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Friedman: The media blew things out of proportion – Arutz Sheva

In an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman spoke about the Trump administration’s stance on moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I know that US President Donald Trump is speaking with all relevant parties on the matter before he makes his final decision,” Friedman said. “This is his decision and I will let him speak for himself, when he deems the time right.”

“I told him of my opinion, but mine is one of many. The President’s job is to listen to all of the opinions and to decide the best course of action.”

Speaking of Trump’s upcoming visit to the Western Wall, Friedman said, “The President’s visit to the Western Wall, his speech, and his meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – were all variations on the same idea.”

“Trump is disconnecting from the events of the past eight years, and he will be seen as a pro-Israel leader, both in theory and in action.

“I assume that Trump’s upcoming speech will be very positive, and Israelis will feel good about it.”

Regarding the comment by a senior White House official that the Western Wall is not actually in Israel, Friedman said, “This incident was caused by a misunderstanding. What’s more important is that if this in fact was said, whoever said it did not speak in the name of the United States, and does not represent our policies.”

“The media acted unjustly, and blew things out of proportion.”

Friedman also said he himself intends to visit Judea and Samaria. In his opinion, the fact that he is a religious American Jew “does not create any conflict of interest.”

“I was chosen for this task because the President believes in me, and he appreciates my dedication,” Friedman explained. “More than anything else, the decision to appoint me ambassador was a declaration of support for Israel. That was his purpose. I hope when I finish my term people will agree that the decision to appoint me as ambassador to Israel gave Israel only strength.”

Regarding Jonathan Pollard, who was released from a US prison after being convicted of spying for Israel, but cannot return home to Israel, Friedman said, “The truth is that I have not yet spoke to Trump about the issue. Personally, I think Pollard has suffered enough. I think we need to allow him to come back to Israel. I think we need to allow him to visit Israel as long as he is healthy enough to do so. But again, I have not spoken with the President about it.”

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Israel’s Intel Prowess Has Long Helped US Presidents – Vocativ

If President Donald Trump blew Israels cover as the source of a vital nugget of intelligence about an ISISplot against the West in order to impress the Russians, the president who does not know what it is to know something unwittingly face-planted into a thicket of bushes that could trip up his intentions down the line.

Several years ago, a senior National Security Agency official told me that Israel has Syria absolutely wired. Their telecom infrastructure, military comms, FISINT everything. The official said that Israel had developed the capacity to selectively blank out Syrias air defense system. But both the U.S. and Israel worried, in the years before the Syrian civil war, about the presence of Russian scientists at air defense command and control facilities. Russia was spending hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade and patch the weaknesses in Syrias defensive network. (A few weeks ago, Israeli war planes flew across the Jordan Valley and unloaded bombs on targets outside Damascus. Syria fired its air defense artillery after the jets had successfully returned to their base inside Israel.)

Even as Israel keeps a watchful eye on Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, it has increased its own cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military and his intelligence services. Israel has sold to Russia a number of its high-tech kinetic drones, with fire capabilities rivaling that of the United States. It would presumably not want the Russians to know, for certain, that it also helps the U.S. monitor the gradual movements of Russian soldiers, spies and technology inside of Syria, nor the extent to which Syrian government communications are intercepted and given to the United States.

It would be hard for Russia not to assume, however, that anything Israel could do in Syria, it would do; and Russia surely knows, from own its experience that Israel acts principally with its own interests in mind, above all else. Rarely are major powers shocked (Shocked!) when relationships prove to have a hidden third wheel. Indeed, the U.S. and Great Britain have regularly spied on Israels drone operations over Syria and monitor Israeli military signals to pick up signs of imminent Israeli operations.

In the world of covert intelligence, the links between Russia (as the Soviet Union), Israel and the U.S. have taken the form of a classic French literary structure, le desir triangulair, with Israel often acting as the clandestine suitor, acting solicitous to both sides when its interests warranted, and then, months later, turning duplicitous and selling one side out in order to curry favor with the other.

From the threat of nuclear proliferation in Iran to the vaporizing of Hezbollah-linked narcotrafficking networks in South America, to the detection of Russian electronic warfare capabilities in Syria, to ferreting out the intentions of ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorist masterminds in the Middle East and North Africa, Israels signature blend of risky human intelligence operations and sophisticated technological capabilities have boosted American presidents ability to prevent strategic surprise and, without a doubt, prevented the unnecessary loss of American blood and treasure.

