Daily Kickoff: JI experts answer our questions about the implications of Trump’s win | Will Trump & AIPAC get along? | Iran agreement on shaky ground?

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT — Questions On Our Mind After Trump’s Upset Victory: (1) What does this mean for the U.S. – Israel relationship? (2) Will the Obama Administration now push for an Israeli Palestinian peace effort at the UN in their remaining weeks? (3) What’s the state of the Iran agreement going forward? (4) Will AIPAC and Trump get along, especially after the organization’s unprecedented apology over Trump’s remarks at their last policy conference? (5) Who will be Trump’s Ambassador to Israel? (6) Will that Ambassador work from Jerusalem? (7) Why was Jared Kushner not given a shoutout on stage last night from his father-in-law? Seperately, Trump noted the presence of his daughter-in-law Lara, who is Jewish, and married to Eric Trump.

We asked some prominent JI readers to respond to these questions. Here are their replies… includes comments from Yossi Klein Halevi, Ken Weinstein, Mindy Finn, Noam Neusner, Ari Harow, Tevi Troy, Aaron David Miller, Jeff Ballabon, David Siegel, and Trump advisor David Friedman…

Q: Will the Obama Administration now push activity at the UN?

Hudson Institute’s Ken Weinstein: “The prestige of the Obama administration has been dealt a serious blow by the Trump victory, especially given the political capital spent by the President, the First Lady and the Vice President on behalf of Clinton. This particular moment of a lame duck presidency is definitely not the time for pushing a Palestinian state at the UN.”

Noam Neusner: “There would have to be something to achieve out of some kind of anti-Israel UN gambit — at this stage, there aren’t many Democrats who would give Obama cover for abandoning Israel. He has no political juice — it just disappeared.”

Netanyahu’s former Chief of Staff Ari Harow: “I don’t believe they will. With the incoming Trump administration most likely to take a different approach to the UN, any such activity would be for naught.”

Yossi Klein Halevi: “If Obama does go to the UN, it will be a fit of pique that will have no positive consequences. It would be Obama throwing a temper tantrum. If I were Obama waking up to the news today, the last thing on my mind would be the Palestinian issue. Obama is looking at the ruin of Obamacare, at a very shaky Iran deal, and some other of his key initiatives. If he goes to the UN, he will just be compounding his failure on the peace process.”

Tevi Troy: “I’m generally not a fan of outgoing presidents pushing new policy agendas after the president-elect is determined. In the Bush administration, for example, Chief of Staff Josh Bolten told cabinet secretaries to stop new regulatory efforts in July of 2008, months before the election took place. That said, it wouldn’t shock me if President Obama took steps out the door to handcuff President-elect Trump and to put Israel in a more difficult situation vis a vis the UN. I hope he resists the temptation.”

Q: What does this mean for the U.S. – Israel relationship?

Interesting to note: A JI reader emailed us this morning, “Israeli Amb. Ron Dermer is a big winner… This will be much more of his environment… Dermer worked together with Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, at Frank Luntz’s shop back in the day.”

Aaron David Miller: “With so much of its governance in a box, a Trump Administration will adopt a kind of if ‘it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it’ mentality to any relationship that isn’t in need of immediate attention. Relations post Obama are likely to improve as Trump’s hostility to the Iran nuclear deal increases and any pressure on Israel with respect to the Palestinian issue diminishes, Expect Netanyahu to come to the White House before Passover.”

Neusner: “Probably a neutral event from a relationship point of view. If Trump is inconsistent and provocative, it would be bad for Israel and the US both in the Middle East.”

Weinstein: “Netanyahu is one of the few big foreign winners of the 2016 election. He will have a sympathetic ally and ear in President Trump, one who doesn’t believe that the key to Middle East peace is a Palestinian state. Trump can start to help repair other rifts caused by the policies of President Obama, especially with regards to Iran.”

Harow: “There is most definitely a belief that the Trump administration will show greater understanding for Israeli concerns, be it on the Iranian nuclear issue, the Palestinian conflict, and the war on terror. An interesting point to remember is that after serving as Prime Minister for over a decade, this is the first time Netanyahu will work with a Republican president.”

Klein Halevi: “Trump, as we know has very thin skin, and does not take slights, whether real or intended, well. The great danger in navigating the relationship with this president is to avoid personal complications. Trump is not about ideology, or even policy, but about emotion. We’re going to have to tread carefully, not to insult or provoke this president, and develop a good working relationship. The fact that Trump has Jewish family members is potentially of special significance for a leader for whom everything is personal.”

