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Daily Kickoff: Trump attacks Schumer on Iran deal — “tell that to Israel, Chuck!” | Susan Rice tweets shade at AIPAC | Why Les Wexner favors Columbus

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OVERNIGHT: Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria: “The Israeli military said it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria on Monday after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon — the first such incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Israeli planes were on a routine reconnaissance mission near the Lebanese-Syrian border when they came under fire. They were not hit and returned to base safely… Russian forces in Syria were notified in real time, Conricus said.”[AP]

“The Coming Confrontation Between Israel and Iran” by Elliott Abrams: “If Iran does indeed plan to establish a large and permanent military footprint in Syria—complete with permanent naval and air bases and a major ground force—Israel will have fateful decisions to make. Such an Iranian presence on the Mediterranean and on Israel’s border would change the military balance in the region and fundamentally change Israel’s security situation.” [TheAtlantic]

Long-Read: “The Danger of President Pence” by Jane Mayer: “Before Pence took over the transition team, [Chris] Christie had warned Trump not to give a high-level job to the retired general Michael Flynn… On November 11, 2016, Christie was chairing a transition meeting, when, according to four sources, Flynn walked in with an ally, General Keith Kellogg. “Gentlemen, can I help you?” Christie asked. Ivanka Trump, who was a member of the transition team’s executive council, announced that she had invited them. Christie tried to reclaim control of the meeting, but Ivanka took over. Praising Flynn’s “amazing loyalty to my father,” she turned to him and asked, “General, what job do you want?” A participant at the meeting said, “It was like Princess Ivanka had laid the sword on Flynn’s shoulders and said, ‘Rise and go forth.’ ”

“(A source close to Ivanka didn’t deny the account, but said that it exaggerated her role, and that she was merely trying to show appreciation for Flynn’s support.) … A few hours later, Christie was deposed. Kushner, he felt, had humiliated him a second time. Bannon, who was given the job of dismissing him, admitted to Christie that Kushner had been against him all along, for personal reasons.” [NewYorker]

“Back online after Shabbat” — Ivanka Trump posted on Snapchat Saturdayevening recapping her day speaking at the World Bank IMF Annual Meetings [Pic]

Ivanka and Jared Kushner hosted children from Chai Lifeline at the White House last week: “Honored to spend yesterday afternoon bowling with these amazing kids. Thank you for visiting us at the White House!” [Instagram]

COMING SOON: “Vice President Mike Pence will be the guest of honor at an Israeli gathering celebrating seventy years since the November 29, 1947 United Nations vote that called for the establishment of a Jewish State. Pence will be the keynote speaker at the event hosted by Israel’s permanent mission to the United Nations. The celebration will take place in New York’s Queens Museum, in the same building which served as the UN headquarters from 1946 to 1950. The Israeli delegation said that during the celebration, the hall will be redesigned to appear in its original state from 1947.” [JPost]

DRIVING THE CONVO: “Trump national security team preaches calm over Iran deal but warns U.S. might still leave” by Anne Gearan and John Wagner: “Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said that the president’s threat to cancel the Iran deal “set out a marker” for the United States and its allies to fix what he called “a weak deal that is being weakly monitored.” … McMaster insisted that “the president’s not walking away from the deal yet” and wants to see “some real change.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said… “If we don’t see improvement, there is no sense in staying in, and he has every intention of walking out.”” [WashPost

WHAT’S NEXT? “Trump leaves Republicans with heavy lift on Iran deal” by Richard Lardner: “Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Friday he’ll reserve judgment on any legislation but has “serious doubts about whether it is even possible to fix such a dangerously flawed agreement.” … Taking the lead will be the Republican whom Trump has been feuding with — Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee… Corker promised an open legislative process. “You’re going to see all this evolve in daylight,” he said, adding that the bill could be introduced in the next two weeks… The legislation would… reduce from four to two the number of times a year Trump is required to certify to Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the agreement. It would also rid the deal of sunset provisions.” [AP]

“The president leaves Congress to fix the mess he’s made on Iran” by Josh Rogin: “The president’s plan doesn’t make sense,” said Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Negotiating additional terms to the nuclear deal requires a coalition of international partners, not unilateral congressional action.” Democrats know they are being set up to take the fall if Congress fails to act. They expect Trump to accuse them of being weak on Iran. Nevertheless, Senate Democratic aides said, they don’t want to be complicit in a process that could lead to the United States being in violation of the agreement.” [WashPost

POTUS tweets this morning: “Dem Senator Schumer hated the Iran deal made by President Obama, but now that I am involved, he is OK with it. Tell that to Israel, Chuck!” [Twitter]

BOLTON BACK? — “Nikki Haley was Trump’s Iran whisperer” by Eliana Johnson: “Haley’s role was described by a half-dozen administration officials who took part in the Iran policy review. While many of the president’s Cabinet members, aides and advisers work to restrain his impulses, when it came to the Iran deal Haley did the opposite… Haley wasn’t alone. The fingerprints of former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton… were also on Trump’s Friday address in the form of a warning that Trump… could still cancel the deal “at any time.” The line was added to Trump’s speech after Bolton, despite Kelly’s recent edict, reached the president by phone on Thursday afternoon from Las Vegas, where Bolton was visiting with Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson… The former U.N. ambassador supports a full U.S. withdrawal from the deal, something he told Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, during a meeting earlier this week.” [Politico

“Trump’s Boldest Foreign Policy Move Today Wasn’t Decertifying The Iran Deal” by John Hudson and Borzou Daragahi: “Another move Trump took on Friday could have a far more sweeping impact on US foreign policy in the Middle East: Labeling the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as terrorists under an obscure Treasury Department designation… In a speech ahead of the designation, Trump heralded the move – the first time Washington has labeled the military branch of another country as terrorists… The main backers of a blanket terrorist designation of the IRGC include John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the UN, and Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies… Dubowitz… has become newly relevant in a US administration seeking more ideas for ways to clamp down on Iran. He has met repeatedly with top White House and State Department officials, including Brian Hook, the director of policy planning and Tillerson’s de facto right-hand man.” [BuzzFeed

VIEW FROM JERUSALEM — “Netanyahu commends Trump’s Iran deal, gives U.S. leverage” by Megan Henney: “Since the Iran deal was signed, Iran has been like a tiger unleashed from its cage,” Netanyahu told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “It’s not joining the community of nations, it’s devouring nations left and right. Refusing to go along with a bad deal is a good thing, an important thing, even a historic thing that’s certainly important for world peace.” [FoxBusinessCBN]  

— Netanyahu on Face the Nation: “I suggest that, you know, when Israel and the key Arab states agree on something, you know, you should pay attention… Remember I stood in the U.N. a few years ago and I drew that red line? That’s before the deal. They didn’t cross it because they knew what the stakes are. And Iran today knows that if they do what you just said, they’re going to get crippling sanctions on their head. The U.S. alone can do that.” [CBSNews

Susan Rice tweets ‘BS’ to AIPAC’s praise of Trump’s Iran policy speech — by Daniel Roth: “Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice tweeted a short but stinging response to one of the most powerful pro-Israel lobbying groups in the nation after the organization praised the President’s latest speech on Iran. Rice, who served in the Obama administration, tweeted ‘BS’ to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) praising Donald Trump’s remarks.” [DailyMail]