Without critical assistance from Israels Mossad, the U.S. government would not have been able to infect the Iranian centrifuge program with a zero day exploit that frustrated that countrys uranium enrichment program, a feat of covert daring that allowed the U.S. to negotiate the terms of a non-proliferation agreement much more favorably with the regime. (Separately, Israeli spies developed the means to assassinate key Iranian scientists involved in the program, bloody and effective operations that, a former CIA director told me, we did not know of beforehand, and wed find out about when wed read them in the press, and we knew enough not to ask afterwards).

But almost as often, the U.S. has found itself a target of Israels razor-sharp covert operations. The FBI has a squad of two dozen agents and analysts working full-time on Israeli counter-espionage cases today, according to a current U.S. official. And U.S. presidents have found themselves trying to temper the urgent fury of a tiny country confronting an existential threat from its neighbors, one with an undeclared nuclear weapons program that keeps its Arab neighbors perpetually obsessed with military balance, and one that has successfully faced down the panoply of threats and attacks that Americans were only dimly aware of before September 11.

Even the successful cyber penetration of Irans program escaped the boundaries of the tight channels that the two countries had kept it in, in part because Israel wanted to use the source code for other operations.

The U.S. has long suspected that the material stolen by Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard ended up in the hands of the Soviet foreign intelligence service. Israel, the U.S, believed, had traded information about U.S. satellite capabilities and the NSAs ability to track Russian submarines and command and control telemetry because, as Seymour Hersh reported in 1999, of continued Soviet permission for Jews to emigrate to Israel. Pollard was paroled last year after serving 30 years for espionage. The Israeli government continues to press the U.S. to allow Pollard to return to Israel before he dies.

At the highest level, the NSA has a senior officer working out of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, called the Special U.S. Liaison Adviser Israel, to coordinate policy and target information with Israels senior intelligence officials. At Fort Meade, the NSAcoordinates counter-terrorism collection against priority targets, like Hezbollah, and analysts from NSAs dedicated Hezbollah branch have trained alongside analysts from Israel in a fusion center outside Netanya in northern Israel.

At the same time, separated by steel walls, electronic barriers, and code words that restrict information distribution, the NSAs foreign counter-intelligence branch works to detect Israeli penetration of U.S. targets, and the NSAs Middle East and Asia division collects intelligence about Israeli political, intelligence and military operations, and intentions.

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Jonathan Pollard to Petition US Court Over Parole Restrictions … – Algemeiner

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Jonathan and Esther Pollard. Photo: Justice for Jonathan Pollard.

JNS.org Former American-Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard is preparing to petition the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York against the restrictions of his parole, and is scheduled to return to court May 17 for a hearing on the issue.

After serving a 30-year sentence on charges of espionage, the former US avy analyst was released from prison in November 2015 and has since been barred, under his parole conditions, from leaving his New York home between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Pollards parole conditions also forbid him from freely using the internet and speaking with the media. He is obliged to wear a GPS monitoring apparatus at all times and cannot leave the US.

May 15, 2017 5:06 pm

Pollards lawyer Eliot Lauer said the conditions of his clients parole are harsh, politically motivated and arbitrarily imposed, arguing they prevent Pollard from working and rehabilitating properly.

I believe our appeal has substantial merit. I am always hopeful of good results, LauertoldThe Jerusalem Post.

If indeed there has been a sea change toward Israel and the American Jewish community with the advent of the Trump administration, then it will be reflected in the ability of the 2nd Circuit to respond freely and honestly to the facts and the circumstances of the case, Lauer added. With a new administration in place, a change for the better is possible.

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Jonathan Pollard to petition against parole restrictions – Israel Hayom


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… respond freely and honestly to the facts and the circumstances of the case, and to cut the Gordian knot that keeps Pollard chained in America unfairly and unjustly," he said, adding that "with a new administration in place, a change for the better

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Longtime Austin Prep boys’ hockey coach Lou Finocchiaro of Saugus retires – Wicked Local Saugus

After 14 years at the helm of Austin Preparatory School boys hockey team, coach Lou Finocchiaro has decided to step down, according to an Austin Prep press release on May 11.

“I have thought long and hard about this,” Finocchiaro told his players prior to Thursdays announcement. “But its the right time. Its very hard for me personally. I love coaching and I love hockey it was a very difficult decision.”

During his tenure, Finocchiaro led the Cougars to nearly 200 victories and six Catholic Central League championships, while also watching many of his players become All-Scholastics. The team received almost annual invites to the Super Eight elite hockey tournament.

The Saugus native, who was the architect of Saugus High Schools first state hockey championship back in 1999, is also the longest-serving boys hockey coach at the co-educational Reading parochial school.

In 2016, Finocchiaro was inducted into the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

During last weeks announcement, he thanked the school, assistant coaches, team managers, athletic directors, trainers, headmasters, alumni and players for 14 great years.

Despite his many successes on the ice, he said his greatest achievements are the close relationships he established with his players. He receives wedding invitations from some past players, and maintains friendships with many of them.

“The relationships we developed were about a lot more than just hockey,” Finocchiaro said. “I believe I gave all I had, and did it right. Its been a great journey, and I have no regrets.”

Headmaster James Hickey, Ph.D., and Director of Athletics Jonathan Pollard thanked Finocchiaro for his dedication and years of service to the school.

“The impact coach Finocchiaro has had on our hockey program and the generations of student-athletes he has coached is simply immeasurable,” Pollard said. “Though we are saddened to see the end of an era, we know coach Finocchiaro has left our hockey program in a position to maintain its standing as one of the top Division 1 programs in the state. Though we are incredibly proud of the many wins, CCL championships and establishing a consistent presence in the Super 8, we are most thankful for the example coach Finocchiaro has set for our young men. He has undoubtedly led by example in instilling qualities like humility, sportsmanship, work ethic, and loyalty. These qualities are what ensure not only our student-athletes success in the game of hockey, but more importantly the game of life.”

Finocchiaros own son, Louis, is a current Prep senior, who played varsity hockey for his dad. He graduates next week.

Lous daughter, Olivia, plays hockey at Tabor Academy, and the coach lives with his children and wife, Dawn, in Saugus.

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Jonathan Pollard returns to court with new hope – Jerusalem Post Israel News


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Oral arguments in New York's Second Circuit Court will take place starting Wednesday on Pollard's appeal of US District Judge Katherine Forrest's decision to keep in place restrictive parole conditions. Those conditions were imposed when Pollard was …

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BEAT IT: Is Bury FC’s mascot Robbie the Bobby destined for chop … – Bury Times

Bury mascot Robbie the Bobby with fan Annabelle Griffin

BURYS famous Robbie the Bobby mascot might have reached the end of his beat!

The Shakers announced on Wednesday the beloved character, who has prowled the touchline at Gigg Lane for the last two decades, was now under consideration.

Fans have been invited to give their views online as to whether Robbie should be redesigned or sent to the big house.

Supporter services manager Ben Miles explained: Our mascot is something that has been underused for a number of seasons now, and will play a much bigger part in some of our plans for next season and beyond. The very least we need to do is re-design the suit, as the current one is in a state of disrepair.

Couple that with the reputation that Robbie has from a chequered past, it makes sense to carry out an assessment of the options available to us. Whilst we do have our own ideas, we want to hear from the fans. Their opinions are very important to us and they may also come up with a brilliant idea that we havent thought about.

Robbie was introduced in 1997 after promotion to division now known as the Championship and named after local politician Sir Robert Peel former Prime Minister and founder of the modern Police force.

The cartoonish policeman was once one of the most recognisable mascots in the Football League, especially after his antics caught the national headlines in 2001.

Lifelong supporter and amateur boxer Jonathan Pollard, the man who occupied the suit at the time, was sent off three times by referees during the course of the season leading to a review of mascot behaviour in the league.

He got in hot water for mooning at Stoke City supporters, fighting with Peterborough Uniteds rabbit mascot and ripping off his ears and also had to be restrained by stewards after brawling with Cardiff Citys Bartley Bluebird.

Fans can have their say by visiting the clubs website and carrying out a survey.

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Removing Active Content from existing eBay listings – Tamebay

This post is by Jonathan Pollard CEO & Co-founder of Codisto a provider of Amazon & eBay integration and listings tools. Marketplace Connect is a lightweight extension offering full integration for Magento, WooCommerce & Shopify. Xpress Lister is a browser based tool offering bulk edit of existing listings and bulk creation of new listings from spreadsheets.

eBays new Active Content rules for listings from June 2017 has been well reported. However, reports have generally focused on what Active Content is and recommendations of what to do for new future listings. Which leaves some important questions unanswered:

What about the thousands of sellers and millions of existing eBay listings containing Active Content? How do sellers remove Active Content from existing listings to enable sales history to be retained?

