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Jackie Mason Backs Trump 4 Years after Saying He Is a ‘Liar [video]

Monday, July 27th, 2015

ObamaDeal has turned comedian Jackie Mason, an ordained rabbi by the way, into a big supporter of Donald Trump, which gives the billionaire gadfly at least two Jewish votes. The first one, reported here last week by The JewishPress.com, is one of Trump’s executives and his special campaign counsel Michael Cohen.

Mason ridiculed other Republican party candidates on air Sunday, describing them as Trump’s “perfectly calculated opponents, who study and struggle to protect every word.”

He called Trump a “bombastic powerhouse” and a “colorful, dynamic character.”

Mason added:

He never even prepares what he is going to say and every time he talks he says something wrong that offends everybody, and 10 minutes later he gets more popular.

[Media claim that if Trump] makes another mistake he’ll be wiped out. Then, two weeks later he makes a bigger mistake. This is the most offensive mistake of all time, and everybody is celebrating. ‘Thank God he’s finished.’ Headlines in every paper: ‘It’s all over.’ Two minutes later he’s even bigger.

This is the same Jackie Mason who in 2011 said, as seen in the video below, that Trump is a “professional liar” and “the sickest man that ever lived.”

President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have changed his mind.

Mason told The Hollywood Reporter of Kerry:

This secretary of state, Kerry, negotiated with them [Iran] for a year-and-a-half and accomplished nothing. He ought to give us back for all the trips he made. He cost us millions of dollars in airplane fares and he came back with nothing except a bad foot.

He said that Obama probably told the Iranians, “Listen, could you keep the bomb quiet for a year and a half. Because if you don’t bomb us for a year and a half, I’ll be the big winner. Everyone will see I made a fantastic agreement. If you bomb us after I leave I could always say it’s the other guy’s fault.

Mason added:

First Obama said we can inspect them any time, any place, whenever we please. Now it turns out ‘whenever we please’ except when they don’t allow it.  If they don’t want it it’s up to them….

Do you know that in the restaurants of New York, they have an inspection system? You can surprise any restaurant without notice that you can walk in and inspect them…

So we are protected in this city from a bad tuna fish.  We’re not protected from a bomb but we’re protected from a bad quality of a tuna fish.

Haifa Port May Soon Become Entertainment & Commercial Zone

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Haifa port may soon undergo a facelift, with a plan for redevelopment to include an entertainment zone, a commercial zone and links to the city’s beaches.

The new Seafront Plan, which will eventually lead to total cessation of regular port activity Haifa, is up for the discussion by the National Planning and Building Council on Tuesday.

If passed, a new promenade will grace the waterfront from the port to the Bat Galim neighborhood to the south.

Storage areas will be transformed into commercial and entertainment centers, similar to the hangars in Jaffa and Tel Aviv ports.

The Israel Ports Company has objected, claiming that closure of the western section of the working port will destroy revenues and workers’ incomes. But architect Renana Yardeni, appointed by the Interior Ministry, noted in her report to be presented Tuesday that construction of an alternate port site has already been approved – and started.

Joan Rivers in Medically-Induced Coma

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Doctors are hopeful that they can bring Jewish comedienne Joan Rivers out of a medically-induced coma by Sunday after she suffered cardiac arrest during minor throat surgery in New York on Thursday.

Her condition has been upgraded from “critical” to stable, but it is not known if she suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen before arriving at the hospital.

“Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available,” according to spokesman for Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.

Her daughter Melissa flew in from California with her son to be by her 81-year-old mother’s side and said she is an “emotional wreck.” Melissa stated, “My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world.”

Rivers was a pioneer in opening the field of comedy to women and first become widely-known with an appearance on the Tonight Show in the days of Johnny Carson.

She made headlines during the war with Hamas by her solid support for Israel and her disgust for Hamas, going so far as to say that civilians in Gaza “deserve to be dead” for allowing them to be exploited by terrorists.

“The dead? You deserve to be dead. You started it. Don’t you dare make me feel sad about that,” she said in one interview.

“Tell that to the people in Hiroshima. When you declare war, you declare war. They started it.”


Famed Israeli Singer Yigal Bashan Stabbed in Chest

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Well-known Israeli vocalist and songwriter Yigal Bashan, 64, was taken to to Ichilov Medical Center Sunday afternoon after having been stabbed in the chest. The performer was taken into surgery soon after he was admitted.

According to a report broadcast on Israel’s Army Radio, police have ruled out criminal motive for the attack. Bashan is currently listed in fair condition although there are few details available to media. Bashan’s manager, Paddy Pettav, said he “hopes there will be an improvement in his condition,” and added the singer “seemed to be doing well” when he spoke with him.

Over a span of 40 years, Bashan has spent years on the stage as a vocalist, actor and children’s television show host. The vocalist is extremely popular and has produced more than 30 albums over the years. He is known for songs such as “Sivan,” and “Yesh Li Tzipor Ketana B’Lev” (A Little Bird in my Heart) and as a member of a trio in the 1980s children’s program, ‘Hopa Hey.’

