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Hillary Helps Trump Hire Son-in-Law Jared Kushner as White House Adviser

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew, is slated to become senior adviser to the president, according to a Trump campaign announcement.

“Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted advisor throughout the campaign and transition and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration,” Trump said in a statement.

Kushner was extremely effective in setting straight the Trump campaign’s course on several wobbly instances during the campaign and remained a critical behind the scenes asset for his father-in-law. He continued to be a major figure in Trump’s transition to the White House. However, the fact that Kushner, smart and wise and critical as he may be, is also family might raise legal questions.

Kushner’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, said in a statement that he is “committed to complying with federal ethics laws and we have been consulting with the Office of Government Ethics regarding the steps he would take.” It means, according to Gorelick, that Kushner will resign from his company, sell a substantial portion of his assets to a trust, and avoid getting involved in matters that impact his financial interests.

Still, according to NBC, Kushner’s post might be challenged based on a federal anti-nepotism law preventing government officials from hiring their relatives.

Congress passed the anti-nepotism law in 1967, probably to prevent a repeat of President Kennedy’s making his brother Robert Attorney General. The law also forbids congressmen to hire their wives – for which many lawmakers are probably grateful…

The federal anti-nepotism statute states: “A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.”

The law defines “Public official” to include the president, and “relative” to include son-in-law, which is the challenge we mentioned above.

However, it can be argued that the definition of “agency” might not include the White House.

Enter Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton.

When President Bill Clinton appointed his wife as chair of a Task Force on National Health Care Reform in 1993, a lobbying group sued in DC Circuit Court.

The suit was not about nepotism, it was about transparency.

However, for whatever blessed reason, the court’s ruling including a short statement about the fact that the federal anti-nepotism statute does not appear to cover staff in the White House or in the Executive Office of the President.

Judge Laurence Silberman wrote, “So, for example, a president would be barred from appointing his brother as attorney general, but perhaps not as a White House special assistant.”

Holy curlicues carved in chronicled constructions, Batman…

David Israel

Adir F-35 – Meet Russia’s Stealth Fighter Sukhoi T-50-8

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The first published photos of the Sukhoi PAK FA (Сухой ПАК ФА, the Russian acronym for “Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation”) were presented by Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association, the largest Russian aircraft-manufacturing company, located in Russia’s Far East.

The PAK FA is intended to be the successor to the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force and serve as the basis for the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft. The T-50 prototype first flew on January 29, 2010, when it was slated for delivery to the Russian Air Force starting in late 2016 or early 2017.

The T-50 will be the first Russian Air Force operational aircraft to use stealth technology. Similar to other stealth fighters such as the F-22, the airframe incorporates planform (wing alignment) edge to reduce its radar cross-section (RCS). The leading and trailing edges of the wings and control surfaces and the serrated edges of skin panels are carefully aligned at several specific angles in order to reduce the number of directions the radar waves can be reflected.

The Sukhoi T-50-8

The Sukhoi T-50-8

The prototypes and the initial production batch are expected to include a highly upgraded variant of the Saturn AL-31F engine used by the Su-27 family as interim engines while a new clean-sheet design power plant is currently under development. The aircraft is expected to have a service life of up to 35 years.

According to Business Insider, in a comparison between the F-35 and the Sukhoi T-50, the US fighter comes out ahead. Although the T-50 reaches 1300 mph, compared with the F-35’s 1200 mph, the US fighter can launch internal missiles and smart-bombs while flying faster than the speed of sound. Not so the Russian fighter.

The Sukhoi T-50-8

The Sukhoi T-50-8

The T-50 designers prefer maneuverability over secrecy, and so it’s not as stealth as the F-35. In fact, its twin-engine design more closely resembles the F-22 Raptor of 20 years ago.

Here’s a Russian advantage, according to Business Insider: in dog fights, although both jets can slip into heavily defended targets on the ground, and the F-35 will be better in those scenarios –the T-50 is better for air-to-air battles. You may recall that in dog fights the F-16 always beat the F-35.

Both fighters need a very short runway for takeoff – 300 yards – but the F-35 can also perform vertical takeoffs.

JNi.Media

Netanyahu to Hollande: Suspend Peace Summit, I’ll Meet with Abbas

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone with French President Francois Hollande Wednesday, Dec. 7 2016, and told him that if there is no international conference in Paris, he would come to meet with Abu Mazen for direct talks without preconditions.

Israel has already announced it would not attend an international conference, which it says would not contribute to achieving peace.

David Israel

Gaza Businessmen to Meet with Egyptians on Improving Economic Situation

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

A delegation of Gaza businessmen and civil society professionals will travel to Egypt on Sunday for a conference on the current economic situation in the impoverished Gaza Strip, Ma’an reported Saturday.