Personalised eBay listing templates are a good thing for sellers. They allow sellers to stand out from the crowd and promote their brand. However, sellers have often created different forms of their templates over time leading to listings with inconsistent templates that all contain Active Content. Quite often we see the HTML contained in listings varying from product to product depending on when the products were first listed, sometimes stretching back several years.

The heart of the Active Content problem for existing listings is eBays ugly architecture. To remove Active Content, the eBay template must be updated. The best way to architect a software solution that allows the updating of templates is to have separate template and product description elements (that is how we built Xpress Lister because it allows bulk updating of either templates and/or descriptions).

However, eBays architecture is such that the ebay description is a joint blob, containing BOTH the written product description AND the template HTML (used to make the listing look good). This means the HTML is intertwined with the written product description and any Active Content is intertwined in the HTML a messy blob.

For merchants to remove/replace active content from existing listings they must either:

1) Identify and replace the offending active content code intertwined in the HTML of the ebay description possibly on many different templates across many products. This involves using the Sell Your Item flow, clicking Revise listing, scrolling to Description, switching out of wyswig editor into html mode, copying that and pasting to an separate editor and picking through the HTML line by line! Moreover, it has to be done listing by listing! Very time consuming and a real struggle for many merchants; or

2) Wipe the slate clean by removing the old templates and applying new active content compliant template to every listing. However, there are two significant challenges here to this approach. Namely:

Applying the new template to every listing:

eBay doesnt provide sellers with a suitable tool (Turbo Lister doesnt include any template functionality). 3rd party template design services will provide Active Content compliant designs but they offer no means of distributing to the listings other than copy/paste listing by listing. Furthermore, even if merchants are prepared to apply the new code listing by listing on eBay by copy/pasting on each individual listing, once its deployed the template code is dumb or orphaned there is no way to make changes to the template later and have it automatically flow to every listing e.g. updating a logo or terms of sale its a case of going listing by listing AGAIN!

Having clean product descriptions to apply a template to:

Unless merchants have written product descriptions readily available elsewhere, the product description is only available on the existing eBay listings and is intertwined with the template HTML. This means sellers have to pick through the ebay description blob one by one to retrieve their written product descriptions.

Due to the reasons explained above, removing Active Content from existing listings to retain sales history is going to require a little effort. If you have written product descriptions available on a spreadsheet it will save you some time as some 3rd party listing tools offer the ability to import and bulk update your existing listings with clean descriptions and add an Active Content compliant template separately. But its also possible to clean Active Content if your descriptions only exist on eBay listings and you cant import from another source.

You can use Xpress Lister to remove Active Content for free by following our guide here.

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Comedic musical performed by Mouse River Players – Minot Daily News

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May 5, 2017

Submitted Photo From left to right, Ashlee Donovan, Khang Nguyen, Stephanie Chell and Eric Fetske share a bottle of wine in the comedic musical I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change.

Theatregoers can experience the good, the bad and the awkwardness provided by relationships, as the Mouse River Players present I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change, tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m at the Arlene Theater.

Originally produced by James Hammerstein, Bernie Kukoff and Jonathan Pollard, I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change is a zany musical that chronicles the various phases of romantic relationships.

From find the one to experiencing the madness of marriage, I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change pokes fun at couples attempts to secure a perfect union.

Michael Chappo, the stage manager of the Mouse River Players, believes theatregoers will share hardy laughs as they witness or relive the comedic acts performed throughout the musical.

One of the things that all humans struggle with are relationships, Chappo said. Sometimes, when we come into a relationship, we hold unrealistic expectations, especially in a love relationship. So, I think its really charming and funny to explore the trials, the drama and the awkwardness.

Featuring a cast of eight performers, audiences will watch young love bud into a mid-life crisis before blooming into a flourishing romance.

Making her Mouse River Players debut is director Margaret R. Weinert-Lishner.

Described by Chappo as fresh, exciting and innovative, Weinert-Lishner expressed great excitement about the creative energy displayed by her cast.

Every couple of minutes, different characters are singing different songs, Weinert-Lishner said. Its incredibly demanding for the cast and I am so proud of all the work theyve been doing.

To purchase tickets or learn more about I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change, visit www.mouseriverplayers.com/.

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Friedman: The media blew things out of proportion – Arutz Sheva

In an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman spoke about the Trump administration’s stance on moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “I know that US President Donald Trump is speaking with all relevant parties on the matter before he makes his final decision,” Friedman said. “This is his decision and I will let him speak for himself, when he deems the time right.” “I told him of my opinion, but mine is one of many. The President’s job is to listen to all of the opinions and to decide the best course of action.” Speaking of Trump’s upcoming visit to the Western Wall, Friedman said, “The President’s visit to the Western Wall, his speech, and his meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – were all variations on the same idea.” “Trump is disconnecting from the events of the past eight years, and he will be seen as a pro-Israel leader, both in theory and in action. “I assume that Trump’s upcoming speech will be very positive, and Israelis will feel good about it.” Regarding the comment by a senior White House official that the Western Wall is not actually in Israel, Friedman said, “This incident was caused by a misunderstanding. What’s more important is that if this in fact was said, whoever said it did not speak in the name of the United States, and does not represent our policies.” “The media acted unjustly, and blew things out of proportion.” Friedman also said he himself intends to visit Judea and Samaria. In his opinion, the fact that he is a religious American Jew “does not create any conflict of interest.” “I was chosen for this task because the President believes in me, and he appreciates my dedication,” Friedman explained. “More than anything else, the decision to appoint me ambassador was a declaration of support for Israel. That was his purpose. I hope when I finish my term people will agree that the decision to appoint me as ambassador to Israel gave Israel only strength.” Regarding Jonathan Pollard, who was released from a US prison after being convicted of spying for Israel, but cannot return home to Israel, Friedman said, “The truth is that I have not yet spoke to Trump about the issue. Personally, I think Pollard has suffered enough. I think we need to allow him to come back to Israel. I think we need to allow him to visit Israel as long as he is healthy enough to do so. But again, I have not spoken with the President about it.”

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Israel’s Intel Prowess Has Long Helped US Presidents – Vocativ

If President Donald Trump blew Israels cover as the source of a vital nugget of intelligence about an ISISplot against the West in order to impress the Russians, the president who does not know what it is to know something unwittingly face-planted into a thicket of bushes that could trip up his intentions down the line. Several years ago, a senior National Security Agency official told me that Israel has Syria absolutely wired. Their telecom infrastructure, military comms, FISINT everything. The official said that Israel had developed the capacity to selectively blank out Syrias air defense system. But both the U.S. and Israel worried, in the years before the Syrian civil war, about the presence of Russian scientists at air defense command and control facilities. Russia was spending hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade and patch the weaknesses in Syrias defensive network. (A few weeks ago, Israeli war planes flew across the Jordan Valley and unloaded bombs on targets outside Damascus. Syria fired its air defense artillery after the jets had successfully returned to their base inside Israel.) Even as Israel keeps a watchful eye on Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, it has increased its own cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military and his intelligence services. Israel has sold to Russia a number of its high-tech kinetic drones, with fire capabilities rivaling that of the United States. It would presumably not want the Russians to know, for certain, that it also helps the U.S. monitor the gradual movements of Russian soldiers, spies and technology inside of Syria, nor the extent to which Syrian government communications are intercepted and given to the United States. It would be hard for Russia not to assume, however, that anything Israel could do in Syria, it would do; and Russia surely knows, from own its experience that Israel acts principally with its own interests in mind, above all else. Rarely are major powers shocked (Shocked!) when relationships prove to have a hidden third wheel. Indeed, the U.S. and Great Britain have regularly spied on Israels drone operations over Syria and monitor Israeli military signals to pick up signs of imminent Israeli operations. In the world of covert intelligence, the links between Russia (as the Soviet Union), Israel and the U.S. have taken the form of a classic French literary structure, le desir triangulair, with Israel often acting as the clandestine suitor, acting solicitous to both sides when its interests warranted, and then, months later, turning duplicitous and selling one side out in order to curry favor with the other. From the threat of nuclear proliferation in Iran to the vaporizing of Hezbollah-linked narcotrafficking networks in South America, to the detection of Russian electronic warfare capabilities in Syria, to ferreting out the intentions of ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorist masterminds in the Middle East and North Africa, Israels signature blend of risky human intelligence operations and sophisticated technological capabilities have boosted American presidents ability to prevent strategic surprise and, without a doubt, prevented the unnecessary loss of American blood and treasure. Without critical assistance from Israels Mossad, the U.S. government would not have been able to infect the Iranian centrifuge program with a zero day exploit that frustrated that countrys uranium enrichment program, a feat of covert daring that allowed the U.S. to negotiate the terms of a non-proliferation agreement much more favorably with the regime. (Separately, Israeli spies developed the means to assassinate key Iranian scientists involved in the program, bloody and effective operations that, a former CIA director told me, we did not know of beforehand, and wed find out about when wed read them in the press, and we knew enough not to ask afterwards). But almost as often, the U.S. has found itself a target of Israels razor-sharp covert operations. The FBI has a squad of two dozen agents and analysts working full-time on Israeli counter-espionage cases today, according to a current U.S. official. And U.S. presidents have found themselves trying to temper the urgent fury of a tiny country confronting an existential threat from its neighbors, one with an undeclared nuclear weapons program that keeps its Arab neighbors perpetually obsessed with military balance, and one that has successfully faced down the panoply of threats and attacks that Americans were only dimly aware of before September 11. Even the successful cyber penetration of Irans program escaped the boundaries of the tight channels that the two countries had kept it in, in part because Israel wanted to use the source code for other operations. The U.S. has long suspected that the material stolen by Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard ended up in the hands of the Soviet foreign intelligence service. Israel, the U.S, believed, had traded information about U.S. satellite capabilities and the NSAs ability to track Russian submarines and command and control telemetry because, as Seymour Hersh reported in 1999, of continued Soviet permission for Jews to emigrate to Israel. Pollard was paroled last year after serving 30 years for espionage. The Israeli government continues to press the U.S. to allow Pollard to return to Israel before he dies. At the highest level, the NSA has a senior officer working out of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, called the Special U.S. Liaison Adviser Israel, to coordinate policy and target information with Israels senior intelligence officials. At Fort Meade, the NSAcoordinates counter-terrorism collection against priority targets, like Hezbollah, and analysts from NSAs dedicated Hezbollah branch have trained alongside analysts from Israel in a fusion center outside Netanya in northern Israel. At the same time, separated by steel walls, electronic barriers, and code words that restrict information distribution, the NSAs foreign counter-intelligence branch works to detect Israeli penetration of U.S. targets, and the NSAs Middle East and Asia division collects intelligence about Israeli political, intelligence and military operations, and intentions.

