Daily Kickoff: JI Interview with Joe Lieberman | Clinton, Trump trade punch lines at Al Smith Dinner | Shabbat 2016 Dinner Tonight in San Francisco

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HAPPENING TONIGHT: The #Shabbat2016 series, a collaboration between Jewish Insider, OneTable and the Schusterman Foundation’s REALITY Initiative, will continue this evening in San Francisco at aFriday night dinner hosted by the magnificent Jason Friend. The evening will feature Kabbalat Shabbat, Jason’s delectable homemade challah as well as remarks from Erin Schrode on Redefining Civic Engagement. Special thanks to the Paul E. Singer Foundation for their kind support [RSVP] • Read “Dinner Party Politics” by OneTable’s Zoe Plotsky [OneTable]

HEARD LAST NIGHT: “Clinton and Trump Trade Punch Lines Instead of Punches at the Al Smith Dinner” by Ashley Parker and Matt Flegenheimer: “Breaking with decades of tradition at the gathering once he took the microphone, Mr. Trump set off on a blistering, grievance-filled performance that translated poorly to the staid setting, stunning many of the well-heeled guests who had filed into the Waldorf Astoria hotel for an uncommon spectacle: an attempted détente in a campaign so caustic that the candidates, less than 24 hours earlier, declined to shake hands on a debate stage. Relations did not much improve.” [NYTimes] • “At charity roast, Donald Trump delivered what might as well be a campaign eulogy” [WashPost]

Cardinal says candidates exchanged kind words: “Dolan told NBC’s “Today show” Friday that at one point at the dinner, Trump leaned in and told Clinton: “You are one tough and talented woman.” According to Dolan, Clinton responded by saying: “Whatever happens, we need to work together afterward.” At the dinner, Dolan called his seat between Trump and Clinton the “iciest place on earth.””[AP]

— Trump acknowledged Schumer at the start of his remarks: “Hi Chuck. (thumbs up). He used to love me when I was a Democrat.” Schumer: “There’s still hope, Donald. Come on.”

Hillary dings Trump: “It is great, also, to see Mayor Bloomberg here. It’s a shame he’s not speakingtonight. I’m curious to hear what a billionaire has to say.”

Alfred E. Smith IV joked: “It could not be done without… the amazing support of the many devoted Catholics on stage, Catholics like Henry Kissinger, Howard Rubenstein, Mort Zuckerman (laughter).”[YouTube] • Not mentioned but also on stage: Jim Tisch.

Howard Mortman: Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger embrace at the Al Smith Dinner. [CSPAN] • Chris Donovan: “Bernie Sanders would probably not approve.” [Twitter

“Trump and Obama agree on one thing: Aleppo is a lost cause” by Josh Rogin: ”Given the latest White House decision to delay any action to respond to the crisis, President Obama may be ensuring that Trump’s vision of a fallen Aleppo becomes a reality. And like Trump, Obama seems to have concluded there’s not much the United States can or should do about it. One senior administration official pointed toward the slow pace of the bureaucracy in responding to the Aleppo crisis as evidence the White House has decided that Aleppo can’t be saved and therefore the United States should not try.” [WashPost

JI INTERVIEW with Joe Lieberman: The former Senator discussed his support for Hillary Clinton, the Jewish vote, and who his friends McCain and Graham will vote for while he campaigned in South Florida for the Clinton-Kaine ticket in the Jewish community.

On the final TV debate: “I thought that Secretary Clinton won the third debate in a row. In other words, I think she proved she’s smart, she’s experienced, and she’s ready to be a leader. I thought Trump actually, for part of it, did better than before. He seemed a little more disciplined, and then he made a couple of big mistakes. And obviously, the biggest was that he got, I think, caught on his own campaign rhetoric, which lately has been focused on the election being rigged, and hesitated to say he would support the winner, which is really a violation of a kind of broadly-held nonpartisan American ethic that in the end, you accept the results of the election, and there’s the peaceful transfer of power. That’s what is one of the great things about America. So I think that will worry people. It probably won’t upset too many of his supporters now, but I think for people who may have thought at some point about supporting Trump, and have grown increasingly concerned in recent days about his focus on the election being rigged, which there’s no evidence of that whatsoever. What he said last night, will, I think, persuade the persuadables that Hillary Clinton is their best choice.”

On the 2000 election outcome: “I am in Florida this morning, so I always think about it. The 2000 campaign was a wonderful experience for me and my family, obviously until election night. And to have the honor of being the first Jewish-American on a national ticket, and that ticket actually got 544,000 more votes than the other ticket really was proof of the openness and fairness and acceptance of the American people… It was very close in Florida, and to me what was frustrating, disappointing, at the time infuriating, was that the decision was made by the U.S. Supreme Court, five justices, not ultimately by the votes of people in Florida being counted. But I do want to say this: the U.S. Supreme Court decision did open a door to another step for Al Gore, which was to go back to the Florida Supreme Court and ask for a recount of all the votes in the state. And Vice President Gore, to his credit, I remember we talked about it, late on the night that the Supreme Court of the U.S. decision came down, he said it’s time for the good of the country to end this… That was not easy, but Al Gore really did the right thing. That’s why what Trump said last night was so surprising and troubling.”

On the Orthodox Jewish vote: “The modern Orthodox are probably already trending more towards Hillary based on not only on feeling that she is a more proven, reliable, predictable supporter of Israel, but also because they are troubled by the way in which Donald Trump has campaigned. I think we may be surprised by this. I think some of the same may be happening among the ultra-Orthodox/Hasidic community. And here’s the other thing about Hillary which is unique: She was the senator from New York for eight years. She got to know the Hasidic community. And I think, generally speaking, people had a good feeling about their relations with her. She tried very hard to be supportive. So I think the way this race is going within the Jewish world, one of those surprising results will be that Hillary Clinton will get a much higher percentage of the Orthodox vote than a Democratic candidate has gotten for a while.”

Q: Do you believe that the Jewish vote in Florida will make the difference in Clinton carrying the state?

Lieberman: “There is no question the Jewish vote in Florida will matter significantly. Hillary has pulled ahead here, but it is not over, and of course, as I know, as Al Gore was here last week, and he offered himself as Exhibit A for the fact that every vote counts in Florida. I offer myself as Exhibit B from 2000. One important thing here is that turnout, generally, is higher among Jewish voters than generally in the country. I think the Jewish vote will be very important here. So I am very glad to be here today to be helping. I feel very strongly she is the right choice.”

Q: Do you also feel, when you interact with voters, that people trust Hillary Clinton on Israel more than others in the Democratic Party?

