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Trump Adds Israeli Oracle Co-CEO to Transition Team

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Safra Catz, co-CEO of the Oracle Corporation has been tapped to join President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team. Born in Holon, Israel, Catz has been an Oracle Corporation board member since 2001. In April 2011 she was named Co-President and Chief Financial Officer, reporting to founder/CEO Larry Ellison. When Ellison stepped down in 2014, Mark Hurd and Safra Catz were named as the new CEOs.

According to Ha’araetz, Catz was part of a group of major hi-tech leaders who met with Trump last week, having met with him individually last month. Before the group meeting, Catz released a statement saying, “I plan to tell the president-elect that we are with him and will help in any way we can. If he can reform the tax code, reduce regulation and negotiate better trade deals, the US technology industry will be stronger and more competitive than ever.”

Campaign finance records show that Catz has contributed to both parties, as well as to a super PAC that supported Marco Rubio’s presidential bid. Catz is the second Silicon Valley exec on the transition team, alongside venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who spoke at the Republican National Convention in the summer.

David Israel

Shurat HaDin: Obama Secretly Transferred $1.7 Billion to Iran to Keep It Out of Terror Victims’ Reach

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, representing American the families of terror victims who have won US court judgments against the government of Iran for its support of Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel, on Tuesday released a letter it sent US Congress members alleging that the Obama Administration kept secret the details of the $1.7 billion in cash payments to Tehran in January 2016 in order to evade efforts by their clients to recover those funds to satisfy outstanding court awards.

In the past, American terror victims have been successful in seizing Iranian bank accounts when those had been located.

The letter, sent by attorneys Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Tel-Aviv and Robert Tolchin of New York, recalls that on January 17, 2016, President Obama announced the settlement of a legal dispute between the United States and Iran over $400 million held by the US in a Foreign Military Sales (“FMS”) program account since 1979. The Obama Administration agreed to pay the $400 million it finally conceded it owed Iran, plus payment of an additional $1.3 million in interest on that amount.

Then, “in recent weeks, the $1.7 billion which was secretly paid out in cash has come under severe scrutiny because the timing and circumstances of the payments appear to confirm the Iranian claim that the White House agreed to pay the money as ransom to Tehran for the release of American hostages.”

However, in light of the recent revelations in a Congressional subcommittee hearing held on Thursday, September 8, 2016, Shurat HaDin is asserting that “it is now clear that the Administration has deliberately kept numerous payments to Iran secret in order to shield Iran from having to forfeit those funds to pay terror victims amounts Iran owes under outstanding US judgments.”

The Shurat HaDin letter cites a “suspicious revelation at the Congressional subcommittee hearing that the United States and Iran did not draft a written settlement agreement or any other formal documentation of the cash transfers, and that Iran specifically directed the Iran-US Tribunal at the Hague, where the claim was to be resolved through arbitration, that it should not record the settlement of the claim for the parties.”

Shurat HaDin asserts that under a legislation passed in 2000, the US was legally entitled to apply the $400 million in the FSM account to satisfy terror victims’ judgments, and this way eliminating the $400 million balance and nearly 16 years of interest claimed by Iran.

Shurat HaDin President Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said in a statement: “We believe that the secrecy in which these cash payments were made was part of an effort by the White House to conceal these payments from the terror victims and to hide the fact that it was effectively canceling Iran’s debt for its terror-related activity. This is a horrible fraud against the terror victims. It appears the secret cash transfers were specifically done as an end run around the ability of the families to attach the money and enforce their federal court judgments.”

Why didn’t the Treasury ever tell the families they were holding these funds?” Darshan-Leitner demanded to know.

Had either the settlement or an award against the United States at the Iran-US Tribunal been entered on the books, and Iran had sought to have the settlement or award confirmed in US court, then terror-victims with judgments against Iran could have legally “attached” any judgment affirming the settlement or award, so that the amount could be applied to satisfy their terror-compensation judgments, Shurat HaDin contends, explaining that “instead, the Administration went to great lengths to ensure that the $1.7 billion purported settlement was shrouded in secrecy, was never reduced to writing or even recorded with the Tribunal in Hague, and was paid to Iran in cash as quickly and directly as possible in order to head off any chance that Iran would be forced to forfeit any amount to pay legal judgments it owes to American terror victims.”