“For me, this is not ultimately about Israel. It is about the fate of the world. We are part of this world, and many Jews have a tendency to think of Israel in isolation of the fate of the rest of the world. And as it happens, we are part of humanity, and where humanity goes the state of Israel goes. And so whether Trump moves the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem or not, there are much deeper questions about world stability and global economy. What was so disturbing to me as an Israeli, watching this election, was that it reminded me of Israel in the 1990’s, where Left and Right saw each other as illegitimate and that led to a political assassination. Democrats and Republicans saw each other’s candidate as an existential threat to America, and I am deeply afraid for the mental health of the country I grew up in. I am feeling the fragility of America society, as an Israeli, and I am terrified.”

Jeff Ballabon: “It’s an understatement to say that Donald Trump and his team are a breath of fresh air. I worked with Trump’s advisors on the revolutionary Republican platform and they clearly understand the issues better than any diplomatic or policy team I’ve worked with or observed in 25 years. They are independent, they understand that Israel is our ally, that Israel is not legally or morally an occupier anywhere in the indigenous Jewish homeland and that Jews should have the right to live freely, in peace and security, including in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. Finally, they respect Israel’s sovereignty and so will resist any international pressure on Israel to sacrifice its security to please the rest of the world.”

Troy: “I am hopeful that the Trump election leads to an improvement in the US Israel relationship. Clearly, these were a rocky eight years under Obama for that special friendship.”

Former Israeli Consul Gen. David Siegel: “I have no doubt that President-elect Trump will be a great friend and ally to Israel and will work closely with Israel to advance our shared interests for a secure, stable and peaceful Middle East.”

Q: What will the relationship between a Trump administration and AIPAC look like especially after the unprecedented apology from AIPAC over Trump’s speech during the last policy conference?

–Worth Noting: AIPAC national board member David Cordish is friendly with Trump and publicly introduced the President-elect at a Maryland GOP dinner in the summer of 2015. In the video we captured at the time, Cordish describes how Ivanka was the matchmaker for his son, Reed Cordish and Margaret Katz. Trump and David Cordish first met when Trump sued Cordish Co. over a Florida casino project. The judge pushed for mediation, Trump and Cordish met in-person, worked things out and became friends.

–Key Player: Michael Glassner, who we profiled last year, was spotted standing on stage at Trump’s victory party last night. Glassner served as AIPAC’s Southwest Regional Political Director immediately prior to joining the Trump campaign.

Weinstein: “AIPAC was able to get along with President Obama. It should be able to rally around U.S. Middle East policies that are tilted more favorably towards Israel. Given the way he ran his campaign, a President Trump may be less dependent on the ability of AIPAC members to raise political funds. But AIPAC should still be able to build strong bridges to Trump and his team, regardless of the apology. J Street, on the other hand, will be entering the political wilderness, without a sympathetic White House and without committee chairs in Congress to push its agenda.”

Troy: “AIPAC clearly have some work to do following the controversy surrounding Trump’s speech to them. The lesson for both AIPAC and attendees for the future should be that the annual conference is an opportunity to hear the views of the different presidential candidates, and that all candidates should be given a respectful opportunity to state their views.”

Ballabon: “Trump’s advisors clearly have both the US’s and Israel’s best interests at heart and I think any organization that shares those priorities will be welcome. But the episode itself, which troubled so many of AIPAC’s biggest supporters as well, revealed the need for some serious internal rethinking about that organization’s mission and priorities. If they are primarily focused on pleasing their American Jewish base, they may find themselves at odds not only with a significant majority of Israelis on key issues – like Judea and Samaria and the so-called “Two-State Solution” – but also with a Trump administration team that has direct ties to Israel at least as deep and personal as anyone at AIPAC.”

Q: State of the Iran nuclear agreement going forward?

According to a Reuters report: “Say goodbye to the Iran deal,” said Richard Nephew, a former U.S. negotiator with Iran now at Columbia University. “There is very little likelihood that it stays, either because of a deliberate decision to tear it up by Trump, or steps that the U.S. takes which prompt an Iranian walk back.” The spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency: “Iran is prepared for any change,” adding that Iran would try to stand by the deal.”

Neusner: “Obama doesn’t have anything that assures policy continuation on anything — the Iran agreement was never put to a vote. Assuming Trump meant what he said, he will probably walk away from it.”