Lieberman: “I do. I do. Look, I will be very blunt about this. There has been a kind of movement in parts of the Democratic Party toward what I would call a skepticism toward our relationship with Israel, and that troubles me a lot. But Hillary Clinton is not part of it. In fact, the best evidence is at the Democratic convention and the platform. She and her supporters defeated attempts to really alter the platform positions on Israel from what they have been affected. This platform is quite strong in support of Israel. I think Hillary Clinton as president offers the hope of the party becoming what it has been when it has been at its strongest and best, which is again, a center-left party, not a left party. I think that is the kind of party that can win, but also that can get things done for the country.”

Q: Who do you think your friends, Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, who condemned Trump and unendorsed him, will vote for?

Lieberman: “I really don’t know. Well actually, I do know. Unless they say something differently, they both, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have made clear that they are not voting for Hillary Clinton, and as you said, they are not voting for Donald Trump. So who they are voting for? I suppose if you see one write-in vote in Arizona and one in South Carolina for Joe Lieberman, you will know who those votes came from.”

Q: Not Hillary?

“No, I don’t think so. These are two lifelong, really quite sincere Republicans. So it’s a most unusual turn of events that they have said that they would not vote for the Republican nominee. And in McCain’s case, he really held onto the idea of supporting Trump until that tape where Trump was so disparaging, disrespectful to women and he said he can’t be associated with him anymore. That is typical of what’s happened. One of the big stories will be, assuming Secretary Clinton wins, what happens to the Republican party. There is going to be a big fight for the heart and soul and future of that party.”

Q: Secretary of Defense or Secretary of State?

Lieberman: “I would say that the title that is most appealing to me is eighty.”

SCOOP: Jewish Insider has learned that Lieberman will be featured in a new highly targeted campaign kicking off this weekend by the “Jews for Progress” super PAC, aimed at Jewish voters who are still undecided or persuadable. [JewishInsider]

“Importance of undecided Jewish voters dwindles as White House race approaches” by Michael Wilner: “Persuadable Jewish voters in this election appear to be more conservative, observant, and concerned over US relations with Israel, according to several Democratic and Republican operatives. “The bigger the margin, the less important any specific group is,” said Mark Mellman.”[JPost

“Trump spent massive amounts in September just before donors grew jittery” by Teddy Schleifer: “In recent weeks, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking, Adelson has grown frustrated with his candidate’s performance on the campaign trail. People who have spoken with him say he has bemoaned Trump’s lack of focus and what he sees as squandered opportunities, instead choosing to launch intra-party attacks on Republican leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan. “Sheldon’s got to protect the House and the Senate, and Trump’s going after that isn’t helpful,” said one person who has spoken with Adelson recently. “He’s really upset with the way Trump’s been running his campaign.” Another Adelson associate noted that he, along with other high-powered donors, are more animated these days by the battle for control of the Senate.” [CNN

“Hedge-fund manager S. Donald Sussman gave $21 million to pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA” by Matea Gold: “Sussman has given a total of $21 million to the top super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton, putting him on track to be the Democratic nominee’s biggest political backer this cycle. In an interview with The Washington Post, Sussman said he gave Priorities USA $6 million in September and another $2 million this month. Other top donors for the month included hedge fund founder Steve Mandel ($2.5 million), Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz ($2.5 million) and Chicago venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker and his wife M.K. ($2.5 million), according to a Federal Election Commission filing released Thursday night.” [WashPost

“Will Donald Trump Stain Jared Kushner Forever?” by Ross Barkan: “Before Trump’s presidential bid, he was known as a fiscally conservative, socially liberal Democratic donor, whose only real burning political passion was Zionism. In that sense, he was just like any other multimillionaire trawling Manhattan, looking to deal… If Kushner had any political consciousness, Trump’s anti–free trade, anti-immigrant campaign must have rattled him, at least briefly. Or he must have wondered how he could silently stand by after his father-in-law said he would remain “neutral” in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, breaking with the Republican tradition of backing Israel at all costs.” [VillageVoice]

“Dirty money: Trump and the Kazakh connection” by  Tom Burgis: “On the face of it, Mr Trump was not a beneficiary of the apartment sales. The vendor was another limited liability company, Bayrock/Sapir Organization LLC. It was named after the developers that jointly built Trump Soho: the Sapir Organisation, founded by Tamir Sapir, from Georgia, and Bayrock, founded by Tevfik Arif, a Kazakhstan-born former Soviet official.” [FT]

“Let Fran Lebowitz Soothe All Your Election-Related Worries” by Emily Jane Fox: “The only thing I’ve ever liked about Donald Trump, the only saving grace, is that he’s not Jewish. . . . Because he’s an anti-Semite’s idea of a Jew.” [VanityFair]

More Podesta emails – Paul Begala, who served as a strategist to the campaign of Isaac Herzog in the 2015 election, to Podesta: “I have never seen anything like Bibi’s furious surge to the right in the last 4 days. Nothing like it in America. He had robo-calls calling the President “Hussein Obama, the Muslim,” he had ads saying the Arabs will vote in droves. He accused Herzog of wanting to divide Jerusalem. Bibi did not win because of Iran. He won because of race… All the smart guys in Tel Aviv thought Bibi was having a nervous breakdown. In the US you could never get away with those kind of racist appeals. But, man, did it work.” [03-18-2015]

Jewish Members of Congress Denounce UNESCO resolution denying Jewish and Christian ties to Jerusalem: “As Jewish Members of the United States House of Representatives, we strongly condemn any effort to blatantly disregard the religious histories of Jews, Christians, and Muslims.  That is why we fervently denounce the efforts of certain Member-States of UNESCO to continue denying Jewish and Christian claims to holy sites in Jerusalem, which have irrefutable historic significance for both religions.” [PressRelease]

“Jewish settlers invited Palestinians over for the holidays. Everything went better than expected” by William Booth and Sufian Taha: “The Efrat mayor, Oded Revivi, who is also a colonel in the Israeli army reserve, invited Palestinians from surrounding villages to come to his house and celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. A couple dozen Palestinians accepted the mayor’s invitation this week to share brownies, grapes, cookies, apples and coffee, alongside 30 Israeli settlers. This was a first. Everyone talked about peace. Nobody really talked about one state or two states.” [WashPost] • PA intel grills Palestinians who visited settler leader’s sukkah [TimesofIsrael]

“US, Egypt warn Palestinians not to push Security Council on Settlements before US elections” by Jack Khoury: “Both Egypt and the United States have warned the Palestinian leadership not to advance any moves at the UN Security Council until after the US presidential election next month. According to a senior Palestinian official, “the messages were sent both directly and indirectly to the Palestinian Authority, through Western and Arab intermediaries. The messages stressed that until the US election is over, Washington will veto any resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, including a denunciation of the settlements.”” [Haaretz

