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Israeli official: Biden returning to nuclear deal ‘will lead to a confrontation between Israel and Iran’

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Officials within Israel’s Likud party, a centre-right to right-wing political party in Israel, are apprehensive about a possible victory of former Vice President Joe Biden in the US presidential election, according to The Times of Israel Thursday.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has a strong relationship with the Republican incumbent Donald Trump.

On Sunday, Netanyahu commended Trump’s Middle-east policies.

The prime minister told reporters that U.S. bipartisan support has been “one of the foundations of the American-Israeli alliance.” He went on to say “that alliance has never been stronger” and praised steps taken by Trump in favor of Israel.

Likud officials are worried that a Biden administration will abandon the Trump peace plan between Israel and Palestinian.

Though accepted by the Netanyahu government, the peace plan was rejected by the Palestinians.

Biden has opposed Israel’s unilateral efforts to annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank, and said he would reinstate the funding and diplomatic relations with Palestinians cut by Trump.

Biden also has said he would attempt to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal–provided Iran were to return to its commitments as well.

After taking office, Trump pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, winning praise from Netanyahu but impairing relations between the U.S. and Iran.

Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister, has indicated to CBS News that the Islamic Republic’s leadership would prefer Joe Biden win the U.S. election.

Zarif said that “the statements by the Biden camp have been more promising, but we will have to wait and see.”  

He added that it’s not what the new administration says during the campaign that counts, but what it does in office.

“What is important for us is how the White House behaves after the election, not what promises are there, what slogans are made. The behavior of the U.S. is important. If the U.S. decides to stop its malign behavior against Iran, then it will be a different story no matter who sits in the White House,” the Iranian Foreign Minister said.

Biden’s position on the Iran Deal could lead to war between Israel and Iran, Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister, Tzachi Hanegbi warned on Wednesday night.

“Biden has said openly for a long time that he will go back to the nuclear agreement,” Hanegbi said. “I see that as something that will lead to a confrontation between Israel and Iran.”

Hanegbi told Channel 13 News that he, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and most Israelis saw the Iran Deal signed by the Obama administration in 2015 as “mistaken – and that’s an understatement.”

“If Biden stays with that policy, there will, in the end, be a violent confrontation between Israel and Iran,” he said.

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New York City Dems Push Law to Allow 800,000 Non-Citizens to Vote in Municipal Elections

The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections

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New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.

“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.

“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

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Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”

The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.

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