Weinstein: “Trump has made overturning the Iran deal a centerpiece of his campaign. Unfortunately, much of the disastrous deal cannot be overturned: the cash given to Iran and the reversal of sanctions. But a Trump administration could work more closely with traditional Sunni allies and Israel to put greater pressure on Iran to confront its regional ambitions that have been largely unchecked. I can’t imagine that Trump would react as passively as Obama has in handling aggression by the Iranian navy.”

Harow: “Netanyahu made it clear in his speech to Congress and in public statements since that the Iran agreement is bad for Israel, bad for the U.S., and bad for the world. This has not changed. A revaluation of the Iran agreement by the new administration would be a welcome development.”

Q: How will the #NeverTrump wing react to a President Trump?

Ballabon: “Some #NeverTrump’s are principled and some are posturing. I’ve been hearing all along that many people who were assertively self-declared #NeverTrumps had also quietly submitted their resumes for the Trump campaign team or transition team. And some were crumbling even as the results were coming in last night, while others doubled down. So I think there will be many different reactions. We’ll have to wait to see if anything practical or significant survives or can be built by the remnants.”

Weinstein: “Serious think tankers will heed the call of patriotic service and join the Trump-Pence administration. Others will refuse. Those who have criticized the President-elect repeatedly are unlikely to be asked to join the administration. The extent to which advisors have influence will determine how many go in and how many stay.”

Mindy Finn, Evan McMullin’s running mate: “A President Trump that continues to stand for things that Donald Trump has stood for throughout this campaign? I disagree with him on several measures, namely the very important ones. One that he wants to expand the size of government, expand executive power and the role of the executive. He’s already become too powerful. He demeans and disrespects immigrants and people who don’t look like him – people from different faiths and background, and women. I oppose all those things, and if those are the things that Donald Trump stands for, then yes! I will continue to oppose him.”

Neusner: “Overall, it’s a rebuke to lots of people — especially those like me who opposed Trump in the primaries and who didn’t vote for him in the general. His political argument won. He changed the map. Now he has to prove he can govern. If he does — even as a big government nationalist with modest conservative instincts. — he will forever change the party. That might not leave room in it for someone like me, but that is far from settled. I will fight for ideas and sometimes against the party leaders, just as Buckley did under Eisenhower.”

Q: Will David Friedman serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel?

Friedman tells us: “I hope he makes that choice, but it’s his choice to make.”

Worth rereading: Trump Advisors Issue Position Paper on Israel [JewishInsider]

STATEMENTS — Netanyahu: “I congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the 45th President of the United States of America. President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel, and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region… I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights.”

RJC’s Matt Brooks: “The RJC could not be happier with the election of Donald Trump and our Senate and House majorities. Whether it’s the millions of dollars we have raised, the paid advertisements, and the door-to-door grass roots activities, we are proud of all we have done to assist all our candidates in their victories. After a long, grueling campaign, it’s time for the nation to come together. While there are bound to be bruises on both sides of the aisle – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents must move forward and heal our differences, for the good of the country.”

“US ambassador to Israel calls on Trump to uphold Iran deal” by Raphael Ahren: “The nuclear pact, brokered under American leadership between six world powers and Iran last year, has been “very successful in doing exactly what it was designed to do, and that is to block systematically each pathway Iran had to achieve a nuclear weapon,” Dan Shapiro said. “Obviously we recommend the next administration continue [honoring the agreement], because it does fulfill that function.” Shapiro added, “There is no disagreement between the US and Israeli experts about Iran’s adherence to the terms of the agreement.”

— “Asked whether Israelis can expect Shapiro to be the last U.S. Ambassador to Israel to work from Tel Aviv instead of Jerusalem, Shapiro replied: “Every US administration that has looked at the question has determined that the embassy is where it should be. I can’t speculate beyond that.” Shapiro also did not say whether Trump’s victory increased the likelihood of the outgoing administration backing a Palestine-related resolution at the United Nations Security Council.” [ToI] Video [Facebook]

Ron Prosor tells the NYTimes: “Ron Prosor, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, said a Trump victory spelled “the end of political correctness” — long viewed by Israel as a diplomatic bugbear in its dealings with the world over the Palestinian issue. Mr. Prosor also seemed satisfied that there would be “no free lunches” for Iran under a Trump presidency, and that Iran would be called to account for any violations of the nuclear accord, which the Israeli government vehemently opposed.” [NYTimes]

Israeli Right hails Trump: ‘The era of a Palestinian state is over’: “Education Minister Naftali Bennett said “the era of a Palestinian state is over. Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause. This is the position of the President-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple,” he wrote.  Speaking in the Knesset plenum, Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) gave his congratulations to Trump on Wednesday morning: “I am confident that the longstanding friendship and alliance between the United States and Israel will remain strong during Mr. Trump’s term in office,” he said… Edelstein gave his address in English, an irregular step for Israeli politicians speaking in the Knesset.” [JPost]

“Inside Trump’s Stunning Upset Victory ” by Alex Isenstadt, Eli Stokols, Shane Goldmacher and Ken Vogel: “Inside Trump Tower, Trump’s children and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were losing patience with Lewandowski, who seemed to be devoting the bulk of his time to undermining Manafort. .. Manafort, meanwhile, was having problems of his own… He had also been losing the confidence of Trump’s family, especially Kushner, who by now was gaining influence in the campaign. “Paul’s losing his edge,” Kushner told a fellow aide one day. On Aug. 19, Manafort abruptly announced his resignation. And that’s when the campaign started to turn around for Trump.” [Politico

EXIT POLL: Hillary got 71 percent of the Jewish vote to Trump’s 24 percent [NYTimes] In New York’s 48th Assembly District (Borough Park), Trump got 69 percent of the vote, while Hillary got 27 percent, according to unofficial results. As many as 524 people chose a write-in candidate after Assemblyman Dov Hikind urged voters to write in Paul Ryan for president.

“Trump Supporters Over the Moon at Campaign Party as Republicans Stun the World” by Danna Harman: “I was told by the Republicans in Israel that I should just come here and they would let me in,” he explained. “And I felt we needed a big Israel flag because Trump is great for Israel too,” he explained. “Your Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu loves Trump because he is strong, and he understands that is what is needed in this world today,” Michael Klamen, a jeweler from Florida offered, upon seeing the flag.” [Haaretz

“This Orthodox Jewish immigrant dedicated his vote to a slain Muslim American soldier” by Sarah Pulliam Bailey: “An Orthodox Jewish immigrant’s tweet went viral on Tuesday after he posted a photo of himself with his ballot next to a photo of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim American soldier who was killed in 2004 while serving in Iraq. Yosef Rapaport, who does independent media consulting, said that he woke up on Election Day and decided to dedicate his vote to Khan. “I would probably not agree politically with Capt. Khan if he met me and we talked about world affairs,” Rapaport said. “I don’t know. I can’t be sure. That doesn’t diminish one iota the deep respect I have for him and his family for what they did for America. We owe them our deepest respect.” Rapaport declined to say who he voted for, but he said leans left.” [WashPost]

Peter Beinart: “I Still Love America. But, After Trump’s Victory, I Don’t Trust It: I’ve never felt less American and more Jewish. As an American, a white one, I’ve always felt safe. I’ve always assumed my country would be stable… As an American, I’m totally unprepared… I’m not leaving America. It’s my country. I have to fight – every American Jew has to fight – to protect the American Muslims who right now must be terrified beyond belief. I have to fight the dozens of American Nazis who have descended on my Twitter feed to celebrate their victory. I still love America to my core. But I don’t trust it in the same way.” [Haaretz

TRENDING READ: “An American Tragedy” by David Remnick: “Trump is vulgarity unbounded, a knowledge-free national leader who will not only set markets tumbling but will strike fear into the hearts of the vulnerable, the weak, and, above all, the many varieties of Other whom he has so deeply insulted. The African-American Other. The Hispanic Other. The female Other. The Jewish and Muslim Other. The most hopeful way to look at this grievous event—and it’s a stretch—is that this election and the years to follow will be a test of the strength, or the fragility, of American institutions. It will be a test of our seriousness and resolve.” [NewYorker]

“How the stampede for big money enabled Donald Trump’s rise” by Matea Gold: “This cycle was a good illustration that money is one tool that impacts public opinion, but the media have a larger megaphone than any campaign is able to buy — and candidates and the dynamics of the field matter,” said Charlie Spies, a Republican campaign finance lawyer who served as counsel for Bush’s super PAC.”[WashPost]

“Schumer, as expected, to run for Democratic leader” by Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan: “Schumer will be the first Jewish party leader in the Senate and the first New Yorker to serve as Democratic leader. Schumer won a landslide victory to a fourth term and will lead his party alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who intends to seek the GOP leader job next week regardless of who controls the Senate.” [Politico