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: WeWork CEO Adam Neumann Expands Co-working Empire To India, Latin America [Forbes] • Barry Diller Reflects On Old Hollywood, His Paramount Days, and Philanthropy[VanityFair] • Kurt Cobain’s Estate: Maverick’s Guy Oseary & Live Nation’s Heather Parry to Co-Manage[Billboard

STARTUP NATION: “New venture capital fund to invest $5 million in haredi startups” by Jeremy Sharon: “Called 12 Angels, the new fund has amassed $5 million from some of the most prominent Israeli investors in the hi-tech sector, including Chemi Peres, co-founder of Pitango Venture Capital; Adi Soffer Teeni, general manager of Facebook Israel; and Dov Moran, whose company invented the USB flash drive. The “Start-up Succa” event brought entrepreneurs from the haredi community together with investors, entrepreneurs and partners from Israel’s tech community. KamaTech, a nonprofit organization that works to integrate haredim into the hi-tech industry, was founded four years ago by haredi entrepreneur Moshe Friedman and Zika Abzuk, vice-president of Cisco Israel with the help and guidance of Dr. Yossi Vardi, one of the founding fathers of the Israeli high tech industry.” [JPost]  

SCENE LAST NIGHT IN NYC: Councilman David Greenfield hosted Israeli Consul General Dani Dayan at the Sukkah of Mendy Reiner, founder of Renewal, in Borough Park. SPOTTED: Amir Sagei, Inon Elroy, Andrew Gross, Assemblymembers Nily Rozic, Phil Goldfeder and Steven Cymbrowitz; Mark Levine, Alan Maisel, Mark Weprin, Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Margery Perlmutter, Jason Koppel, Tiffany Raspberry, Aron Wieder, Kalman Yeger, Jenny Berger, Chanina Sperlin, Ben Barber, Alex Rappaport, Larry Spiwak, Oren Yaniv, Simcha Eichenstein, Pinny Ringel, Joel Eisdorfer, and Moshe Indig.

SPOTTED IN DC, at Avi Goldgraber’s Sukkah Party: State Dept’s Matt Nosanchuk; Slate’s Josh Keating; Elanit Jakabovics, president of Kesher Israel; John Doty from Rep. Jerry Nadler’s office; Amb. Norm Eisen; Georgetown Prof. Lindsay Kaplan; Sarah Arkin; NJDC’s Barbara Goldman Goldberg; Foreign Policy’s John Hudson; Abby Deift, Homeland Security; TOI’s Eric Cortellessa; Bluelight’s Debbie Rubin; Professor Ethan Porter, GW; AIPAC’s Elliot Brandt; Johnny Powell, Sec. John Kerry; Aaron Keyak, Steve Rabinowitz, many other friends, family, and residences of West End Place.

Jeffrey Goldberg: “I love America, part 4,392: A beautiful sukkah in the heart of the (Jesuit) Georgetown University campus.” [Twitter]

“Miri Regev’s Culture War” by Ruth Margalit: “She is often called “colorful,” a charitable description of her internal contradictions. She has amassed considerable political clout but views herself as a perpetual underdog. She rails against Ashkenazi and leftist elites yet is married to an Ashkenazi man who used to vote left. She uses a well-worn phrase to characterize Israel as “a villa in the jungle,” assailing the Palestinians, but speaks in glowing terms about Arab Israelis who “respect the laws of the country.” She identifies as conservative but sees herself as a champion of gay rights. She grew up in a traditional family — “ ‘feminist’ is a word I can’t relate to,” she has said — but spent 25 years in the Israeli military, rising through the ranks to become chief censor and then spokeswoman for the Israel Defense Forces.”[NYTimes]

New on YouTube — “”Just Jenna” is a story of Jenna Jameson journey to the Jewish faith and using her life experience to help others.” [YouTube]

SPORTS BLINK: “U of Maryland football offers a handy workaround for Shabbat-observant fans” by Gabe Friedman: “As Mitzpeh, the school’s independent Jewish newspaper, reports, the university allows students to obtain wristbands (instead of traditional tickets that require scanning) days before Shabbat.  There will always be some gray areas at a game, such as the inescapable jumbotrons that broadcast the action happening below. As one of Maryland’s Hillel rabbis, Aderet Drucker, told Mitzpeh, some Jews will see the giant TV screens as a deal-breaker while others will be happy that they can watch a screen on Shabbat without having to turn it on themselves.” [JTA; Mitzpeh

WEEKEND BIRTHDAYS: Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu turns 67… Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy at Harvard University, Shaye J. D. Cohen turns 68… Emmy Award winning reality courtroom personality, “Judge Judy,” Judith Sheindlin turns 74… Russian born classical composer and pianist, emigrated to NYC at four years old, a graduate of Julliard, Lera Auerbach turns 43… Director of Data and Evaluation at NCSY and the Orthodox Union,Dan Hazony… Dori Tenenbaum… Jerusalem Fellow at the Salomon Center for American Jewish Thought, Eliana Rudee… Mitch Davis… Brian Rosman

Australian billionaire, philanthropist and Chairman of Westfield Corporation, owner of shopping malls across the globe, Frank Lowy turns 86… Actor who starred in many high-grossing films such as Jurassic Park, Independence Day and sequels of both of those, Jeff Goldblum turns 64… Washington insider, political pundit and communications consultant, Hilary Rosen turns 58… EVP and chief professional officer of the Orthodox Union, Allen Fagin… Michelle Gordon… VP at West End Strategy Team’s NYC Office, Samantha Kupferman… AIPAC’s Associate Area Director for Bergen and Rockland counties,Ayelet Kahane… Richard Rubenstein


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Daily Kickoff: Ivanka — “My father will do the right thing if he loses” ; Trump — “I’ll keep you in suspense” | Adelson tells Trump to Dial It Down

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DEBATE RECAP: “Republicans despondent that Trump threw away final debate” by Alex Isenstadt and Katie Glueck: “Donald Trump’s rocky performance on the final debate stage did little to allay his party’s concerns that the GOP is headed for an electoral catastrophe up and down the ticket. “The biggest loser tonight was not Trump, the presidential race is over,” said Robert Blizzard, a GOP pollster who is working on a number of congressional races. “Instead, down-ticket Republicans lost tonight — they needed some help and got absolutely none.”” [Politico]

Trump says Iran should write the U.S. a thank you letter on Mosul offensive: “The leaders that we wanted to get are all gone because they’re smart. They say, what do we need this for? So Mosul is going to be a wonderful thing. And Iran should write us a letter of thank you, just like the really stupid — the stupidest deal of all time, a deal that’s going to give Iran absolutely nuclear weapons. Iran should write us yet another letter saying thank you very much, because Iran, as I said many years ago, Iran is taking over Iraq, something they’ve wanted to do forever, but we’ve made it so easy for them. So we’re now going to take Mosul. And do you know who’s going to be the beneficiary? Iran.” [CNN

Trump singled out Justice Ruth Ginsburg: “Something happened recently where Justice Ginsburg made some very, very inappropriate statements toward me and toward a tremendous number of people, many, many millions of people that I represent. And she was forced to apologize. And apologize she did. But these were statements that should never, ever have been made.”

