Archive for March 6, 2019

Off Topic:  Israeli spacecraft snaps ultimate selfie on way to moon 

March 6, 2019

Source: Israeli spacecraft snaps ultimate selfie on way to moon – Israel Hayom

Picture shows the spacecraft Beresheet, Hebrew for Genesis, orbiting some 23,400 miles (37,600 kilometers) away, with the entire Earth as the stunning Apollo-style backdrop • Spacecraft, launched last month, shooting for a moon landing April 11.

Ilan Gattegno, Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff // published on 06/03/2019
   
The Beresheet spacecraft with Earth in the background 


The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet has taken the ultimate selfie on its roundabout journey to the moon, some two weeks after blasting off from Earth.

Organizers for the privately funded mission released the photo Tuesday showing Beresheet, Hebrew for Genesis, orbiting some 23,400 miles (37,600 kilometers) away, with the entire Earth as the stunning Apollo-style backdrop. A plaque bearing the Israeli national flag reads, in English, “Small Country, Big Dreams,” and, in Hebrew, “Am Israel hai” (the people of Israel lives).

Australia easily stands out in the photo.

The spacecraft is shooting for a moon landing April 11. It rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 21 and has been circling Earth in ever bigger loops.

Despite some early problems, Beresheet should be close enough to enter lunar orbit in early April. A touchdown would make Israel the fourth country to pull off a moon landing.

The Beresheet mission originally was part of the Google Lunar XPrize competition and even made the final cut before the contest ended last year without a winner.

The organizers decided to press ahead on their own, and the project was financed largely by Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson together with SpaceIL president and billionaire high-tech developer Morris Kahn, as well as other donors from around the world.

The idea of having the phrase “the people of Israel lives” displayed by the spacecraft originated with Dr. Adelson, who wanted to ensure that the spacecraft would carry a symbolic message that represents modern-day Israel, Zionism and the history of the Jewish people.

The Adelson family owns the company that is the primary shareholder in Israel Hayom. Dr. Miriam Adelson is the publisher of Israel Hayom.

 

Off Topic:  Senior Republican senator: Rising anti-Israel attitudes ‘disturbing’

March 6, 2019

Source: Senior Republican senator: Rising anti-Israel attitudes ‘disturbing’ – Israel Hayom

Anna Edgerton
Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) — A decision by House Democratic leaders to hold a vote on an anti-Semitism resolution that indirectly rebukes one of their own members, Ilhan Omar, has drawn the ire of her allies, threatening to open a generational rift in the party.

The Minnesota freshman’s name doesn’t appear in the resolution, which could go to the House floor as soon as Thursday, but it denounces anti-Semitism by describing tropes similar to some of those she has invoked. Omar has apologized for some of her controversial remarks and defended others.

“I am told everyday that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel. I find that to be problematic and I am not alone,” she wrote in a March 3 tweet.

The fact that the resolution doesn’t specifically refer to Omar has done little to calm her supporters among progressives, including fellow freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who said there are far worse examples of offensive behavior and statements in Congress. In some cases Omar’s supporters defended her underlying point that historic ties between the U.S. and Israel should be reexamined.

Threat to Unity

The vote risks new tension between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and high-profile freshmen who thus far have been supportive of her leadership strategy and agenda. Debate over the resolution has exposed a divide between older Democrats who sharply criticized Omar and some younger progressive freshmen in a historically diverse class of lawmakers. The differences challenge the unity Pelosi has cited as the party’s greatest asset in setting a bold agenda for their House majority.

A vote on the resolution was initially scheduled for Wednesday but was delayed as House leaders finalized the text. Asked Tuesday about the timing for the vote and the content of the measure, Pelosi said, “Congress is working its will.”

Pelosi said she had met personally with Omar regarding her comments.

Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old with an outsized social media presence, called the resolution a “nuclear option” on Twitter and urged Democratic leaders to use this moment for a lesson in inclusion, rather than censure.

“I believe that Ilhan, in her statement a few weeks ago, has demonstrated a willingness to listen+work w/impacted communities,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet. “If we called resolutions on sexist statements, a good chunk of Congress would be gone. To jump to the nuclear option every time leaves no room for corrective action.”

Ocasio-Cortez and Omar, together with Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, have called themselves a “squad” in social media posts and have publicly come to each other’s defense. Tlaib, who was on stage with Omar at an event last week when she made the comment about “allegiance to a foreign country” that’s been criticized, later compared Omar to “civil rights icons before us who spoke out about oppressive policies.”

Omar’s comments questioning the political influence of Israel drew strongly worded statements from veteran Democrats and committee chairmen for echoing historic prejudice against Jews. Omar, 36, has defended her remarks as furthering a foreign policy debate and pledged to “combat hate of all kinds.”

The resolution would be the second anti-Semitism measure to pass under the Democratic majority, although the first one was presented by Republicans in a surprise procedural vote on a resolution regarding Yemen — the same week Omar tweeted rap lyrics to suggest pro-Israel politicians were motivated by money. Omar apologized for those tweets, but defended her original question about the influence of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Republicans have also been accused of trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, on Sunday tweeted that the Democratic chairman of that committee, Jerrold Nadler, who is Jewish, was siding with billionaire and impeachment-advocate Tom Steyer, whose father is Jewish.