“Republican Eric Greitens next Missouri governor” by Kurt Erickson: “Greitens, a Maryland Heights native and 1992 graduate of Parkway North High School, becomes Missouri’s first Jewish governor.” [STLToday] • RJC: “We are proud to have a Jewish Republican leading the great state of Missouri. Awesome job Eric Greitens! [Twitter

“Controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio loses” by Theodore Schleifer: “Arpaio called himself “America’s toughest sheriff” and was known for his tough stance on immigration in the border state.”[CNN]  George Soros spent $2M to defeat Arpaio [Twitter

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ELECTION DAY: “Clinton Takes Sunny Approach as Trump Has Dark Warnings” by Michael Barbaro, Ashley Parker and Amy Chozick: “As she embarked on a four-state tour, Mrs. Clinton gave a sunny and optimistic summation of her candidacy for the White House. “Tomorrow, you can vote for a hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America,” she told a crowd in Pittsburgh. Mr. Trump, who campaigned in five states on Monday, took a harsher approach, assailing the “crooked media,” attacking a “corrupt Washington establishment” and mocking Mrs. Clinton over and over. “It’s a rigged, rigged system,” he declared in Raleigh, N.C. “And now it’s up to the American people to deliver the justice that we deserve at the ballot box tomorrow.”” [NYTimes

Trump at campaign rally in Florida: “We have to stand strong with the state of Israel in their fight against Islamic terrorism. Barack Obama was the worst thing that ever happened to Israel. The worst thing that ever happened to Israel. Barack Obama was a disaster for Israel — and believe me, the Iran deal, where we made them rich. we also gave them a direct path right to nuclear weapons ,but we will be working with Israel very closely; very, very closely.” [JewishInsider

“Gingrich, Giuliani, Priebus Eyed for Top Jobs in Trump White House” by Katy Tur and Benjy Sarlin: “Rudy Giuliani for attorney general, Newt Gingrich for secretary of state, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn for defense secretary or national security adviser, Trump finance chairman Steve Mnuchin for Treasury secretary, and Republican National Committee finance chair Lew Eisenberg for commerce secretary. Reince Priebus, the current RNC chairman, is under consideration as Trump’s chief of staff.”[NBCNews]

“Will the last Trump ad be the final straw?”by Rob Eshman: “The fact that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, is part of the team pushing “Protocols” doesn’t mean it’s not anti-Semitic. It just means Kushner is ruthless. Appealing to the basest instincts of the base is the way to bite into Hillary’s white voters, and Kushner will do anything — anything — to win. In the short run, it has made Jared Kushner — not Trump’s own sons — the closest Trump advisor.  Daddy likes winners, and in Trump’s world, a winner is someone who backstabs his own People for a few more votes in Pennsylvania.”[JewishJournal] • “I Loved the New York Observer. Now It’s Complicit in the Trump Campaign” by Leon Neyfakh [Slate]

“2016’s Big Reveal” by Bret Stephens: “Donald Trump is a demagogue. Period. The fervor of his crowds recalls Nasser’s Egypt. His convictions are illiberal. His manners are disgusting. His temper is frightening. It ought to have been the job of thoughtful conservatives in this season to point this out, time and again. If they can’t do that, what good are they?” [WSJ

Dana Milbank: “When the election returns come in Tuesday night, it will be Nov. 9 in Germany — the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass” at the start of the Holocaust when Nazis vandalized synagogues and businesses.” [WashPost

CLOSING ARGUMENTS — Laura Rosenberger on behalf of the Clinton campaign: “What we have on the ballot is not just two candidates, but two very different visions of America, what it means to be American, and what we want our future as a country to be. As Hillary has been saying for some time, she believes that we are ‘Stronger Together.’ That of course we face challenges, but the best way to address them is by bringing everyone together to develop real solutions. I think that is, obviously, critical when it comes to everything from making our economy work for everyone, not just for those at the top, when it comes to keep our country safe, and to combating the threats that we face; and when it comes to making sure that we continue to strengthen our country from the inside, to see our diversity as a real asset and to hold true to our values that we have always held dear, whether that’s freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, but also that all men and women are created equal, and that is truly the foundation of who we are as a country. That’s what is on the ballot. Donald Trump offers a dark and divisive vision of America, one that would take us backwards and one that would hurt a lot of people.”

