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Daily Kickoff: Ivanka’s New Game Plan | Paul Singer & Trump make nice | Mayor de Blasio talks election with us | Ruthie Friedlander profile

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HEARD LAST NIGHT on “The Legacy of Barack Obama” on CNN by Fareed Zakaria — David Axelrod on Hillary Clinton calling Obama ‘naive’ for saying he was would “sit down and talk to the Iranians” during the 2008 Democratic primary: “I actually think that was the moment when he found his voice in that campaign because he realized that he was bringing a point of view that nobody else was going to bring.”

Obama at the conclusion of the segment: “What we were able to accomplish has been remarkable, and even our most severe critics cannot argue with the fact that without launching a bomb, without initiating a war, we’ve been able to remove an enormous threat.”

National Security Advisor Susan Rice says Trump ripping up the deal would be a terrible idea: “Scrap it when it’s working would put us outside of the bounds of what is a international agreement. So, it’s a win-win for Iran – our allies and partners are furious at the U.S. and their nuclear program can proceed undebated. It doesn’t serve our interest.”

HEARD ON THE HILL: “Iran hawks lay out their wish list for Trump era” by Julian Pecquet: “It’s clear we’re about to enter a new phase of Iranian sanctions,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs panel on the Middle East. “I think we have an opportunity to undo a lot of the problematic concessions that we have seen over the past few years. And. I. Can’t. Wait.” Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, warned against outright repealing the deal with Iran… “Now we have to very careful when we talk about tearing up the Iranian deal,” said Engel, one of just 25 House Democrats who voted against the deal. “Because we have already provided Iran with billions and billions of dollars [and] the things we’re asking Iran to do, they would just walk away from.”

“FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz said at the briefing that Congress and the incoming administration should adopt legislation introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., that would extend sanctions to sectors of the Iranian economy that support the missile program and would reverse Obama Treasury Department regulations to prohibit all Iranian access to the US dollar. “I think it’s wise for this administration not to abrogate the deal on day one,” he said, “but to actually use our ability under the deal [through] non-nuclear sanctions.” Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, UANI’s chairman… said Trump has “a lot of tools in his toolkit” when it comes to strengthening the terms of the nuclear deal and pushing back on its ballistic missile program and support for US-designated terrorist groups such as Hezbollah.” [Al-Monitor; Livestream]

“Graham Urges Trump to Keep Promise to Renegotiate Iran Deal” by Jacob Kornbluh: “I would encourage President-elect Trump to follow through on his campaign promise to get a better deal with Iran regarding their nuclear ambitions,” Graham said in a statement. “Unlike the weak-kneed Obama Administration, I don’t believe President-elect Trump will back away from his promise simply because it is upsetting to the President of Iran.” Graham said he intends to introduce legislation that would impose sanctions on the Iranian regime for being the largest state sponsor of terrorism, and testing missiles in violation of United Nations resolutions in the next Congress.” [JewishInsider]

TRANSITION TOWER: “Donald Trump Goes His Own Way in Vetting Top Picks” by Peter Nicholas, Michael Bender & Carol Lee: “At the urging of Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, Mr. Trump agreed to speak to Mr. Romney in what was meant to be a show of unity, according to people familiar with the planning. But the discussion went well enough that Mr. Romney emerged as a serious candidate for secretary of state, meeting a second time with Mr. Trump at a dinner last week in Manhattan.” [WSJ]

“Donald Trump Is Said to Intend to Keep a Stake in His Business” by Maggie Haberman and Jo Becker: “Under a plan now being considered by the Trump family and its lawyers, Ivanka Trump, Mr. Trump’s elder daughter, would also take a leave of absence from the Trump Organization, in the surest sign that she is exploring a potential move to Washington with her husband, Jared Kushner. Mr. Kushner is discussing an as-yet undetermined role advising his father-in-law, and Ms. Trump plans on being an advocate on issues in which she has a personal interest, like child care. Before deciding how to separate from her father’s business, Ms. Trump is also assessing how to disentangle from her apparel and licensing brands, which are named for her, two people briefed on her plans said. She plans on appointing a president of her company to run the day-to-day operations.” [NYTimes

“Ivanka Trump’s New Game Plan” by Emily Jane Fox: “Earlier this week, a source close to Ivanka told me that she is “strongly considering” a move to D.C. when her father takes office… The couple, both 35, is endlessly ambitious and hard-working, a number of sources close to each of them have told me. They are young, which means they are less stuck in a routine. Their kids are young, which means a move is easier on their family. They are, by all accounts, supremely gracious, polite, and charming, which makes them uniquely suited to take on some of the roles traditionally embodied by the First Couple—particularly if the actual First Couple is trying to figure out how they can stay in New York as much as possible. And they have now achieved proximity to the kind of real power that even the most ardent strivers in New York couldn’t imagine.” [VanityFair]

“The Pros Tell Trump How to Leave the Family Business” by Caleb Melby: “A third approach would have Trump appoint an independent chief executive officer and create a list of Trump Organization executives he couldn’t speak to, said Norman Eisen, Barack Obama’s ethics czar.” [Bloomberg

Norm Eisen in the WSJ’s Notable & Quotable: “I sort of knew President Obama had taken on the company town in a real way at the end of that first year,” says Norm Eisen, the adviser who helped draft the rule. “My wife and I got a lot fewer invitations to holiday parties.” [WSJ] h/t Tevi Troy

TOP TALKER: “Billionaire Paul Singer moves to make nice with Donald Trump” by Scott Wapner: “The prominent hedge fund manager attended a fundraising breakfast that Trump held Wednesday morning at Cipriani in New York City, CNBC has learned. The two are mending fences so thoroughly that sources say Singer is giving a substantial amount of money to Trump’s inauguration next month… Sources tell CNBC that Singer and Trump have been in touch since the election and that Singer is encouraged by the team that Trump is putting together.” [CNBC

TALK OF THE TOWN — NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke with Jewish Insider at a media roundtable for ethnic media in the Blue Room at City Hall. The Democratic mayor acknowledged that anti-Semitic attacks against Jews were on the rise before the 2016 presidential election, but Donald Trump’s candidacy and surprise win have exacerbated it. “There is an increase since the election, but you’re right in terms of anti-Semitic activity, I’ve spoken to this as you know, I’ve seen an increase around the world, around the western world certainly,” de Blasio told us.

De Blasio believes in a carrot and stick approach to combating the spike in hate crimes: “My answer is that we will be even more aggressive in terms of arrest and prosecution of anyone who acts illegally, that we will clearly — whenever we sense a systemic threat that we can identify — we will proactively have a lot of NYPD presence available, that we have to do more to get people to report what they know and that we have to aggressively put forward positive examples.”

De Blasio on the cross voter – members of the Orthodox community who supported him in the 2013 elections but voted for Trump in 2016: ¨I would say that there were a lot of people who voted for Donald Trump, whether in this city or in the rest of the country, who were expressing their anger at the status quo. I disagree with the decision to vote for Donald Trump, but I’m also angry at the status quo in this country. I’ve said that I thought in many ways that my party needed to have done a better job explaining what we stood for and why we would address people’s real concerns, particularly their economic concerns. I want to separate immediately those among the Trump voters who may have been voting out of divisive beliefs. I think that’s a smaller percentage by far.”

“Let’s face it, there are a lot of people who voted for Donald Trump who have previously voted for Barack Obama or for other Democrats. I think it’s absolutely unfair to miss the fact that those individuals who are largely voting out of economic frustration, and valid economic frustration. In terms of this community here in the city it’s not a surprise. There are some members of the Jewish community who have been friends and supporters that I disagree with on some issues, they disagree with me on some issues, but we’ve found a huge amount of common ground in terms of the needs of the community, in terms of working on things like affordable housing, public safety, trying to make sure that all communities are respected and their faiths are respected and their cultures are respected.” [JewishInsider]

FIRST LOOK: Excerpts of Hamodia interview with Israel’s Health Minister Ya’akov Litzman — on the relationship with his incoming counterpart in the Trump administration: “No. I met twice with Health Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell from the Obama administration. The last time was nine months ago, when I was here. I went to Washington and we signed an agreement with the Secretary of Health… I understand today that Congressman Price got the nomination [to be the next health secretary]. Sheldon Adelson told me he knows him very well and that he’s good. We’ll wait and see.” [Hamodia] • “Why secular Israelis love an ultra-Orthodox minister” [AlMonitor]

“Israeli Army men have one of the world’s highest life expectancies” by Aaron Steinbuch:“Israeli men enjoy one of the world’s highest life expectancies — 80.6 years — second only to San Marino, and much greater than the worldwide average of 68.5 years, according to researchers at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies, who said the age gap could be thanks to athletically grueling, mandatory 32-month service in the Israeli Defense Forces.” [NYPost]

DNC WATCH — “Keith Ellison Vows to Step Down From House if Elected DNC Chairman” by Reid Epstein: “In order to further their commitment and maximize my effectiveness, I have decided to resign as a member of Congress if I win the election for DNC chair,” Mr. Ellison said in a statement released Wednesday morning. “Whoever wins the DNC chair race faces a lot of work, travel, planning and resource raising. I will be ‘all-in’ to meet the challenge.” [WSJ; StarTribune]  

“Liberals and the Alt-Right” by Jason Riley: “Chuck Schumer, the next Democratic Senate leader, has called past statements by Donald Trump’s senior counselor, Stephen Bannon, “dangerous and bigoted.” This would be the same Chuck Schumer who has endorsed Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison to be the next chairman of the DNC… The media want to focus on conservatism and the alt-right, but the mainstream left has long flirted with the same fringe. That’s one reason Keith Ellison and Democrats are getting a pass that would never be given to Stephen Bannon and Republicans.” [WSJ] • Karl Rove: “Keith Ellison Will Help Republicans” [WSJ]

STATE VISIT: “Antiboycott groups pay for state officials’ Israel trips” by Frank Phillips:“Governor Charlie Baker and Massachusetts lawmakers are touring Israel this month on trips financed by groups opposed to a growing anti-Israel boycott movement, which is at the center of a legislative fight on Beacon Hill. Baker, whose trip is being financed by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, is leaving Thursday for a six-day economic development tour. A dozen House members are on a separate 10-day trip paid for by the Jewish Community Relations Council.” [BostonGlobe]

2018 WATCH — “Meet the Democrats’ proto-Trumps” by Gabriel Debenedetti: “In Illinois, it’s J.B. Pritzker, the businessman and philanthropist with a history of pumping cash and Chicago political support toward Hillary Clinton… An heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune with a career in private equity and venture capital and an estimated net worth of over $3 billion, Pritzker — who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House against Rep. Jan Schakowsky in a 1998 primary — has been calling around to political power players to gauge support.” [Politico]


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STARTUP NATION: “Heavy-hitting KKR just raised a $711 million tech growth fund” by Connie Loizos: “KKR, the global investment firm, is announcing a $711 million close this morning on its KKR Next Generation Technology Growth Fund, which it plans to use to back growth-stage companies in the technology, media and telco industries in North America, Europe and Israel.” [TechCrunch]

“Facebook Struggles to Put Out Online Fires in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” by Peter Baker:“In this part of the world, the debate is not just theoretical. Terrorism is an everyday reality, and the role that Facebook and other social media sites may play in inspiring it generates deep emotion. Israel has pushed to combat online provocation that it links to bloodshed. Palestinians consider a crackdown on Facebook posts just another tool of repression by an occupying power.” [NYTimes]

SPOTLIGHT: “Inside a New Political Dynasty: What You Need to Know About Josh Kushner, Brother to Jared (and Boyfriend to Karlie Kloss)” by Kate Storey: “The younger Kushner mostly stays out of the spotlight, which isn’t easy with a super-high-profile girlfriend and a brother who could be in the White House… The Kushner brothers started a company together. Last year, the brothers launched Cadre, a company which perfectly marries their interests: real estate and tech. The venture aims to make it easier for clients to invest in real estate using technology. There’s been no recent reporting on what will happen to the company if Jared gets an official role in Trump’s administration.” [YahooNews]

PROFILE: “Meet Ruthie Friedlander, the ‘It’ Girl of the Digital Editorial World” by Meredith Lepore: “For anyone who keeps up with fashion writers, the name Ruthie Friedlander has become a household one. She’s not even 30 years old, and yet she’s established herself as the digital fashion content whisperer. Seamlessly shifting between iconic clothing houses like Chanel and The Row, to major editorial roles as the Deputy Editor of Elle.com and most recently as the newly appointed Site Director of InStyle.com, she has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the fashion landscape… Though the field she works in never takes a break, Friedlander insists that she must, in order to do a good job. The editor’s parents, both of whom are rabbis, reside on the West Side and she spends a lot of time with them, when she isn’t working.” [Observer]

