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The Day In Israel: Fri May 1st, 2009

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s aides fear that US President Barack Obama will make some surprise demands on issues like “West Bank” settlement construction, outposts and negotiations with the palestinians at their upcoming meeting in Washington on May 18.

This comes after Israeli officials in Jerusalem were surprised by this week’s LA Times report that the Obama administration has asked Congress to amend US law to enable the PA to receive federal aid even if Hamas joins a unity coalition.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

2:22PM: The IAF has struck 2 smuggling tunnels after palestinian terrorists fired a Qassam into the western Negev.

8:58AM: Hallelujah!

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Story:

The Israeli Consulate General in New York threw a party in the New York neighborhood of Harlem on Tuesday evening to mark Israel’s 61st Independence Day with the city’s African American community.

Three local gospel choirs performed with Israeli singer David D’or at the event, which was held for the second year running at Harlem’s landmark Apollo Theater.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off the evening with a speech hailing Israel’s achievements and the burgeoning relations between blacks and Jews in the United States.
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“Sixty-one years, it’s really quite an accomplishment,” he said. “We celebrate not only a remarkable birthday, but also a remarkable partnership between two peoples.”

The three African American ensembles at the event were Harlem’s own Bethel Gospel Choir, a teenage group from The Allen Cathedral of Jamaica, Queens, and Christian soul rocker Hezekiah Walker & LFC.

Bishop Roderick Caesar, of New York City’s Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, told the crowded theater that he was “determined to be one who brings unity and strength to each and every one of us as we endeavor to learn to work together.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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