Flashback to 2015 — Susan Rice speaking at AIPAC’s Policy Conference: “It’s great to be back at AIPAC.” [Transcript

HEARD YESTERDAY — Hillary Clinton on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS: “I think it’s very dangerous… I know that Iran plays a game of aggressiveness and undermining of our interests and the interests in the region — there’s no argument about that. But my point has been and remains, I would much rather deal with Iran’s other bad behavior while not worrying at this moment about their nuclear program getting up and going again. And why on earth would we want two nuclear challenges in Iran and North Korea at the same time?” [CNN]

“UNESCO Gets First Jewish Director, Day After U.S. Leaves Over ‘Anti-Israel’ Bias” by Robbie Gramer and Colum Lynch: “A day after the United States and Israel pulled out of the U.N. culture and education body citing anti-Israel bias, UNESCO elected its first ever Jewish director general. Audrey Azoulay, France’s former culture minister, eked out a win over Qatar’s candidate and frontrunner Hamad bin Abdoulaziz Al-Kawari… U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley didn’t mince words when she outlined the U.S. withdrawal in a statement released on Thursday: “Its extreme politicization has become a chronic embarrassment,” she said, citing a “long line of foolish actions” including designating the Israeli-occupied ancient city of Hebron as a Palestinian world heritage site… UNESCO’s outgoing director general, Irina Bokova… acknowledged that the U.S. departure, coupled with that of Israel, is “a blow to the organization. It will certainly take its toll.”” [FP

ON THE HILL — Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) plan to introduce a resolution “reaffirming the deep historical connection between the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem.” The resolution also condemns UNESCO for the anti-Israel resolutions it has passed in recent years. “The Trump Administration has demonstrated strong moral clarity in deciding to withdraw and continuing to withhold U.S. taxpayer dollars from UNESCO as a result of its relentless hostility towards our close ally Israel,” Cruz said.

“U.S. Exit From UNESCO Took Israel by Surprise, Was Uncoordinated” by Barak Ravid: “Senior officials in Jerusalem confirmed that Israel learned of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to quit UNESCO from a report posted on the website of Foreign Policy very late Wednesday night. In its wake, Israeli diplomats at the embassy in Washington, the UN and at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters asked their American counterparts for clarification. Only late Thursday morning was Israel told that in a few hours the State Department would announce the U.S. departure from UNESCO. Senior U.S. officials confirmed that Washington was not proactive about informing Israel of its decision.” [Haaretz

“One of Netanyahu’s closest allies is turning into a major Trump critic — and it may signal a shift in Israel’ by Peter Jacobs: “Ze’ev Elkin, a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and one of the prime minister’s closest allies, has made waves in recent weeks with comments critical of Trump. “It seems that the floodgates have been opened and Israel’s patience with Trump is running out,” The Jerusalem Post’s chief political correspondent Gil Hoffman wrote Friday… The minister also said that Netanyahu has not rebuked him for his criticism of the US president. Israeli ministers have not received guidelines “to watch their words” on Trump, as is sometimes the case regarding important US decisions, Hoffman reported. Other top Likud members have now also started to criticize Trump.” [BusinessInsider]

“US launches $10 million water project in West Bank” by AFP: “Jason Greenblatt was among officials launching the project in the historic city near the Dead Sea… At Sunday’s event, Greenblatt did not comment on White House peace efforts… “The US administration and President Trump personally remain committed to a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis, and a central element of that peace is a thriving economy and real opportunities for Palestinians throughout the West Bank and Gaza,” US Consul General Donald Blome said.” [ToI

WHITE HOUSE DEPARTURE: “Matt Saunders, who was special assistant to Jason Greenblatt, President’s Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, has left the White House. Friday was his last day and Saunders is figuring out his next steps.” [Playbook]

2020 WATCH — Trump campaign spent $1M in legal fees in last quarter: “Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee that courts big donors, disclosed nine contributors who gave more than $50,000 — including billionaire Ronald Perelman, Madison Square Garden Company Chief Executive Officer James Dolan, and real estate developers Richard and James LeFrak — after Sept. 20, when the party said it was using money from the legal account to pay law firms involved in the Russian investigation.” [FoxNews]

KAFE KNESSET — Bibi versus the Police — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: With the continued corruption investigations against Netanyahu, the Prime Minister decided to take his responses up a notch. He’s not only blaming the “Fake News Media,” but he also cast aspersions on the Police. On Saturday night, a Facebook post went up on Netanyahu’s page that is still a hot topic in Israel today. The PM pointed out that the Police spent millions of shekels to pay media adviser Lior Chorev – who worked with Kadima and Kulanu in the past – and connecting it to leaks to the press about the probes. Chorev called the accusations “delusional.”

The opposition, unsurprisingly, went wild, accusing Netanyahu of undermining the rule of law. Herzog said Netanyahu is “inciting and dividing for his own personal interest at the expense of the unity of the nation and harming the symbols of law and government.” And the unofficial opposition, Ehud Barak, tweeted that “Netanyahu is panicking and attacking his investigators who are investigating him with courage and integrity.” Read today’s entire Kafe Knesset here [JewishInsider]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: 12 Israelis making a mark on Boston’s tech scene[Israel21c] • Kushner Plan for Fifth Avenue Tower Is Being Blocked by Partner [Bloomberg• Eli Broad, Patron of Los Angeles, to Step Down From His Philanthropy [NYTimes• Could Jeffrey Soffer’s JW Marriott Nashville become downtown’s largest hotel? [Tennessean] • It’s the Aby Rosen show at 100 East 53rd St, or it’s curtains [RealDeal] • Eva Moskowitz plans to double the number of Success Academy schools [ChalkBeat

TALK OF THE TOWN: “An Alternate Universe of Shopping, in Ohio” by David Gelles: Les Wexner, a Columbus native, remembers that when he attended Ohio State University in the late 1950s, his professors told him an unusual fact: Columbus was a major test market for consumer goods companies. When corporations wanted to see if a new soap or detergent would have broad appeal, they came to Columbus. A few years later, Mr. Wexner opened his first women’s clothing store in town, calling it The Limited. As the company expanded, he took his education to heart, trying out new styles and store designs in his hometown before rolling them out to new markets. The strategy worked. The Limited grew into a retail behemoth.” [NYTimes]

“The Kibbutz Movement Adapts to a Capitalist Israel” by Rory Jones: “Today, most kibbutzim have undergone some form of privatization. Many members now earn salaries outside the kibbutz but pay taxes for the community’s upkeep. New members can take out mortgages with banks and buy land on the kibbutz for their homes… Some young Israelis are now again drawn to the kibbutzim—some to secure cheaper housing outside hot markets like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, others to find a sense of community that can feel absent in impersonal cities. The population of the kibbutzim has increased by nearly 50,000 over the past 10 years.” [WSJ]

“Are Borough Park’s insular days numbered?” by Eddie Small: “Josh Zegen, co-founder of the Manhattan-based real estate firm Madison Realty Capital, said Borough Park’s insularity can make it difficult for developers to break into the neighborhood without a strong community connection. “Even though I’m Jewish, in many ways [I] would have to partner with someone in that community to be able to really develop to what the community would want,” he said.” [RealDealMag]

