The first Jewish 24-hour TV news channel began broadcasting Wednesday in an effort to offer the international community an alternative to Al Jazeera.
Jewish News One (JN1) launched its broadcast from Brussels with producer Peter Dickinson announcing, "We are on air, JN1 began international broadcasting,” according to European Jewish Press (EJP).
Competing with existing media conglomerates such as CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera may prove to be a difficult task. For example, Al Jazeera TV broadcasts to more than 220 million households in more than 100 countries, according to its website. Several news agencies reporting on the station launch have dubbed JN1 as the "Jewish Al Jazeera." more >>
President Obama sent the world a message in his Wednesday speech to the United Nations General Assembly, where he said that Palestine’s desire to seek official recognition as a sovereign state from the U.N. “will not come through statements and resolutions by the worldwide delegation.” Obama also reiterated his pledge to veto the Palestinian statehood resolution if it comes in front of the U.N. Security Council.
American Jewish leaders have expressed their concern about the resolution, especially in light of Obama’s comments earlier this year saying that future discussions should take into account the 1967 lines between Israel and Palestine. The comments, which Obama claimed were misunderstood, angered the Jewish community and are causing some to rethink their support of Obama as the country is going into the 2012 elections.
“I am convinced that there is no shortcut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades,” Obama said in his remarks to the U.N. “Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N. … if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now.” more >>
President Barack Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York Wednesday morning, saying that there is no short cut to peace in the Middle East.
"I am convinced that there is no short cut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades," said Obama. "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N. If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now.
"Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians – not us – who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and security; on refugees and Jerusalem.” more >>
In a departure from his focus on domestic issues, such as Social Security and HPV vaccines, Texas Governor Rick Perry is now venturing into foreign policy. On Tuesday, surrounded by a group of Jewish leaders, Perry held a press conference in New York, declaring his strong support of Israel and criticizing President Obama on his Middle Eastern policies.
“I also as a Christian have a clear directive to support Israel, so from my perspective it’s pretty easy,” Perry told a reporter when asked about his views. “Both as an American and as a Christian, I am going to stand with Israel.”
“Simply put, we would not be here today at the precipice of such a dangerous move if the Obama policy in the Middle East wasn’t naïve, arrogant, misguided and dangerous,” Perry told reporters. more >>
As Palestinians officially kick off their bid for statehood recognition by the United Nations, a Jewish interest group is calling on President Barack Obama to stand firm with Israel and reverse his so-called “anti-Israel” stance.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said his group is determined to submit an application to the U.N. for recognition as a state, with the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem included as territories.
"It is our legitimate right to demand the full membership of the state of Palestine in the U.N.," Abbas said last Friday when announcing the Palestinian Authority's intentions. more >>
Palestine is expected to submit a formal letter requesting United Nations membership Friday, after the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the General Assembly.
Meanwhile, Israel and the United States hope to avoid any such showdown at the U.N. and instead focus on peace talks between the two Middle Eastern countries.
Abbas has received pressure from outsiders to drop the request, but claims he won’t be deterred from seeking what he feels is Palestine’s right. The majority of the world is expected to vote symbolically in favor of Palestinian independence. The territories seeking to be called the state of Palestine reside in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and land captured by Israel in the 1967 war. more >>