Every New Yorker has a 9/11 story, and mine is rather unremarkable.
I was driving my kids to school and turned on the usual pop radio station, but there was no music. A plane had struck the World Trade Center. By the time I dropped off my son Zack at school, the second plane had struck. By the time I dropped off my youngest, Jacob, then barely a year old, at my in-laws, the first tower fell. By the time I reached Yeshiva Of Flatbush to drop my daughter off, the world was in full-blown terror-attack panic.
Independent and soon-to-retire Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut offered some strong pro-Israel street cred to Queens Democrat David Weprin yesterday with his endorsement. The 2000 Dem vice presidential nominee and 2004 presidential contender is, of course, considered a major Israel defender in the Senate.
This is more than just a typical partisan endorsement since Lieberman, with a bone to pick against his former party for turning their back on him in his 2006 re-election bid, backed Republican John McCain for president in 2008, even speaking at the GOP's convention.
The legislative storm over the Clinton administration’s defiance of a law requiring that the U.S. embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is intensifying. But there are also indications that lawmakers, responding to Prime Minister Ehud Barak&
Several pieces of legislation are in the hopper and letters criticizing the administration’s position are flying down Pennsylvania Avenue, but lawmakers who threatened to strip away the president’s authority to waive penalties under the original Jerusalem Embassy Act have apparently decided to hold their fire.
Meeting with Jewish members of Congress last week, Barak said a decision to force the embassy move now could have implications for the peace process he is trying to revive.
Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the presumptive GOP frontrunner for president, is facing an uphill battle for Jewish support in one of the 2000 campaign's most heated battleground states.
Only 34 percent of Jews in New York have a favorable opinion of Bush, according to a poll released Monday by Zogby International. The figure is far below the 57 percent of statewide voters polled who approve of Bush. Thirty-three percent of Jews have a negative opinion of Bush, while an almost equal number have no opinion about the namesake of the 41st president, according to the survey.
After delivering a speech on the Middle East many Jewish leaders privately admit they could not have written any better, President George W. Bush began seeking international support for the reforms he demanded the Palestinians implement before their state is born.
President George W. Bush’s visit to Israel this week accomplished part of what it was designed to do — prompt Israeli and Palestinian leaders to begin talking about the seemingly intractable core issues standing in the way of a peace agreement.
On his arrival Wednesday, Bush spoke of the U.S. and Israel’s “deep desire for security, for freedom and for peace throughout the Middle East.” And he assured Israeli leaders that their two countries had a strong alliance that “helps guarantee Israel’s security as a Jewish state.”
As the Bush administration considered this week cutting financial assistance to Israel to protest the fence being built in the West Bank, Israeli officials and members of Congress blasted the idea.
“We are not going to give up on our security,” said Natan Sharansky, Israel’s minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs.
President George W. Bush’s highly touted speech this week on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis was viewed critically by many analysts, and even White House officials backed off the hyperbole to stress that the administration was merely limiting its efforts to strengthening the government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Stephen Weiner of Sunnyside, an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention that convened here this week, said that more and more of his fellow congregants at the Young Israel of Sunnyside who voted against George W. Bush four years ago are planning to vote for him in November.
The surprise announcement by President George W. Bush last Friday that he was on the verge of releasing the "road map" to Israeli-Palestinian peace was seen as a "gift to the Jewish people" by one observer and a cause for concern by another.
"It wipes away the accusation that the war with Iraq is to save Israeli hegemony in the region," said Stephen Cohen, national scholar of the Israel Policy Forum. "The president did more with that speech than all the programs of the last two years to combat anti-Semitism."
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