a Colombian-American, Jewish business owner and Miami-Dade Democratic Party chairwoman.
As reported by the Palm Beach Post, Taddeo-Goldstein, 47, appeared at a news conference and emphasized her background as a small-business owner and working mother.
Prominent members of the Jewish community in New York on Sunday ripped Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout for hiring an anti-Israel consultant. The story was first reported by JP.
According to our report, published last Wednesday, Teachout, a law professor who has is running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the September gubernatorial primary, spent as much as two thirds of her total spending to pay consulting fees to a controversial figure accused of anti-Israel views.
“Senator, as you know, Israel invaded Gaza today and we just wanted to get your thoughts on that,” Capitol City Project’s Joe Schoffstall asked the talked about possible presidential candidate in 2016.
The Federal Aviation Administration indicated Wednesday that it is investigating whether a video of congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s same-gender wedding last month violated the agency’s ban on drone flights for commercial purposes.
The agency’s carefully worded statement doesn’t mention Maloney by name, but said it was looking into “a report of an unmanned aircraft operation in Cold Spring, New York, on June 21 to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions.”
Former U.S. Secretary of State and potential frontrunner for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton would not say whether she supports Israel’s expansion of Operation protective Edge and the entry of ground troops into the Gaza Strip.
In an interview with Charlie Rose on Thursday, Clinton elaborated how she had negotiated a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians in 2012 and the steps she took to avoid an IDF incursion of Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense.