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Whippany, NJ – New Jersey’s Christie: Liberty Comes From God Not Government

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 Whippany, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent much of a town hall-style meeting Tuesday in his state talking up what he believes makes a winning candidate and espousing the principle that rights and liberties come from God, not government. The potential Republican presidential contender, who says he plans to make a decision about a run by the end of spring to early summer, traveled to...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Apologizes To Arab Israelis For Election Day Remarks

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Israel's Arab citizens on Monday for remarks he made during last week's parliament election that offended members of the community. The move appeared to be an attempt to heal rifts and mute criticism at home and in the United States. Netanyahu drew accusations of racism in Israel, especially from its Arab minority, and a White House...

Israel – Netanyahu Appears Poised to Build Coalition

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister has secured a majority of backers in the new parliament and will now be tasked with forming the next government. Israel's ceremonial president, Reuven Rivlin, was meeting Monday with the parties in parliament to hear their recommendations before appointing who will form the next coalition government. After a resounding election victory for his Likud party...

Syria – Islamic State Calls On Backers To Kill 100 U.S. Military Personnel

Saturday, March 21st, 2015 Syria - Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, U.S. addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its "brothers residing in America" to kill them. The Pentagon said after the information was posted on the Internet that it was investigating the matter. "I can't confirm the validity of the information, but we are looking into it," a U.S...

Washington – US Democrats, Republicans Agree To Delay Iran Bill Vote

Friday, March 20th, 2015 Washington - U.S. Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed on Thursday to delay until April 14 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's vote on legislation that would force President Barack Obama to submit any nuclear agreement with Iran for Congress' approval. The announcement, which came after an intense lobbying push by Obama and administration officials, gives international negotiators more...

Jerusalem – Analysis: The Power And Peril Of Rabbinic Political Leadership

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 Jerusalem - For both the Ashkenazi and Sephardi haredi communities the 2015 election campaign was bitter, divisive and fraught with poisonous rhetoric about religious and political legitimacy. But perhaps more than ever, the central pillar upon which haredi politics is built, adherence to the instructions of the community’s rabbis, was brought to the fore, and the power, but concomitant...

Tel Aviv – Final Results Of Israeli Election Show Resounding Victory For PM Netanyahu’s Likud Party

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 Tel Aviv - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party scored a resounding victory in the country's election, final results showed Wednesday, a stunning turnaround after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy. With nearly all votes counted, Likud appeared to have earned 30 out of parliament's 120 seats and was in a position to build with relative ease a...

Damascus, Syria – Syria’s Assad Dismissive Of Kerry Remark On Negotiations

Monday, March 16th, 2015 Damascus, Syria - Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that only Syrians can decide his future — apparently dismissing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's remark that Washington would be willing to talk with Assad to help broker a political resolution to the country's civil war. Asked about Kerry's statement regarding potential talks with the Syrian government, Assad said, "We are...

Jerusalem – Women Gain Influence In Israeli Politics After Long Gap

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 Jerusalem - For decades, the identikit for a top Israeli politician has been a tough-talking man with a decorated military past who's big on security. The exceptions have been rare, but now women are filling senior positions in parties across the spectrum. Whether on the left, in the center or on the secular right, women are influencing the style, tone and manner of Israeli politics, even...

Jerusalem – A Week To Israeli Election, Poll Shows Zionist Union Edging Likud

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 Jerusalem - A poll shows Israel's opposition Zionist Union edging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud a week ahead of the March 17 election. Tuesday's Panel Politics poll showed the center-left camp led by Isaac Herzog earning 24 out of parliament's 120 seats. Likud trailed slightly with 21 projected seats. But with the vote splintered among 12 potential parties, Netanyahu may...

Jerusalem – Zionism Debate At Heart Of Bitter Israeli Vote

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 Jerusalem - What is Zionism? The ideological question, rooted in the 19th century, has gained surprising urgency in an Israeli election campaign that seems more open than had been expected. Seeking to take votes from the nationalistic right of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the relatively liberal opposition has rebranded itself as the Zionist Union -- sparking a debate about a concept that...

Kiev – Chief Rabbi Calls On Separatists To Cease Fighting As Ukrainian Jewish Center Hit By Rockets

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 Kiev - A building housing a Jewish social welfare center in eastern Ukraine was hit by rockets on Tuesday during a barrage that has killed at least seven people in the government held city. Two rockets hit the nine story building housing the city’s local Hesed branch but failed to explode, according to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which runs the network of community...

Beirut – Hezbollah Faces Hard Choices Between Fighting Israel, Sunnis

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 Beirut - Hezbollah's ambitions are spreading far beyond its Lebanon home as the militant Shiite movement appears increasingly bent on taking on Sunni foes across the Middle East. It has sent thousands of its fighters into Syria and senior military advisers to Iraq, helped Shiite rebels rise to power in Yemen and threatened Bahrain over its abuse of the Shiite majority. But the regional...

West Bank – Abbas Orders Probe Into Palestinian Cartoon Of Prophet Mohammad

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 ‎West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered an investigation into a cartoon apparently depicting the Prophet Mohammad in an official Palestinian newspaper. The move came less than a month after Abbas joined world leaders in a march for free speech in Paris following a deadly attack by Islamist gunmen on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which had caricatured...

Glendale, AZ – Brady Rallies Patriots To 28-24 Super Bowl Win Over Seahawks

Sunday, February 1st, 2015 Glendale, AZ - Tom Brady and the Patriots made this Super Bowl all about football, not footballs. Clutch football, spiced by a sensational fourth-quarter rally and a goal-line, game-saving interception. The record-setting Brady threw for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining Sunday night, as New England rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat Seattle...
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