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All major TV networks snub Obama’s immigration address

US President Barack Obama (RIA Novosti/Sergey Guneev)

ABC, CBS, and NBC rejected pleas made Wednesday by the White House to air the speech, scheduled for 8 pm ET, in which Obama planned to discuss his unilateral plan for immigration reform that will include temporary reprieve from deportation for as much as 5 million additional undocumented immigrants.

The networks, according to Politico, determined that the speech was political in nature, thus they balked from airing it over their usual primetime programming.

“There was agreement among the broadcast networks that this was overtly political,” Politico’s Mike Allen wrote on Thursday. “The White House has tried to make a comparison to a time that all the networks carried President Bush in prime time, also related to immigration [2006]. But that was a bipartisan announcement, and this is an overtly political move by the White House.”

Nevertheless, Obama administration officials disputed this assessment.

“In 2006, Bush gave a 17-minute speech that was televised by all three networks that was about deploying 6,000 national guard troops to the border. Obama is making a 10-minute speech that will have a vastly greater impact on the issue. And none of the networks are doing it. We can’t believe they were aggrieved that we announced this on Facebook,” a senior administration official told Politico.

After it was rebuffed by the networks, the White House took to Facebook on Wednesday to publicize a livestream link for Thursday’s presidential address.

“Everybody agrees our immigration system is broken,” Obama said in the social network post. “Unfortunately, Washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long. What I am going to be laying out are the things I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better, even as I continue to work with Congress.”

Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo will broadcast the speech live, according to Politico, as will cable news outlets CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

According to links from the administration, the executive actions will allow deferred deportations for 4 million undocumented immigrants based on criteria such as length of time spent in the US and family in the country. Another 1 million will get protection via other means, sources added.

The actions avoid special protections for farm workers and parents of Dreamers, or children brought as minors to the US by their parents, though some in these categories will qualify if they have children who are legal US citizens or legal permanent residents, AP reported.

In addition, Secure Communities, the program that uses integrated databases and partnerships between federal, state, and local law enforcement to deport undocumented immigrants, will be replaced by a new program, sources told Politico.

Following the midterm election earlier this month, Obama signaled he would go ahead with his own immigration plan given lack of action in Congress.

Republican Party representatives said the GOP should consider countering any attempt from the White House to unilaterally weigh in on immigration reform with an order of impeachment. GOP leaders have said that any executive action – just before the Republican Party takes complete control of Congress in January – would “poison the well” for the rest of Obama’s remaining two-plus years in office.

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More terror? More Palestinians dancing in streets


Palestinians in Gaza celebrated the meat-cleaver terror attack in Jerusalem that left five people at a synagogue dead by handing out cookies and candy and dancing in the streets, just like the celebrations that followed the Sept. 11 terror attacks and even the Boston Marathon bombing.

And while the actions outraged many – Fox News host Megyn Kelly incredulously told viewers to “Look at this, look at this” while running video of the street dancing – President Obama’s response suggested blame for both attackers and victims.

The president said in a statement “too many Palestinians have died.”

“At this difficult time,” he said. “I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and reject violence. We have to remind ourselves that the majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace.”

This despite a Pew Research poll from only a year ago that found 62 percent of Palestinian Muslims believe suicide bombing is “often or sometimes justified.”

It also showed that Hamas, the terror organization elected to run the government in the Gaza Strip, is viewed favorably by 55 percent of the Muslim public in Jordan, 52 percent in Lebanon, 49 percent in Egypt and 45 percent in Palestinian territories.

The Middle East Media Research Institute documented the newest celebrations with video from Al-Jadeed TV that showed Palestinians distributing sweets, raising axes and knives, and praising the attack as “heroic.”

A reporter said: “This was the scene in the Gaza Strip – the old and the young took to the streets in the city of Rafah, proud of the two young men from Jerusalem, who were fed up with the repeated Israeli attacks on the Palestinians and on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and they wielded their knives and axes, in a high-profile operation that shook the enemy entity.”

A man giving out sweets to drivers in passing cars said: “This is to celebrate the heroic operation in Jerusalem.”

A shop keeper said: “These are the sweets to celebrate today’s operation. We should be thankful to whoever carried out this operation. May God bless their souls and the soil in which they are buried.”

The reporter finished: “The will of the people lies in resistance and armed struggle – and even when it is with knives and axes – until Palestine is liberated from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea.”

See the video:

The attack killed a police officer, Sgt. Major Zidan Seif, 30, who responded to calls for help. Already dead in the attack were U.S.-born victims Moshe Twersky, 49; Aryeh Kupinsky, 43; and Kalman Levine, 55. They hailed from Boston, Detroit and Boulder, Colorado, officials said.

A British-born victim was Avraham Goldberg, 68.

According to tradition, their funerals were held almost immediately.

The attackers, who were shot and killed by police, were identified as cousins Ghassan and Oday Abu Jamal. Authorities immediately ordered their homes bulldozed as a disincentive for others.

In a Fox News interview with Kelly, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer said the endorsement of the violence – and even the lack of condemnation – is a “huge problem.”

He hypothesized a scenario in which terrorists killed people in a church in Washington, D.C., and observers responded by “dancing in the streets.”

“What type of action would America take?” he asked.

He noted such violence is lauded in the Palestinian media, newspapers and textbooks.

“What you’re expressing now is the right outrage,” he told Kelly. “Unfortunately, your expression is not shared by governments around the world.”

A Fox News video after the 9/11 attacks shows Palestinians cheering and displaying V-for-victory signs.

Another video, from MSNBC, featured Palestinians, including children, applauding and throwing candy.

Ari Lieberman at Front Page Magazine also reported how Palestinians cheered in Gaza after Americans were killed in a terror bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013.

“The Palestinian reaction to the horrific events in Boston was unsurprising and was in fact quite predictable. After the 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 people, the Palestinian response was quite similar. Old women were seen shrieking in jubilation while children passed out sweets and men cheered approvingly,” Lieberman wrote.

“These are Israel’s so-called ‘peace partners.’ These are the people who are demanding that Israel relinquish all the land liberated during the Six-Day War of 1967. And these are the people who want to establish a twenty-third dysfunctional Arab state called ‘Palestine’ alongside Israel’s most vulnerable and populated areas.”

Jewish Press reported at that time that Mohammad al-Chalabi, head of a Jordanian group, said he was “happy to see the horror in America.”

“Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there,” he said.

Meanwhile, international money, including hundreds of millions of dollars from the U.S., continues to find its way to the Palestinians.

According to an NPR report, a one-day conference in Cairo generated pledges of some .4 billion to help rebuild Gaza, which sustained damage earlier this year when Hamas started firing rockets at Israel and the democratic nation responded.

Of that, approximately 2 million was promised by the U.S., bringing the nation’s total aid to Palestinians for this year alone to 0 million.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tried to assure donors that their money would not be used by terrorists to build another set of tunnels through which to attack Israel.

In 2009, the Obama administration announced its intention of giving 0 million to rebuild Gaza after an earlier conflict between the Palestinians and Israel.

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