LongRead: “The ADL director and the war against hate in Trump’s America” by Eitan Arom: “Greenblatt’s background made him an unusual choice for ADL director; his ties to the White House have been used to paint him as a partisan actor, a charge he dismisses. Though he attends a Conservative synagogue and keeps a kosher home on Long Island, and served on the board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, he didn’t have the long resume in the Jewish establishment many expected of a potential ADL chief. In any case, he certainly wasn’t another Foxman, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor long seen as a top authority on Jew hatred in media and politics… If he had hoped for a honeymoon period of waiting and watching in his new role, those hopes were dashed when Trump descended the gilded escalator in Trump Tower and kicked off his run for the presidency by pronouncing that rapists and criminals were pouring over the border with Mexico… Soon, under Greenblatt’s leadership, the ADL became the loudest of the nonpartisan Jewish organizations criticizing Trump.”[JewishJournal]

BIRTHDAYS: Founder and CEO of Top Rank, a boxing promotion company based in Las Vegas, Bob Arum turns 85… Israeli Chess Grandmaster, twice women’s senior world champion, Tatiana Zatulovskaya turns 81… Film, stage and television actor, composer of film and theatre music, and son of concert pianist Arthur Rubinstein, John Rubinstein turns 70… Israeli folk singer, lyricist, composer and musical arranger, she has released more than 60 albums sold world-wide, winner of the Kinor David (David’s Harp) Prize, Chava Alberstein turns 69… Astrophysicist and senior scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Margaret Geller turns 69… Film director, producer and screenwriter, including box office successes such as “The Parent Trap” (1998) and “What Women Want” (2000), Nancy Meyers turns 67… Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, following high ranking academic positions at the University of Wyoming, Oklahoma State, Tufts and Yale, Robert Sternberg turns 67… Controversial political science professor who has harshly criticized Israel and has been the subject of a highly publicized academic feud with Alan Dershowitz, Norman Finkelstein turns 63…

Attorney by training but in real life a social media blogger and author, she has been an editor at Huffington Post and the Daily Beast, Rachel Sklar turns 44… Writer, photographer and designer, founder of the Honey Sharp Gallery and Ganesh Café in the Berkshires, mother of our friend Daniel Lippman, Honey Sharp… Founder in 2005 and editor-in-chief of the ThinkProgress political news blog based at the Center for American Progress, Judd Legum… Senior Executive Producer of Special Events at ABC News, Marc Burstein… Venture capitalist at GE Ventures in Israel after three years at New Enterprise Associates, Alex Oppenheimer… Associate Attorney at Kaye Scholer LLP, Ali Krimmer… Doug Bohannon

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Daily Kickoff: Spotted at breakfast with Trump today | Gen. Allen on his ties to Israel | DC Hanukkah party controversy | ‘Sufgani King’ Donut Burger

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BREAKING: “Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announces 2018 U.S. Senate run for Sherrod Brown’s seat” by Andrew J. Tobias: “Mandel, a 39-year old Beachwood resident, announced his campaign to challenge Brown in 2018 in an online video posted to YouTube on Wednesday morning. In an interview, Mandel said he is running to help transfer power from politicians to the people of Ohio. “I think that’s a message that resonates across the political spectrum, not just in Northeast Ohio but in every corner of the state,” Mandel said. “And I think it’s a message that coincides with the message of what President-Elect [Donald] Trump says will bring to Washington.” In his announcement video, Mandel even used phrases — “rigged system” and “drain the swamp” — that Trump repeatedly used throughout his campaign.” [Cleveland]

DRIVING THE MORNING — Breakfast with Trump: The Trump Transition Finance Committee hosted a breakfast with President-Elect Trump this morning at Cipriani in NYC. Tickets were $5,000 per person. Hosts on the invite included Stanley Chera, Edward Czuker, Richard LeFrak, Howard Lorber, Jamie McCourt, Larry Mizel, Elliott Broidy, Wilbur Ross, Lee Samson, and Mel Sembler.

Maggie Haberman tweets: “Trump speech at Cipriani was primarily him recounting how he won. Poked some fun at the Never Trumpers in the crowd… Trump said Burnett proposed shaking up the inaugural, perhaps with a helicopter leaving from NYC, per attendee… Burnett also suggested a parade up Fifth Avenue, Trump told the crowd at Cipriani, per attendee.” [Twitter]

Spotted: RNC finance chair Lew Eisenberg, investor-turned-philanthropist Michael Milken, Park Tower Group’s George Klein, CEO of MCNA Dental Plans Jeffrey Feingold, Skadden’s Ken Bialkin, Meridian Capital Group’s Ralph Herzka, Weil Gotshal’s Phil Rosen, ‘Apprentice’ producer Mark Burnett, Cammeby’s International Eli Schron, Chair of Michigan’s Republican Party Ron Weiser, North Carolina entrepreneur Jeff Gunther, Midtown Equities Joseph Cayre, Crown Acquisition’s Isaac Chera and Richard Chera, and Trump’s Treasury pick Steven Mnuchin.

DRIVING THE CONVERSATION: “Iran-style diplomacy needed for ‘Israel and Palestine,’ Obama says” by Michael Wilner: “Just think about what we’ve done these last eight years without firing a shot,” Obama said… “We’ve rolled back Iran’s nuclear program,” he said. “That’s not just my assessment, that’s the assessment of Israeli intelligence, even though they were opposed to the deal… Those are the result of diplomacy. Sustained diplomatic efforts, no matter how frustrating or difficult they sometimes appear, are going to be required to resolve the conflicts roiling the in Middle East, from Yemen, to Syria, to Israel and Palestine.” It was a rare instance in which the president chose to use the term “Palestine” in the present tense.” [Jpost; Haaretz

“Israel Rejects French President’s Offer for Netanyahu-Abbas Meeting in Paris” by Barak Ravid: “The senior official added that Israel conveyed the message to France and emphasized that it rejects the proposed meeting – which would have taken place following a summit of foreign ministers in Paris – in accordance with its general objection to the French peace initiative… French newspapers Le Monde and Le Figaro reported on Tuesday that Hollande would like to convene a meeting of foreign ministers in Paris on December 21 to deal with the stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as part of the peace initiative France launched at the beginning of the year.” [Haaretz; LeFigaro]

SCENE LAST NIGHT: U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and General John Allen presented their perspectives on the US-Israel relationship and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at an Israel Policy Forum event honoring IPF Chair Emeritus Peter Joseph at The Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan.

