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The US is sending its president and two former presidents to anti-apartheid hero and former South African president Nelson Mandela’s funeral Tuesday. The UK and France sent its prime ministers, as did another 88 countries. Israel, however, came close to sending no one, in an awkward diplomatic situation that developed throughout Monday, Jpost reports.
Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Ken Thompson today announced that Mark Feldman, a well-respected lawyer with public and private sector experience, will serve as his Chief Assistant. The Chief Assistant is the second-in-command to the District Attorney, and is in charge of managing the office on a daily basis as well as directing specialized task forces and divisions.
Brooklyn, NY - A young woman was knocked to the ground on Shabbos afternoon in Flatbush in an attempted knockout attack, spurring a local Flatbush group to offer a $5,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of perpetrators in that neighborhood, Hamodia reports.
The Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition, an umbrella organization of Flatbush’s kehillos, announced the $5,500 award on Motzoei Shabbos with the tagline “Enough!”
Yasser Abed Rabbo, senior Palestinian official accused Secretary of State John Kerry of asking Palestinians to make security concessions in peace talks with Israel in order to silence Netanyahu’s criticism of the Geneva deal with Iran, Reuters reports.
Abed Rabbo told Voice of Palestine radio that Kerry had plunged the process into crisis by seeking to “appease Israel through agreeing to its expansion demands in the (Jordan) Valley under the pretext of security.”
Yahoo News via AFP: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela this week because it is too expensive to travel to South Africa, Israeli media reported Sunday.
Netanyahu had notified the South African authorities that he would fly in but cancelled his plans at the last minute due to the costs involved — around 7.0 million shekels ($2 million) for his transport and security alone, pubic radio and the Haaretz daily reported.
The Iranian Fars news agency claimed in a report on Sunday that the head of the Saudi intelligence service recently met with several senior Israeli security officials, including the head of the Israeli Mossad, Arutz Sheva reported.
Sen. Rand Paul, in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” rebuffed President Obama’s call to extend long-term jobless benefits, saying the program is creating a group of “perpetual unemployed.”
“While it seems good, it actually does a disservice to the people you’re trying to help,” Paul, R-Ky., said.
A mayor in Austria resigned after saying journalists and Jews should be hanged, JTA has learned.
Karl Simlinger, who led the village of Gfohl, which is 43 miles northwest of Vienna, resigned Friday, the news agency Novum reported.
Opposition to the Quebec Charter of Values continues to grow across the province, as several towns and universities say they will refuse to implement the proposed ban on religious clothing and symbols. The council of Hampstead — a suburb of Montreal — passed a unanimous resolution Monday saying the town will simply defy the charter if it becomes law. See Video Report
Notice the age of those throwing the deadly rocks on innocent by-passers:
The NYPD and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications have fashioned an interactive crime map of the five boroughs.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Sunday that a negotiated two state solution was essential for Israel’s continued existence and vowed that he would “not let anyone derail the peace process.”
At Globes conference in Tel Aviv, Lapid said that “every week that passes by without solid progress in the negotiations risks the stability of the government. This is a government of practice, and it is the right government for the State of Israel at this time and in the next few years.”
Assemblyman Dov Hikind suggested that anyone falling victim to a ‘Knockout’ attacks should call 911 immediately if they are attacked, even on Shabbos.
“Halachically, I have been told that you have every right to do so if something like this takes place,” Mr. Hikind told VIN News.
“If there were a chutzpah caucus in the United States Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York would be its natural leader,” The NY Times writes of NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Ms. Gillibrand’s savvy has quickly brought her national prominence in a chamber in which she has served less than five years and has elevated the issues she has championed, the Times writes. Her relentlessness is combined with a personal warmth and charm — she steps an inch toward anyone who approaches her, not away, locking eyes as they speak — and she deftly uses outside advocacy groups and the news media to push her agenda.
DNC Chairwoman and a close friend to President Obama, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was invited to spend a Shabbos in Borough Park, YWN reports.
Ezra Friedlander, CEO of the Friedlander group, who was present at a Chanukkah reception Ms. Wasserman-Schultz hosted in DC Thursday, extended his invitation for the congresswoman to spend a Shabbos in Borough Park, to which Ms. Wasserman-Schultz responded, “make it happen.”
At the opening session of the 10th annual Saban Forum, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticized the interim nuclear deal with Iran but appealed for discretion in managing the bilateral frictions between the United States and Israel that have become apparent over the diplomacy.
Lieberman described the Iranian interim nuclear deal as “unacceptable to me and the Israelis.” However, he repeatedly underscored that while “it’s impossible to conceal the disagreements between us and the Americans on this deal…it’s unnecessary to discuss those disagreements publicly.”
Cuban Jewish leaders said Friday that they celebrated Hanukkah with imprisoned U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross this week, two days after he marked four years in custody, AP reports.
“During the encounter we could see that he was in better spirits, more physically recovered,” a statement from Beth Shalom Temple read, stating that community president Adela Dworin and vice president David Prinstein met with the Maryland man for two hours on Thursday.
U.S. President Barack Obama says that the international community should allow Iran a ‘dignified’ path to resolve the ongoing dispute over its nuclear program and that it would allow Iran to keep nuclear enrichment capabilities. See Video Here
Mediaite: Shepard Smith is truly just one of the most entertaining and interesting newsmen on cable news today, and he proved it once again today when he just randomly, for no explicable reason, just walked through the set of The Five (Fox News) holding a menorah. During the final segment of the show, Smith just walked right in as Perino was sharing a little light-hearted story about an Air Force flash mob. Smith said he was just putting a menorah away. Sure, Shep. That’s exactly what you were doing. See Video Here
At the annual Chanukah reception at the White House Thursday, Jewish residents called on President Obama to investigate the Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin case, COL live reports.
At the party, Getzy Markowitz was one of the first to be greeted by the President at the rope line and he asked Mr. Obama to look into the case which many jurists and public officials have questioned its procedure and harsh sentence.