PROFILE: “Kevin Durant’s Killer Crossover” by Matthew Shaer: “Durant’s interest in business began around 2013, the year he parted ways with his agent and signed with Rich Kleiman at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports. Durant and Kleiman came from radically different backgrounds: Kleiman, a native of Manhattan, got his start in the music industry, managing acts such as Mark Ronson. Just 35 when he and Durant started working together, Kleiman was voluble and gleefully profane—an Ari Emanuel on the make. Durant liked him immediately, and he paid attention when Kleiman advised him to be more proactive with his wealth.” [FastCompany]

“How Adam Pritzker Is Building an American Fashion Conglomerate of Brands That Makes Sense” by Dhani Mau: “In 2013, after co-founding and raising millions for tech-education platform General Assembly, Adam Pritzker started Assembled Brands, a “modern holding company” for small fashion and lifestyle brands. “I was interested in providing tools to entrepreneurs to help them advance their careers and I felt that gap had, in a certain sense, been filled in the technology sector,” he told me backstage after a panel at Friday’s Fashion Tech Forum in Los Angeles. “I didn’t know what I could add whereas in this industry I really had a sense of what I could add because I felt like small designers of products, across the board, really were very underserved.” [Fashionista]

Axios interviewed Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg last Thursday: Sandberg argued that Facebook isn’t a media company, “at our heart we’re a tech company… we don’t hire  journalists.” In highlighting Facebook’s positive impact, Sandberg gave a shoutout to Sheryl Olitzky’s Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom which fosters relationships between Muslim and Jewish women — on Facebook and offline — to build bridges and fight hate, negative stereotyping and prejudice. [AxiosFacebook]

MEDIA WATCH — Michael Bloomberg at HubWeek in Boston on his argument with Arthur Sulzberger: “On journalism and Trump: “I said to the New York Times publisher a few weeks ago (that) he helped get Donald Trump elected. Why? Because he had Donald Trump in the righthand column of the front page of the New York Times virtually every single day. And Arthur Sulzberger said, well, we had to explain to the public what he was saying and why he was wrong or right or whatever. And I said, no, Arthur, you didn’t have to do it on the front page every day…. He got free publicity because the news business today is so focused on, desperate to, whether it’s on print or over the internet, to get enough eyeballs and clicks that they can stay in business.”” [Bizjournals]

TOP TALKER: Mayim Bialik: Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World: “I entered the Hollywood machine in 1986 as a prominent-nosed, awkward, geeky, Jewish 11-year-old — basically a scrawnier version of the person I am today. Back then we didn’t have the internet or social media or reality TV, but I didn’t need any of that to understand that I didn’t look or act like other girls in my industry, and that I was immersing myself in a business that rewarded physical beauty and sex appeal above all else.” [NYTimes• The Big Bang Theory star’s op-ed about Harvey Weinstein sparks outrage on Twitter[BI]

“Born in Auschwitz, Israeli Artist, 102, Harnesses the Dark and the Light” by Isabel Kershner: “Born Gusta Wolf to a Hasidic family, [Tova] Berlinski has fond memories of growing up in Oswiecim, where about half the 12,000 residents were Jewish… She met Elec, from nearby Sosnowiec, where her father had a furniture store, through their activities in Beitar, the right-wing Zionist youth movement. Ten days after marrying, they set off for what was then the British Mandate of Palestine, to join the pioneers working to establish Israel… It has been more than 20 years since her solo “Black Flowers” exhibition was held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, one of the peaks of a long career. But this month, Ms. Berlinski, now a widow, is emerging once again into the limelight, with a tribute exhibition and sale of her works at ArtSpace, a small gallery in the leafy neighborhood of German Colony in Jerusalem, where she has lived for more than 50 years.” [NYTimes]

BIRTHDAYS: Child of Holocaust survivors who was born in a displaced persons camp in Gunzberg, Germany, he is the National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), Morton A. Klein turns 70… Israeli attorney, chairman of Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball since 1969 (regular winner of the Israeli championship and six-time winner of European cup titles), he won the 2011 Israel Prize for sports, Shimon Mizrahi turns 78… Retired CFO of the airline industry’s ticket transaction settlement firm, Airlines Reporting Corporation, Chicago resident, Alfred Altschul turns 78… Film director, producer, screenwriter and creator of the The Naked Gun franchise, David Zucker turns 70… Best selling French novelist, one of whose books was made into Steven Spielberg’s “Just like Heaven,” Marc Levy turns 56… Avi Finkturns 32… Founder of The Gramlist, Brandon Perlman

BIRTHWEEK (yesterday): Media mogul, top Democratic bundler and producer of Power Rangers, Haim Saban turned 73… Retiring Vice Chairman of the US Federal Reserve (2014-2017), after an 8 year term at the helm of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer turned 74… Real estate developer and owner of MLB’s Washington Nationals, Ted Lerner turned 92… NYC communications strategist Stu Loeser

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Daily Kickoff: How happy will Israel be if Trump scraps the Iran deal? | Inside Jared and Ivanka’s bipartisan dinners | Gal Gadot debuts as SNL host

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DRIVING THE DAY: “How Columbus Day Fell Victim to Its Own Success” by Yoni Appelbaum: “Today is Columbus Day, a solemn occasion marked by parades, pageantry, and buckets of fake blood splashed on statues of its namesake. Activists have turned the commemoration of Columbus’ landfall in the New World into an annual protest against “the celebration of genocide.” What the protesters may not know, however, is that the holiday they are protesting once played a crucial role in forging a society capable of listening to their concerns. This is the curious tale of how Columbus Day fell victim to its own remarkable success.”

“In 1934, Congress voted to recognize Columbus Day as a federal holiday. The success of the Catholic and Italian communities in laying claim to the great discoverer, and with him to their own place in the New World, led others to follow suit. Some Jews suggested that Columbus had been financed or accompanied by marranos, or even that Columbus himself was secretly Jewish. No, others replied, Columbus was actually Greek, Catalan, Portugese, Polish, or even Norwegian. It is not necessary to grant credence to any of these claims in order to take their motives seriously. The elevation of Columbus into a patriotic icon suggested to immigrants that they might demand full acceptance, and not mere toleration.” [TheAtlantic]

SPOTLIGHT: “Stephen Miller, the Powerful Survivor on the President’s Right Flank” by Matt Flegenheimer: “Miller has emerged in recent days as the driving force behind the administration’s insistence on a wish list of hard-right proposals as part of any deal with Democrats to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation… As the surviving watchman on the president’s right flank since the removal in August of Stephen K. Bannon as chief strategist, Mr. Miller also remains a key craftsman in speechwriting at the White House… Mr. Miller’s journey to this point… is a triumph of unbending convictions and at least occasional contrivance. It is a story of beliefs that congealed early in a home that he helped nudge to the right of its blue-state ZIP code…”

“At Santa Monica Synagogue, the Millers proved an awkward fit in the largely liberal Reform congregation, according to people who knew them then. The younger Mr. Miller — true to form — established himself as the perpetually debate-ready boy who most enjoyed taking on all comers in 10th-grade confirmation class. A group photo, with Mr. Miller grinning from the back row in a prayer shawl, still hangs in the hall. “We did our best here,” said Mr. Miller’s rabbi, Jeff Marx, “to teach Jewish ethics and talk about our need to reach out to the strangers, to those less fortunate than we are.” [NYTimes]

DRIVING THE WEEK — President Trump is reportedly expected to decertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal this week ahead of the October 15thdeadline. The expected move will force Congress to act within 90 days or else the JCPOA will collapse.

