California Governor Gavin Newsom has denied any culpability in closing churches and other places of worship while allowing Hollywood movie and TV production to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with Los Angeles’ KABC-TV, Newsom said the state had “no idea” of Hollywood’s activities, adding that the decisions to shut down churches were driven by overwhelming medical data. He further defended the decision to allow certain productions to resume, noting that the industry had put in safety protocols and mitigation strategies to limit the spread of the virus. Newsom has also insisted that religious services remain among the state’s lowest-priority activities and warned that if the placement of safety protocols weren’t adequate, services could again be suspended.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has forcefully argued that recent reports of rising antisemitism in the United States are a result of long-standing tendencies in the country, rather than a new surge in anti-Semitic activity. Christie said that what is being seen is “unmasking” of pre-existing hatred rather than an increase in frequency or severity. […]
Israel President Reuven Rivlin defended the airstrikes in Gaza and the killing of Hamas operatives, saying that “we are fighting terror” and that there is “no other option” but to take strong action against those who threaten the safety and security of the country and its citizens. He noted that Israel respects the right of […]
The latest Fox News poll shows that American voters are divided on how the U.S. should respond to foreign conflicts, with 35 percent saying the U.S. should actively engage in conflicts around the world, 28 percent saying the U.S. should remain disengaged, and 37 percent saying it depends on the situation. The poll also found […]