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New Missouri Governor: Jewish and Assembles Rifle in 30 Seconds [video]

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Eric Greitens, Missouri’s first Jewish governor, a Republican, on Tuesday defeated his state’s Attorney General Chris Koster with 51 percent of the vote. Greitens, a retired former Navy Seal, made many headlines for his aggressive gun-toting and, most notably, gun assembling, and not at all for the fact that he is Jewish.

The son of Becky and Rob Greitens, Eric Greitens was born in 1974 in St. Louis, Missouri, and in high school was member of the 1995 USA Today All-USA Academic Team. He was an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University, where he studied ethics, philosophy, and public policy. After graduating in 1996, he was selected as a Rhodes and Truman Scholar.

Greitens attended Naval Officer Candidate School in January 2001, and in 2002 graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training. He is a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy Reserve, and has been deployed four times to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and Southeast Asia. He served as the commander of a joint special operations task unit, commander of a Mark V Special Operations Craft detachment, and commander of an al Qaeda targeting cell.

His personal military awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

According to the Riverfront Times, religion was never an issue in Greitens’s gubernatorial campaign. Which is uncanny, considering the fact that Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who was running for governor, committed suicide in February 2015, believing he was the victim of a “whisper campaign” that he was Jewish. Schweich, an Episcopalian, had some Jewish roots, but who doesn’t?

Schweich blamed Missouri Republican Party chairman John Hancock for the rumors, which Hancock denied. And Hancock says he is “as proud as I can be” of Greitens’ victory, which demonstrated that anti-Semitism “is certainly not a problem that is endemic to being a Republican, it just doesn’t exist in our party.”

Rabbi Hyim Shafner, of the Bais Abraham Congregation in the Delmar Loop, on the western edge of St. Louis, told the Riverfront Times that Greitens, like former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, was seen as an American, rather than as a Jewish candidate. “Obviously, it’s a positive thing in terms of how people see Jews and how they see Israel,” Shafner said.

Greitens married Sheena Elise Chestnut in Spokane, Washington. The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Onstot, a Presbyterian minister, officiated. They live in St. Louis, Missouri, with their two sons.

JNi.Media

NY Gov. Cuomo, NJ Gov. Christie Cancel Trip to Peres Funeral Due to Deadly Train Crash

Friday, September 30th, 2016

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey State Governor Christ Christie both cancelled their plans to fly to Israel Thursday night after a commuter train derailed and crashed through a barrier, straight into the reception area at New Jersey Transit’s Hoboken Terminal. The train originated in Spring Valley, New York.

Both governors, who spoke with media at a joint news conference held at the crash site, were slated to attend the funeral on Friday of 93-year-old former President Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem.

Governor Christie confirmed that the train’s engineer, who was operating the train at the time of the crash, “was also critically injured. He is at a local hospital and cooperating with law enforcement officials in the investigation.”

Neither Christie nor Cuomo was willing to speculate on whether the crash had any connection to terrorism or other intentional act to kill.

“These have been difficult times over these past weeks and months, between terrorist attacks and natural disasters, Cuomo told reporters. The comment was a reference to a recent series of bombings in New York and New Jersey earlier this month by accused terrorist Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was charged with attempted murder and other crimes after a manhunt ended in a shootout with police.

“The train was carrying a large number of New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in a statement Thursday several hours after the accident. “The state is working closely with New Jersey Transit and New Jersey authorities, as well as all local and federal partners to provide assistance and keep travelers safe.

“New York State Police, MTA, Metro North, Port Authority Police Department, Department of Health and emergency officials from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services are traveling to New Jersey to assist in ongoing response efforts in the aftermath of the crash. The NYS OEM Emergency Operations Center has been activated at the enhanced monitoring level and will continue to provide updates throughout the day.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who were hurt, and I extend my deepest condolences to the families of those whose loved ones were lost in the fatal accident. The state continues to work around the clock to help those in need, and we will continue to provide the public with more information as it comes in.”

The death toll in the crash was originally reported as three, but officials now confirm one person killed in the accident, although more than 100 other people were hurt, including many with critical injuries.

Hana Levi Julian

NY Mayor de Blasio ‘Stands with Israel’ on Eve of Visit

Friday, October 16th, 2015

New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio told reporters on Thursday, the day before he is scheduled to fly to Israel for a visit through Sunday:

I’m proud to be going at a moment when Israel is in need, and where friends need to stand and be counted.