REPUBLICANS RALLYING BEHIND: “Cotton to the Defense” by Susan Glasser: “[Tom] Cotton appears to be on the winning side, pushing Trump to adopt the formula his administration has now settled on of refusing to re-certify the Iran deal to Congress but holding off – for now – asking Congress to blow it up by imposing new sanctions. Iran “is on the president’s mind right now, probably more than anything,” Cotton says… Beyond the rhetoric, though, Cotton acknowledges the idea is not “to re-impose sanctions immediately”… but instead give “coercive diplomacy” time to work. Cotton envisions Trump using the threat of imminent congressional action – Cotton declines to say how long, but suggests a deadline of “weeks or months” – to get U.S. allies in Europe and the Mideast on board with a plan to revisit the deal with Iran and secure more concessions on areas such as Iranian ballistic missile development… and ending the so-called “sunset clause” after which Iran might be free to resume its nuclear program.” [Politico

DEMS NOT ON BOARD: “Sen. Chris Murphy: Pulling out of Iran deal a ‘self-inflicted wound’” by Eli Watkins: “The President is about to impose on himself and this country a dramatic self-inflicted wound because by pulling out of this agreement, Iran will go back onto a path to develop a nuclear weapon,” the Connecticut Democrat said on CNN’s State of the Union. [CNN]

COMPLICATING MATTERS: “Trump derides Corker for Iran deal; Corker strikes back” by Doina Chiacu and Patricia Zengerle: “Trump blamed Senator Bob Corker for the Iran nuclear deal on Sunday in a series of derisive Twitter posts… “Bob Corker gave us the Iran Deal, & that’s about it,” Trump posted on Twitter later on Sunday.” [Reuters• Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’ [NYTimes

“Trump’s tweetstorm against Corker may cost him a key policy ally” by Karoun Demirjian: “One of Republicans’ key aims is to address the rampant GOP complaint that the deal only delays Iran pathway to a nuclear bomb for a decade or so, instead of erasing it forever. But to do this, they need the support of Democrats… If there is any Republican on Capitol Hill who stands a chance of persuading Democrats to come on board, it is Corker… He worked with ranking Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin (Md.) to design the law that gave Congress a chance to review the Iran deal in 2015… He again negotiated with Cardin and other Democrats to build bipartisan support for more stringent non-nuclear sanctions, which Congress passed this summer.” [WashPost

“It’s What Bob Corker Does Next That Counts” by James Fallows: “If he believes what he says, then as the chairman of the relevant committee in the Senate he has important tools to use. He can issue subpoenas and summon executive branch witnesses as soon as he can get his colleagues back in town. He can draft legislation about the procedure, the grounds, and the justifications before the U.S. commits troops to war. He could urge his colleagues toward the next step through their stages-of-tragedy relationship with Trump.” [TheAtlantic]

VIEW FROM JERUSALEM: “Israel opposed the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal. But how happy will Israel be if Trump really scraps it?” by Noga Tarnopolsky: “In the words of Yoaz Hendel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former director of communications, “we’re in the same dilemma the U.S. administration is in… This deal caused us very significant damage… but it’s spilled milk. If Trump certifies the deal, we have a borderline nuclear nation at our border… But if he decertifies, we’re back where we were in the old days, where the only way to change the regional situation is a military strike.” [LATimes]

“The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn’t Worth Saving” by Deputy Minister Michael Oren: “The agreement’s apologists say that altering or negating the agreement will irreparably harm America’s prestige. Yet it is difficult to see how America’s status is served by a refusal to stand up to Iran’s complicity in the massacre of half a million Syrians and its efforts to annihilate American allies… Revisiting the agreement will send an unequivocal message to the world… The weakness of the Iran deal invites wars, it will say, while displays of strength prevent them. It will say that the United States is truly unwilling to accept a nuclear Iran — not now, not in a decade, not ever.” [NYTimes

“Trump’s Iran Ploy Could Isolate Washington, Implicate Netanyahu and Divide American Jews” by Chemi Shalev: “A harsh confrontation between the deal’s supporters and opponents could develop, in which Israel would find itself on the losing side, as it was in 2015. The Jewish community, whose fear of Iran is only eclipsed by its loathing for Trump, will be torn apart once again. And if the decertification actually leads to new sanctions that derail the deal and spark conflict or even war between the US and Tehran, Israel will be accused of pushing America too far, as it was during George W. Bush’s Iraq war.” [Haaretz

JERUSALEM EMBASSY UPDATE — Trump tells Mike Huckabee on TBN that he wants to give peace a chance before moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem: “We’re going to make a decision in the not too distant future… We’re gonna work [toward a peace deal in Israel]… I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem… The Middle East when I took over was a mess, and it’s much less of a mess now but we have problems…If we can make peace between the Palestinians and Israel, I think it’ll lead to ultimately peace in the Middle East, which has to happen.” [Video

“Is Trump Ruining the U.S.-Israeli Relationship? Why Tel Aviv Is Getting Nervous” by Shalom Lipner: “Trump may yet alter his current course and fulfill any or all of his pledges. Israel could find itself with a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, a decertified Iran deal, a disbanded UNRWA, and an enhanced ceasefire in Syria. It should be careful what it wishes for, because any resulting problems could not then be laid at Washington’s feet. They will be on Jerusalem’s shoulders.” [ForeignAffairs

ON THE HILL — by Aaron Magid: The Senate unanimously passed legislation on Thursday that tightens sanctions against Hezbollah. Introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), S. 1595 imposes additional financial penalties against foreign individuals and companies that provide support for entities known to recruit or fundraise for Hezbollah. AIPAC had placed the Hezbollah sanctions bills on its legislative priorities list for 2017. “This legislation serves as another reminder that Democrats and Republicans are united in our commitment to confronting this (Hezbollah’s) threatening and unacceptable behavior,” said Shaheen.

REXIT UPDATE: “CIA director Pompeo considered to replace Tillerson” by Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan: “Pompeo personally delivers the President’s Daily Brief, making him one of the few people Trump spends a great deal of time with on a daily basis… Pompeo would have credibility with world leaders, who’d know he was a legit part of the president’s inner circle — something no one thinks about Tillerson…  Insiders say Trump’s relationship with Tillerson is broken beyond repair.” [Axios

LongRead: “Rex Tillerson at the Breaking Point: Will Donald Trump let the Secretary of State do his job?” by Dexter Filkins: “As Tillerson has struggled with diplomatic crises in North Korea, Iran, Qatar, and elsewhere, Trump has contradicted and even embarrassed him, usually by emphasizing America’s willingness to use force instead of diplomacy. In a further slight, he has given Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, a broad portfolio of international responsibilities typically reserved for the Secretary of State. Tillerson, for his part, shows little evidence of holding his Commander-in-Chief in high regard…”

“According to the senior Administration official, Nikki Haley, the U.N. Ambassador, is seen as the most effective diplomat in the crisis;twice she has rallied unanimous support for tighter sanctions at the U.N. Security Council… “Nikki’s getting it done,” the official told me. “She’s bringing home the bacon.” This has apparently fed an enmity between Tillerson and Haley. “Rex hates her,” the official said. “He f***ing hates her.”” [NewYorker