“I think particularly for the Jewish community, this election has been a wakeup call – about some of the forces that still exist in this country that we, as a community, need to see. That’s why I am really proud that Hillary has stood up strongly against the BDS movement, she’s been very outspoken about anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and the anti-immigrant sentiment because we know that these are all interconnected, and this is something that is a testament to her in what she believes in, that she’s been such a forceful voice in speaking out all this divisive and violent rhetoric.”

On Israel: “Hillary has spoken at length about Israel her entire campaign. Hillary has a long record, from her time as First Lady of Arkansas when she brought the HIPPY program that she was so inspired by. She knows the depth and the connection between the American and Israeli people, she knows how much we can learn from each other, and that bond is something that is really personal to her. When she was a senator, she was a fierce champion for Israel, something that continued when she was secretary of state. And so, not only has she consistently spoken about Israel on the campaign trail, it is something that she’s got a record to actually show on everything that she has done. She has been very clear that she believes that Israel’s security is a direct and enduring national interest of the United States. She believes that America needs to be engaged in the Middle East to help bring about peace, stability and security, and she believes that there will always be differences that the two countries will have, but that we need to make sure that those differences are managed quietly, and that our adversaries are never able to drive a wedge between us.”

David Friedman on behalf of the Trump campaign: “I would ask Jewish voters to focus on two things. The first is Israel. The Republican platform, which could have never been enacted without the support of Donald Trump, is the most pro-Israel platform in the history of either party, in the history of this country. He has followed through with additional statements and more detailed policy points over the recent past… Some of those points are frankly unique and massively better, not only than Hillary Clinton but even when compared to George W. Bush – no daylight between the countries, Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of Israel, moving the embassy to Jerusalem, maintaining an overwhelmingly superior military profile for Israel relative to its enemies, and no longer burdening Israel, when it is called to defend itself, with obsolete notions of proportionate force. Also, rejecting the notion that Israel is occupying today in Judea and Samaria, punishing the BDS movement, not imposing on Israel a settlement against its will, and not funding the Palestinian Authority without absolute assurances that it’s no longer providing stipends to terrorists.”

“Point number two is to look at America’s profile relative to the rest of the world. The Obama administration and Hillary Clinton can’t walk away from that because she was Secretary of State for 4 of those 8 years, and she’s said absolutely nothing during the course of her campaign to distinguish herself or to distinguish her presidency from an Obama presidency. The Clinton-Obama foreign policy has wreaked massive damage everywhere in the world, from the Middle East to Eastern Europe to the South China Sea to South America to obviously the rise of ISIS to the nuclearization of Iran in just a short 9 years. You can’t point to any place in the world which is safer, more secure, less of a threat than it was 8 years ago. The single most prominent reason for all of that is that American has projected weakness to the rest of the world. It’s a small world, and when the world is this unstable and risky, Jews everywhere are less safe and they’re less secure. The Trump administration is going to reverse all of that. We’re not going to lead from behind. We’re going to lead from the front. That should be very important to people everywhere, but it’s of course important to Jews, because when the United States is weak, Israel is weak, and frankly, Jews everywhere have reason to be concerned.”

On criticism of Trump’s closing argument ad: “Lloyd Blankfein is being criticized because he runs a bank that has extraordinarily close ties to Hillary Clinton and has paid her almost $1 million to give speeches that Hillary Clinton tried to keep secret. He criticized Janet Yellen because he has been critical of how the Federal Reserve monitors the U.S. monetary policy. It has nothing to do with her being Jewish. In fact, I doubt people even know that Janet Yellen is Jewish. George Soros, number 1, most people don’t even know that he’s Jewish. He doesn’t have a Jewish name. He’s done nothing to positively identify with the Jewish community at any point in his life. Soros has done more to vilify the state of Israel and to fund anti-Israel propaganda machines than almost any individual on the face of the earth. The idea that by criticizing George Soros I am anti-Semitic, or I’m indicating anti-Semitic tendencies, when George Soros is himself one of the great enemies of the Jewish people and the state of Israel, turns the world on its head.”Read the full interview [JewishInsider

“RJC All in For Donald Trump and His Campaign” by Josh Marshall: “Less than two hours ago, the Republican Jewish Coalition sent out an email to members. Zero mention of the Trump ad, full-throated endorsement of Donald Trump. “With less than 72 hours to go in the election, I strongly encourage you to vote for ALL Republicans this Tuesday. Your vote counts and electing Donald Trump and Mike Pence will put an end to Hillary Clinton’s history of corruption and progressive agenda from being in the White House… If we have resounding wins on Tuesday night it will be because we stood together and supported the ENTIRE Republican ticket. If we don’t stand together, Hillary Clinton will be our next President and we will lose control of Congress.”” [TPM

RJC’s spokesman Fred Brown: “We’re a Republican organization, election day is [today], and we encourage Republicans to vote.”