– and George Soros: “And all of her donors — just about all of them — I know Buffett took hundreds of millions of dollars, Soros, George Soros, took hundreds of millions of dollars… Most of her donors have done the same thing as I do.”

HOW IT PLAYED: Debate stunner: Trump won’t say he’ll accept election result [AP] • Some Undecided Voters Turn On Donald Trump Over ‘Rigged’ Claims [WSJ] • Debate Swerves From Policy to Personal Attacks [NYTimes] • Trump claims Iran will ‘absolutely’ get the bomb on an otherwise Israel-free night[JPost] • During debates, Clinton’s weakness was defending her positions [WashPost] • Eli Lake: Trump’s Reliance on WikiLeaks Discredits His Case Against Clinton [Bloomberg] • John Podhoretz: Donald Trump just ceded the presidency to Hillary Clinton [NYPost]

EARLIER YESTERDAY — “Ivanka Trump: I expect my father to concede if he loses” by Ben Kamisar: “My father is in this to win it, and I’m not interested in talking about alternative outcomes. Of course, my father will always do the right thing, that’s the kind of person he is,” Ivanka Trump said during an interview with Time magazine’s Nancy Gibbs during Wednesday’s Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. “He’ll either win or he won’t win, and I believe he’ll accept the outcome either way.” [TheHill;TIME]

Bret Stephens: “Trump’s answer on accepting the outcome of the vote is the most disgraceful statement by a presidential candidate in 160 years.” [Twitter]

Ari Fleischer: “My favorite outcome: Trump wins by 2 electoral votes. Democrats call on Electoral College to vote Hillary. 1 elector switches. Trump sues. Supreme Court votes 4-4. Race goes to House. House deadlocks. It’s 1/20/17. No POTUS. Obama leaves. Ryan becomes POTUS.” [Twitter]

Teddy Schleifer: “Before the debate, Trump and his family sat down for lunch today at his hotel with Sheldon Adelson, Miriam Adelson and Foster Friess.” [Twitter

“Inside Team Trump’s Vegas Afterparty” by Olivia Nuzzi: Boris Epshteyn is a senior adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and late Wednesday evening, after the debate, he stood at the head of a long table in the half-empty restaurant of the Trump International Hotel here, drinking and eating jovially with the rest of the staff. But Epshteyn and his dining companions understand that their presence in Las Vegas in late October 2016, 6.5 points behind Clinton nationally on average, is a miracle in itself—he was never supposed to get this far, and neither were they. Every night until Nov. 8 might as well be New Year’s Eve.” [DailyBeast]

“Netanyahu: If Israel Doesn’t Act Wisely Ahead of End of Obama’s Term, We May Endanger Entire Settlement Enterprise” by Barak Ravid and Yotam Berger: “The prime minister described the time between the U.S. presidential election on November 8 and the inauguration of a new president on January 20 as a particularly sensitive period, the source said. Citing examples of actions taken by previous lame-duck presidents during this period, Netanyahu warned that Israel must avoid making mistakes during those 10 weeks.  “We need to act wisely, and you, of all people, ought to understand that,” the source quoted Netanyahu as saying. The Prime Minister’s Office said Netanyahu warned the settlers during this meeting that other U.S. presidents have used the end of their terms to advance initiatives contrary to Israel’s interests. “The prime minister added that he hopes this won’t happen again, and he expects the U.S. not to change its traditional policy of the last several decades and to prevent anti-Israel resolutions at the UN Security Council,” a PMO spokesperson added.” [Haaretz;JerusalemOnline]

More Podesta emails — Podesta reassured his daughter that Hillary would be better for Israel than Obama was: “Obama developed a real feud with Bibi, but she has been a staunch defender of Israel since her Senate days. Probably her very best supporters are Haim Saban, and Danny Abraham who would not be with her if she wasn’t totally committed to Israeli security.” [05-12-2015

Jake Sullivan following Netanyahu’s pre-election comment against the two-state solution:“She is for a two-state solution and thinks the status quo is unsustainable. She had dozens of hours of convos with Bibi where he not only supported a two-state solution but actively negotiated to bring it about.” [03-18-2015

Sullivan to Podesta: “She just called to say she thinks she needs to say something, even something modest, on Israel. She is not out publicly for quite some time, so no easy way to build into preexisting event. Two Q’s / first, do you agree, and second, any thoughts on how she might do this? – could be an interview with a friendly reporter (do those exist?) – could be something written, but I’m skeptical – could be a call she makes to someone that she reads out – thoughts?” [03-25-2015

Elan Kriegel re: the Jewish Journal’s poll of U.S. Jews on the Iran deal: “As a Jewish person who supports the deal, I hope this poll is correct, but the way it was conducted was a little strange and I wouldn’t take too much stock in it considering some other factors *The way the poll was conducted* – They don’t seem to ask about when the respondent was last at synagogue or what type of Judaism they practice — which is strange – The way they found Jewish people was by taking a sample of people who have told them they are Jewish in other polls. I’m not sure they are weighting this to the actual Jewish population *Other considerations* – Many Rabbis are pretty upset with the deal — and, with respect to issues involving Israel, Rabbis will generally use their pulpit to discuss issues involving Israel. – Since this is summer, attendance at synagogue is particularly low, but I imagine that when fall comes around (specifically the High Holidays) this will flair up again.”

