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By Jacob Kornbluh & JI Staff

DAY 5: Netanyahu: It’s Going To Take Time: “We are here in the midst of a complex operation. We need to be prepared for the possibility that it may take time. This is a serious event and there will be serious consequences. We are working together in a considered, responsible and very determined manner.” Netanyahu urged the international community to decry the kidnapping: “I expect all responsible elements in the international community – some of whom rush to condemn us for any construction in this place or for enclosing a balcony in Gilo – to strongly condemn this reprehensible and deplorable act of abducting three youths.” After 5 days and without mentioning Hamas, the EU finally released a statement: “We condemn in the strongest terms the abduction of 3 Israeli students in the West Bank and call for their immediate release.” [Statement] (more…)

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By Jacob Kornbluh & JI Staff

DRIVING THE DAYUPSET IN ISRAEL’S PRESIDENT ELECTION: Dovish Knesset member Meir Sheetrit surprised everyone this morning by surging to 2nd place in the first round of voting. Out of 117 qualified votes, frontrunner Reuven Rivlin came in first place with 44 votes, Sheetrit in second place with 31 votes and former Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik with 28 votes. The momentum has now shifted towards Sheetrit as the top two face each other in the second round. WATCH LIVE BROADCAST [Knesset Channel] (more…)

Jews on de Blasio’s Inauguration Team

Bill de Blasio is getting ready for his inauguration.

Almost exactly one month before the January 1 date when he’ll take the oath of office, the mayor-elect rolled out his inaugural committee today, a list of names “from all five boroughs, every community and every walk of life,” as his transition team put it in a press release.

Jewish Members of the Inaugural Committee


Rabbi Heshie Dembitzer. Bobover Yeshiva B’nai Zion

L-R: Chaim Sieger hosts NYC mayor-elect Bill de Blasio with askanim Yitzchok Fleischer and Heshie Dembitzer. (Credit: Hamodia)

2. Matthew Hiltzik, Founder, Hiltzik Strategies

3. Yitzchok “Isaac” Leshinsky, CEO, Housing Bridge

4. Jona Rechnitz

Rahr and Jona Rechnitz (credit: NYDN)

Rahr and Jona Rechnitz (credit: NYDN)

5. Ronald Perelman, Chairman and CEO, MacAndrews & Forbes

6. Morris Missry, Partner, Wachtel Missry LLP

7. Jay Eisenhofer, Founder, Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.

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