We’re looking forward to what’s obviously going to be a sober environment, and a difficult environment, but I look forward to meeting with my fellow Israeli mayors and mayors from around the world to stand in solidarity with Israel.

He is scheduled to visit the Western Wall but also had planned to meet Palestinian Authority Arabs, a departure from the itinerary of his three predecessors, Michael R. Bloomberg, Rudolph W. Giuliani and Edward I. Koch, who restricted their trips to Israel to meetings with the country’s political and business leaders.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last year refused to accept an invitation from the Palestinian Authority ambassador to the United Nations to visit Arabs in Judea and Samaria.

DeBlasio will meet with Arabs, but not as he planned.

He had wanted to talk with Arabs in Ramallah, without meeting with Palestinian Authority officials, but the wave of terror has forced him settle for meeting them in Israel.

However, he says he is not afraid, explaining:

In terms of my own safety, I believe that Israeli security forces obviously know what they’re doing, and NYPD knows what it’s doing, and I’m very comfortable with that.

DeBlasio will meet with Arab children who learn with Jews at a school that was torched last year in an arson attack by Israeli extremists.

He said:

This is a region that needs peace deeply, and peace is elusive. One of the ways we foster peace is through inclusion. And our hopes have to be with the young people at this point. The previous generation hasn’t managed to find the path of peace.

Orthodox Jewish businessman Baruch Eliezer Gross is paying for the mayor’s trip.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Trump-Mania Puts ‘The Donald’ in Dead Heat with Jeb Bush

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

 

 

Everyone is saying that Donald Trump’s popularity is just a passing fad, but they can’t figure out when, if  ever.

The maverick and shoot-from-the-hip billionaire real estate mogul, reality show celebrity and bigot shares the top spot among Republican voters, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll published on Saturday.

Last week, a CNN poll announced he was sharing the top spot, and the poll by Reuters makes Trump even more of a serious contender and a critical threat to the Republican party, which would prefer to see him on a life-long mission as an astronaut in outer space, which is where he is considered to be living politically.

But he has lots of company.

The new poll gave him 16.1 percent support among Republican voters, a 0.3 lead over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. In distant third place is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. followed by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

However, Trump still does not stand a chance because when the same poll gave voters only three choices – Trump, Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio – Bush smeared Trump  42-28.4 percent.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton remains far ahead of Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders with more than 2-1 lead.

 

 

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Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, 82, Passes Away

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Former Democratic New York Governor Mario Cuomo has passed away at age 82. Cuomo served three terms in the state’s top spot, from 1982 to 1994.

Although he was considered as a possible frontrunner in several presidential contests, Mario Cuomo never ran.

One month ago, he was hospitalized and treated for a heart condition. Hours after his son Andrew was inaugurated for his second term as New York’s governor, the elder Cuomo drew his last breath.

Cuomo was a strong supporter of Israel and visited the Jewish State during the very first year of his first term as governor in 1982.

“I remember how strongly, firmly and clearly Gov. Cuomo, Mario Cuomo, stood with Israel at the time,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recalled this past summer when his son Andrew, New York’s current governor, visited Israel on a solidarity mission.

At the time of the elder Cuomo’s visit, Netanyahu was the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer praised his “colossal political mind [that] represented the very best of public service; he leaves an indelible legacy on the state he loved.”

Reactions instantly poured in from political colleagues across the spectrum.

Former New York Governor George Pataki, who succeeded Cuomo in 1994 added his “deepest condolences,” calling him a “proud son of immigrants, possessed of a soaring intellect & a great New Yorker” in a post on Twitter.

Hana Levi Julian

U.S. Midterm Elections 2014: How Will Obama’s Behavior Impact Today’s Scores?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

U.S. citizens are going to the polls today (Tuesday November 4) to cast their ballots in midterm elections for Congress, with candidates being chosen in races where seats in the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and a number of gubernatorial races are up for grabs.

Thanks to Democratic President Barack Obama and probably the most dominant GOP Congress since 1929, it is likely that when the dust settles, America will wake up to find the first Republican majority in the Senate in years. Analysts are predicting that the House could see its largest Republican majority, in fact, in 65 years.

In New York State, however, incumbent Governor Andrew M. Cuomo — who is endorsed by The Jewish Press print edition — is not likely to lose his position.