— Oren Shur, Director of Paid Media: “Yes, I didn’t appropriately account for the annual high holiday saber rattle (or is that a shofar?) – silly me.” [07-26-2015

“Trump to address Jerusalem rally” by Gil Hoffman: “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak via satellite next Wednesday to a rally for the unity of Jerusalem that the Republican Party in Israel will sponsor on the roof of the Aish HaTorah building overlooking the Western Wall. The rally came in response to the scandal involving UNESCO’s decision about Jerusalem.” [JPost]

Trump to Israel Hayom: “I think it’s incredible what’s happening with Israel and a lot of it has to do with [U.S. President Barack] Obama, because it’s just incredible that the relationship, I’ve never seen this before with Israel, from almost every point it’s negative. How anybody who loves Israel can support Hillary Clinton or Obama is beyond me, that I can tell you. It’s beyond me. I have people, I don’t call them friends because they’re not supporting, you know, I don’t call them friends, but I have people that I know very well that are supporting Hillary Clinton, I say, just out of curiosity, they, they love Israel, why? And they don’t even know, they can’t even give me an answer.” [IsraelHayom]

Ambassador Dan Shapiro: “I think we are all going to be relieved when these elections are over.”[INN

“Casino Mogul Sheldon Adelson Tells Trump to Dial It Down” by Brian Schwartz  and Charlie Gasparino: “The billionaire casino magnate recently sent an e-mail to Trump advising the GOP candidate to stop attacking Republicans he has feuded with during the increasingly contentious presidential run, and lay off what Adelson considers counter-productive attacks on the media. Instead, Adelson wrote in the e-mail that Trump should focus on major political issues that he believes could help him narrow what appears to be a growing polling gap with his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton… “Trump doesn’t listen to anyone—not even his family or Steve Bannon,” Adelson told one associate who spoke to FOX Business in reference to Trump’s new campaign manager. “I like Trump less and less,” Adelson said, according to this person.” [FoxBusiness

Steve Wynn on holding back support of Trump: “I respect Sheldon Adelson a lot, but he is black and white a Republican. I’m more of a guy that plays the face. I’ve been been a registered Democrat, I’ve supported probably as many Republicans as Democrats. I’m a proponent of a more efficient government.”[FoxNews

“Twitter’s anti-Semitism problem” by Ryan Lizza: “Only a fifth of the anti-Semitic accounts studied by the A.D.L. were suspended. “It is notable that they did suspend twenty-one per cent of the accounts,” Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the A.D.L.’s C.E.O., told me. “But there are seventy-nine per cent that they didn’t. It validates what I have heard from journalist after journalist, and others who have found themselves victimized: oftentimes the companies, and in particular Twitter, have not done enough.” Jeffrey Goldberg, the new editor of the Atlantic, is on the list of journalists who are most attacked on the service. “I can’t say that I’m not pleased,” he joked. “I mean, I finally made a top-ten list.” But he has stopped using the service as much as he once did, partly because of the unrelenting attacks.”[Newyorker]

“The Jewish, female vice-presidential candidate who may be on your US ballot” by Lahav Harkov: “Finn called her Judaism an important part of her life… In this election, like many Jewish Trump opponents, Finn has experienced antisemitism firsthand, particularly on social media… Finn said racism, including antisemitism, has simmered under the surface in the US, but Trump’s rhetoric has created a climate in which such sentiments can be expressed more openly. “These isms have been normalized in the public sphere. It’s not even specifically antisemitism; just the notion that you can discriminate based on race or religion has been normalized. I think it’s a real threat…and leaders who don’t stand up and denounce that kind of rhetoric are complicit,” Finn said.” [JPost]

“‘You’re practically crying!’ Joe Scarborough and Bill Kristol get heated” by Callum Borchers: “The former GOP congressman got into a heated argument with Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who suggested “Morning Joe” enabled the eventual nominee early in the campaign. “This show was really tough on Trump in late 2015 and early 2016,” Kristol said, his remark dripping with sarcasm. “Please don’t come on my air and lie,” Scarborough replied. And the fight was on. Scarborough: ‘I can’t even believe you’re doing this. I don’t know why you’re so bitter.’ Kristol: ‘I’m not bitter.’ Scarborough: ‘You’re practically crying! You’re practically crying!’ Kristol: ‘I am upset about this election. That’s right, Joe. ‘Cuz you think it’s amusing that Donald Trump is the nominee.'” [WashPost]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Jonathan Gray: The Man Who Revolutionized Real Estate Investing On Entrepreneurship In A Big Company [Forbes] • Steven Cohen May Return to Hedge Fund Industry When Ban Expires [NYTimes] • Discovery CEO David Zaslav: We Love Netflix’s Model [Bloomberg] • Stuart Goldfarb, Carmelo Anthony’s business partner, on the duo’s tech connection [ESPN]SPOTLIGHT: “Mark Zuckerberg on Peter Thiel and Donald Trump: ‘We care deeply about diversity'” by Alex Heath: “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg clearly doesn’t intend to distance his company from board member and Donald Trump supporter Peter Thiel. “We care deeply about diversity,” he wrote. “That’s easy to say when it means standing up for ideas you agree with. It’s a lot harder when it means standing up for the rights of people with different viewpoints to say what they care about. That’s even more important.”” [BusinessInsider]

KAFE KNESSET — Bibi Against the Broadcast Authority — by Amir Tibon & Tal Shalev: It’s not Jewish holiday season in Israel if there isn’t at least one political drama that disrupts the celebrations. This year, the big fight is over the fate of the new Israeli Broadcast Authority, which seems to be faltering just as it comes to life. The initiative to create a new, modern, non-partisan broadcast authority for Israel has been under discussion for years. In 2014, then-Communications Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) finally manged to pass a detailed plan to replace Israel’s old and crumbling broadcast authority. Yet after the 2015 election, when Prime Minister Netanyahu decided to keep the Communications Ministry to himself, things took a different turn. Now, it seems, Netanyahu is on the verge of burying the plan – despite the fact that – or perhaps because – hundreds of journalists have already been recruited to the new broadcast service.

Under the current plan, the government will have very little influence over the new broadcast authority. That’s why one of Netanyahu’s most loyal supporters in the Likud faction, MK David Bitan, is pushing forward a proposal to scrap the new, independent public broadcast, and instead stick with the current version. To make things even uglier, yesterday Israel’s Channel 10 reported that as part of this power struggle, people close to Netanyahu gave a “black list” to the managers of the new broadcast authority, containing the names of journalists critical of the Prime Minister and a “white list” of journalists favorable to him. The managers of the new broadcast authority rejected the lists, which according to the report, was the main reason Netanyahu finally decided to scrap the whole thing altogether. The Prime Minister’s Office denied such contact took place between them and the new broadcast authority, but the end result seems clear, either way.

