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Jewish Insider Daily Kickoff – Nov. 27

Israel, EU Resolve Spat Over Settlements: “Israel and the European Union resolved a four-month diplomatic dispute over new EU rules that prohibit public funds from going to Israeli entities located in territories claimed by the Palestinians. The deal, completed late Tuesday, clears the way for Israeli research universities and technology companies to be eligible for a prestigious EU scientific-grant program, which is expected to yield hundreds of millions of euros in financing for Israel’s all-important research-and-development sector. It also smooths Israel’s diplomatic ties with the EU, the Jewish state’s biggest trading partner, days after Israel was dealt a diplomatic setback when world powers struck an interim deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program that fell short of Israel’s wishes.” [WSJ]

Reuters Poll – Americans back Iran deal by 2-1 margin: “Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort falls through, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.” [Reuters]

Top Tweet from actor @RobLowe – “Um, is it just me or is it disconcerting that Iran seems to have a totally different view of the nuke deal terms?” (320 retweets, 244 favorites)

Iran vows to continue work at Arak plutonium site: [ToI]

Little short-term political price for Iran deal: [Politico]

Jewish groups raised concerns on Iran nuclear deal in calls with the White House: “Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents, said Jewish leaders “raised the concerns that are quite obvious to the community and the issues that have come up regarding the process of the accord [and its] implementation.” “We raised the questions about what the accord says about the [Iranian] weaponization program, the development of their ballistic missile system, what it says about the development and production… of centrifuges, what happened to the Arak [heavy water] facility… what happened to the uranium, why it was not removed, why they’re allowed to keep it, why the process does not call for dismantling the existing infrastructure as the [U.N.] Security Council resolutions call for,” Hoenlein told JNS.org.

–The White House officials, according to Hoenlein, in some cases “indicated that these are issues they will address in the coming months and the next stage, and this is only an interim agreement, and we only learned yesterday that in fact [the agreement] doesn’t go into effect right now, it only goes into effect once the joint commission [to monitor the agreement’s implementation] is established, once the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) is able to verify that Iran is living up to its commitment.” Hoenlein said that after the conference calls, Jewish leaders “understand [the deal] better, and that was the purpose.” Yet there is “every reason to be skeptical when you’re dealing with the Iranians,” he said.” [JNS]

NYTimes Front Page, Top Story, Top Fold — The Cancer Divide:  In Israel, a push to screen for cancer gene leaves many conflicted: “The country has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the world, according to a World Health Organization report. And some leading scientists here are advocating what may be the first national screening campaign to test women for cancer-causing genetic mutations common among Jews — tests that are already forcing young women to make agonizing choices about what they want to know, when they want to know it and what to do with the information.” [NYTimes]

Israel kills three al Qaeda-linked militants in the West Bank: [Reuters]

Will Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran come at the cost of Syrian lives? [PoliticoMag]

Congress Will Give The President Time On Iran – But Not Much: [BuzzFeed]

Senators writing new sanctions in case Iran cheats: [AssociatedPress]

Profile – Ron Dermer Faces Big Challenges as Israel’s New Ambassador to the U.S: “Ron Dermer really had to hit the ground running. Before even getting a chance to unpack his bags and settle in, Israel’s new ambassador to the United States has been thrust into one of the toughest challenges an Israeli envoy can face: a major row between Jerusalem and Washington over Iran’s nuclear program, the issue that tops Israel’s priority list. Dermer has spent his first two months in Washington shuttling between Capitol Hill and the White House to present Israel’s reservations about the deal being negotiated with Iran. In the short run, the effort had failed, as Dermer and Israeli officials were not able to stop Secretary of State John Kerry from signing an interim agreement they deemed as “bad for Israel” with his Iranian colleague Javad Zarif on Friday night. But in the next six months, as a final deal is negotiated, the new ambassador will have his hands full trying to defeat an agreement that would allow Iran to continue enriching uranium.” [Forward]

Press Pool Report from Obama’s Fundraiser at pro-Israel donor Haim Saban’s house: “President Obama addressed a dinner fundraiser for the DSCC and DCCC at Haim and Cheryl Saban’s sprawling Beverly Hills estate at about 9:15 p.m. local. The dinner was attended by about 120 people who paid ticket prices from $16,200 per person to $32,400 per couple, according to a DCCC official. Speakers included Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, DSCC Chairman Michael Bennet, and Cheryl and Haim Saban, according to a DCCC official. Notable attendees included Jacqueline & Clarence Avant, Amb. Nicole Avant & Ted Sarandos; Edythe & Eli Broad; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Berry Gordy; Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson; Jena & Michael King, Wendy & Barry Meyer; Paul Reiser. Additional Senators and Members of Congress expected to attend: Congressman Xavier Becerra, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Congressman Adam Schiff, Congressman Brad Sherman and Senator Barbara Boxer.

