The NYPD had the entire area around the Israeli consulate blocked off Thursday night. There was also increased security at Israeli government facilities and synagogues all over the city.
He wanted to get the world’s attention and he did it with a simple diagram that could be shown in elementary schools, only to the Israeli prime minister there was nothing elementary about the stakes at hand — stopping Iran from getting the bomb.
The first-term Republican says his first foreign trip was designed to tout business and trade opportunities in New Jersey for Israelis. It also helped him get a better grasp of the unique security challenges facing the volatile region
Grapel, a 27-year-old law student accused of spying in Egypt, had a dramatic reunion with his family in Israel after another prisoner swap.
A law student from Queens being held as a spy in Egypt will soon be released as part of another deal involving Israel to swap prisoners. After four months of worry, Daniel Grapel’s wish is finally coming true.
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured by Hamas in 2006 and now his release is expected within days. That has the Jewish community around the world, and in the Tri-State Area, overjoyed.
And after referring to the country as the “United Socialist States of America,” Williams sings “I’ll keep the USA and y’all can keep the change,” an apparent reference to President’s 2008 campaign slogan.
The United Nations Security Council took the first steps in considering the Palestinian’s request for statehood, meeting behind closed doors on Monday on the controversial bid. The arm twisting has begun.
There was a dramatic and defiant move at the United Nations on Friday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sidestepped two decades of failed negotiations and surged ahead with demands for Palestinian statehood.
The two spent about 40 minutes at the memorial Thursday night.
President Obama said in public what he is also saying in private — that a Palestinian state can only be achieved by the Israelis and Palestinians going to the bargaining table and tackling the hard questions that face them.
The Israeli proposal would allow the Palestinians to establish a state within existing borders in Gaza and the West Bank and deal with all the tough stuff later.
On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared he’ll travel here, to fight a Palestinian bid for United Nations membership as President Barack Obama tried to defuse a difficult situation.
With former mayor Ed Koch saying he cannot vote to re-elect Obama unless the president changes his recent stands on Israel, Bloomberg was asked whether it was a litmus test for him as well.
While President Obama was meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Washington, a protest was held at the Israeli consulate in Midtown Manhattan.