His spelling of “$teyer” was criticized for suggesting a connection between Jewish individuals and money. Nadler later tweeted that Jordan’s comment “counts as both inane AND anti-Semitic.”

Omar herself has been the target of prejudice and threats of violence. Last week, a display from West Virginia Republicans linked Omar, who is Muslim and wears a hijab, to the September 11 terror attacks. She has received death threats, and she says her experience coming to the United States from a refugee camp in Kenya has helped her understand persecution and weather her current controversy.

“I know what it feels to be someone who is of faith that is vilified,” Omar said in the same comments that inspired this resolution. “I know what it means to be someone whose ethnicity is vilified.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Anna Edgerton in Washington at aedgerton@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kevin Whitelaw at kwhitelaw@bloomberg.net, Justin Blum, John Harney

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©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

 

Off Topic:  Anti-Semitism Rebuke Threatens Rift Among House Democrats

March 6, 2019

Source: Anti-Semitism Rebuke Threatens Rift Among House Democrats

Anna Edgerton

Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) — A decision by House Democratic leaders to hold a vote on an anti-Semitism resolution that indirectly rebukes one of their own members, Ilhan Omar, has drawn the ire of her allies, threatening to open a generational rift in the party.

The Minnesota freshman’s name doesn’t appear in the resolution, which could go to the House floor as soon as Thursday, but it denounces anti-Semitism by describing tropes similar to some of those she has invoked. Omar has apologized for some of her controversial remarks and defended others.

“I am told everyday that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel. I find that to be problematic and I am not alone,” she wrote in a March 3 tweet.

The fact that the resolution doesn’t specifically refer to Omar has done little to calm her supporters among progressives, including fellow freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who said there are far worse examples of offensive behavior and statements in Congress. In some cases Omar’s supporters defended her underlying point that historic ties between the U.S. and Israel should be reexamined.

Threat to Unity

The vote risks new tension between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and high-profile freshmen who thus far have been supportive of her leadership strategy and agenda. Debate over the resolution has exposed a divide between older Democrats who sharply criticized Omar and some younger progressive freshmen in a historically diverse class of lawmakers. The differences challenge the unity Pelosi has cited as the party’s greatest asset in setting a bold agenda for their House majority.

A vote on the resolution was initially scheduled for Wednesday but was delayed as House leaders finalized the text. Asked Tuesday about the timing for the vote and the content of the measure, Pelosi said, “Congress is working its will.”

Pelosi said she had met personally with Omar regarding her comments.

Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old with an outsized social media presence, called the resolution a “nuclear option” on Twitter and urged Democratic leaders to use this moment for a lesson in inclusion, rather than censure.

“I believe that Ilhan, in her statement a few weeks ago, has demonstrated a willingness to listen+work w/impacted communities,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet. “If we called resolutions on sexist statements, a good chunk of Congress would be gone. To jump to the nuclear option every time leaves no room for corrective action.”

Ocasio-Cortez and Omar, together with Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, have called themselves a “squad” in social media posts and have publicly come to each other’s defense. Tlaib, who was on stage with Omar at an event last week when she made the comment about “allegiance to a foreign country” that’s been criticized, later compared Omar to “civil rights icons before us who spoke out about oppressive policies.”

Omar’s comments questioning the political influence of Israel drew strongly worded statements from veteran Democrats and committee chairmen for echoing historic prejudice against Jews. Omar, 36, has defended her remarks as furthering a foreign policy debate and pledged to “combat hate of all kinds.”

The resolution would be the second anti-Semitism measure to pass under the Democratic majority, although the first one was presented by Republicans in a surprise procedural vote on a resolution regarding Yemen — the same week Omar tweeted rap lyrics to suggest pro-Israel politicians were motivated by money. Omar apologized for those tweets, but defended her original question about the influence of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Republicans have also been accused of trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, on Sunday tweeted that the Democratic chairman of that committee, Jerrold Nadler, who is Jewish, was siding with billionaire and impeachment-advocate Tom Steyer, whose father is Jewish.

His spelling of “$teyer” was criticized for suggesting a connection between Jewish individuals and money. Nadler later tweeted that Jordan’s comment “counts as both inane AND anti-Semitic.”

Omar herself has been the target of prejudice and threats of violence. Last week, a display from West Virginia Republicans linked Omar, who is Muslim and wears a hijab, to the September 11 terror attacks. She has received death threats, and she says her experience coming to the United States from a refugee camp in Kenya has helped her understand persecution and weather her current controversy.

“I know what it feels to be someone who is of faith that is vilified,” Omar said in the same comments that inspired this resolution. “I know what it means to be someone whose ethnicity is vilified.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Anna Edgerton in Washington at aedgerton@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kevin Whitelaw at kwhitelaw@bloomberg.net, Justin Blum, John Harney

For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com

©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

 

U.S. deploys its most-advance THAAD anti-missile system in Israel – TV7 Israel News 05.03.19

March 6, 2019