New Visa Lets ‘X Factor’ Winner to Work in Israel as Singer

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Rose Fostanes, the Filipina caregiver who won Israel’s “X Factor,” will be allowed to work in Israel as a performer.

On Monday, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Saar ordered the Population and Immigration Authority to issue Fostanes an artists’ visa, which will allow her to be employed as a singer. The visa also requires Fostanes to stop working as a caregiver for her employer of the past five years.

Saar interceded when it was revealed that Fostanes’ work visa was valid only for employment as a caregiver.

Fostanes, 47, chose the artists’ visa over one that would have allowed her to continue working as a caregiver while singing on the side.

Her prizes on the “X Factor” include professional representation and the opportunity to record an album with an Israeli record label.

The family that employs Fostanes had to agree to the change in the visa status.

Fostanes has been working as a caregiver in Tel Aviv for the past six years and lives in a small apartment in Tel Aviv with seven other Filipinos. She has been working abroad in order to send money to her family and partner since she was 23, and has not been home to see her family in two years.

At least 20,000 Filipinos work in Israel, mostly as caregivers.

Bibi and Peres Sing ‘You and I, We’ll Change the World’ (Video)

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Dinah Shore is the first name that pops in the mid when trying to explain to Americans who exactly was Arik Einstein, Israel’s icon singer who died Tuesday night and was buried today (Wednesday).

For the under-60 crowd, Dinah Shore may not mean much, either. She was the face and sound of good ol’ America, when everything was clean and good. She used to close her television show with a resounding commercial, “See the USA in your Chevrolet/America’s asking you to call; Drive your Chevrolet through the United States/America’s the greatest land of all.”

The analogy is far from perfect, maybe even very distant, but Shore’s smiling voice and positive songs were the same message that Einstein left for Israel, both to the religious and secular, Ashkenazi and Sephardi and the left and right.

For good measure, throw in Perry Como – again for the old folks – as a macrobiotic substitute for Valium, because Arik’s voice and style were smooth and relaxing, especially for a nation living in constant tension.

Einstein’s classic “Eretz Israel” reflects his simple love for the country, without commercialism and without sickening-sweet patriotism:

I built you a house there in the sand/Land of Israel;
I sang a beautiful song about the blue sea /Land of Israel;
what is (left) of the night, oh guard, what is (left) of the night.

Evening hangs over the Golan again /Land of Israel;
there a young soldier lies still in ambush/Land of Israel;
how (far gone) is the night, watchman, how (far gone) is the night

Oh how much I love you/Land of Israel;
so then why am I so sad /Land of Israel;
how much (remains) from the night, oh, keeper, how much (remains) from the night

“Arik Einstein’s well-known reclusiveness, his ordinariness, his averseness to pomposity and grandiosity, his modest way of belonging to this place – these should not hide from those living here the fact that he is a very great and profound artist, with an acute artistic conscience, perfect and totally unique,” Ariel Hirschfeld wrote in Haaretz in 2009.

He was known as a rock singer, but Einstein never screamed, never growled and never shouted. He was Dinah Shore – positive and loving.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accurately described his songs as the “soundtrack of Israel.” President Shimon Peres stated that his songs would “continue playing life and hope” long after him.

Two people who should remember Einstein forever are the Prime Minister and President. In the mid-1990s, they were filmed singing “You and I, We’ll  Change the World” along with two celebrities, Dan Shilon and the late Israeli icon Ofra Hazan.

The lyrics are most fitting for the two leaders, one of whom is trying to keep evil from destroying the world and the other who is trying to convince evil to come to terms with true peace.

Skip to around 1:30 in the clip below, which was dug up by JTA, to see Netanyahu and Peres sing along – and shed a few tears, not only for Einstein but also for Israel that faces a world that refuses to stand in the Light unto the Nations that Israel beams.

Below the video are the lyrics of “You and I, we’ll change the world” in transliterated form.

Ani ve’ata neshaneh et ha’olam
Ani ve’ata az yavo’u kvar kulam
Amru et zeh kodem lefanai
Zeh lo meshaneh, ani ve’ata neshaneh et ha’olam.

Ani ve’ata nenaseh mehahatchalah
Yiheyl lanu ra ein davar zeh lo nora.
Amru et zeh kodem lefanai
Zeh lo meshaneh, ani ve’ata neshaneh et ha’olam.

Ani ve’ata neshaneh et ha’olam
Ani ve’ata az yavo’u kvar kulam
Amru et zeh kodem lefanai
Zeh lo meshaneh, ani ve’ata neshaneh et ha’olam.
Ani ve’ata neshaneh et ha’olam.

Barbra Streisand to Sing at 90th Birthday Bash for Peres

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Barbra Streisand will make her official performing debut in Israel at the 90th birthday celebration for President Shimon Peres at the Israeli Presidential Conference, where 4,500 people are expected to attend.

Streisand is slated to perform at the opening ceremony of the Israeli Presidential Conference on June 18.

She has traveled to Israel several times but never has sung publicly.

Streisand is being brought to Israel through the music company Live Nation, which is organizing a rare European tour.

One of the best-selling musicians of all time, Streisand has 140 million in record sales. She performed at last month’s Oscars for the first time in 26 years.

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