JARED INSIDER: “Jared and Ivanka’s bipartisan dinners” by Jonathan Swan: “Jared and Ivanka have been working with the White House Office of Legislative Affairs to host dinners with Democratic and Republican members of Congress at their home in the upscale D.C. neighborhood of Kalorama… Capitol Hill sources told me that last Tuesday night, four senators visited Chez Javanka to talk about criminal justice reform: one Republican senator, Mike Lee, and three Democrats: Dick Durbin, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Amy Klobuchar. A source with knowledge of the event told me a handful of White House officials also attended, including Reed Cordish — a friend of Kushner’s and assistant to the president… Kushner is especially passionate about this issue… Kushner said he got a first-hand taste of the challenges of the criminal justice system when his father, Charles Kushner, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion.” [Axios]

–Scooting to Sukkot! Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner escort their three children to synagogue to celebrate the Jewish holiday [DailyMail]

“Ex-Silver top aide Rapfogel no longer working for Kushner” by Ken Lovett: “Judy Rapfogel, who was the long-time chief of staff for disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is no longer working for the company of President Trump’s son-in-law, sources say. Rapfogel in April 2016 went to work as a property manager for Kushner Companies.” [NYDailyNews

2020 WATCH: “For Disney Chief Robert Iger, an Unlikely Political Turn” by Jim Rutenberg: “Mr. Iger’s name has been bandied about for months by those who track politics… Mr. Trump was the head of a private company who had himself for a boss. Mr. Iger runs a public company, with shareholders and a board to answer to. That makes a run a trickier proposition, though the Disney stock price, four times higher than it was when Mr. Iger took over in 2005, could give him some leeway.And as the overseer of such a sprawling company, Mr. Iger could see any number of unexpected issues pop up during a campaign… I have no idea whether Mr. Iger will run. It’s probably too early even for him to know. But the speculation says something about the political moment — that during a presidency that lives and breathes in the media space, a major media executive is just as viable a White House challenger as any sitting senator.” [NYTimes

“The ‘Resistance,’ Raising Big Money, Upends Liberal Politics” by Ken Vogel: “Indivisible has also received funding from the tech entrepreneur Reid Hoffman, as well as foundations or coalitions tied to Democracy Alliance donors, including the San Francisco mortgage billionaire Herbert Sandler, the New York real estate heiress Patricia Bauman and the oil heiress Leah Hunt-Hendrix. An advocacy group funded by the billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros… is considering a donation in the low six figures to Indivisible. Mr. Soros has already donated to a host of nonprofit groups playing key roles in the anti-Trump movement, including the Center for Community Change, Color of Change and Local Progress.” [NYTimes]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: P&G vs. Nelson Peltz: The Most-Expensive Shareholder War Ever [WSJ] • Bill Ackman takes a hit from Herbalife short as stock soars [NYPost] • Tisch teams up with Cordish for new $65 million Loews hotel planned for St Louis Ballpark Village [STLToday] • Hotel mogul Steve Wynn: Las Vegas shooter had ‘vanilla profile’ [Politico

“Silicon Valley’s Next Target for Disruption Is Socks” by Sarah McBride: “The closest thing Stance has to a tech visionary is Avi Cohen. He grew up on a kibbutz in Israel, where his father ran a sock factory and taught him how to use knitting machines. Kearl hired Cohen in 2014 from Delta-Galil Industries Ltd., an Israeli contractor that makes socks for Nike and other well-known brands. Cohen has three knitting patents to his name. As chief technology officer at Stance, Cohen worked on the company’s signature touches, such as a sock with a flat seam across the toe to avoid chafing.” [Bloomberg

“How blockchain could end, instead of enable, money laundering” by Roy Keidar: “An Israeli District Court recently ruled that Israeli banks are not obligated to provide financial services to companies whose primary business is trading in cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. The Court reasoned that banks should not have to assume the risks associated with providing a financial platform to these digital currency businesses when the leading Israeli authorities on the subject, namely the Central Bank, the Securities Authority, and the Anti-Money Laundering and Terror Financing Authority, themselves have been struggling to delineate clear measures to minimize them.” [VentureBeat]

TOP TALKER: “Harvey Weinstein Is Fired After Sexual Harassment Reports” by Maggie Astor: “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” the company’s board said in a statement on Sundaynight.” [NYTimes• Without Harvey Weinstein, Is There a Weinstein Company [NYTimes

MEDIA WATCH: “Anti-Semitism’s Rise Gives The Forward New Resolve” by Jaclyn Peiser: “There’s something different happening now,” Jane Eisner, The Forward’s editor in chief, said in a recent interview in her office… “And here I’m speaking not just as a journalist, but as a close observer of the American Jewish scene. I feel it’s my responsibility as a writer and editor to illuminate that for people.” … But Ms. Eisner, who became editor in chief in 2008, cautioned members of her staff against letting their emotions overtake their journalistic principles. “When we were just a Yiddish publication or when we were just in print in English, we were just speaking to a self-selected group,” she said. Now, [Dan] Friedman said, “we live in the age of social media, where everyone in the world is potentially just one click away from reading The Forward.” [NYTimes]

“Congressman suggests Charlottesville was George Soros–backed conspiracy” by Elspeth Reeve: “Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar suggested the participants in the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in August may have been… funded by George Soros, whom Gosar accused of having “turned in his own people to the Nazis.” … VICE News reached out to Soros’ Open Society Foundations for comment. A spokeswoman responded: “George Soros survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary, and he has spent his life supporting efforts to ensure that such terrifying authoritarianism never takes root again.”” [ViceNews

KAFE KNESSET — Family Man — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: Israelis are very familiar with Bibi’s family story… but last night Americans got to see the Prime Minister’s softer side in an interview making waves in both countries. TMZ’s Harvey Levin interviewed Netanyahu for his Fox News show OBJECTified. The PM’s family came into focus repeatedly. Bibi teared up when talking about his brother Yoni and how he had to tell his parents that their son had been killed in action.

The Prime Minister said that his sons keep him in the loop on what people are saying about him on the Internet. Netanyahu also described the family’s Shabbat meals, at which they discuss the weekly Torah portion, and the rules are no politics and no phones. Netanyahu, who is known to complain about the “fake news” media, complained about the “instant referendum” of the Internet: “What happens is that you have political leaders who are constantly bombarded by polarized opinions and I don’t think that’s a good thing.” [KafeKnesset] • Watch the full interview here [Video]

“At Columbia, NY consul’s daughter joins campus battle over Israel” by Raphael Ahren: “In September 2007, Iran’s then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech at Columbia University in New York. Exactly a decade later, Ofir Dayan, a freshman at the school, asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he’d be willing to do to the same… How did Netanyahu react? “He was receptive,” Dayan responded diplomatically. “He said it’s possible.” … Dayan, 23, is the only daughter of Israel’s consul-general in New York, Dani Dayan… She pitched her idea of him speaking to Columbia University at a second meeting during a Shabbat dinner the prime minister hosted in his New York hotel.” [ToI]

