Daily Kickoff: Congress acts on anti-Semitism, ISIS, & US – Israel Partnership | Nationals Owners Won’t Go To Any Playoff Games During Yom Kippur

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TOP TWEET: “Israel’s ambassador to London said he still hoped the British, Welsh, Scottish and Irish people would one day achieve a 4-state solution.” — @EliLake

 

HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY CONDEMNS ANTISEMITISM:  The House unanimously passed a resolution, authored by Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX), condemning the rising tides of anti-Semitism. “Congress sent a resounding message to the world about America’s resolve to confront this ugly and dangerous hatred. We commend Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX) for their leadership mobilizing action against the upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, Latin America, and even in the United States,” said Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League. “We hope world leaders will echo Congress’s call and will demonstrate the will to ensure that anti-Semitism has no place in their country and that Jews have the right to live in security and free of harassment and the fear of violence solely because they are Jewish.” [Press Release]

EARLIER TODAY: Members of Congress – Steve Israel, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Nita Lowey, and Peter Roskam hosted Professor Deborah Lipstadt and the AJC’s David Harris to discuss the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.

SENATE PASSED THE U.S. – ISRAEL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP ACT OF 2014 LAST NIGHT [Summary

HOTEL DIPLOMACY: A slew of diplomats are inundating NYC hotels for the upcoming series of UN meetings. “Where a leader chooses to stay often reveals something about that particular person, or about his or her country. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders have stayed at the Loews Regency Hotel, the flagship property of Loews chairman Jonathan Tisch whose family’s long-standing ties with Israeli government officials helped the hotel get the business.” [WSJ]

MIDEAST MONITOR: In a rare show of bipartisanism, both the House and the Senate voted to arm Syrian rebels in their fight against ISIS, by votes of (273-156) and (78-22), respectively. [NYTWPNYT] • Next week’s U.N. General Assembly meetings will be a crucial time, according to US and European officials, for garnering international solutions to both the rising threat of ISIS and an Iran inching closer to achieving nuclear capabilities. [WSJ] • A Hamas legislator made a media splash today, speculating that Hamas wants to join the PLO and would thus abide by the group’s acceptance of the state of Israel; top Hamas leaders maintain that Hamas will never recognize Israel’s legitimacy. [Bloomberg] • Saudi Arabia has pledged $500M to help rebuild Gaza, representing 12.5% of the $4B estimated total cost. [Haaretz]

TOP-OPS: Phillip Smyth on the rising challenge of Iraqi Shiite militias. [FP] • Joseph Raskas on getting real with Iran [PJ]

 
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2014 WATCH: Congressional democrats say they voted “yes” to Obama’s plan on ISIS this week with the expectation of comprehensive debate after the midterm elections in November. [WP]

2016 WATCH: Sen. Warren (D-MA) was one of the few who voted against the President’s plan to arm Syrian rebels today. “Warren has a thin foreign policy résumé but by voting against the authority Obama requested, she will earn points with members of the Democratic base who are skeptical about another military campaign in the Middle East.” [TheHill] • Rand Paul’s Fans Hate His ISIS Plan [DailyBeast] • Rand Paul, Chris Christie Show Contrasting Styles in N.H. [RCP]

BUSINESS BRIEFS: An American company is trying to tap into Israel’s vast but difficult to reach oil reserves, but is finding itself up against an impressive wall of environmental activists. This week, however, the company has won approval for exploratory drilling in the Golan Heights. [TOI] • “Larry Ellison, a college dropout who built Oracle Corp. into one of America’s largest and most prominent technology companies, is stepping down as chief executive in a momentous Silicon Valley handover. Mr. Ellison, 70 years old, a brash personality who engaged in public fights with rivals and gobbled up potential competitors, has been the only CEO at Oracle. He founded the company in 1977 and through his canny pulse on technology and acquisitions turned it into a dominant seller of business software.Mark Hurd, 57, and Safra Catz, 52, two of Mr. Ellison’s deputies, will take over as co-CEOs. The two have shared power as Oracle’s co-presidents since 2010, when Mr. Ellison hired Mr. Hurd following his departure from Hewlett-Packard Co.” “Born to an unwed mother in New York, Mr. Ellison was adopted by his aunt and uncle and grew up in a Jewish household in Chicago.” [WSJNYT]

REAL ESTATE ROUNDUP: “N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center is pulling out of its agreement to run Long Island College Hospital, derailing a deal to sell the property and leaving open the question of whether any health care will be offered on site. N.Y.U.’s decision came just hours after a Brooklyn judge expanded a lawsuit, brought by a nurses’ union, to include Langone and Fortis Property Group, the development company that had offered $240 million to purchase the Cobble Hill hospital from SUNY.The judicial action, and its possible consequences, forced N.Y.U. to back out, according to a statement from the hospital.” [CAPNY]

HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND: The Minnesota chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition will honor Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) at the Crown Plaza Hotel on Sunday. [RJCHQ] • NORPAC will welcome back Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to an event in Manhattan this Sunday chaired by Jerry Gontownik. [NORPAC]

LONG-READ: University of Pennsylvania head of Medical Ethics & Health Policy Zeke Emanuel, brother of Rahm and Ari, on why he hopes to die at 75. [Atlantic]

TALK OF OUR NATION: New Messianic Jewish center in Brooklyn sparks debate on what constitutes a truly Jewish experience. [WSJ] • Pope Francis welcomes a delegation from the World Jewish Congress in Honor of Rosh Hashanah, calls Israel the only safe haven for Christians in the Middle East. [Haaretz] • The Bible Lands Museum near Jerusalem unveiled the oldest known Jewish prayer book today. The artifact was a gift from Oklahoma businessman (and devout Christian) Steve Green. [AP]

RIVERS ADDS A DASH OF HUMOR TO JEWISH FOOD: “Joan Rivers, who died Sept. 4 at age 81, is the opening act for “Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food.” Set to be published in December by powerHouse Books, “Eating Delancey” is a tribute to knishes, bagels, pickles and other staples of the Jewish immigrant community of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It features memories from Don Rickles, Isaac Mizrahi and Itzhak Perlman, among others.” [AP]

SPORTS BLINK: “Because Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, called the High Holidays of Judaism, fall on various dates in September and October, Jewish baseball fans around the country who live for fall playoff games are often left holding their breath. But in cities such as Washington and Baltimore, where playoff berths are so rare, the overlap can feel especially cruel… on Thursday the Lerner family, which owns the Nationals, said they would not attend any games held during Yom Kippur.” [WP]

—RELATED TWEET: @HowardMortman – “The bad news: We’ll miss the Nationals playoff games on Yom Kippur. But the good news: For the Jewish New Year, happy Adam LaRoche-Hashanah!” [Twitter]

GRAPEVINE: The Weiss brothers may seem like lifelong oenophiles, but the founders of Shirah kosher wine recently entered the industry, yet are already making headlines for their high-quality wines. [JJ] • Covenant winery relocates from Napa to Berkeley [JWeekly]

That’s all folks; have a great weekend!
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