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Jonathan Pollard to Petition US Court Over Parole Restrictions … – Algemeiner

Email a copy of “Jonathan Pollard to Petition US Court Over Parole Restrictions” to a friend Jonathan and Esther Pollard. Photo: Justice for Jonathan Pollard. JNS.org Former American-Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard is preparing to petition the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York against the restrictions of his parole, and is scheduled to return to court May 17 for a hearing on the issue. After serving a 30-year sentence on charges of espionage, the former US avy analyst was released from prison in November 2015 and has since been barred, under his parole conditions, from leaving his New York home between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Pollards parole conditions also forbid him from freely using the internet and speaking with the media. He is obliged to wear a GPS monitoring apparatus at all times and cannot leave the US. May 15, 2017 5:06 pm Pollards lawyer Eliot Lauer said the conditions of his clients parole are harsh, politically motivated and arbitrarily imposed, arguing they prevent Pollard from working and rehabilitating properly. I believe our appeal has substantial merit. I am always hopeful of good results, LauertoldThe Jerusalem Post. If indeed there has been a sea change toward Israel and the American Jewish community with the advent of the Trump administration, then it will be reflected in the ability of the 2nd Circuit to respond freely and honestly to the facts and the circumstances of the case, Lauer added. With a new administration in place, a change for the better is possible.

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Jonathan Pollard to petition against parole restrictions – Israel Hayom

Israel Hayom Jonathan Pollard to petition against parole restrictions Israel Hayom … respond freely and honestly to the facts and the circumstances of the case, and to cut the Gordian knot that keeps Pollard chained in America unfairly and unjustly," he said, adding that "with a new administration in place, a change for the better …

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Longtime Austin Prep boys’ hockey coach Lou Finocchiaro of Saugus retires – Wicked Local Saugus