“In recent weeks, President-elect Trump has said on a few occasions that an Israeli-Palestinian agreement is something he would like to pursue in office,” IPF Board of Executives Chair Susie Gelman said at the start of the event. “If he is serious, he will do more than utter those words. He will begin to take concrete action, working with Israel and the Palestinians to achieve that goal. And if he’s truly serious, if he really does seek to be constructive in pursuing a realistic peace with security, IPF is prepared to serve as a resource offering practical solutions, supported by an unprecedented coalition of Israeli security experts, and harnessing the energy of a majority of Israelis, Palestinians and Americans, who recognize that a two-state solution remains the only solution.”

Ambassador Shapiro: “At a time of transition, it is a particularly right moment for reflection. We need to think about what works, what does not work, and we need to approach the task with humility. Our diplomacy must adapt to changing circumstances and political realities. And to do so requires political will, but also a willingness to take stop-and-shift approaches when needed. What has not changed over time is America’s bedrock commitment to a two-state solution. At the moment, Secretary [John] Kerry said Sunday, this may continue to be an uphill struggle, but the goal remains a strong, secure, Jewish, democratic Israel at peace with its Palestinian neighbors. For the remaining weeks of President Obama’s administration, we will continue to work hard to promote Israel’s security, defend its legitimacy, oppose boycotts against Israel, and stronger support steps that will further chances of Arab-Israeli peace.”

Shapiro on the arrangement bill legalizing Jewish settlements: “We are deeply concerned about the advancement of proposed legislation that will allow for the legalization of Israeli settlement outposts in the West Bank… Each of these trends is harming the prospects of a two-state solution and making a one-state reality, which serves no one’s interests, more likely.”

Gen. Allen on how he came to find himself involved in Israel: “It was an early June morning in 1967, I was 13 and I was dead asleep in my home in Virginia. As it was my father’s watch, who would always say goodbye in the morning, he gently gripped my shoulder and said, ‘Son, get up. Israel is fighting for its life. The Middle East is aflame.’ It was very early in the morning for television in those days, but the news shows were showing special coverage of what would be one of the greatest military victories in modern history, the 6-day war. My father and I would remain glued to the television. And when we saw those images of Israeli paratroopers worshipping at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, we knew that we were witnessing something extraordinary, and when I looked at my dad I was surprised to see him weeping for joy… The Jewish people were safe and Israel would survive. You know, I would never be the same again… My dad was raised in some tough neighborhoods in Philadelphia, and from his earliest memories, his best friends were Jewish kids, tough kids, who treated him like their own families. The Jewish people were precious to him, and he and my mother, of Irish immigrants, raised my sister, my brother and me to hold the same beliefs. He never relented in making sure we all understood that we bore some responsibility for the safety and protection of Israel.”

Allen on his 2013 security plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace: “At the end of my 45 years of service in the U.S., I have seen what I believe can be a workable security solution to support the forward movement of peace. It will be hard, and it might even take decades to implement all of the pieces, but for the sake of Israel, there is no other viable option… Last year, when I resigned from my position as President Obama’s special envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS, I had a long talk with John Kerry at the State Department. As we shook hands, he said, ‘Should the opportunity ever present itself again to be involved in a Middle East process, would you come back into the government?’ While I hesitated, I told him that until I take my last breath, if there’s a chance for peace in the Middle East, I will give up whatever I am doing and come off the bench to reenter the process. And as I walked out the building, I thought my dad would be happy.” [JewishInsider]

Vice President Biden in a video message introducing Shapiro and Allen: “You know that these two things go together, peace and security. The continued progress towards a two-state solution is absolutely essential for Israel’s security and its endurance as a Jewish and democratic state in the Middle East… Our alliance with Israel is as essential to our security in the region as it is to Israel’s security. You’ve heard me say it many times: if there weren’t an Israel, we would have to invent one… I don’t believe there’s been any president who has done more to enhance Israel’s security than President Obama… And no matter what policy disagreements we have had – and we’ve had them, – with Israel at any given point, that commitment is immutable. It has never been in question… All of you who know me know, I am never going to stop standing and fighting alongside all of you for Israel’s security.” [YouTube]

SPOTTED: NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, retired IDF Maj. Gen. Amnon Reshef, Daniel Kurtzer, Charles Bronfman, Alan and Andrea Solow, Michael Koplow, David Halperin, Martin Irom, Chanan Weissman, Matt Nosanchuk, Steve Rabinowitz, Risa Levine, Susan Heller Pinto, Jonathan Greenspan, Eli Beer, Yair Rosenberg, J.J. Goldberg, Benny Avni, Amy Spitalnick, Tali Krupkin, and David Ben-Hooren.

“Iran President: Trump Won’t Be Able to Harm the Nuclear Deal” by Nasser Karimi: “The U.S. is our enemy,” Rouhani said. “They want to put pressure on us as much as they can.” Rouhani never mentioned Trump by name in his speech, though he prefaced his remarks with noting that “some man … elected in the U.S. Whatever plans he has, it will be revealed later,” Rouhani said. “He may desire to weaken the nuclear deal. He may desire to rip up the deal. Do you suppose we will allow this? Will our nation allow this?” [AP

State Department Spokesman Mark Toner: “Of course, no one else can prevent any other party to this agreement from walking away. The counterargument to that is: Why would anyone walk away, because it’s effective… The only snapback I’m aware of is, obviously, the snapback provision that allows us to put back in place, very quickly, nuclear-related sanctions. In terms of them being able to snap back, I mean, we’ve seen they’ve taken steps in accordance with the JCPOA.. They’ve taken… concrete steps that would prohibit them from, quote/unquote, “snapping back.”

