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Mayor Bloomberg Gives Restoration Update

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said ion Monday that an  estimated 115,000 New Yorkers are still without electrical service, down from 145,000 yesterday. The lack of electrical service is affecting the health and safety of those living in those areas, particularly during the current cold snap which is expected to continue for much of the week.

Staten Island, The Rockaways, and South Brooklyn were hard hit, and many of the those affected live in public housing.

The next storm expected on Wednesday could bring more flooding, but not on the scale of Sandy, but it does make the restoration and cleanup more difficult and urgent; and dealing with immediate human needs is top priority.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Sandy’s Ripple Effects Felt In Israel

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Hurricane Sandy’s fury created a ripple effect that was felt in Israel, as thousands of tourists, business travelers and ordinary citizens found themselves stranded on both sides of the ocean.

As of midweek, all flights from Ben Gurion International Airport to both JFK and Newark airports had been cancelled through at least Wednesday morning. With JFK Airport reporting heavy flooding and high winds across its runways on Tuesday, and Newark Airport dealing with high winds and sporadic power problems, it was undetermined when regular flights to Israel from the metropolitan New York area would resume. U.S. Airways flights to Israel from Philadelphia International Airport were also canceled through at least Wednesday morning. Once the region’s airports resume a normal flight schedule, El Al, Delta, United and U.S. Airways will have to deal with a backlog of thousands of passengers whose flights were canceled earlier this week.

Thousands of American olim and native Israelis who live in Modiin, Beit Shemesh, Tel Aviv and other cities in close proximity to Ben Gurion Airport and who regularly commute to their jobs in the New York, Boston and Washington areas, found themselves scrambling to rebook their flights. Many of these commuters board El Al’s midnight and early Sunday morning flights from Israel and then return home via late night flights on Wednesday evening from JFK and Newark airports.

Nature’s fury also exacted a toll on Israeli tourists trapped in their Manhattan hotels, as well as Israelis trying to make their way to the New York area for various functions. According to ynetnews.com, a religious resident of Jerusalem was scheduled to marry his fiancée in the New York area this week, but Hurricane Sandy kept them apart. “The excited grin has been wiped off the chattan’s face,” the groom’s father told ynetnews.com on Monday.

Israeli pop singer David Broza, in the midst of his annual concert tour across the U.S., told Yediot Aharonot, “The situation in Tribeca during the storm was terrible. The streets were filling up with water and power outages were expected. I had a concert scheduled in Manhattan on Thursday but instead my wife and I prepared ourselves just like during the [First] Gulf War. The difference being, instead of taping up the windows with plastic, we have life preservers.”

In the hurricane’s wake, many Israelis were trying to establish contact with friends and family in parts of Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and New Jersey.

Ironically, thousands of American business executives who were able to board flights to Israel earlier this week flooded into Tel Aviv hotels for a phalanx of annual conferences and meetings. According to the Tel Aviv Hotel Association, almost every major hotel in the Tel Aviv vicinity was booked to near capacity.

Steve K. Walz

Fuel Tanker Explodes in Saudi Arabian Capital, Killing 10

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

A fuel tanker which slammed into a bridge at a busy intersection in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killed 10 people and injured at least 50 on Wednesday.  Exploding into a ball of fire, it destroyed cars and smashed windows in buildings all around.

Malkah Fleisher

PLO Sources: Fayyad Not Resigning, Proposing New Government

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has not offered his resignation, but has presented instead a plan to the PLO leadership to form a more inclusive factional government, two PLO executive committee members in Ramallah told Ma’an Wednesday.

Ahmad Majdalani told Ma’an that Fayyad suggested forming a government including officials from every faction so as to evenly distribute responsibility before President Mahmoud Abbas returns to the UN in November.

Majdalani said the proposal was not met with applause during the most recent meeting.

Wasel Abu Yousef, another member of the executive committee, said Fayyad did not intend to resign, but “during the last meeting a few days ago there was discussion about forming a government of factions,” which would bring in more of the opposition.

Abu Yousef quoted Fayyad as saying that the Palestinian Authority is under pressure from a financial crisis that required a government of all factions.