“Meet the Anglos who whisper in the ears of Israel’s leaders” by Gil Hoffman: “The director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office, one of the most powerful posts in the country, is Eli Groner, who was raised in Binghamton, New York, and is a former writer and editor at The Jerusalem Post. Netanyahu’s foreign policy adviser, Dr. Jonathan Schachter, made aliya from Chicago. The prime minister’s spokesman for the foreign press is David Keyes, who is from Los Angeles and lived in New York… “Israel truly is a land of opportunity,” Keyes said. “Serving the prime minister and the state is a unique honor. I encourage all Israelis, and particularly new immigrants, to get involved.” … Yair Zivan, 32, has been the foreign policy adviser and international media spokesperson for Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid since 2014….. Zivan described his role as helping Lapid’s outreach to the wider world.” [JPost]

With Hebrew monologue, Gal Gadot debuts as SNL host: “Israeli superstar actress Gal Gadot opened the second episode of Saturday Night Live’s 43rd season Saturday with a Hebrew monologue cheekily mocking the “nice but not very intelligent” writers who she said tried to have her eat hummus in every sketch… “Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that this might be a big mistake. The writers here clearly know nothing about Israel. In every sketch they have me eating hummus. I mean, I like hummus, but come on. They’re nice, but they’re not very sophisticated,” she said in Hebrew. “I think they believe that I’m the actual Wonder Woman.”” [ToI

SPORTS BLINK — NFL star Julian Edelman to read from his new children’s book at Newton JCC: “The New England Patriots wide receiver is out for the season with an injury and is scheduled to perform a special reading of his new book, “Flying High,” on Tuesday at the Jewish Community Center in Newton, Massachusetts. Edelman’s appearance is part of PJ Library, a global Jewish children’s book program. Edelman’s father is Jewish but his mother is not. Edelman reconnected with his Jewish heritage during a 2015 trip to Israel.” [AP]

DESSERT: “As Kosher Five Star Hotels Emerge: The Rise of the Orthodox Bourgeoisie” by Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt: “People want an experience, but with kosher food,” Wagner tells me. “It’s fueled by people who have, thank God, disposable income. As an observant Jew, you see the same advertisements that everyone else sees, of a beach in the Maldives, and you say, why can’t I go there too? It’s a general trend — the same that happens in the non-Jewish market, will happen in the Jewish market, too. We don’t live in a vacuum.” [Forward]

SCENE LAST NIGHT IN DC — More than 100 friends and family joined Avi Goldgraber, Aaron Keyak and their three-month-old daughter Shira for their annual Sukkot celebration. SPOTTED: Noam Neusner, Laurie Moskowitz, Steve Rabinowitz, Jessica Schwartz, Rep. Brad Schneider’s Legislative Director; Arabella’s Jeremy Bernton, Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti, Anne Kristol; Slate’s Josh Keating, Hudson Insititute’s Ken Weinstein, Amy Kaufman, AIPAC’s Miriam Fischer, Eric Wachter, Finsbury VP and a Kushner family spox; IAC’s Abby Cable, Rachel Snyder, senior adviser of Rep. Steny Hoyer; David Weiman, Nancy Weiman, Vicki Keyak, Shalom’s Justin Dekelbaum, Deloitte’s Ali Dekelbaum, Josh Cohen, Noa Rabinowitz, Kesher Israel’s Rabbi Hyim Shafner and Sara Winkelman; Arie Lipnick, USA Today’s Sara Sorcher, Corey Jacobson, Rep. Ted Lieu’s Legislative Director; Shari Diamond, Drew Cooper, David and Jessica Ribner, Evolent’s Biodun Kajopaiye, Steve Orrin, Susan Werner, TOI’s Eric Cortellessa, ACEEE’s Naomi Baum, and Professor Saul Newman.

BIRTHDAYS: Founder, executive chairman, and now retired CEO of C-SPAN, known for his unique interviewing style, Brian Lamb turns 76… Charles “Chuck” Miller turns 72… Burbank, California resident, Richard Marpetturns 70… Chicago attorney who was an early fundraiser for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, he served as US Ambassador to Canada (2009-2013) and is now an executive at Bank of Montreal, David Jacobson turns 66… Commissioner of Major League Soccer since 1999, Don Garber tuns 60… Director of Jewish learning at the Brandeis School of San Francisco, Debby Arzt-Mor turns 55… Member of the Knesset since 2013 for the Yesh Atid party, Karin Elharar Hartstein turns 46… Best-selling author, motivational speaker and marketing consultant, his 2010 TED Talk about leadership is one of the most popular talks of all time, Simon Sinek turns 44… Teacher, lecturer, activist, and author, since 2004 he has been the rabbi at Ohev Shalom Synagogue in Washington, DC, Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld turns 43…

Musician and singer, the protégé of her late father, singer-songwriter Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Neshama Carlebach turns 43… Senior director of business development at Denver-based energy firm Nexus BSP, he is also chair of Denver’s Jewish Community Relations Council, Ben Lusher turns 34… Pacific Northwest regional political director for AIPAC, David Meyersonturns 33… Associate on the public affairs team of SKDKnickerbocker, working  on corporate, advocacy and nonprofit clients in the NYC office, Julia Schechter turns 25… 2016 graduate of Barnard College where she was a member of the TAMID Israel Investment Group at Columbia, now a supply chain analyst in NYC, Kayla Levinson turns 24… VP of Tel Aviv-based collaborative work space Urban Place, Daniel Rubin… Chaya Notik

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TOP TALKER: “How a Las Vegas newspaper quickly mobilized to cover a tragedy” by Paul Farhi: “In the immediate aftermath of what has turned out to be the deadliest mass shooting in recent American history, Las Vegas’s leading newspaper, the Review-Journal, became the eyes on the episode for much of the world… The paper marshaled about 50 of its 140 journalists Sunday night and dozens more on Monday, said Editor in Chief Keith Moyer… Despite staff turnover in recent years, the Review-Journal still maintains the largest newsroom in the state, he said… He suggested the paper’s reporting of the shooting may counter the narrative that sprang up around it after Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson bought it in late 2015… On Monday, Moyer said: “Sheldon Adelson doesn’t have anything to do with our coverage. People thought he was dictating our coverage. We don’t hear from Sheldon Adelson.”” [WashPost

— “Donations are adding up to help the victims and loved ones impacted by the Las Vegas shooting… Shelley Adelson, a daughter of a casino mogul, also donated $10,000.” [WXYZ]

“Jews Console Victims With Song And Prayers — And Seek Answers After Las Vegas Massacre” by Josh Nathan-Kazis: “Rabbi Levi Harlig journeyed to a Las Vegas hospital on Monday on a mission of mercy for one of the hundreds of victims of Sunday night’s massacre on the city’s famed Strip. Harlig sat and sang Jewish songs with the husband and mother-in-law of Natalie Grumet, a Jewish California resident who was injured in the shooting that targeted a sprawling country music festival. Across Las Vegas and the country, Jewish communities were counting heads, making sure their members were accounted for…” [Forward

PROFILE: “Scooter Braun’s Hit Factory: The top talent manager has shaped the careers of worldwide stars from Justin Bieber to Ariana Grande. Now the man behind the music is evaluating his own next act” by Alex Bhattacharji: “As more than 250 million viewers across the globe watched the One Love Manchester concert, Braun strode onstage and addressed the crowd of 55,000 at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground. After a series of thank-yous, Braun choked up paying tribute to the courage of those who came out just a day after another terror attack, this one on London Bridge. “You looked fear right in the face and said, ‘No—we are Manchester, and the world is watching,’ ” Braun said, his image projected on a pair of four-story-high screens. “Hatred will never win! Fear will never divide us!” Although the concert was its own defiant statement of unity, the event needed some sort of benediction, which Braun delivered extemporaneously except for the help of a few notes on his iPhone. “I planned to prepare, but I never had 15 minutes to myself,” he says.”

“Growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut, Braun, whose given name is Scott, initially hated the nickname Scooter. Braun has since embraced it. “The combination of names describes me well,” he says. “Scooter is very playful, and Braun is strong, serious.” … Braun was a star on the basketball team and class president each of his last three years at Greenwich High. “I was the first Jew to win class president at the school, and someone carved a swastika into my car,” Braun recalls. He got into several fistfights over anti-Semitic remarks, but only when they were directed at other kids—never him.”

“Around the end of 2004, Braun wrote to Mark Zuckerberg at his Harvard email about TheFacebook, as it was called at the time. “I was the biggest college party promoter in the country,” Braun says, “and I wanted to leverage it to help my parties blow up.” Zuckerberg referred Braun to Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, and the two went back and forth for several months about an equity stake. Braun proposed that he and a friend, NBA forward Drew Gooden, invest $100,000 in return for 10 percent of the company (which would be worth about $50 billion today). Braun says he would have flown to Boston to meet with Zuckerberg and Saverin but one of the reasons he didn’t go is that he didn’t want to risk seeing his high school sweetheart, who’d broken his heart and was attending Boston College.” [WSJMagazine]

DRIVING THE CONVO — The White House yesterday expressed support for the Palestinian Authority-Hamas reconciliation.Following Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah’s visit to Gaza, U.S. Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt released a statement welcoming Palestinian efforts to fully assume governance in Gaza. “We will be watching these developments closely, while pressing forward with the Palestinian Authority, Israel, and international donors to try to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza,” Greenblatt said. “The United States stresses that any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognition of the State of Israel, acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties, and peaceful negotiations.”

KAFE KNESSET — Palestinian party pooper — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: As the Palestinian government convened in Gaza for the first time since 2014, the Israeli PM poured cold water over the latest reconciliation attempts in his first comments on the issue today. “We expect anyone who talks about a peace process to recognize the State of Israel and of course to recognize the Jewish State and will not accept an imaginary reconciliation in which the Palestinians reconcile with each other at the expense of our existence. To those who want to make such a reconciliation, it’s very simple: recognize the State of Israel, dismantle the Hamas military wing of Hamas, cut ties with Iran and others who call for our destruction,” Netanyahu said, just a few hours after PA President Abbas also presented his conditions for  the reconciliation process, giving it low chances of actually succeeding.

Meanwhile, after months of silence, the right wing is starting to openly criticize the Trump administration for the settlements restrictions and semi-official freeze on the ground. Likud minister Ze’ev Elkin said in an interview to Sheldon Adelson’s NRG website: “This administration is far friendlier to Israel, but unfortunately, the only thing that has not changed is the negative perception of Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria. On this matter, the administration continues with the Obama tradition. We need to explain to them that there are matters of supreme national interest, such as building in Hebron,” Elkin said. Read today’s entire Kafe Knesset here[JewishInsider]

–Israel’s prime minister on Tuesday pledged to build thousands of new homes in one of the West Bank’s biggest Jewish settlements and annex it to Israel [AP]

PA’s Zomlot calls for US forces in the West Bank — by Aaron Magid: Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO’s General Delegation to the U.S., called for U.S. soldiers to provide security in the West Bank during the implementation of a final status peace deal. “We demand a third party presence. We even welcome American forces to be our guard… The Marines would represent for us a third party.” Commenting on President Donald Trump’s meeting last month with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in New York, Zomlot said, “each time we leave the meeting, we leave it with a sense of renewed hope and a sense of renewed inspiration.” The senior Palestinian diplomat added that Trump was in a “listening and attentive mood.”

When asked about the likely passage of the Taylor Force Act, Zomlot declared “We were given a choice by Congress that we should cease these payments, and we choose our people, proudly so.” He added that during the beginning of the Trump administration, the Palestinian leadership offered to set up a trilateral committee with the U.S. and Israelis to deal with the payment issue but were rebuffed. [JewishInsider

“Is Netanyahu’s party ready to divide Jerusalem?” by Ben Caspit: “In the September meeting, [MK] Anat Berko presented detailed maps to Netanyahu in which the city was divided into geographic and political regions… According to her plan, almost all the Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem would be transferred to Palestinian control. In the first stage, they would be under Palestinian civil rule with Israeli security control, like area B of the West Bank. In the final stage, they would have area A status, that is full Palestinian control. This would decrease Jerusalem’s population by 300,000 Palestinians… A storm erupted at the Likud ministers’ first weekly gathering following the meeting, with members asking Netanyahu whether the news of it was true and whether he supports the plan for partitioning Jerusalem. Netanyahu hurriedly backtracked from the plan.” [Al-Monitor]

“Trump’s Envoy Was Not Wrong on Israeli Settlements” by Eli Lake: “It seems clear that Israel will keep some West Bank territory,” said Elliott Abrams… “There will be land swaps in any conceivable final status agreement. That is U.S. policy. Ambassador Friedman said nothing that deviates from that policy.” … A senior U.S. official who works on Middle East peace negotiations told me that Friedman’s remarks reflected a traditional Republican view of settlements, namely that it was unrealistic to expect Israel to relinquish the suburbs in and around Jerusalem as part of a final status deal with the Palestinians.” [BloombergView]

Amb. Friedman tells Mishpacha Magazine: “I love the job. It is a lot of fun,” he says… Friedman enjoys the president’s trust. “I spoke to him several times this past week,” Friedman says. “I’ve been back to meet with him in person a couple of times. It’s not determined by any particular schedule; it’s determined by whether there is something that we need to talk about.”

The claims in the Israel defense establishment… is that Israel was abandoned in the cease-fire agreement between Russia, Syria, and the US, leaving Israel’s north exposed to a range of Shiite militias and Iranian forces that have been allowed to remain too close to the border:

Friedman: “I can’t speak to your sources, but my contacts with Israel are at the highest levels of the government and from my perspective, that’s not their view. The United States, prior to any meetings it has with Russia, goes out of its way to hear out Israel and to take their concerns into account, and I think they act with one voice. I think they are very coordinated. I am not aware of anything that Israel has asked the United States to do where the United States has refused.” [Mishpacha

IRAN DEAL: “Republicans might block Trump from killing Iran nuke deal” by Seung Min Kim and Elana Schor: “Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) made clear he’s undecided on whether to reimpose sanctions… “I don’t think that we should relieve Iran of its obligations,” said Flake, who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee… Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters recently that he is “still looking at” the issue and remains undecided. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said she wants to see the evidence on whether Iran has been compliant with the deal or not. Other influential players, such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), don’t believe Trump should begin retreating from the deal…” [Politico] • Ex-Netanyahu national security adviser Uzi Arad urges US to keep Iran deal [Al-Monitor]

