FROM Rob Eshman
Violence in the Holy Land… Stirring the Streets of Los Angeles Over the past three weeks, the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict has seen yet another uptick in violence. At least 40 Palestinians and nine Israelis have been killed in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. And protests and deadly clashes have, once again, become the daily norm. Here in LA, any flare-up in the conflict reverberates through the large diasporic communities that live here.
American Jews Support Iran Deal, Want Congress to Approve It Prime Minister Netanyahu calls Iran an "existential threat" to Israel, and he's lobbying Congress to reject President Obama's nuclear deal. But by a wide margin, American Jews support the Iran nuclear deal…and they want Congress to approve it even more than Americans generally. That's according to a recent poll sponsored by the Jewish Journal , a nonprofit media company headquartered in Los Angeles. Rob Eshman is publisher. Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.
Netanyahu, the US and the Isolation of Israel The US and much of the world has long agreed that a two-state solution is needed to resolve differences between Israel and the Palestinians. After last week's reelection, President Obama told Benjamin Netanyahu the US will have to "reassess" its policy of supporting Israel unconditionally. In an exclusive interview with the Huffington Post , President Obama described what he told the Prime Minister in a phone call. "I did indicate to him that we continue to believe that a two-state solution is only way for the long term security of Israel if it wants to stay a Jewish state and democratic. I did indicate to him that, given his statements before the election, it is going to be hard to find a path where people are seriously believing that negotiations are possible." Netanyahu's warning about Arab voters sounded racist, and post-election claims that he doesn't really oppose a Palestinian state have been widely questioned. American Jews are divided, and Israel is becoming a partisan issue in Washington. After decades of American vetoes at the UN, will that mean allowing the Security Council to put Israel on the spot regarding settlements and a two-state solution?
Israeli Invasion of Gaza Hits Home Los Angeles is home to Israelis and Palestinians alike, and the war in Gaza is hitting home. Max Steinberg was a 24-year old native of Woodland Hills, a graduate of El Camino High School and student at Pierce College. He became a soldier in the Israel Defense Force and yesterday, he was a passenger in a personnel carrier apparently hit by a roadside bomb. Just hours before mourners gathered to remember Max Steinberg, the Israeli soldier from Woodland Hills, about 1,000 protestors marched from the Federal Building in West LA to the Israeli Consulate’s office.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple's Renovation, Synagogue Expansion Los Angeles' historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple is getting a $175 million restoration. When it's finished, Rabbi Steven Leder hopes to reach beyond his Jewish congregation to people of other ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The synagogue, constructed in 1929 under the direction of Edgar Magnin, known as the Rabbi to the Stars, is full of scaffolding from the floor to the 100-foot high dome.
Local Reaction to the Events in Egypt Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made a sort of history tonight. In a televised address to the nation, he declared that he would not stand for re-election in September. With close to a half-million Egyptians living in the Los Angeles region, we get local reaction to events in Egypt, including remembrance of a similar historic moment in Cairo in 1954, after King Farouk was deposed by a military coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser. We also hear from LA's Jewish community, which is America's second largest Jewish community after New York.
Synagogue Shooting Puts Jewish Community on High Alert Two men were shot today as they arrived for a dawn prayer service at Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic synagogue in North Hollywood. Both are expected to survive and police are investigating a possible hate crime. The incident led the Los Angeles Police Department to implement a security plan developed after September 11, 2001. Rob Eshman is Editor of the Jewish Journal .
Jewish Organizations in LA Lose Money in Madoff Scam Bernard Madoff says losses from his exclusive -- and fraudulent-- hedge fund may top $50 billion. What's being called "the biggest Ponzi scheme in history" was run in downtown Manhattan, but there are victims here in LA. Rob Eschman is editor-in-chief of the Jewish Journal .
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.