Joe Lieberman and Mark Wallace: “How Trump should renegotiate the Iran deal: Before such renegotiations begin, the Trump administration could strengthen its hand by closely consulting with our allies in Iran’s neighborhood — Israel and the Arab states. They were missing from the group that developed and consented to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… The new coalition could address the policy omissions in the JCPOA by securing an agreement with Iran to verifiably curb its regional aggression, state sponsorship of terrorism and domestic repression of human rights… If Iran does not change course, the president-elect should make clear he is prepared to impose a new round of comprehensive secondary sanctions against Iran — and then to walk away, with cause, from the JCPOA. Then it will be time, as the president-elect has said, to tear up this agreement.” [WashPost

TRANSITION TOWER — “Trump invites tech leaders to roundtable next week” by Jessica Guynn and Jon Swartz: “The invitation for the Dec. 14 summit was sent by Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and transition team adviser Peter Thiel.” [CNBC] 

“Trump pledges to pull back in Middle East, lean in against ISIS” by Edward-Isaac Dovere:“We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with,” Trump said. “Instead, our focus must be on fighting terrorism and destroying ISIS… We’ve spent, at last count, $6 trillion in the Middle East, and our roads have potholes all over, our highways are falling apart, our bridges are falling, our tunnels are no good, our airports are horrible like third world countries… We’re going to start spending on ourselves, but we’ve got to be so strong militarily like we’ve never ever been before.” [Politico

“Mattis Joins Trump on Stage to Accept SecDef Nomination” by Brendan McGarry: “Before the event, Dan Senor, senior adviser to the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan campaign in 2012, said he found Trump’s selection of Mattis “reassuring.” “I find this reassuring,” he told CNN. “We should all be encouraging the Senate to grant this waiver because we want competent, serious people to serve in this administration.”” [Military

“Trump’s defense chief pick said Israel can be a pain, but few in pro-Israel camp seem to care. Why?” by Ron Kampeas: “In part, it’s due to Mattis’ well-known hostility toward Iran… He reportedly was forced out of CentCom in 2013 — just as the Obama administration was pivoting to engage Iran over its nuclear program — because of his persistent skepticism of the country. “The most important issue for those of us who care about a strong Israel and a secure Israel, and the more relevant issue as secretary of defense, [is that] he is known as very strong on the Iran issue, he was seen as almost too strong for the Obama administration,” said JINSA President and CEO Michael Makovsky.” [JTA]

John Bolton, candidate for Secretary of State, talking to Arutz Sheva at the Bet El dinner in NYC: “I think there will be a dramatic change in US-Israel relations… I think Trump has made it clear that he will support the rights of the Israeli people to their historic homeland… Trump has already indicated that he wants to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, and I think that finding a way for Israelis to live in peace and security is going to be one of his highest priorities.” [YouTube

“Trump inaugural chairman promises a celebration of ‘harmony, inclusion and democracy’” by Roxanne Roberts: ”Of course, Tom Barrack can’t pull the inauguration off alone, so Trump has also tapped a long list of very wealthy friends to help. The committee includes Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire owner of the Venetian and Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas, and his wife, Miriam… Billionaire casino magnates Steve Wynn and Phil Ruffin are also on the list…  Any money raised above the amount needed to fund the inaugural events will be donated to charity, said inaugural committee spokesman Boris Epshteyn, and no donations will be accepted from state or federal registered lobbyists.” [WashPost

TOP TALKER: “Jews object to Hanukkah party at Trump hotel: ‘Tone deaf at best, naked sycophancy at worst’” by Julie Zauzmer: “The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is co-hosting an early Hanukkah party next week at President-elect Donald Trump’s newly opened hotel blocks away from the White House. “This decision is tone deaf at best, naked sycophancy at worst,” Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Jacobs recommended “one of the approximately 3,000 other possible locations in downtown Washington.” [WashPost; HuffPost]

“Hoenlein defended the party to the The New York Times, saying that the venue choice was made by the Azerbaijani Embassy and that that the venue choice was one of the only places in the area that would accommodate a kosher reception. It was also close to the White House, making it easier for many on the guest list to attend President Barack Obama’s last Hanukah party, which is scheduled to take place later that same evening. Hoenlein said he saw no problem with the Conference of Presidents paying for space in the Trump hotel for the party. “They think whatever amount of money, it’s going to support him?” he asked. “What are you going to do, boycott the next president of the United States in everything?”” [AP]

Just Sayin’… List of hotels closer to the White House than Trump International: W Washington D.C., The Willard, JW Marriott, Sofitel, The Hay Adams, The St. Regis, and Hotel Harrington.

INBOX — “American Sephardi Federation (ASF) Statement on Azerbijani-Conference Hanukkah Celebration Controversy: “…ASF, which proudly represents the voice of Greater Sephardic Jewish communities (including Azerbaijan’s) in the Conference of Presidents, is honored to stand with Azerbaijan in the tradition of tolerance exemplified by Sephardi pioneers of trade, diplomacy, and scholarship throughout the ages.”

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HAPPENING TODAY: “Mark Cuban to testify at Senate hearing on AT&T-Time Warner deal” by David Shepardson: “Billionaire investor Mark Cuban will be among the witnesses scheduled to testify at a U.S. Senate Judiciary panel hearing on Dec. 7 on AT&T Inc’s proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc. Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks and Landmark Theatres movie chain, has been a vocal supporter of the deal, saying on Twitter and in published interviews that the combined company could be a counterweight to big digital companies like Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Alphabet, Amazon, and Snapchat.” [FoxBusiness]

“Michael Moore Offers Post–election Pep Talk at Other Israel Film Fest in NY” by Marisa Fox-Bevilacqua: “Moore spoke of Israeli society’s moral imperative. “You have the power of being an Israeli filmmaker in a country filled with millions of people who know right from wrong, whether they behave that way or not,” Moore said. “I wish we had that at our core here,” he said, eliciting laughs. “In your spirit and soul is that belief somewhere that we have to share and take care of each other, and do these mitzvahs [Torah commandments or righteous deeds] and be this way,” he continued. If Moore’s use of the word “mitzvah” seemed deft, his attempt to draw a parallel between Lodz — a bustling industrialized Polish metropolis that once claimed the second largest Jewish population in Europe and was one of the last of the Polish ghettos to be liquidated during the Holocaust — and the Israeli town of Lod, where Aloni’s film is set, betrayed a certain naivete… Moore cited Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” as one of his favorite films.” [Haaretz]

TALK OF THE TOWN: “Suspect Arrested in Attack on 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor, Police Say” by Danielle Tcholakian: “Gina Zuckerman, 90, was attacked by a woman on Sept. 27 in broad daylight on Fifth Avenue as she walked from her home in Chelsea to the senior center where she volunteers daily… Reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, Zuckerman said she felt “OK,” but had some trepidation about having to go to court Wednesday to identify her attacker. “I am nervous,” she said. “I’ve never been to court in such a situation.”” [DNAInfo

