Hana Lascov, a former LA girl describes her daily makeup routine since she moved to Israel. (We don’t actually know when this video was taken, but it’s great.)Video of the Day
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Ivanka Trump accuses the New York Times of distorting the facts about her father’s treatment of women in a story she says is “pretty disturbing, based on the facts as I know them.” Trump’s daughter, an Orthodox Jew, spoke to CBS “This Morning” show host Norah O’Donnell in an interview to be shown Wednesday.
“And obviously, I very much know [the facts], both in the capacity as a daughter and in the capacity as an executive who’s worked alongside of him at this company for over a decade . . . I was bothered by [the story],” Ivanka Trump says.
The New York Times Magazine on Sunday reported interviewing dozens of women who had worked with or for Donald Trump over the past four decades, in real estate, modeling and pageants, women who dated him, interacted with him socially — more than 50 interviews over six weeks. “Their accounts,” the report suggests, “reveal unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct.”
Those interactions took place in his offices at Trump Tower, at his homes, at construction sites and backstage at beauty pageants. And even though to him they were probably unimportant moments, the NYT story suggests they left lasting impressions on the women who experienced them.
But the NYT report is not entirely negative, which is often the case with the Republican presidential hopeful. “What emerges from the interviews is a complex, at times contradictory portrait,” it says. “Some women found him gracious and encouraging. He promoted several to the loftiest heights of his company, a daring move for a major real estate developer at the time. … He simultaneously nurtured women’s careers and mocked their physical appearance.”
Shortly after the magazine article had been published, Brewer Lane, one of the central figures being cited, who told of a humiliating episode where Trump displayed her before his guests at a pool party and forced her to put on a bathing suit, said in a Monday interview with Fox & Friends: “The New York Times told us several times that they would make sure my story that I was telling came across, they promised several times that they would do it accurately, they told me several times and my manager several times that it would not be a hit piece and that my story would come across the way that I was telling it and honestly and it absolutely was not.”
Lane said, “They did take quotes from what I said and they put a negative connotation on it. They spun it to where it appeared negative. I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump.”
The NYT report’s authors, Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey, told CNN, “We really stand by our story, we believe we quoted her fairly and accurately and that the story really speaks for itself.”
Ivanka Trump told CBS the Times distorted facts about her father to fit its “strong thesis” about him, and cited the “backlash” against the story since it published. “It’s been largely discredited since….Most of the time, when stories are inaccurate, they’re not discredited, and I will be frustrated by that. But in this case, I think they went so far. They had — they had such a strong thesis and created facts to reinforce it…. And, you know, I think that narrative … has been playing out now.”
Campaigning on Friday for his wife, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, in Ewing Township, NJ, former president Bill Clinton told his audience “I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state,” Politico reported.
When a person in the audience yelled, “What about Gaza?” Clinton responded, “She and the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt stopped the shooting war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.”
“She said neutrality is not an option,” the person in the crowd yelled back, meaning the US would always be on israel’s side.
“Depends on whether you care what happens to the Palestinians, as opposed to the Hamas government and the people with guided missiles,” Clinton said.
“They were human beings in Gaza,” the same audience member said.
“Yes, they were,” Clinton replied. “And Hamas is really smart. When they decide to rocket Israel, they insinuate themselves in the hospitals, in the schools, in the highly populous areas, and they are smart. They said they try to put Israelis in a position of either not defending themselves or killing innocents. They’re good at it. They’re smart. They’ve been doing this a long time.”
The audience responded with cheers to the Clinton comeback.
Then Bill Clinton said, “I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state. I had a deal they turned down that would have given them all of Gaza.”
Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy? Comedian and filmmaker Woody Allen on Wednesday became the target of much hilarity at the 69th Cannes Film Festival opening night which featured the premiere of his new film Café Society, The Independent reported. Master of Ceremonies Laurent Lafitte, known for playing the role of Antoine in the 2010 film Little White Lies, rolled up the old sexual allegations against Allen and against another Jewish filmmaker, Roman Polanski, into one unkind joke:
“You’ve shot so many of your films here in Europe, and yet in the US you haven’t even been convicted of rape,” Lafitte said, and the audience responded in shocked gasps.
See, Polish Jewish director Roman Polanski, whose film The Pianist won the Palme d’Or in 2002, fled the US in 1977 after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in California. Polanski had to live and work mostly in France and can never return to America, unless he’d like to sample the local prison system.
Woody Allen, for his part, faced accusations of pedophilia in 1992 after Dylan, his seven-year-old daughter, had told his ex-wife Mia Farrow that he molested her. Farrow filed charges with the police, but the case was dropped in 1993 after a probe by a police-appointed medical team concluded that Dylan had not been molested. Allen also admitted to having an affair with Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, whom he later married, in 1997.
“Thank you for coming tonight, sir,” Lafitte told Allen, “although it’s the least you could do. Your film isn’t even in competition. What’s the worst that could happen? …Or that it’s not as good as Manhattan?”
Woody Allen’s Manhattan was met with widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Mariel Hemingway and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Allen and for Marshall Brickman. Its North American box office receipts of $39.9 million made it Allen’s second biggest box office hit, after Annie Hall.
So it looks like the French have just learned the art of the Roast and are still not so adept at it. Where’s Don Rickles when you need him?
On Tuesday, the eve of the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism, the Knesset held the “Songs in their Memory” event in the presence of President Reven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and hundreds of members of bereaved families.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Welfare Minister Haim Katz, Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan and Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich recited poems.
The ceremony also featured performances by Shiri Meimon, Ninet Tayeb, Harel Skaat, Idan Haviv, Chief IDF Cantor Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, Uziya Tzadok and military bands.
The main national event on the eve of the Day of Remembrance was a joint initiative of the Knesset, Ministry of Defense’s Families and Commemoration Department and the National Insurance Institute’s Division for Terror Victims.
During the event, the stories of the following fallen soldiers and terror victims were told:
Yair Engel and Matan Polivoda, the Shayetet 13 soldiers who were killed in a diving accident;
Ben Vanunu, who was killed in Operation Protective Edge;
Abie Moses, who lost his wife and son and suffered severe burns during a terror attack near Alfei Menashe;
Lt. Col. Daniel Shipenbauer, the pilot who was awarded a citation for an operation in August 2006 and was killed in the helicopter crash in Romania;
Dafna Meir, who was stabbed to death in front of her teenage daughter inside their home in Otniel;
Border Police Cpl. Hadar Cohen, who was murdered during a terror attack at Damascus Gate outside of Jerusalem’s Old City after preventing the death of a fellow officer.
Yossi Dagan, head of the Shomron Municipal Council, has sent a letter of protest to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) over the fact that his region, Samaria, is being regularly ignored by the celebrated Air Force flyover airshow that seems to reach many other parts of Israel. Year in and year out, the track for the flight of every type of new and old aircraft in the air force’s arsenal, reaches Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and several additional cities in northern and southern Israel, but never Samaria (or Judea, incidentally). The flight also skips many of the “periphery” towns in Israel.
“I would like to reveal to you the frustration of many Israeli citizens because of this airshow. Unfortunately, for dozens of years the path of the flyover airshow has not been altered, and not all the citizens of Israel get a chance to enjoy it. This despite the fact that it is a national flyover, paid for by all of our taxes, and, more important, bears a national meaning for all of us,” wrote Dagan.
“If our sons are good enough to lead fighting units, if our communities are strong enough to stand up to terrorism, then it could be assumed that we, too, deserve to enjoy the national symbols of the celebration of Independence Day,” Dagan concluded.