—”The dinner was held in a spectacular pitched tent in Saban’s backyard, with shimmering light brown fabric draped down from the center ceiling and four palm tree-inspired chandeliers. The heated tent was bathed in an orange/gold light, with bouquets of pink roses at the round tables and an elaborate fountain was in the middle of the tent. Haim Saban introduced President Obama with a four-minute speech that needled the commander in chief for the lack of valet parking at the White House. Saban said, “Last Friday, the president and first lady were very generous and kind with their time, they invited us to the White House for a very small intimate dinner. And we had a wonderful time – great food, great company, very inspiring. No valet parking! You know what? I had to walk to the White House. We have valet parking at the Sabans! So, Mr. President, if you would, please, thank you. Taxpayers’ money? I’ll fund it, no problem.” Saban then said, “Some so-called fair and balanced media and charmers like Mr. Rush Limbaugh have been having a field day with the technical glitch on the Obamacare website and this has clouded some of the most remarkable achievements of this administration.” Saban went on to mention a few of Obama’s accomplishments “so that you can all see things with perspective without allowing the caffeine that’s in the tea party’s rhetoric to keep us awake at night worrying.”

—”Saban drew applause from the audience when he mentioned Obama’s record on foreign policy. Saban said, “We’re out of Iraq, we’re out of Afghanistan and the military and intelligence cooperation with Israel – our staunchest ally in the Middle East, arguably in the world, has never been deeper and the president’s commitment to Israel’s security has never been stronger. And if the Iranians are at the negotiating table today, make no mistake about it, it is only as a result of President Obama’s resolve in striking down the most strict sanctions ever.” President Obama then spoke for about 14 minutes. He began by saying, “Now, let me clarify something. First of all, there was valet parking – for Cheryl. We thought it was appropriate for Haim to get some exercise. Cheryl, being the wonderful person that she is, declined the valet parking, and so she might have joined him. But I would have been happy to have her drive right up into the South Lawn.” … “Sometimes it’s bumpy, sometimes it’s hard, sometimes there are setbacks, and that’s ok, because it’s worth it,” Obama said, just before taking questions. … Obama left Haim Saban’s house about 10:24 pm.” [JewishInsider]

News Agencies Kept Secret Iran Talks Secret – AP Responds: [Breitbart]

OpEd – American Jews, embrace your dual loyalties – The Iran nuclear agreement has set up American Jews’ nightmare scenario: an apparently intractable conflict between their allegiances to the U.S. and to Israel. [Haaretz]

Top U.S. security officials reportedly in Israel – FBI & NSA Directors: [JTA]

Jewish Philanthropist David Rubenstein Pays Record $14M for First American Book, The Bay Psalm Book: [Forward]

Tug-of-war erupts over planned return of Jewish archives to Iraq: [Reuters]

New America Foundation Under Fire for Hosting Event for Anti-Israel book written by Max Blumenthal: [FreeBeacon]

Controversial Israeli Tycoon Arcadi Gaydamak Arrested in Switzerland over ‘Angolagate’ scandal: [Arutz Sheva]

Porshe’s Nazi Past Prompts Protest in Czech Birthplace: [Bloomberg]

StartUp Nation

Video – CNN: What does Apple have planned in Israel? Jon Medved answers [CNN]

Israeli MediWound planning $100M Wall Street IPO: [Globes]

NYTimes – An Israeli StartUp Tries to Solve the Gift Card Problem: [NYTimes]

Israeli BillGuard’s CEO on new savings product: “We’re building what Mint should have been” [PandoDaily]

Israeli PowerUp Toys will make iPhone-controlled paper airplanes fly for 10 minutes: [VentureBeat]

Jewish Real Estate Profile – NYTimes ‘The 30 Minute Interview’ with Jonathan C. Kushner: “Mr. Kushner, 35, is the president of the Kushner Real Estate Group, which owns and manages more than 12 million square feet of commercial property in the New York area. It is involved in several projects in northern New Jersey. The company, based in Bridgewater, N.J., is the successor to SK Properties, which his father, Murray Kushner, helped found in 1979. Jonathan and Jared Kushner are first cousins.” [NYTimes]

Thats all folks, have a great Wednesday! 

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