TRANSITION: The Atlantic Hires Journalist Julia Ioffe: “Ioffe, one of the stars of the 2016 presidential election, was hired on Tuesday by The Atlantic magazine to cover national security, foreign policy, and politics as the U.S. enters a new era of the unknown with the upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump as president. Ioffe covered the 2016 election for Politico Magazine, standing tall in the face of anti-Semitic abuse leveled against her from Trump fans after publishing what was perceived as a negative profile about Melania Trump for GQ magazine. “Julia Ioffe is an indefatigable reporter, a gifted analyst, and an elegant writer and I’m so happy she’s decided to join The Atlantic,” Jeffrey Goldberg, the publication’s new editor in chief, said in a statement.” [JI; TheAtlantic

MAZAL TOV — “Brian and Jamie Stelter expecting first child after fertility struggle” by Bryan Hood: “Jamie and Brian Stelter are expecting their first child following two miscarriages and fertility struggles, the couple revealed on Tuesday. “Y’know i’ve dreamed of this day for so long and to be honest i wasn’t sure it would ever be this day, it’d ever be our turn, that we’d ever be this lucky,” the NY1 traffic reporter wrote alongside an Instagram picture of her and her husband, who is CNN’s senior media correspondent.” [NYPost]

DESSERT: “Burger King releases donut burger for Hanukkah” by Navit Zomer: “The burger will be called “SufganiKing,” a play on the Hebrew word for donut, which is “sufganiyah.” The SufganiKing will be sold for NIS 14.90… The “SufganiKing” will be a normal Whopper hamburger, but with donuts to be put in place of buns. Ketchup will replace the normal jelly donut filling which is typical of donuts sold throughout Israel during the Festival of Lights. Israeli Burger King employees have already tasted the new SufganiKing, and say it tastes delicious… Israeli Burger King CEO Steve ben Shimol said “this matching of two popular Israeli food items was inevitable for us. We’re proud to be able to end 2016 on a creative, festive note.”” [Ynet; Eater

BIRTHDAYS: British expressionist painter, known for portraits, life drawings and cityscapes of London, England, Leon Kossoff turns 90… Linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, political activist and Professor Emeritus at MIT, Noam Chomsky turns 88… Hedge fund manager, newspaper publisher and philanthropist, Michael Steinhardt turns 76… Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, Nicholas Michael Katz turns 73… Novelist (15 books), essayist, and screenwriter, Susan Isaacs turns 73… President of mall operator Simon Property Group, Richard Sokolov turns 67… Chairman of Loews Hotels and co-owner of the NFL’s New York Giants, Jonathan Tisch turns 63… Co-Founder of Laurel Strategies Dafna Tapiero turns 47… Director, producer, writer, actor and comedian, best known as the director of “Modern Family” and “Life in Pieces,” Jason Winer turns 44… Leading actress in multiple television series including “Roswell,” ” Life Unexpected” and “UnREAL,” Shiri Appleby turns 38… Partner in Cornerstone Venture Partners and founder of “Made in Jerusalem,” Hanan Brand… Hannah Vilinsky… Toby Lerner Shawn Lowe… Pamela Decker

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FIRST LOOK: “Israel’s Startup Hype Master Faces His Toughest Test Yet” by Gabrielle Coppola: “Israel’s most prolific startup hype man is a scruffy 35-year-old named Moshe Hogeg. Among his various endeavors, he convinced Leonardo DiCaprio and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim to invest in an Instagram look-alike. He raised more than $1 million from tech industry bigwigs for a messaging app that lets users send the word “yo” to each other. (That’s pretty much all it does.) And this year, he helped recruit Tom Hardy, who starred alongside DiCaprio in The Revenant, to hawk a $14,000 smartphone. But Hogeg’s newest product may be his toughest sell. He’s helping develop computerized glasses that aim to deliver relevant information as people go about their daily lives. He hopes his startup will succeed where Google and others have failed.” [Bloomberg]

DRIVING THE CONVERSATION: “Are Jews White?” by Emma Green: “These are rough sketches of two camps, concentrated at the margins of U.S. political culture. On the extreme right, Jews are seen as impure—a faux-white race that has tainted America. And on the extreme left, Jews are seen as part of a white-majority establishment that seeks to dominate people of color. Taken together, these attacks raise an interesting question: Are Jews white?”

“As pro- and anti-Trump movements jockey to realize their agendas, the question of Jews and whiteness illustrates the high stakes—and dangers—of racialized politics. Jews, who do not fit neatly into American racial categories, challenge both sides’ visions for the country. Over time, Jews have become more integrated into American society—a process scholars sometimes refer to as “becoming white.” It wasn’t the skin color of Ashkenazi Jews of European descent that changed, though; it was their status. Trump’s election has convinced some Jews that they remain in the same position as they have throughout history: perpetually set apart from other groups through their Jewishness, and thus left vulnerable.” [TheAtlantic]

TOP TALKER: “Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner plan move to DC” by David Wright: “The couple’s planned move with their three children reflects the expectation that Kushner will serve as an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump in some capacity.” [CNN

“The Strange, Complex Education of Jared Kushner” by Emily Jane Fox: “Kushner, the scion of a billionaire, has a history of jumping into situations with little experience, making risky calls, and coming out fine on the other end… His foray into politics is yet another example. Indeed, his father-in-law Donald Trump may have run the most chaotic, hate-filled, disorganized campaign in modern American history, but Kushner is likely emboldened by his role in it… According to a number of people who spoke under the condition of anonymity, out of a desire to keep ties with him or professional obligation, Kushner is a kind, charming, mild-mannered guy who has long been overmatched. But he has been buttressed from failure by his rich, well-known family.”