SCENE LAST NIGHT — from a JI reader in Jerusalem: A dinner was held in honor of the dedication of the new Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel with guests from the US, UK, Monaco, etc. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the gathering and focused his remarks on the recent UNESCO controversy. Notable attendees included Karen Davidson, Gretchen Davidson, Ralph Gerson, Erica Gerson, Dorothy Gerson, Stephanie Gerson, Eli Saulson, Isaac Saulson, Darin McKeever, and Ashley Crain. [Pic]

“Who are the Samaritans and why is their future uncertain?” — “Samaritan attempts to distinguish themselves from both Jews and Palestinians makes sense given the febrile politics of the region. But it can also cause problems. As of 2015, only 777 Samaritans remain. Their gene pool is dangerously shallow. Young Samaritans have converted to Judaism in order to marry, since the religion prohibits unions with outsiders. Moreover, becoming a Samaritan is a big commitment.” [Economist]

SPORTS BLINK: “A Hasidic rabbi outside Wrigley Field teaches Cubs fans how to bless their team” by Aimee Levitt: “Rabbi Boruch Hertz, an emissary of the Lubavitch Chabad, built a sukkah across the street from Wrigley Field and encouraged everyone, but especially Jews, to come in and pray with him… Hertz was outside Wrigley during the infamous Steve Bartman game, though he claims no responsibility for what happened inside the ballpark; he was more pleased by the fans who lined up for a chance to recite a blessing and then shake the lulav (a wand of tree branches) and etrog (a citron). Rabbi Dovid Kotlarsky, Hertz’s son-in-law, took up the mantle of the Rebbe of Wrigleyville at the beginning of last season, when he moved to Chicago from Brooklyn. “For many people,” Kotlarsky said, “the Cubs are personal, and they want to pray for the Cubs’ success. So before you say ‘Amen,’ you can insert a short ‘Go Cubs, God bless the Cubs.’ “” [ChicagoReader]

BIRTHDAYS: Poet, essayist and literary critic, who has taught at Wellesley College, UC Berkeley and Boston University, Robert Pinsky turns 76… Music composer for many films, winner of six Grammys and an Emmy Award, Thomas Newman turns 61… United States Senator from Hawaii, following 8 years as a Congressman and two years as Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, Brian Schatz turns 44… Classical violinist and a 2008 winner of a MacArthur genius fellowship, Leila Josefowicz turns 39… Evan Zuckerman turns 27…

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TOP TALKER: “Israel cries foul over UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem’s religious sites” by Joshua Mitnick: “The United Nations’ cultural agency on Tuesday endorsed a controversial resolution on Jerusalem that Israeli officials have assailed as omitting the historical link of the Jewish people to the city. Though the decision has little if any impact on Jerusalem, it has heated up rhetoric surrounding the city’s holy sites at a time when Israeli authorities are already on heightened alert for potential clashes during the Jewish pilgrimage holiday of Sukkot.” [LATimesAP

“UNESCO won’t hold new vote on contentious Jerusalem resolution after Mexico withdraws request” by Barak Ravid: “Mexico announced during an Executive Committee meetingTuesday morning that it changed its stance due to the position being offensive and biased against the Jewish people and their historic connection to Israel. Earlier Tuesday, Mexico announced its intentions to trigger a special clause allowing them to demand a recast vote in order to change its decision. As part of Mexico’s changed position, Roemer, a Mexican Jew, was removed from his position overnight on Tuesday. A senior Israeli official said that the Mexican ambassador actually opposed Mexico’s original vote and tried to change his country’s decision but failed. Amid the Mexican Jewish community’s protests, it was decided to remove him from his position in an attempt to quell tensions.” [Haaretz; JTA]

“UN Rewrites Jewish History, and Jews Look on the Bright Side” by Daniel Gordis: “Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, insisted that UNESCO’s omission of the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem constitutes a “war on Jewish history.” Although Hoenlein and Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street rarely see eye to eye, last week they did. J Street said the resolution “outrageously seeks to rewrite history.” David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, pointed to the specifics of the vote as good news. Although 24 nations voted in favor and only six voted against (with 26 abstained), not a single European country supported the resolution.” [BloombergView]

“American-funded anti-Netanyahu Group Acted Legally, Israel’s Watchdog Rules” by Jonathan Lis: “Regarding V15, Shapira said that despite the allegations, “there were no positive findings of an organizational connection between the V15 entity and any specific political party.” In light of that finding, the fact that it sponsored messages about “changing the ruling party” or “voting for various blocks” was not sufficient “to justify the determination that a particular party received a [campaign finance] contribution, let alone a forbidden contribution, from an entity external to those parties,” he said.” [Haaretz; JPost]

More Podesta emails — Debate in Clinton camp over including Israel in campaign launch speech – Jake Sullivan: “Would add a sentence on standing up for our allies and our values, including Israel and other fellow democracies.”

Mandy Grunwald: “I though[t] this was largely for her TP with public events not fundraisers. Do we need Israel etc for that?”

Joel Benenson: “Why would we call out Israel in public events now? The only voters elevating FP at all are Republican primary voters.”

Sullivan: “She was Secretary of State.”

Robby Mook: “I’m w Joel. We shouldn’t have Israel at public events. Especially dem activists.”

Sullivan: “I won’t fall on sword over Israel but we need more than climate in that paragraph.”

Dan Schwerin: “What about this as a base, and then she can drop in Israel when she’s with donors: ‘Fourth and finally, we have to protect our country from the global threats that we see… And it means always standing up for our allies and our values, especially our fellow democracies.” [05-17-2015]

Laura Rosenberger sent Stu Eizenstat draft of Hillary’s Op-Ed to be published in The Forward: “The intent is to make this more about the relationship and her personal connection, and go lighter on the policy side (though of course still addressing that).” Eizenstat: “The readership of the Forward (which includes me) is generally more liberal on Israel issues. But obviously, what Hillary writes will have a much broader audience.” [11-02-2015

Anne-Marie Slaughter to team Clinton: “I’m worried that the hostility toward Obama among donors who buy Bibi’s line about his commitment to Israel could cause you to run away from his (and your) overall foreign policy record, which would be a big mistake in the same way that it will squeeze you into a corner that you do not need to be in and prevents you from making a bold case for your success as Secretary of State.” Podesta: “Can we switch HRC’s email and not tell Anne-Marie? Jeez, she emails her more than the three of us do.” [05-10-2015

Podesta on day after Netanyahu won reelection: “I thought Bibi was going to lose.” [03-18-2015

Hillary following Netanyahu’s apology on election day comments re: Israeli-Arabs: “This is an opening that should be exploited. A Potemkin process is better than nothing.” [03-23-2015

OVER THE WEEKEND — “Adelson, Icahn and Paulson chip in for Trump and GOP” by Jacob Pramuk: “Here are some of the notable donors to Trump Victory, one of the joint fundraising committees for Trump and the GOP: Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam both contributed nearly $250,000 to the committee in August. Activist investor Carl Icahn, who has defended Trump’s comments about women, gave $150,000 in September. Hedge fund manager John Paulson, another Trump advisor, gave $250,000 in July. Bruce Berkowitz of Fairholme Capital Management contributed $125,000 in two donations in the third quarter.” [CNBC