Shurat HaDin urged Congress to continue to investigate these issues, and to take action to guarantee that further payments to Iran do not take place as long as Iran remains a state sponsor of terrorism and a threat to its neighbors, “and until it has paid every judgment it owes to American victims of terror.”

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner addressed her letter to Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Mike Pompeo and Ed Royce, who have each introduced legislation in response to the $1.7 billion payment to Iran, and to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Sean P. Duffy, whose subcommittee held a special hearing on the $1.7 billion payments last Thursday, September 8, 2016.

JNi.Media

Donald J. Trump Wins Republication Nomination for President

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Some state delegates wore hats shaped like yellow wedges of cheese (Wisconsin), some of the hats were green and shaped like little trees.

But it was the dignified, albeit exultant red, white and blue state delegates from Donald J. Trump’s home State of New York who put the vote count over the top, and sealed his party’s nomination for president of the United States of America.

Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., led the state’s delegates in announcing they had the privilege of putting his father “it is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top with 89 delegate votes” from the Empire State. Surrounded by his siblings, the younger Trump added in a happy shout, “Congratulations Dad, we love you!”

At the end of the vote, Trump had won 1725 votes; by comparison, opponents Texas Senator Ted Cruz had garnered 484, Ohio Governor John Kasich had 125, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio had 234.

The magic number needed to win the nomination was 1237. Alaska’s head of delegation came to the microphone after the roll call, saying it was contesting its delegate vote count and demanding a review.

House Speaker and Republican National Convention chairman Paul Ryan gravely acknowledged the demand; he also immediately agreed to hold the review, saying the delegation should meet with vote officials alongside the convention in order to address the issue.

Within minutes, however, it became clear the night was going to belong to Donald Trump despite the best efforts of Ted Cruz to up-end that eventuality.

Still to be heard from are the Trump children and the candidate himself, as well as the various other speakers who will talk about why they think the citizens of the United States should vote for Donald J. Trump.

Hana Levi Julian

Iran Celebrates Anniversary of Nuclear Deal by Firing Ballistic Missile

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

One year almost to the day after the signing of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers, and in blatant violation of UN Resolution 2231, Tehran tried to launch a ballistic missile using North Korean technology, Fox News reported, citing intelligence officials.

The test failed when the missile exploded after liftoff, on July 11 at night, outside Saman, a city west of Isfahan, at a site Iran has used before to conduct ballistic missile tests. This is the latest attempt in the year since the signing of the nuclear deal.

The test rained on President Obama’s parade, who said on Thursday, the actual anniversary of the deal, that “over the last year, the Iran deal has succeeded in rolling back Iran’s nuclear program, avoiding further conflict and making us safer.”

But according to The Hill, the Republicans used the one-year anniversary for several largely symbolic measures to undermine the deal. “We need to look no further than Iran’s dangerous and destabilizing activities to see the disaster that the Iran nuclear agreement has been over the last year,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in a statement.

In UN Resolution 2231, Iran is “called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

According to Reuters, a confidential report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that Iran’s ballistic missile program is “not consistent with the constructive spirit” of the nuclear deal. The Security Council is due to discuss the Ban Ki-moon report on July 18. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi announced that “Iran will strongly continue its missile program based on its own defense and national security calculations.”

Secretary of State John Kerry, who meets regularly with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, said this week that “Nobody pretends that some of the challenges we have with Iran have somehow been wiped away. There are other real issues, and we will continue and are continuing to focus on those issues.”

Which means the US is content to permit the Iranians to defy the UN and the Western allies in working on long-range missiles, which should be ready to carry nuclear payloads as soon as the temporary limit on Iran’s development of a nuclear device is removed, in 2025. And with its newly thawed billions of dollars, what would stop Iran from buying the device from North Korea, its favorite shopping spot?