— “The Jewish community has had a bit more of a nuanced take on Kushner, who grew up going to day school and observing Shabbat… Some have expressed relief that a Jewish adviser to the president, whose campaign was often accused of racist dog whistles and whose whose campaign executive was accused of stoking anti-Semitism, will also have Trump’s ear… The former Observer reporter who was skeptical of putting Kushner in charge laughed at this idea (putting him in charge of Middle East peace). “Jared? As an Israel peace maker? He’s not a peace maker. He’s a bomb thrower, if anything.“”[VanityFair

“Kushner Foundation Donated to West Bank Settlement Projects” by Judy Maltz: “Among organizations and institutions in the West Bank that receive funding from the Kushner family, the leading beneficiary is American Friends of Beit El Yeshiva. Located in one of the more hard-line, ideological settlements, Beit El Yeshiva received $20,000 from the Kushner family in 2013. The president of American Friends of Beit El Yeshiva, whose offices are located in Forest Hills, New York, is David Friedman, Trump’s senior adviser on Israel affairs.” [Haaretz

— “Daniel Kurtzer, the U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2005, noted that the Kushner family foundation donations were made over time, before anyone in either family had any idea Trump would be elected president. “The Republican platform would signal change, if one took platforms seriously,” he said, adding, “But I think it’s way too early to tell.”” [WashPost

DEEP DIVE: “Is Steve Bannon good for the Jews” by Andrew Marantz: “On a recent Sundayevening, Dershowitz took a cab to the Z.O.A. gala, at the Grand Hyatt, in midtown… “I’m walking a fine line here,” he said, sitting on a couch in the lobby… “I don’t know that Bannon is personally anti-Semitic,” he said, explaining his earlier statements. “He hires Jews. He seems to work well with them. That doesn’t mean that I like Bannon, or Breitbart.” … Dershowitz returned to his seat at the table of honor, in the center of the ballroom, behind a velvet rope. The seat next to his was reserved for Senator Charles Schumer, who never showed up. Neither, in the end, did Bannon. “He didn’t need to come,” a man sitting at the press table said. “He just announced that he was coming and got his name kosherized in the press.””[NewYorker

IRAN DEAL: “Trump Team Wants You to See the Iran Nuke Documents Obama’s Kept From View” by Tim Mak: “Senior officials who will be part of the Trump administration are already discussing what so-far-unseen information about the Iran agreement they will be able to make public after January, according to an individual who has participated in those conversations. “My guess is that they will be very forthcoming,” a grinning Sen. Bob Corker, the chairman of the foreign relations committee who has been named a potential candidate for Trump’s secretary of state, told The Daily Beast. “They’ll be more than desirous in ensuring that’s the case.”” [DailyBeast

TRANSITION  TOWER — “Trump to meet with Kissinger Tuesday” by Jessia Hellmann:“Former secretary of State Henry Kissinger will meet with Donald Trump Tuesday, according to pool reports.” [TheHill

— “Kissinger says impressed by China’s ‘calm reaction’ to Trump’s Taiwan call” by  Michelle Nichols: ““At this moment I’ve been very impressed at the calm reaction of the Chinese leadership, which suggests a determination to see whether a calm dialogue can be developed,” Kissinger said at an event sponsored by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.” [Reuters

“Secretary of State John Bolton Would Be the Anti-John Kerry” by Eli Lake: “Currently Bolton is, to use the Trumpian phrase, a finalist. Republican sources tell me that Rudy Giuliani has had trouble in the vetting process because of his past business ties. Mitt Romney can’t quite bring himself to give the kind of public apology the next president’s most ardent supporters would demand. Senator Bob Corker is seen as too much of a squish. Ditto for former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman. And a David Petraeus nomination would make a mockery of the Trump campaign’s primary attack on Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server. All of this brings us to Bolton… After Trump’s electoral victory this month, Bolton called for regime change in Iran and said he hoped Trump would abrogate the nuclear deal with that regime.” [Bloomberg

David Horowitz: “Wrong from the start: Why John Kerry failed to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace. The indefatigable, well-intentioned secretary couldn’t have cut a deal, but he could have made progress.” [ToI]

Tzipi Livni tells the Washington Post: “As an Israeli, I believe that instead of thinking about what President-elect Trump might do, Israel needs to decide its own policy. At the moment, it’s not clear inside Israel or outside what Israel wants. Is it two states for two peoples, as Netanyahu is saying? Or is it what Minister Naftali Bennett [of the right wing Jewish Home party] is saying, that we should forget about the two-state solution? Israel needs to make a decision. It’s a tough decision, but without it, it is difficult to explain to the outside world what Israel is doing.” [WashPost]

Israelis warming up to Trump: “A new poll conducted by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that an overwhelming 83% of Israelis envision President-elect Donald Trump as a ‘Pro-Israel president’. The poll also revealed that 42% of those surveyed think there is ‘no chance’ that Trump will scrap the Iran Nuclear Agreement, only 3% think the President-elect will undoubtedly execute on his promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem; and 48% are concerned about the increase in anti-Semitic incidents which were reported in the US since the Trump victory on November 8.” [Scribd]

INBOX– “OU Advocacy Launches Petition Urging Trump to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem: The petition being launched today addressed to Mr. Trump states:  “Early in your presidency will be a fitting, if overdue, time for you, President-Elect Trump, to relocate the American Embassy in Israel to the capital of the Jewish state.” OU Advocacy Center Executive Director Nathan Diament noted that June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. “We strongly urge President-Elect Trump to commemorate this important moment in Jewish history by honoring his commitment to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.””

MK Michael Oren at Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem: Trump administration spells ‘end of two-state solution’… “We don’t know entirely, we see possibilities…possibly moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem… the will to stand up to the Iranians. The advent of the Trump administration spells the end of the two-state solution.” [JNS]  As Trump heads to Oval Office, Israel-US panel says ‘the only thing certain is uncertainty’ [JPost

Aaron David Miller and  Richard Sokolsky: “Donald Trump’s Middle East Promises: Can He Keep Them? Despite the rather high correlation political scientists have found between a president’s promises and delivery, Trump may find it difficult to translate his campaign talking points on the Middle East into concrete policies… There may be more need for continuity with Barack Obama’s Middle East policies than he imagined or bargained for.” [RealClearWorld

“Trump calls Emanuel, seeks counsel on presidential transitions” by Fran Spielman: “The mayor acknowledged that Monday, disclosing that Trump called him some time over the last two weeks to get Emanuel’s sage advice about the transition of power from one president to another. “We talked about a host of things, a host of issues. I’m also not a shrinking violet. I think we can say that,” Emanuel told reporters… “I’m familiar with being able to speak honestly and frankly with presidents…I was up-front and direct.”” [ChicagoSunTimes]

“Obama invites Peres’ son, granddaughter to Hanukkah candle-lighting” by Itamar Eichner: “Obama and First Lady Michelle invited Mika Almog and Chemi Peres, the granddaughter and the son of the late Israeli president Shimon Peres, to light Hanukkah candles with them at the White House… Almog and Peres won’t arrive in Washington empty-handed. They’ll bring with them a family heirloom—a menorah passed on from generation to generation since the Holocaust.” [Ynet