“The collapsing political triangle linking Adelson, Netanyahu and Trump” by Anshel Pfeffer: “There is no clear indication that Netanyahu would choose Clinton over Trump. But the fact remains that while visits to Israel were mooted, and even scheduled, at least twice during the last year, Trump’s Boeing 757 never touched down at Ben-Gurion International Airport. And while no official reason was given for the cancellations, sources in Jerusalem maintain that it was Netanyahu who was not eager to be seen hosting Trump… Netanyahu respects and fears Hillary Clinton, much more than he ever did Barack Obama. He may be starting to realize that for him as prime minister, and for Israel’s interests, the Trump-supporting Adelson has finally become more of a liability than an asset.” [Haaretz• Herzog Accuses Netanyahu of Interfering in U.S. Election [JewishInsider

“Trump or Clinton? Israelis fret, but either is a likely ally” by Luke Baker: Analysts say that standoff-ish approach is likely to continue whether Clinton or Trump becomes president, and there are other reasons for Israel to expect a warmer embrace from the next administration than it has had from Obama… When it comes to policy, Israeli analysts see Clinton as having a better handle on the issues, and the people who are likely to handle the Middle East if she is elected are more familiar faces than those in Trump’s circle.” [Reuters• Israelis think Trump better for them, back Clinton anyway – poll [ToI

“This Time, Hamas Doesn’t Endorse” by Sheera Frenkel and Ben Smith: “It’s been a tradition for the past several American elections: At some point, a conservative journalist named Aaron Klein calls leaders of the Palestinian group Hamas, they tell him they’re supporting the Democrat, and he goes with a headline along the lines of: “Mideast terror leaders to U.S.: Vote Democrat.” But this year, Klein hasn’t reported who Hamas leadership favors. So BuzzFeed News thought we’d fill the gap on this strange election tradition, and rang up a handful of Hamas leaders and spokespeople to ask their opinion. Their answer: Unlike in years past, they don’t see much difference.” [BuzzFeed]

“These Israeli Americans Think Donald Trump Will Be Good For Jews” by Merav Safir:“When asked about the concerns of anti-Semitism surrounding Trump’s campaign, especially the support from Duke, ROI staffer Sheila Weiner tells Bustle, they are “superfluous to what the main things that the people here really care about.” Weiner adds that, “Nobody likes that David Duke supports him, but that’s really irrelevant, it has nothing to do with anything, there are so many more important issues.” [Bustle

“College Classmate Recalls Clinton’s Campus Activism for Women, Minorities” by Judy Maltz: “Clinton’s battle for minority rights at Wellesley also included Jewish students. “At the time, there was a policy that many of us found upsetting,” relays [Chana] Sperber. “Blacks were made to room with blacks, and Jews were made to room with Jews, even if you didn’t ask to. That policy was eliminated with Hillary’s help.” Also problematic for Jewish students like herself was a ban imposed on bringing special foods, matzo and challah for example, into the dining hall. “Little things like that, Hillary got involved in, too,” says Sperber. But perhaps Clinton’s biggest contribution to Jewish campus life at the time, as she recalls, was helping the Jewish students set up a local Hillel chapter with a salaried director.” [Haaretz;Facebook]

“Which Chicagoans would a President Hillary Clinton take to D.C.?” by Greg Hinz: “At the top of everyone’s list is J.B. Pritzker, the tech investor, hotel scion, longtime Hillary Clinton activist and brother of Obama’s commerce secretary, Penny Pritzker. I recently asked J.B. through an intermediary if he’d be using Penny’s old desk at commerce or bring his own. He laughed and declined comment. But lots of folks here think some cabinet-level job is in the offing… Also drawing note are other top Clinton fundraisers: media exec Fred Eychaner, attorney Lee Miller and Laura Ricketts, part owner of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs and an LGBT activist… I’ve already reported on chatter that Mayor Rahm Emanuel could end up as ambassador to Israel.” [CrainsChicago