In late June, North Korea succeeded in launching its home-grown Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile, which flew a distance of 250 miles to the Sea of Japan, this after five earlier failures.

JNi.Media

Iran Deal Opponent Challenges Nadler for Congressional Seat

Monday, March 21st, 2016

“I’m a millennial; in 15 years when the all-clear sign goes up on Iranian nuclear activity, I and my peers will be the ones in the cross-hairs,” Oliver Rosenberg told the JewishPress.com in a wide-ranging interview. “And Jerry Nadler, on the most consequential vote in a generation, where support for America’s and Israel’s security mattered most, let us all down.”

Rosenberg was on the phone from Washington, D.C., where he is attending the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee policy conference.

Rosenberg has just launched his congressional campaign, seeking to unseat Cong. Jerrold Nadler who has been ensconced as the representative to Congress from New York City’s Upper West Side for decades.

In any other year such a challenge might be laughed off as an impossible dream, but this year, after Nadler sold out his heavily Jewish constituency by knuckling under to President Obama and supporting the Nuclear Iran Deal, the time just may be ripe.

There is a lot about Rosenberg that naturally appeals to residents of the Upper West Side. He is a health care entrepreneur who spent half a decade as an investment banker focused on renewable energy. He’s a Jewish Orthodox day school alumnus, a graduate of Yeshiva University’s business school, the grandson of Holocaust survivors and a fervent lover of Israel who spent a year in yeshiva there and made at-least-yearly visits since he was six years old.

Given the make-up of the community and the strong position taken by nearly all major Jewish and other pro-Israel organizations against the Nuclear Iran Deal, Rosenberg was deeply disappointed that Nadler supported the Iran Deal which contains unacceptable shortcomings.

Rosenberg pointed out the 15 year pathway to Iranian nuclear power, the $150 billion relief in sanctions that can and will be used to support terrorism and the lack of promised anytime, anywhere inspections drew the ire of district residents, including himself, who saw and still see Nadler’s act as a grave betrayal.

While it is true that Nadler has not faced a primary opponent in more than two decades – the political makeup of the district guarantees whoever is the Democratic nominee will be the Representative – Rosenberg sees the time as propitious. “We have entered a new and dangerous chapter in American government,” Rosenberg said, pointing to the inertia of incumbents feel more beholden to those in party leadership than to their own constituents.

Rosenberg sees the current hyper-partisanship of Washington as a disservice to those who elect them to office. He points to Nadler’s history of such extreme partisanship: “efforts to impeach President George W. Bush, attacks on former Mayor Rudy Guiliani, even harsh criticism of the previous mayor, Michael Bloomberg, for investigations into the actions of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

“When it comes to legislation supportive of Israel or other common sense measures, I will reach across the aisle to create bipartisan support,” Rosenberg explained. He hopes such bipartisanship will flourish during the next administration.

“A recent survey showed that more than 70 percent of American Republicans support Israel, and more than 55 percent of American Democrats do. So why isn’t that reflected in how the parties vote?” According to Rosenberg, the elected class is not reflecting the wishes of the people, and that greatly concerns him.

In what ways does Rosenberg want U.S. dealings with Israel to change, should he play a part in shaping American policy towards Israel? For one, he wants U.S. military aid to Israel to double, to $6 billion. “Israel should be able to purchase F-22 stealth jets, which it does not currently have.” Rosenberg also believes Israel should have access to bunker buster bombs.

The neighborhood in which Israel resides has gotten dramatically more dangerous recently, and a huge factor adding greatly to that danger is the Nuclear Iran Deal.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Sanders, Cruz on Top in Maine, Trump, Clinton in Louisiana

Monday, March 7th, 2016

The American public continued over the weekend to dole out the wins to several contenders, but Donald Trump is still in the lead by a substantial amount for the Republicans and Hillary Clinton for the Democrats.