Spotted: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu meeting an AIPAC delegation of African American leaders in the halls of the Knesset [Pic]

“Who put a golden statue of Netanyahu in Tel Aviv?” by Ruth Eglash: “Like something out of a mystical biblical tale, Israelis awoke Tuesday morning to find that a giant golden statue of their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is standing luminous and solitary in a central Tel Aviv square. The 14-foot gilded effigy, reminiscent of self-serving statues once erected by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, caught officials and residents off guard. By lunchtime it had been toppled over.” [WashPost]

“Israeli Arabs are enlisting in Israel’s army” by Rinat Harash: “A battalion of soldiers crawls across the desert sand with assault rifles cocked. It’s a routine exercise, but these are no ordinary troops – they are Arabs who have chosen to fight for the Jewish state.” [BusinessInsider]

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MEDIA WATCH: “Former Bloomberg Editor Joshua Topolsky Launches ‘The Outline’” by Mike Shields: “Joshua Topolsky’s 2017 goals are nothing if not lofty. With the launch Monday of a new publication, The Outline, the former Bloomberg and Verge editor only wants to establish a next-generation version of The New Yorker while also fixing many of the ills facing digital publishing and advertising.” [WSJ]

SPOTLIGHT: “With $38m gift from Bernie Marcus, Hillel International Launches Talent Grants” by EJP: “Hillel International announced the launch of Hillel Talent Grants, a new initiative which will infuse campus Hillels with the resources needed to recruit, train and retain talented professionals… The $38 million program, funded through a multi-year gift from The Marcus Foundation, will award grants to local Hillels.” [eJewishPhil]

REMEMBERING: “Jack Rudin, Patriarch of Family of New York Developers, Dies at 92” by Sam Roberts: “Jack Rudin, the patriarch of a family that has been developing New York real estate for five generations and the benefactor of the city’s first five-borough marathon, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 92.” [NYTimes; Bloomberg]

“Irving Fradkin, who sent millions to school with Dollars for Scholars, dies at 95” by Emily Langer: “Irving Fradkin, an optometrist who in 1958 began collecting $1 donations to help send local high-schoolers to college and whose efforts grew into a charity that has distributed $3.5 billion to more than 2.2 million students in the United States, died Nov. 19 at his home in Fall River, Mass. He was 95. A son of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Dr. Fradkin traced his activism to his gratitude for the opportunities that he and his family had received in the United States.” [WashPost]

“Leonard B. Sand, Judge in Landmark Yonkers Segregation Case, Dies at 88” by Joseph Fried: “Leonard B. Sand, a federal judge in New York who presided over a 27-year landmark case in which he found that city officials in Yonkers had intentionally segregated public housing and schools along racial lines, died on Saturday at his home in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. He was 88.” [NYTimes]

TALK OF THE TOWN: “NYPD Reports ‘Huge Spike’ in Hate Crimes Since Donald Trump’s Election” by Will Bredderman: “Of the 43 attacks, 24 were directed at Jews—three times as many as occurred last November… [Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce] compared the rash of attacks on Jews to a similar outbreak during Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip in 2014, and argued that news events influence acts on the streets. “The same thing happens. The national discourse has effects on hate crimes—hate speech I should say, hate speech,” he said.” [Observer; Politico

— Harry Siegel: “A striking dissonance: NYC hate crime coverage almost all focused on Muslims, while lion’s share of hate crimes have been directed at Jews.” [Twitter

“Both Feeling Threatened, American Muslims and Jews Join Hands” by Laurie Goodstein:“Jolted into action by a wave of hate crimes that followed the election victory of Donald J. Trump, American Muslims and Jews are banding together in a surprising new alliance. Vaseem Firdaus, a Muslim who has lived in the United States for 42 years, spent Friday night at a Shabbat dinner for members of a women’s group called the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, in a home here filled with Jewish art and ritual objects.” [NYTimes]

BIRTHDAYS: Israeli-born billionaire, art collector and producer of over 130 full-length films, Arnon Milchan turns 72… Republican member of the House of Representatives for 30 years (1973-2003) representing three different New York districts, Benjamin A. Gilman turns 94… Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for 20 years (1994-2014) and active in a range of Jewish organizations, Lawrence Bergman turns 76… Reknowned artist whose sculpture, photography, neon and video works appear in museums world-wide, Bruce Nauman turns 75… Cell and molecular biologist who is the director of research and professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, David L. Spector turns 64… Founder of Craigslist, the San Francisco-based website used around the world, Craig Newmarkturns 64… Emmy Award-winning producer, writer, director, actor, and comedian, Judd Apatow turns 49… Professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a New America fellow, son and grandson of rabbis, Julian Zelizer turns 47… Researcher with a focus on the Mediterranean and Middle East at Rome’s Istituto Affari Internazionali, Andrea Dessì… Moshe Hochenberg Judy Clark… Joe Blumenthal

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Huckabee Compares Trump’s Muslim Ban to Israel’s Immigration Policy

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee strongly defended Donald Trump’s controversial Muslim ban, comparing his plan to Israel’s tough immigration and border policies during an interview with Israel’s public…

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House Approves Increase of $455M for Israeli Missile Defense

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $576 billion defense spending bill, including $635.7 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense programs, defying the Obama administration’s concerns and…

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UPDATED: NY Congressional Candidate Slammed for Tweeting Anti-Semitic Attack Against Rival

Thursday, June 16, 2016

NEW YORK – The race to succeed retiring Congressman Charles Rangel in New York’s 13th congressional district is heating up ahead of the June 28 crowded Democratic primary….

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Pro-BDS Activists Protest Executive Order Outside Cuomo’s Office

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

NEW YORK – More than 100 pro-BDS activists, including Code Pink protesters wearing pink tape over their mouths, marched near Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in the State Capitol…

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu waves prior to addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington

Netanyahu Rejects ‘Expressions of Panic’ Over Missile Defense Aid

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The White House’s objection to increase funding for Israel’s missile defense system is not the result of a crisis in the U.S.-Israel relationship, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

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AIPAC ‘Disappointed’ at WH Objection to Increased Funding for Israel’s Missile Defense System

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The White House announced its opposition to a congressional proposal to increase funding by $445 million for Israel’s missile defense program in the 2017 budget. In a “Statement…