— “The most generous Trump supporters so far are Las Vegas Sands chief executive Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, who together gave the super PAC Future 45 $10 million last month. The Adelsons, who just began doling out major contributions, are now on track to leap to the top of the 2016 donor rankings. They have already given more than $52 million in disclosed contributions to GOP super PACs in the past two months, including $20 million a piece to the groups backing Republican House and Senate candidates.” [WashPost; WSJ]  

“Sheldon Adelson gives $1.2M to super-PAC supporting McCain” by Rebecca Savransky:“Adelson made the donation to the Arizona Grassroots Action PAC, which is aligned with the Arizona senator, in mid-August. GOP donors Paul Singer and Sam Fox also made sizable donations to the super-PAC, giving $250,000 each.” [TheHill]

Via JI reader — spotted at a Hillary for America Fundraiser in Short Hills with President Bill Clinton on Sunday: Owners of the Minnesota Vikings and philanthropists, the extended Wilf Family — including Zygi, Audrey, Mark and Jane; congressional candidate and former Clinton speechwriter Josh Gottheimer, and Aylon Berger, national chair of the High School Democrats of America.[Pic]

“Clinton plots mop-up of Trump’s global mess” by Nahal Toosi: “When it comes to the Middle East, where several of America’s Sunni-majority Arab allies are still smarting over Obama’s decision to negotiate a nuclear deal with Shiite-majority Iran, Clinton, if elected, may wish to take a low-key approach, said Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. There’s a risk, after all, in setting expectations too high, especially in a chaotic region unhappy with Obama’s hands-off approach to the Syrian civil war. “What she needs to do is have direct outreach and meetings, whether it’s in the region or back here, with the leaders of some of our longstanding, traditional allies, including Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia even,” Katulis said.” [Politico

“Israelis believe Clinton will push them harder on peace, back her anyway” by Marissa Newman: “The new data showed 41.8% of the Israeli public now says Clinton is the preferred candidate for the Jewish state, compared to 23.9% for Trump. At the same time, some 57.2% of respondents (62.7% of Jewish Israelis, 30.1% of Arab Israelis) fingered Clinton as the candidate “who will more heavily pressure the Israeli government to renew negotiations with the Palestinians if elected.” Just 7.6% of Jewish Israelis said Trump would.” [TimesofIsrael• Jonathan Tobin: Do Israelis Fear Trump?[Commentary] 

Trump retweets: “Go Mr. Trump! Israel is behind you!” [Twitter]

New ADL report – “Anti-Semitic Posts, Many From Trump Supporters, Surge on Twitter” by Jonathan Mahler: “More than 800 journalists have been the subject of anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter, with 10 of them receiving 83 percent of the total attacks. The report was careful not to suggest that the Trump campaign “supported or endorsed” the anti-Semitic attacks, but noted that many had been sent by his supporters. In a statement, a Twitter spokesman noted that the company’s policy prohibits anti-Semitic content and that it planned to introduce new policies and tools to ensure that its users felt safe in the coming weeks.” [NYTimes

“A Reporter Got An Anti-Semitic Death Threat From A Trump Supporter” by Claudia Koerner: “Hadas Gold runs Politico’s On The Media blog, and on Monday, a photoshopped image was tweeted showing her with a bullet hole in her forehead and the yellow badge the Nazis used to mark Jews. “Don’t mess with our boy Trump or you will be first in line for the camp,” a message with the image said. The Twitter account that sent the message has been suspended… Journalist Julia Ioffe tweeted about what had happened to Gold. In response, a newly created Twitter account named after a neo-Nazi blog sent her a gif of her face inside an oven, along with the yellow badge designating her as a Jew.” [BuzzFeed

“Florida Jews Could Tip Balance in the Ultimate Swing State — and Few Are Switching Sides” by Nathan Guttman: “Anti-Semitism? That’s a Democratic word,” said Roter. “Republicans are more for the Jews than anyone in the Democratic Party.” [Forward

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt: “Over time, it seems that we become desensitized to it, even numb. I even admit that ADL has stopped responding to every problematic statement or tweet we come across because, if we didn’t, it’s all we would do. “ [Medium

Bret Stephens: “One needn’t accuse Mr. Trump of personal animus toward Jews (there’s no evidence of it) to point out that his candidacy is manna to every Jew-hater. If you incline to believe that the world is controlled by nefarious unseen forces, you might alight on any number of suspects: Freemasons, central bankers, the British foreign office. Somehow, the ultimate culprits usually wind up being Jews… American Jews shouldn’t have to re-live the 1930s in order to figure out that the “globalist cabal” might mean them. “[WSJ

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks: “We have no knowledge of this activity and strongly condemn any commentary that is anti-Semitic. We totally disavow hateful rhetoric online or otherwise.”

“Trump fans boo, walk out on Amy Schumer show in Tampa” by Adam C. Smith: “About 200 people walked out of Amy Schumer’s comedy show at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Sunday when she mocked Donald Trump as, among other things, an “orange, sexual-assaulting, fake- college-starting monster.”” [TampaBay; Yahoo]  

“Ivanka Trump Doesn’t Flinch” by Anjali Mullany: “I categorically reject any people within a community that espouses hatred toward anyone, and my father does and has as well, so this is not support that I would be comfortable with. And I couldn’t be comfortable with my father as president of this country if I thought that he could be comfortable with that type of support, and I know that he is not, that’s why he’s denounced it.” [FastCompany]

“Congressional Republicans want to talk Tehran, not Trump” by Patricia Zengerle:“Although Iran is unlikely to be most voters’ main reason for choosing a candidate, strategists said the money could be well spent. Iran provides a distraction for Republicans concerned that the unpopularity of Trump  could also sink party members further down the ballot. Israel also opposed the Iran accord, as did AIPAC, the main U.S. pro-Israel lobby group. Support for Israel is important to voters, especially evangelical Christians who are a wellspring of Republican support.” [Reuters

“With Trump Down, GOP Jewish Group Steps in to Help Toomey in PA” by Leigh Ann Caldwell: “With Donald Trump’s poll numbers continuing to lag, the Republican Jewish Coalition has stepped into the Pennsylvania Senate race with a $500,000 ad buy to help the GOP’s Pat Toomey.”[NBCNews; YouTube]