Osama Kheil, a spokesman for the union of contractors in Gaza, told Ma’an that the 38 businessmen from Gaza had been invited to the “Ain Sokhna 2” conference, organized by the National Center for Middle East Studies.

Ain Sokhna (Arabic: the Hot Spring) is a resort town on the western shore of the Red Sea’s Gulf of Eilat, some 75 miles east of Cairo.

The conference will discuss the economic situation in Gaza and strategies for improving the dire living conditions of the civilian population. The Gazan delegation will emphasize the need for coordination with Egyptian authorities in regards to the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, which serves as a lifeline for Gazans, in the hope of “keeping the border open as long as possible.”

In October 2014 Egypt announced plans to expand the buffer zone between Gaza and Egypt, following a terrorist attack from Gaza that killed 31 Egyptian soldiers. The buffer was “a move meant to halt the passage of weapons and militants through cross-border smuggling tunnels but which also puts more pressure on the Palestinian militant Hamas group.” Egyptian authorities ordered residents living along the eastern border to evacuate their homes prior to their demolishing. The new 1,000 yard wide buffer zone includes water-filled trenches that block tunnel diggers along the 8 mile.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Egyptian authorities demolished between July 2013 and August 2015 at least 3,255 residential, commercial, administrative, and community buildings along the border, forcibly evicting thousands of people.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas agreed with the Egyptian operation, saying the smuggling tunnels under the border had produced 1,800 millionaires, and were used for smuggling weapons, drugs, cash and forgery equipment. The total cost to the Gazan economy was estimated at $70 million. On September 11, 2015, the Egyptian army began to pump water from the Mediterranean Sea into the tunnels, in coordination with the Palestinian Authority. Hamas condemned the flooding saying it posed a serious threat to Gaza’s environment and ground water. In November 2015, large areas of soil collapsed as a result of the flooding, threatening homes in Rafah. Salt water came out of the ground, contaminating the soil, making it unusable for agriculture.

Or, as the Ma’an report put it on Saturday: The Gaza Strip has suffered under an Israeli military blockade.

JNi.Media

” You Never Know Who You Will Meet”

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

If there is one thing I avoid, its traffic.
I’ll leave two hours early rather than deal with traffic in New York.
Tuesday August 2nd was no exception.
I was attending the Project Witness event in Manhattan which was beginning at 5:30 PM.
I headed out early which allowed me to take a rare ‘Shpatzir’ in the city.
I just knew that my early arrival was would lead me to personally ‘witness’ something special.
As I walked down Lexington Ave a couple with three children approached me.
In heavily accented English they asked me if it was still permitted to eat meat during this period. As the Hebrew date was the 27th of Tammuz I replied that meat can be consumed.
They were from France and they wanted to know if they could go to a fleishig restaurant.
I was happy to help; somehow I knew they were not my true ‘witness’ experience.
I passed two policemen on the beat and made a point of telling them how appreciative we are of our men in blue.
It was under the 59th Street Bridge when I heard the scream.
Somehow I knew the shriek was meant for me.
“I am so happy I saw you. I have been meaning to ask someone this question for 63 years!”
I turned to see an elderly woman rapidly approaching me.
“What could this woman want from me?”
Without a word of greeting she began, “I could not help but notice your Tzitzis. I have been washing my husband’s Tzitzis by hand for the last 63 years. Please tell me, how do you wash them and make sure that the strings don’t untangle? I wash his Tzitzis and no matter how much I try, the strings unravel and I have to discard them. Can you please tell me how to wash them?”
I looked carefully at her.
She was wearing pants, no head covering and she appeared to be over 80 (she admitted to me that she is 83); she had a very determined look in her eyes.
This certainly ranked among the most bizarre shaylas I would ever be asked.
Although I am not the right source for Tzitzis washing instructions; I answered as best I could and we subsequently spoke for twenty minutes.
She told me how proud she is of her son the lawyer.
“How does your son wash his Tzitzis?” I naively asked.
“He doesn’t wear Tzitzis; only his father does; I never sent him to Yeshiva.”
We were about to part ways when she said, “Can I ask you for one more thing?”
I figured it could not be any stranger than her first question so I said, “Yes, of course.”
“Can you say a prayer for my husband in Shul today? He is very sick. I myself am not such a believer; but, he would appreciate it; as he is very religious.”
I told her I would and gave her my contact information.
Over two months later, as I shopping for my perfect Esrog, the woman from under the 59th Street Bridge called, “I wanted to thank you. My husband was released from the hospital today and Thank G-d he is doing much better. Thank you for praying for him. Also, my son- the one who I never sent to Yeshiva- decided today to begin wearing Tzitzis. When he heard there was a way to wash them and when I told him that you prayed for his father- without even knowing him- he decided to wear them. Rabbi, wasn’t it good I stopped you on the street in July?”
I now knew what my own private ‘project witness’ was.
I had to be a ‘witness’ to the unraveled and knotted connection between a Jew and his heritage.

Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman

Likud MKS Meet With Amona, Ofra Residents to Protest Court-Ordered Demolition of Homes

Monday, September 12th, 2016

by Ilana Messika Likud MKs Yehuda Glick, Yoav Kish, Oren Hazan and Amir Ohana, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotolevy and Judea and Samaria Council Head Avi Roeh all hosted an emergency meeting with residents of Amona and Ofra on Monday (Sept. 12, 2016) to protest the scheduled demolition of their homes.

Amona, a neighborhood on a hill overlooking Ofra, is located in the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council district and is home to about 40 families. In December 2014 the High Court of Justice ruled the community was built on private Palestinian Authority property and ordered the residents to evacuate by the end of 2016.

The meeting follows the government’s approval of a Civil Administration plan to transfer Amona residents to a 1600-dunam (395-acre) site about 20 kilometers northeast of the current location, east of the Jewish town of Shiloh. Residents have slammed the decision as a government sellout.

“Defense Minister [Avigdor] Liberman has raised the white flag of surrender to extreme left organizations and the Palestinian Authority, both of whom abuse the Israeli legal system to bring about the destruction of settlements in Judea and Samaria,” said one participant at the meeting. “We call on Liberman, the prime minister and the other coalition parties to prevent the eviction.”

Hemdat Shani, a resident of Ofra, told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) “This ruling of the the High Court of Justice discriminates badly against Judea and Samaria. This is the only place in Israel where a Jewish community could receive a court order like this without verification of the ownership of the land.

“[It is ironic because] Judea and Samaria actually possess the strongest link to the Jewish ancestral homeland,” she stated.

The Likud Party has been in turmoil since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Liberman said in recent months that they intend to obey the Court’s ruling.

“The time has come for the prime minister to understand that people who choose to live in Judea and Samaria do so out of a sincere belief that it is our right… The story of Amona is not only about Amona, but about the whole of Israeli history,” said MK Oren Hazan.

Demolition orders also threaten several more Jewish communities around Judea and Samaria. Last week, the High Court of Justice ruled that 17 unauthorized homes in the Netiv Avot outpost in Gush Etzion must be dismantled by March 2018, and last week security forces evicted people from their homes at the Esh Kodesh outpost in Samaria and from the Mitzpe Avichai outpost near Hebron on Tuesday.

“This decision to remove us from our land is unjust, anti-Zionist, and it cannot happen that a right-wing Likud government should be the one to see it done,” said Hemdat Shani.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Netanyahu, Luxembourg PM Bettel Meet In Jerusalem

Monday, September 12th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his Luxembourg counterpart Xavier Bettel toasted strong diplomatic ties between the two countries Monday and pledged to build on an already strong economic relationship.

“We are friends, Luxembourg and Israel, and our bilateral relations are excellent on the political level but also on the business level,” said Bettel. “We have a big economic delegation that is currently in discussions with its counterparts here in Israel.”

Bettel’s visit follows a 2015 trade mission from Luxembourg to Israel focusing on the finance, logistics, automotive components and clean technology sectors. This summer, a delegation of Israeli financial technology (fintech) companies reciprocated with a week-long visit to the European country.

“Trade between Luxembourg and Israel nearly doubled from 2014 to 2015. There is still a large potential but I’m also happy that we opened a Trade and Investment Office here in Israel in 2010,” Bettel added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the bilateral relationship between Israel and Luxembourg demonstrates a unique ability for small countries to assume leadership roles in the field of innovation.

“Israel and Luxembourg are two small countries but we’ve shown that two small countries shouldn’t be judged by our size,” said Netanyahu. “Innovation is the key to economic growth, to turn the promise of tomorrow’s technologies to better the lives of our peoples and I think for the peoples around the world,” the Israeli prime minister added.

Prime Minister Bettel said an additional focus of his visit to Israel is the field of education. He will visit the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to sign an agreement between universities to strengthen cooperation on the academic and student levels.

Jerusalem’s ties with Luxembourg have not always run smoothly. A significant portion of the European country’s population collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II, and did not offer an official apology until June 2015.

“I’m very happy that my Government, 70 years later, apologized to the Jewish community by saying that we were not all heroes in my country,” said Luxembourg’s Prime Minister. “It’s never too late to recognize mistakes, but the biggest mistake is not to recognize mistakes.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu acknowledged the apology, saying, “I expressed my appreciation for the forthright position that you took in Luxembourg regarding the events there during the Second World War. Your apology to the Jewish community was [also] deeply appreciated,” Netanyahu told Bettel.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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