“Mossad chief: Iran ‘closer than ever before’ to Israel’s borders” by Judah Ari Gross: “According to [Yossi] Cohen… his intelligence service is “focused only on the top national, security and political priorities.” First on that list is Iran, according to Cohen. Tehran “continues with its vision of [obtaining] a significant nuclear capability, which is meant to lead it to a military nuclear capability,” he said.” [ToI] • Michael Rubin: Lifting sanctions against Iran will put Israel in mortal danger [Newsweek]

HAPPENING TODAY — The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will host a forum titled, “Consequences of a Collapse of the Iran Nuclear Deal,” at 1:30 PM ET. Two panels will focus on what happens if President Trump decertifies Iranian compliance with the JCPOA or the U.S. withdraws from the nuclear deal. [Livestream

“Zippy Amtrak Train Gets Tangled in ‘the Swamp’” by Alex Burns:“Bill Kristol… no friend of the current White House, remains an Acela loyalist, and he has embraced the “Acela corridor” designation along with unfashionable labels like “establishment” and “globalist.” … Mr. Kristol said his affection for the train was partly tongue-in-cheek, calling it “no great shakes.” He described the Acela’s atmosphere with a gentle irony some people reserve for friends and family. “If you haven’t ridden the Acela while trying to prevent your Dunkin’ Donuts coffee from spilling,” Mr. Kristol wrote in an email, “while also pretending to ignore nearby riders, who include three McKinsey consultants energetically discussing their spreadsheets, two Europeans vividly lamenting the state of America, and a lawyer sharply berating a junior associate for his failings, have you really lived life in the New York-D.C. corridor to the full?””[NYTimes

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Disney reaches agreement with Patrick Drahi’s Altice[Bizjournals] • Chernin to Court Sports Bettors With New Data and Analysis Service [WSJ] • Roman Abramovich has ploughed more cash into tech startup Truphone in £255m rights issue [CityAM] • OurCrowd Expands with Office in Spain, Partners with Spanish-Israeli VC Cardumen Capital[CrowdfundInsider]  US’s Avery Dennison invests in Israeli smart-glass startup Gauzy [ToI

STARTUP NATION: Snapchat to launch augmented reality art platform — by Josh Constine: “Snapchat plans to roll out the feature with Koons’s art around the world as seen in these photos from Las Vegas, Sydney, and Paris.  A source tells TechCrunch the feature is based on technology from Cimagine, an Israeli AR startup Snapchat acquired in December. Similar tech powers its World Lens’ like the dancing hot dog that got over 1.5 billion views on Snapchat, plus its new Sponsored World Lens ads.” [TechCrunch

“The new ‘Goldie’ scholarships — in honor of the late Dave Goldberg — will pay for students in need to have time to be students” by Kara Swisher: “Using KIPP, a national network of over 200 tuition-free, public charter schools, the program will select 15 students already planning to attend four years of college on scholarship and provide them with annual stipends of $15,000 to pay for a myriad of needs. The goal: To allow those students to focus entirely on their studies and to help remove financial pressure that can hinder their progress… . “Dave wanted kids from all backgrounds to have opportunity,” [Sheryl Sandberg] said. “We were trying to create something he would have loved.”” [RecodeFortuneMag

HOLLYWOOD: “Katzenberg’s Big Ask: $2 Billion for Short-Form Video Project” by Andrew Ross Sorkin: “[Jeffrey] Katzenberg, 66, is convinced that his new product, called New TV, can upend the format of television for mobile devices. He wants to create the next-generation version of HBO or Netflix, purpose-built for viewing on phones and tablets with short-form content of premium quality… He wants to create big, expensive productions at a cost of $100,000 a minute…. And he wants to attract A-list talent both in front of and behind the camera… To Mr. Katzenberg, the idea is too obvious not to pursue. “You have an installed base of one and a half billion people who watch 45 minutes of video on a smartphone every day,” he said. “So this is where I say to you, ‘They’re drinking water. We’re going to give it to them in a bottle.’”” [NYTimes

TALK OF THE TOWN: “$50 million gift from Cheryl and Haim Saban gives Motion Picture Academy museum a major boost” by Josh Rottenberg: “Given the usual areas of focus of their philanthropic efforts, Haim Saban admits he initially resisted the idea of contributing to the film academy’s museum when he was first approached about it by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who hosted a fundraising dinner earlier this year. “I said to him, ‘Listen, you’ve got sick kids, kids who need education — send them our way. Battered women, we’re there. But a museum is not in our sweet spot, so we’re not going to do anything there,’ ” Saban told The Times in an interview on Tuesday. “He said, ‘Well, come anyway.’ I said, ‘Fine.’ You know, a free meal — why not?”

“After hearing an appeal that evening from Disney CEO Bob Iger, who chairs the museum’s capital campaign and is a friend of the Sabans, he began to come around. After discussing the idea with Cheryl, with whom he started the Saban Family Foundation in 1999, the two ultimately decided to get on board with a major gift… In recognition of the Sabans’ gift, the historic May Co. Building at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue that will be home to the museum will be renamed the Saban Building.” [LATimes

REMEMBERING: “That time Tom Petty hung out with an Orthodox rock band in Israel” by Tess Cutler: “Musician Tom Petty [passed awayon Monday]. The rock star just wrapped up a big tour, which ended on September 25 at the Hollywood Bowl, marking the 30th anniversary since he visited Israel for a Temple in Flames Tour. From the vaults: In September 1987, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers toured Israel with Bob Dylan, performing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. A film crew followed Petty around and chronicled the experience for MTV‘s Musical Passport series, Rock Israel… “I haven’t heard any Israeli Rock ‘n’ Roll, though it must exist,” he confessed. And he soon found out, it does a la Orthodox rock band, Diaspora Yeshiva Band. “I think anyone should be able to pick up an instrument and jump around,” Petty said smiling.” [JewishJournalYouTube

BIRTHDAYS: Jerusalem-born record executive turned talent agent whose clients include Madonna and U2, author of “Jews Who Rock” regarding Jewish influences on the music industry, Guy Oseary turns 45… Professor of American literature at Monmouth College (1968-1999) and co-founder with his wife in 1994 of Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey,  Dr. Robert M. Rechnitz turns 87… Radio show host, author, political commentator and film critic, his eponymous Seattle-based nationally syndicated talk show airs throughout the U.S. on Salem Radio Network, Michael Medved turns 69… Former member of Congress (D-PA-13) (2005-2015), following her tenure as a member of the Pennsylvania Senate (1991-2005), Allyson Schwartzturns 69… Theoretical physicist, professor at Rutgers and a son of feminist author and activist Betty Friedan, he was named a MacArthur Genius Fellow in 1987, Daniel Friedan turns 69… Lisa Leff turns 60… Born in NYC to Israeli parents, music industry executive who led Def Jam, the Hip Hop genre’s top record label at the time, he then led the Warner music label and now is Global Head of Music for YouTube, Lyor Cohen turns 58… Art collector and dealer, who together with his father and brother are reputed to own $1 billion of art including over 1,000 pieces by Andy Warhol, David Mugrabi turns 46…  Rabbi of Congregation Ohr Torah in North Woodmere, NY and author of ‘We’re Almost There,” Dovid M. Cohen turns 45… Born in Jerusalem and raised in Moscow where his father is the Chief Rabbi, himself a rabbi at Park East Synagogue in Manhattan, Benjamin Goldschmidt turns 30…

BIRTHWEEK: Michelle Sara King, President & CEO of King Consults (yesterday)

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