A framework for a nuclear deal with Iran has been reached, but significant hurdles remain.
At a White House news conference on Thursday, President Obama said the United States and the five other world powers negotiating with Switzerland had reached a “historic understanding with Iran” on a deal that, if fully implemented, would prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The deadline for a comprehensive agreement is June 30.
In a sharply worded statement today, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly “condemned” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for making divisive comments Tuesday when he urged Israelis in a video message to get out and vote because “Arab voters are going en masse to the polls” and thus threatening the country’s “rightwing government.”
The Rabbinical Assembly thus became the first major Jewish organization to strongly criticize Netanyahu for what many have termed racist comments.
Two of the insurance brokers involved in a $9 million kickback scheme at the nonprofit Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty were sentenced today, Feb. 13, to five years probation and each was ordered to pay $1.5 million they admitting stealing from Met Council.
The two men, who were also ordered to surrender their broker’s licenses, were Solomon Ross and William Lieber. They have each already paid back $1 million, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
The scandal involving the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which provided a stunning example of charities fraud and toppled one of the Jewish communal world’s most respected figures, might not be over, The Jewish Week has learned.