A Democrat like his father, former Governor Mario M. Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo appears likely to win today’s re-election by a comfortable margin. The 56-year-old governor headed a bipartisan delegation this summer to show solidarity in a 3-day visit to Israel during the counter terror Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

A former housing secretary during the administration of former President Bill Clinton, Cuomo is seen as a shoo-in over Republican challenger Rob Astorino, the executive of Westchester County due to his efforts to cap property taxes and help New Yorkers recover from Hurricane Sandy. People interviewed by The New York Times also cited his strong support on equal wages for women and similar issues in its own pre-election coverage.

Also in New York, general state elections are taking place as well, with residents casting their ballots for representatives to the State Assembly, the State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

In Maryland, the race for governor that originally was considered an easy win for Democrats now looks to be a toss-up.

Democratic candidate Anthony G. Brown, currently the state’s Lieutenant Governor, has had a difficult time in the past month convincing voters his term will look different from that of his boss, Governor Martin O’Malley. With Maryland facing hard times and a struggling economy, people along the Chesapeake Bay are looking for the “change” long promised by another man of color in his first term of office, incumbent Democrat President Barack H. Obama.

Republican candidate Larry Hogan has attacked O’Malley’s tax increases, slammed the fading finances and says he can bring more jobs to the state. He says, simply, that Marylanders just ‘can do better’ and he can make that happen.

The message has been heard and the race is now a tight one, with the two men showing only a single-digit difference between them in the polls as they enter Election Day.

Hana Levi Julian

NYS Gov Andrew Cuomo, State Leaders on Israel Solidarity Visit

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and a bi-partisan delegation of state government and community leaders have spent the past three days packed back-to-back with briefings, meetings and tours of Israel.

Mostly, they have been expressing their solidarity with residents of the Jewish State. It comes in stark contrast to this week’s White House hold on a routine delivery of Hellfire missiles to its “closest friend and ally, the only democracy in the Middle East” — at a time when that ally is threatened by a foe receiving arms from Iran and Syria.

Cuomo and his fellow New Yorkers have done endless ‘meet and greets,’ especially in Jerusalem, where they stopped for the requisite snack at ‘Big Apple Pizza’ on the Ben Yehuda tourist walkway at the heart of the capital, and in the Old City of Jerusalem where the governor said a prayer at the Western Wall and was hugged by the leader of probably every represented faith, plus others.

Now Cuomo, Senate Majority co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are reaching the end of their three day solidarity visit. They’ve seen the people most affected by the current conflict: the millions of Israelis targeted by Hamas and allied terrorists in Gaza with their missiles and kidnapping plots and tunneling projects.

The state leaders arrived on August 12 to reaffirm “the State of New York’s support in light of the continued threat of attacks by Hamas and other terrorist organizations,” according to the media statement sent out by the governor’s office. Cuomo and his delegation met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, New York students living and learning in Israel and Israeli residents directly affected by the Gaza attacks.

“We are grateful for the Governor’s support and words of encouragement, and proud of the strong relationship we share with the people of New York, which is based on our shared values,” Consul General of Israel in New York, Ido Aharoni said.

“Friends stand together in times of crisis, and I am proud to lead this bipartisan delegation to Israel to reaffirm our friendship and support,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York has always had a special relationship with Israel. As Hamas and other terrorist organizations continue to threaten Israel, now is the time to deliver that message of solidarity in person.”

Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos said, “During this important moment in history, it is incumbent upon New York to reaffirm its strong and unconditional support for Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas-led attacks and to take whatever action they deem necessary to protect their people from the brutal tactics of homicide bombers. I am pleased to join the Governor, Senate Co-Leader Klein, and Speaker Silver as part of the official New York State delegation visiting Israel this week, and look forward to bringing the good wishes of the people of my district and the state of New York to our nation’s most trusted and reliable ally.” Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein said, “As the grandson of Holocaust survivors the State of Israel is not only personally sacred to me but a beacon for the values and rights inherent in a Democracy which I hold dear. I am pleased to join Governor Cuomo, Senate Co-Leader Skelos, and Speaker Silver as part of the official New York delegation, as a show of support that we will always stand in solidarity with Israel.” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, “Having visited many times, I am delighted to join Governor Cuomo and Senators Skelos and Klein in our mission to Israel to show New York’s solidarity with the people of the Jewish State. As a lifetime supporter of Israel, I cannot overstate the importance of this trip. I am proud that many New York businesses were started there and I believe it is essential that the Empire State’s leaders express our solidarity with Israel and its people, especially during these difficult times. I am certain our visit will reinforce the already strong ties that bind New York and the State of Israel.”

Rachel Levy

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