“Schumer is focusing on the big prize: Senate majority leader” by Ed O’Keefe and Paul Kane: “Schumer, 65, is a force of nature. He estimates talking directly to at least six candidates a day… It’s a tall order for anyone, but Schumer’s confidants say he is ready for the job. “I call him the Jewish LBJ,” said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), whose narrow 2008 victory was overseen largely by Schumer from afar.”[WashPost• How Senate heavyweight Schumer plans to fix Congress’ gridlock [CNBC]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Start-Up Taking Aim at Bloomberg Terminals Hires Former Bloomberg Head Norman Pearlstine [NYTimes] • Air India, El Al and WestJet eye Washington DC service[FlightGlobal] • Tevi Troy: “America’s next president should learn from Israel on dealing with disaster”[JPost]
SPOTLIGHT: “Is Bill Ackman Toast?” by William Cohan: “These days, Ackman and his multi-billion-dollar hedge fund, Pershing Square Capital Management, are getting pummeled by a force even more powerful than John McEnroe on the tennis court: the market. Pershing Square, which had nearly $20 billion under management in March 2015, is down to around $11.4 billion after 18 months of massive losses in its concentrated portfolio of 11 companies, and in particular at Valeant Pharmaceuticals, where Ackman is the largest shareholder… It is unlikely, in the end, that Ackman will go broke. A source close to Ackman suggests that he has more than $6.5 billion in permanent capital, giving him a safety net for his problems.” [VanityFair]

LongRead: “What Will Become of Jared Kushner?” by Chris Pomorski: “What will become of Jared Kushner, the Trump campaign’s smooth-faced consigliere, who just last week broke his regular observance of the Sabbath for a strategy meeting in Trump Tower to help his father-in-law (in Yiddish, shver) deal with a tape of his extraordinarily vulgar remarks about women? Can his role be chalked up to a more-or-­less normal sense of loyalty and ambition? Does he remain the type of person that others want to do business with, or socialize with, even in New York? Or will Kushner be held responsible, in some important ways, for his role in his father-­in­-law’s campaign?” [Tablet• Trump son-in-law makes approach on post-election TV start-up [FT

“With $50m, Bloomberg thanks Museum of Science” by Shirley Leung: “I went every Saturday, and it changed my life,” recalled Bloomberg, 74, who attended classes there starting when he was about 10 and through his high school years. “It just showed me the possibilities and showed me what was out there in ways that traditional school didn’t do.” [BostonGlobe

“The Rosenberg boys: The Cold War’s most famous orphans” by Brit McCandless: “Now the brothers are seeking their mother’s exoneration, calling on President Obama to acknowledge that Ethel Rosenberg was killed for a crime she didn’t commit. “She was taken away from us,” Robert Meeropol says. “That’s as personal as it can get. But the fact that the government facilitated the invention of evidence in order to convict someone of a capital crime—that is something that should concern everybody.””[60Minutes]

KAFE KNESSET — Israel Katz’s Show of Force — by Amir Tibon & Tal Shalev: It was a significant power display, and felt almost like a pilgrimage: more than 5,000 Likud party members gathered yesterday in the southern community of Kfar Achim, to participate in the annual Sukkot reception hosted by Transportation minister, Israel Katz. It’s a 20 year old tradition, and has become one of the largest party gatherings, so the guests don’t really fit into a tabernacle with palm leaves, and instead of waving four species, they lined up for hamburger and hot dog booths.

Katz, considered one of the strongest figures in the party, was the man of the hour, constantly surrounded by fans begging for selfies. He has had quite a challenging year, accompanied by constant tensions with Prime Minister Netanyahu, who even threatened to fire him at some point. That’s why his tour-de-force last night was especially important for him, stressing that his political strength has not been affected. Almost all of the Likud ministers and MKs made it to the event, including Knesset speaker Yuli Edelestein, Likud Ministers Yuval Steinitz, Yariv Levin, Zeev Elkin, Gila Gamliel, Haim Katz and Ofir Akunis, and many more members of Knesset, mayors, party activists, and fans.

Since early September, when Netanyahu and Katz had a huge row over railway construction plans scheduled for Shabbat, Katz has kept an evident distance from the media and the public eye. But yesterday, the low profile attitude vanished. “I won’t discuss the issues of the past few weeks, but I will say that I will never use a Jewish holiday or any Jewish ritual for political purposes”‘ he said at the opening of his remarks, adding  – “even if others do,” hinting at Netanyahu, without explicitly naming him. When the crowd applauded and cheered the traditional chant “hoo-ha – who is coming – the next prime minister?,” Katz politely calmed them down, but it was clear he enjoyed the embrace. Netanyahu, who wasn’t present at the celebration, probably liked it a bit less.

Alex Soros posts on Instagram: “One hour off to take in some sights in Vilnius, home to what my ancestors from this region would call Vilna. Perhaps no city best exemplifies the effects of the Holocaust. Before the Holocaust Vilnius/Vilna had over 100 synagogues and this is the only one left. 40 percent of the city was Jewish before the German army arrived during #worldwar2, now that number is under 1 percent.”[Instagram

SPORTS BLINK: “Diamond diplomat: Southern Nevada high school coach helping popularize baseball in Israel” by Case Keefer: “Mitch Glasser and his cousin, Corey Westfall, broke out their baseball gloves nearly everywhere else during a 2010 birthright trip to Israel — from the banks of the Dead Sea to the beaches of Tel Aviv… He has a long-term goal of helping to bring America’s pastime to Israel. Glasser works as a substitute teacher and assistant baseball coach at Green Valley High during the offseason, and last month, he played second base and third base on Israel’s national team, which qualified for the 2017 World Baseball Classic by beating Brazil and Great Britain twice in a tournament in Brooklyn.” [LVSun]

“Shopping at the Grove With Ryan Lochte, Who Just Got His First Credit Card” by Jessica Pressler: “Perhaps for obvious reasons, at the last minute, Lochte’s publicist decides to come along. “Work is slow,” she says. “It’s Yom Kippur.” “What’s that?” Lochte asks curiously. “It’s the Jewish Day of Atonement.” “Wasn’t it their Thanksgiving two days ago?” “That was Canadian Thanksgiving.” “Oh,” says Lochte.” [NYMag]

BIRTHDAYS: Born in Vienna, Austria, oceanographer and professor emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, Walter Munk turns 99… South African-born developmental biologist, professor emeritus at University College of London, Lewis Wolpert turns 87… Executive Director of “Second Thought: a US – Israel Initiative,” former Israeli diplomat with multiple US postings,Yoram Ettinger turns 71… Founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, a leading opponent of all tax increases, Grover Norquist turns 60… Mayor of Jerusalem since 2008, following success as an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Nir Barkat turns 57… Founding president and CEO of Global Policy Initiatives, was White House Jewish Liason in the Bill Clinton administration, Jay Footlik… Michelle Fischler… Shira Moses… David Ochs

BIRTHWEEK: Michael Granoff turned 48… Engineer, philanthropist, co-founder and former chairman of Qualcomm, Irwin M. Jacobs turns 83… Birthright Israel Foundation’s David Fisher

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