Starting with a win by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Nebraska on Friday, Trump triumphed in Kansas and Louisiana on Saturday, with Clinton besting Sanders in the Pelican State.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz came in first amongst the Republicans in Maine and Sanders did the same for the Democrats. On Sunday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio beat the Republican pack for a win in Puerto Rico.

Now all eyes turn to Michigan, Hawaii (Republicans only), Idaho (Republicans only), Mississippi and Illinois for the next races which will take place on Tuesday, March 8.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

UPDATE: Super Tuesday: Clinton, Trump Big Winners, Cruz, Sanders, Rubio Eke Out Wins

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

A Democratic candidate needs to win 2,383 delegates and a Republican candidate needs to secure 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination. Going into Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton was way out in front, with 266 delegates pledged, to 136 for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

On the Republican side, businessman Donald Trump had 82 delegates, Texas Senator Ted Cruz had 17, Florida Senator Marco Rubio had 16 and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with six delegates and Dr. Ben Carson with five.

The following results are with sufficient results in to call most races, although with fewer than 100 percent of the votes counted. The delegate numbers will change slightly.

ALABAMA  With 50 delegates for the Republicans and 60 delegates for the Democrats at stake, Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) won their respective primaries. Clinton received 30 delegates, Sanders 1, and Trump received 20.

ALASKA Only the Republicans had a primary on March 1. There were 28 delegates at stake. The results were not yet in on this race before this article was published. UPDATE: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Republican primary, pocketing 12 delegates.

ARKANSAS 40 Republicans and 37 Democrats Hillary Clinton won for the Democrats. Clinton received 17 delegates and Sanders six. Donald Trump won for the Republicans.

COLORADO Only the Democrats had a primary on March 1, and there were 79 delegates at stake. The results were not yet in before this article was published to call the race, but with 21 percent of the precincts reporting, Bernie Sanders was leading Hillary Clinton. UPDATE: Sen. Sanders won the Democratic caucus, adding 33 delegates to his total.

GEORGIA  There were 76 delegates for Republicans and 79 for Democrats in play in Georgia. Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) won their primaries. Trump won 30 delegates, Cruz one, Clinton won 57 and Sanders received 21.

MASSACHUSETTS With 42 Republican delegates  and 116 delegates for Democrats, Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) won their respective primaries. Trump received 18 delegates and Rubio received five.

MINNESOTA Has a caucus, not a primary. There were 38 delegates for Republicans and 93 Democratic delegates at stake. Insufficient votes were counted to make solid predictions about the winners before this article was published. With 53 percent of the precincts reporting, Marco Rubio was in the lead and Donald Trump in second place for the Republicans. With 15 percent of the precincts reporting, Bernie Sanders was beating Hillary Clinton. UPDATE: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won for the Republicans, with 14 delegates added to his total, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton, adding 42 delegates to his tally.

OKLAHOMA There are 43 Republican delegates at stake and 42 Democrats in Oklahoma. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders came in first in the Democratic race and Ted Cruz came in first for the Republicans.

TENNESSEE There are 58 Republican delegates and 76 Democratic delegates available in Tennessee. Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) came in first in their respective parties.

TEXAS There are 155 Republican delegates and 252 Democratic delegates at stake. This is not a winner takes all state. Hometown Sen. Ted Cruz won the Texas Republican primary with an 11 point lead over Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton won in the Democratic primary. For his win, Cruz received 32 delegates, Trump 14, Clinton won 120 delegates and Sanders 42 delegates.

VERMONT With 16 delegates for the Republicans and 26 delegates available for the Democrats. Sanders (D) and Trump (R) finished first in their respective primaries. Trump walked away with five delegates, Kasich doubled his delegates to 10 because of Vermont and Sanders received ten.

VIRGINIA There are 49 delegates available for the Republicans and 110 for the Democrats. Donald Trump (R) beat out Marco Rubio in a close race, in a state in which delegates are divided. Hillary Clinton won in the Democratic primary.

 

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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