After 14 years at the helm of Austin Preparatory School boys hockey team, coach Lou Finocchiaro has decided to step down, according to an Austin Prep press release on May 11. “I have thought long and hard about this,” Finocchiaro told his players prior to Thursdays announcement. “But its the right time. Its very hard for me personally. I love coaching and I love hockey it was a very difficult decision.” During his tenure, Finocchiaro led the Cougars to nearly 200 victories and six Catholic Central League championships, while also watching many of his players become All-Scholastics. The team received almost annual invites to the Super Eight elite hockey tournament. The Saugus native, who was the architect of Saugus High Schools first state hockey championship back in 1999, is also the longest-serving boys hockey coach at the co-educational Reading parochial school. In 2016, Finocchiaro was inducted into the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame. During last weeks announcement, he thanked the school, assistant coaches, team managers, athletic directors, trainers, headmasters, alumni and players for 14 great years. Despite his many successes on the ice, he said his greatest achievements are the close relationships he established with his players. He receives wedding invitations from some past players, and maintains friendships with many of them. “The relationships we developed were about a lot more than just hockey,” Finocchiaro said. “I believe I gave all I had, and did it right. Its been a great journey, and I have no regrets.” Headmaster James Hickey, Ph.D., and Director of Athletics Jonathan Pollard thanked Finocchiaro for his dedication and years of service to the school. “The impact coach Finocchiaro has had on our hockey program and the generations of student-athletes he has coached is simply immeasurable,” Pollard said. “Though we are saddened to see the end of an era, we know coach Finocchiaro has left our hockey program in a position to maintain its standing as one of the top Division 1 programs in the state. Though we are incredibly proud of the many wins, CCL championships and establishing a consistent presence in the Super 8, we are most thankful for the example coach Finocchiaro has set for our young men. He has undoubtedly led by example in instilling qualities like humility, sportsmanship, work ethic, and loyalty. These qualities are what ensure not only our student-athletes success in the game of hockey, but more importantly the game of life.” Finocchiaros own son, Louis, is a current Prep senior, who played varsity hockey for his dad. He graduates next week. Lous daughter, Olivia, plays hockey at Tabor Academy, and the coach lives with his children and wife, Dawn, in Saugus.

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Jonathan Pollard returns to court with new hope – Jerusalem Post Israel News

Jerusalem Post Israel News Jonathan Pollard returns to court with new hope Jerusalem Post Israel News Oral arguments in New York's Second Circuit Court will take place starting Wednesday on Pollard's appeal of US District Judge Katherine Forrest's decision to keep in place restrictive parole conditions. Those conditions were imposed when Pollard was …

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BEAT IT: Is Bury FC’s mascot Robbie the Bobby destined for chop … – Bury Times

Bury mascot Robbie the Bobby with fan Annabelle Griffin BURYS famous Robbie the Bobby mascot might have reached the end of his beat! The Shakers announced on Wednesday the beloved character, who has prowled the touchline at Gigg Lane for the last two decades, was now under consideration. Fans have been invited to give their views online as to whether Robbie should be redesigned or sent to the big house. Supporter services manager Ben Miles explained: Our mascot is something that has been underused for a number of seasons now, and will play a much bigger part in some of our plans for next season and beyond. The very least we need to do is re-design the suit, as the current one is in a state of disrepair. Couple that with the reputation that Robbie has from a chequered past, it makes sense to carry out an assessment of the options available to us. Whilst we do have our own ideas, we want to hear from the fans. Their opinions are very important to us and they may also come up with a brilliant idea that we havent thought about. Robbie was introduced in 1997 after promotion to division now known as the Championship and named after local politician Sir Robert Peel former Prime Minister and founder of the modern Police force. The cartoonish policeman was once one of the most recognisable mascots in the Football League, especially after his antics caught the national headlines in 2001. Lifelong supporter and amateur boxer Jonathan Pollard, the man who occupied the suit at the time, was sent off three times by referees during the course of the season leading to a review of mascot behaviour in the league. He got in hot water for mooning at Stoke City supporters, fighting with Peterborough Uniteds rabbit mascot and ripping off his ears and also had to be restrained by stewards after brawling with Cardiff Citys Bartley Bluebird. Fans can have their say by visiting the clubs website and carrying out a survey.

