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Obama at Last Hanukkah Party: They Said I Won’t Last 1 Year, I Made It to 8 [video]

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

“I want to say how much Michelle and I appreciate the opportunities to have celebrated so many Hanukkahs with you in the White House,” President Barack Obama concluded his final Hanukkah party at the White House, and wisecracked: “You know, at the beginning of my presidency, some critics thought it would last for only a year. But – miracle of miracles –it has lasted eight years. It’s lasted eight whole years. Nes Gadol Haya Po.”

Say what you will, the man has great writers and – crucial – can deliver a line. Here’s some more:

“Today in the White House, as you will soon do in your homes, we recall Hanukkah’s many lessons: how a small group can make a big difference. That’s the story of the Maccabees’ unlikely military victory, and of great moral movements around the globe and across time. How a little bit can go a long way, like the small measure of oil that outlasted every expectation. It reminds us that even when our resources seem limited, our faith can help us make the most of what little we have. The small State of Israel and the relatively small Jewish population of this country have punched far above their weight in their contributions to the world. So the Festival of Lights is also a reminder of how Isaiah saw the Jewish people, as a light unto the nations.

“This is the season that we appreciate the many miracles, large and small, that have graced our lives throughout generations, and to recognize that the most meaningful among them is our freedom. The first chapter of the Hanukkah story was written 22 centuries ago, when rulers banned religious rituals and persecuted Jews who dared to observe their faith. Which is why today we are asked not only to light the menorah, but to proudly display it – to publicize the mitzvah. And that’s why we’ve invited all these reporters who are here. (Laughter.)

“Everybody in America can understand the spirit of this tradition. Proudly practicing our religion, whatever it might be – and defending the rights of others to do the same – that’s our common creed. That’s what families from coast to coast confirm when they place their menorah in the window – not to share the candles’ glow with just your family, but also with your community and with your neighbors.

“The story of Hanukkah, the story of the Jewish people, the story of perseverance – these are one and the same. Elie Wiesel taught us that lesson probably better than just about anybody. In one of his memories of the Holocaust, Elie watched a fellow prisoner trade his daily ration of bread for some simple materials with which to piece together a makeshift menorah. And he wrote that he couldn’t believe the sacrifices this man was making to observe the holidays. A stunned Elie asked him, ‘Hanukkah in Auschwitz?’ And the man replied, ‘Especially in Auschwitz.'”

President Obama ended his speech with the following eloquent observation: “As many of you know, the name ‘Hanukkah’ comes from the Hebrew word for ‘dedication.’ So we want to thank you again for your dedication to our country, to the historic progress that we’ve made, to the defense of religious freedom in the United States and around the world.”

And now, let’s see what he does or does not do to the Hanukkah folks at the UN Security Council…

JNi.Media

Obama Renews Presidential Waiver Keeping US Embassy in Tel Aviv

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

For the last time as president, outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama again signed the presidential waiver delaying relocation of the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Obama’s signature on Thursday means the issue of relocating the embassy to Israel’s capital will not be raised for at least another six months, despite a campaign promise by President-elect Donald J. Trump to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

The campaign promise is one that has been made before, and waived faithfully every six months by every president since the day Congress passed the law in 1995 recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and mandating transfer of the embassy to the holy city.

Every president has cited “national security” in the presidential waivers signed every six months postponing that move, beginning with Bill Clinton.

That option may no longer be available the next time around, however, if legislation proposed by Republican senators is passed, forcing the president to move the embassy anyway.

The bill proposed earlier this year strikes the language provided in the 1995 Embassy Act to cite “national security” as a reason for delaying the transfer of the American Embassy to Jerusalem.

It may not be an issue anyway: In March, Trump assured AIPAC that would “move the American Embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.”

As with other promises, he told an interviewer later that month it would happen “fairly quickly.” All things are relative, But the presidential waiver was signed December 1. The next

Hana Levi Julian

Steven Mnuchin Confirms Treasury Appointment

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Jewish-American banker, film producer, and political fundraiser Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday confirmed his nomination to become President-Elect Donald Trump Treasury Secretary. A former partner for Goldman Sachs for 17 years (his father, Robert E. Mnuchin, also worked for Goldman Sachs), Mnuchin, served as national finance chairman for Trump’s campaign. He would be the third Goldman alumnus to serve as head of Treasury, after Henry M. Paulson Jr. under President George W. Bush and Robert E. Rubin under President Bill Clinton.

Mnuchin Sr. founded the Mnuchin Gallery at 45 East 78th Street, New York.

Before the elections, Mnuchin was chairman of Dune Capital Management, financing the X-Men film franchise, Avatar, American Sniper and Mad Max: Fury Road, among other blockbusters. Before Goldman Sachs, Mnuchin worked for Soros Fund Management and co-founded OneWest Bank Group.

