The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
The Jewish Press raised some eyebrows with its endorsement of Bill de Blasio in the New York City mayoral election. After all, the editorial positions we’ve taken over the years are not particularly compatible with Mr. de Blasio’s liberal track record. Indeed, we acknowledged in our endorsement that we had several concerns with his campaign platform, though we noted that he had been speaking in significantly more moderate tones since securing the Democratic nomination.
So we were happy with his choice of Anthony Shorris as first deputy mayor in charge of operations and William Bratton as police commissioner – appointments that touch on areas of primary concern to all New Yorkers: the economy and public safety.
The Shorris and Bratton picks lend real support to our observation that Mr. de Blasio, for all his vaunted progressive inclinations, appreciates the financial crunch facing our city (including billions of dollars in new union contract agreements) and that, contrary to what some were saying, he is not indifferent to New Yorkers’ fear of an increase in violent crime.
Mr. Shorris comes with impressive credentials as a top official in several city and state agencies. He served as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is a former deputy schools chancellor, and served as deputy budget director and city financer commissioner. He is currently a senior vice president at NYU Langone Medical Center and is highly respected for his budgetary skills and ability to get things done.
We believe the choice of Mr. Shorris points to the mayor-elect’s realization that he must temper his wish list with a responsible concern for a ballooning budget. In fact, Mr. de Blasio spoke often during the campaign of having to act in a fiscally prudent manner but this was largely obscured by the almost total focus on his “tale of two cities” narrative and “tax the rich” sloganeering.
Similarly, many found in Mr. de Blasio’s position on “stop and frisk” portents of a return to the lawless pre-Giuliani days. Yet he said countless times that “stop and frisk” was an invaluable anti-crime tool – while insisting that it be implemented in a constitutional way. His choice of Mr. Bratton, the architect of stop and frisk in New York, as police commissioner, should more than meet the concerns of skeptics in this regard.
It is noteworthy that Mr. de Blasio has always received significant support from many in the Jewish community in recognition of his sensitivity to our needs. Indeed, The Jewish Press supported him over the years in his campaigns for City Council and public advocate. His inclusion of several Jewish leaders in his circle of advisers is an indication that the relationship will continue to thrive during his tenure as mayor.
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Many books have supported the preferability- not to be confused with desirability- of the status quo
Consider the Pope’s desperation, reading daily reports of the slaughter of Christians by Muslims
The contrast between a Dem pretending to love Israel & a Dem who truly loves Israel is CRYSTAL CLEAR
U.S and European demands for the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank is world hypocrisy.
We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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