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Removing Active Content from existing eBay listings – Tamebay

This post is by Jonathan Pollard CEO & Co-founder of Codisto a provider of Amazon & eBay integration and listings tools. Marketplace Connect is a lightweight extension offering full integration for Magento, WooCommerce & Shopify. Xpress Lister is a browser based tool offering bulk edit of existing listings and bulk creation of new listings from spreadsheets. eBays new Active Content rules for listings from June 2017 has been well reported. However, reports have generally focused on what Active Content is and recommendations of what to do for new future listings. Which leaves some important questions unanswered: What about the thousands of sellers and millions of existing eBay listings containing Active Content? How do sellers remove Active Content from existing listings to enable sales history to be retained? Personalised eBay listing templates are a good thing for sellers. They allow sellers to stand out from the crowd and promote their brand. However, sellers have often created different forms of their templates over time leading to listings with inconsistent templates that all contain Active Content. Quite often we see the HTML contained in listings varying from product to product depending on when the products were first listed, sometimes stretching back several years. The heart of the Active Content problem for existing listings is eBays ugly architecture. To remove Active Content, the eBay template must be updated. The best way to architect a software solution that allows the updating of templates is to have separate template and product description elements (that is how we built Xpress Lister because it allows bulk updating of either templates and/or descriptions). However, eBays architecture is such that the ebay description is a joint blob, containing BOTH the written product description AND the template HTML (used to make the listing look good). This means the HTML is intertwined with the written product description and any Active Content is intertwined in the HTML a messy blob. For merchants to remove/replace active content from existing listings they must either: 1) Identify and replace the offending active content code intertwined in the HTML of the ebay description possibly on many different templates across many products. This involves using the Sell Your Item flow, clicking Revise listing, scrolling to Description, switching out of wyswig editor into html mode, copying that and pasting to an separate editor and picking through the HTML line by line! Moreover, it has to be done listing by listing! Very time consuming and a real struggle for many merchants; or 2) Wipe the slate clean by removing the old templates and applying new active content compliant template to every listing. However, there are two significant challenges here to this approach. Namely: Applying the new template to every listing: eBay doesnt provide sellers with a suitable tool (Turbo Lister doesnt include any template functionality). 3rd party template design services will provide Active Content compliant designs but they offer no means of distributing to the listings other than copy/paste listing by listing. Furthermore, even if merchants are prepared to apply the new code listing by listing on eBay by copy/pasting on each individual listing, once its deployed the template code is dumb or orphaned there is no way to make changes to the template later and have it automatically flow to every listing e.g. updating a logo or terms of sale its a case of going listing by listing AGAIN! Having clean product descriptions to apply a template to: Unless merchants have written product descriptions readily available elsewhere, the product description is only available on the existing eBay listings and is intertwined with the template HTML. This means sellers have to pick through the ebay description blob one by one to retrieve their written product descriptions. Due to the reasons explained above, removing Active Content from existing listings to retain sales history is going to require a little effort. If you have written product descriptions available on a spreadsheet it will save you some time as some 3rd party listing tools offer the ability to import and bulk update your existing listings with clean descriptions and add an Active Content compliant template separately. But its also possible to clean Active Content if your descriptions only exist on eBay listings and you cant import from another source. You can use Xpress Lister to remove Active Content for free by following our guide here.

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Comedic musical performed by Mouse River Players – Minot Daily News

Weekender May 5, 2017 Submitted Photo From left to right, Ashlee Donovan, Khang Nguyen, Stephanie Chell and Eric Fetske share a bottle of wine in the comedic musical I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change. Theatregoers can experience the good, the bad and the awkwardness provided by relationships, as the Mouse River Players present I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change, tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m at the Arlene Theater. Originally produced by James Hammerstein, Bernie Kukoff and Jonathan Pollard, I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change is a zany musical that chronicles the various phases of romantic relationships. From find the one to experiencing the madness of marriage, I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change pokes fun at couples attempts to secure a perfect union. Michael Chappo, the stage manager of the Mouse River Players, believes theatregoers will share hardy laughs as they witness or relive the comedic acts performed throughout the musical. One of the things that all humans struggle with are relationships, Chappo said. Sometimes, when we come into a relationship, we hold unrealistic expectations, especially in a love relationship. So, I think its really charming and funny to explore the trials, the drama and the awkwardness. Featuring a cast of eight performers, audiences will watch young love bud into a mid-life crisis before blooming into a flourishing romance. Making her Mouse River Players debut is director Margaret R. Weinert-Lishner. Described by Chappo as fresh, exciting and innovative, Weinert-Lishner expressed great excitement about the creative energy displayed by her cast. Every couple of minutes, different characters are singing different songs, Weinert-Lishner said. Its incredibly demanding for the cast and I am so proud of all the work theyve been doing. To purchase tickets or learn more about I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change, visit www.mouseriverplayers.com/.

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