Raya press reported Wednesday that Fayyad would discuss his resignation with Abbas soon. The president’s office denied that report.

Fayyad, who was replaced as finance minister in a government reshuffle in May, has indicated he would be willing to step down as premier if the electorate insisted.

Protests in September largely blamed Fayyad, a former economist, for a financial crisis resulting in part from the failure of foreign donor countries to meet pledges on time.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Captain Ziv Shilon Awakens, Salutes Following Attack

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Captain Ziv Shilon, who was taken to Soroka Medical Center in critical condition after being wounded by a Hamas bomb in the Kissufim area near Gaza on Tuesday regained consciousness on Wednesday, saluting his commander with the arm doctors are fighting to save.

When Southern Command Head Major General Tal Russo arrived at Shilon’s bedside following his return to consciousness, Shilon, who is still on a respirator, saluted with his right arm, which was mangled by the Hamas attack.  Channel 10 news reported Russo was deeply moved, choking up at the gesture.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called Shilon’s mother, Margalit, who told Israel’s leader that “I ask that he will prevail and live. I have cancer and cannot get out of bed, I ask you to see to it that he receives good treatment.”

Malkah Fleisher

Ceasefire Reported Between Israel and Hamas in Gaza

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

A purported ceasefire went into effect between Israel and Hamas on Wednesday at mighnight, apparently negotiated by Egyptian officials, putting an end to IDF strikes on terror installations in Gaza in exchange for a halting of rocket fire from terrorists.

The Israeli government did not confirm the announcement.

Over 80 missiles were fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza on civilians in southern Israel on Wednesday.  Three foreign workers and two Israelis were injured, and eight houses suffered damage.

IDF retaliation resulted in the deaths of three terrorist operatives from Gaza who were in the process of launching further attacks on Israel.

According to reports on Army Radio, the ceasefire was initiated by Hamas, who made its interest in making an agreements known through Egyptian intermediaries.  Sources in the capital city of Jerusalem said they believe Hamas initiated contact due to severe Israeli damage inflicted on their terror centers.

The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha begins on Friday.

In August 2005, opponents of the forced withdrawal of Jewish residents from the Gaza communities of Gush Katif warned that Gaza would become a hotbed of terrorism if Israel relinquished sovereignty on the area.  Since then, over 8,000 rockets have been launched against civilian targets in Israel.

Malkah Fleisher

Rockets on Southern Israel, 3 Foreign Workers Injured, IAF Hits 3 Launchers

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Three foreign workers were badly injured by Hamas and Popular Resistance Committee rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel on Wednesday morning.

The men, two of whom are in critical condition, were hurt when a chicken coop they were working in was attacked by missiles.

Seven houses also suffered direct hits as a result of the missile attack.  Dozens of rockets were fired on the Eshkol, Shaar Hanegev, and Hof Ashkelon regional councils.  In those attacks, one women was lightly injured running for cover and several Israelis were treated for shock.  School has been cancelled in the areas, with citizens urged to remain close to bomb shelters.

Seven rockets were also intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which were aimed at the metropolis of Ashkelon.

Israeli air and ground troops responded to the attacks, with Hamas leaders urging members to evacuate bases for fear of Israeli reprisals.  Fighter planes launched against three targets in northern Gaza, killing three Hamas terrorists – one in Beit Lahia who was preparing to launch another rocket and two more in another area planning to do the same.  IDF tanks also fired against rocket-launching targets.

In an interview with Army Radio on Wednesday morning, IDF Spokesman Yoav Mordechai assured citizens “if things in the south seem dreary, I promise you that it is worse in Gaza”.

Reports indicate that Gaza terrorists now possess launchers which can fire several missiles at once.

Earlier Tuesday, Palestinian terrorists detonated bomb in the Kissufim region on the Israel-Gaza border, seriously injuring an IDF company commander.  The soldier was taken to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba in serious condition.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to that attack at the beginning of a meeting with visiting Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, saying “Iran supported Hizbullah’s terror attacks in Bulgaria, Iran is supporting terror attacks now against us in Gaza,” and promising “we will fight and we will hit them very, very hard – very hard.”

Malkah Fleisher

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