Mnuchin, who had given to Democrats including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, was an early Trump supporter, and attended his victory party after his New York primary win April 19. The next day he accepted Trump’s invitation to be finance chairman.

David Israel

Report: Obama Talked Hillary into Conceding

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

President Barack Obama called Hillary Clinton on election night and talked her into conceding to Republican candidate Donald Trump, The Hill reported this weekend. Citing Clinton campaign sources, Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen, authors of an upcoming book on the campaign from Crown Publishing, have told The Hill that Obama advised his former Secretary of State, “You need to concede.”

Obama made his move at 1:30 AM, according to the new book, after the AP had called the race for Trump. A while later, close to dawn, Clinton called Trump to concede her defeat.

According to The Hill, a fight has ensued between the Obama and Clinton camps over the wisdom of the concession so early in the process, and of trying to force a recount of three Rust Belt states: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Several Clinton campaign sources are now saying the Democratic candidate would not have called Trump had Obama not pushed her to do it, because the numbers were very close. “If anybody knew what actually happened that night, no one would have conceded,” one source said.

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee does not want to be officially affiliated with Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s effort to recount the votes, because they are afraid of being perceived in a negative light as sore losers and as calling the elections rigged – something they criticized Trump for after the third debate. But the Democrats are nonetheless hopeful that Stein would succeed in proving an error in tabulating, if not worse, an outright hacking of the vote.

Stein filed her request for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday, hoping to be able to enforce a similar move in Michigan and Pennsylvania as well. Wisconsin registered just under 3 million votes, and the deadline to complete a recount is Dec. 13. Stein’s campaign needs to raise about $7 million for the effort, and so far its online crowdsourcing has picked up more than $6 million as of Saturday night.

President-elect Trump has tweeted furiously in response to the recount effort, stating, among other things, “Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change.” He also called the Green Party’s effort a “scam” to “fill up their coffers.”

JNi.Media

Senator Boxer Wants to Abolish Electoral College

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca) who is retiring in January 2017 has introduced he last bill, and it’s a big one. Boxer’s legislation, submitted on Tuesday, will abolish the Electoral College, leaving the choice of a president up to the popular vote.

“In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote,” Boxer said in a statement. “When all the ballots are counted, Hillary Clinton will have won the popular vote by a margin that could exceed 2 million votes, and she is on track to have received more votes than any other presidential candidate in history except Barack Obama.”

“The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately,” Boxer insisted, stressing that “every American should be guaranteed that their vote counts.”

Boxer’s bill requires an amendment to the US Constitution (number 28), and three-fourths of the states would be needed to ratify the bill within seven years — should its pass in Congress.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Sophie (née Silvershein) and Ira Levy, Barbara Boxer has been the junior Senator from California since 1993. In October 2002, Boxer voted against the joint resolution to authorize the use of military force by the Bush Administration in Iraq. In June 2005, Senators Boxer and Russ Feingold (D-WI) cosponsored Senate Resolution 171 calling for a timeframe for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq.

President Elect Donald Trump is the fifth person to win the presidency while losing the popular vote. The most recent was George W. Bush in 2000. The other three times all took place in the 19th century. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 63 percent of Americans would get rid of the electoral college.

“In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted, ‘The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy,'” Boxer said in her statement. “I couldn’t agree more. One person, one vote!”

JNi.Media

Trump Team Warns Obama Not to Push Foreign Policies During Transition Period

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

An unidentified Trump national security advisor said, “The machinery of government is going to have to keep grinding as best it can,” but warned that Obama and his aides shouldn’t go seeking new adventures or pushing through policies that clearly don’t match Trump’s positions, according to a report in Politico on Thursday.

The advisor pointed out that in Israel there are worries that Obama may make a move against Israel in the UN Security Council. One possible move is recognizing a Palestinian State.

Obama may also try to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal through Congress, which Trump opposes.

The advisor told Politico, “I don’t think it’s in keeping with the spirit of the transition … to try to push through agenda items that are contrary to the president-elect’s positions.”

Obama said that he wants to make sure the transition process is successful.

Jewish Press News Briefs

The Tamar Yonah Show – Are American Jews Going To Be In Danger After The U.S. Elections? [audio]

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Rumors are that whoever wins the U.S. elections, President Barack Hussein Obama will officially recognize a ‘Palestinian State’ at the United Nations, before he leaves office in January.

Also, whichever candidate wins, how will the other side of the American public react? Will there be anger and rioting, and who might they take their blame out on and why?

Shifra Hoffman of Victims Of Arab Terror and Shuva.net talks about this possibility, as well as Dr. Mordechai Ben-Menachem, who also has a GOOD NEWS story to share with our listeners here in Israel.

Tamar Yonah Show 06Nov – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

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