“Is Twitter to Blame for The Madness of This Year’s Presidential Race?” by Katie Glueck: “I have many friends and colleagues who faced racist, anti-Semitic, and sexist online assaults, and even threats, from Twitter trolls. And yet. It turned out Twitter could be a surprisingly supportive platform for those of us on the cutthroat campaign trail. When I was on the Ted Cruz beat, before moving on to the general election, reporters from rival publications would tweet out one another’s stories, giving credit to competitors. Twitter offered a platform for camaraderie and instant communication, too.” [T&CMag

“Trump Surrogate Responds To Accusations Of Anti-Semitism: ‘I Was Raised Jewish’” by Betsy Rothstein: “I am laughing about it on one hand because it is funny and I’m loving some of the comments,” Hughes told The Mirror in a phone call Monday. “On the other hand, there was a really great point that was made that is being missed in all of it. This is a great distraction. I wished it didn’t happen. To throw anti-Semitic [attacks] at me is offensive to my very Jewish mother. Yes, I was raised Jewish. I’m evangelical. My mother is a practicing Jew. It’s really complicated. I was raised in a very pro-Israel household. I can laugh about it. I think with ‘Make America Grapes Again’ and this I’m going to have a very stiff drink at the end. Everyone makes gaffes. We’re all on our last bit of energy.” [DailyCaller

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: David Tepper slams Donald Trump for being selfish, calls him ‘father of lies’[CNBC] • One of Silicon Valley’s Most Prominent Investors Ben Horowitz Is Joining Lyft’s Board of Directors [Fortune] • David Bistricer snags UWS rental building for $173M [TRD] • City tweaks 421-a to include housing for homeless New Yorkers [Curbed]  Asia Society Board of Trustees announced the election of Isaac (Yitz) Applbaum [AsiaSociety] • Netflix purchases rights to hit Israeli drama ‘Fauda’[ToI] • Microsoft, Dell, Salesforce sample WeWork space [SeattleTimes]

SPOTLIGHT: “Disgraced Hedge Fund Manager Focuses on Aiding Veterans” by Paul Sullivan: “His burst of veteran-focused philanthropy can easily be seen as an attempt at personal redemption. In 2013, as the federal government was closing in on SAC Capital, Mr. [Steven A.] Cohen began to give to veterans’ charities, with a $17 million gift for research into post-traumatic stress at the New York University Langone Medical Center for a clinic for military families. By this spring he had committed $325 million to the effort through the Cohen Veterans Network, which runs clinics to offer treatment, and Cohen Biosciences, which does scientific research. He is expanding them, quickly adding clinics and providing the funds to make the research arm a player.” [NYTimes

LongRead — “Hell Is Other Lawyers” by Paul Barrett: “Paul Napoli and Marc Bern were mass-tort stars, but after Napoli was hospitalized with terminal leukemia his partner overhauled the firm without his consent. Then Napoli recovered—and things got brutal.” [Businessweek]

“Tune In Tel Aviv Conference Founder Debunks 5 Myths About Israel’s Music Scene” by Jeremy Hulsh: “With Tune In Tel Aviv, Israel’s international music conference and showcase, kicking off its sixth edition on Nov. 9, and welcoming more than 100 acts and nearly 1,000 delegates to the city, a wide array of issues will soon be addressed. Among them: further developing Israel’s music export potential, enhancing the live music experience through new festival concepts and how to make use of the country’s flourishing technology scene.” [Billboard]

KAFE KNESSET — by Tal Shalev & Amir Tibon: Stealing the spotlight momentarily from the US elections, the latest chapter in the “Bibi vs. the Israeli media” saga emerged last night on prime time TV, with a special expose on Netanyahu broadcast by Channel 2’s top Israeli investigative show, Uvda.  The show, hosted by one of the most respected journalists in Israel, Ilana Dayan, opened its 23th season with an in-depth look into Netanyahu’s “aquarium” – the inner circle of advisors, including exclusive interviews with former advisors, as well as unflattering and alarming descriptions of Sara Netanyahu’s involvement behind the scenes.

But the scandalous revelations were only the promo for the real television moments that ended the show, in what has been hailed on Twitter as an “Edward Murrow” moment for Israeli journalism. For 6 minutes Dayan gave a dramatic monologue, reading out the Prime Minister’s Office response to her report, which dismissed the claims as “recycled gossip and vicious lies,” launching a scathing attack on Dayan. “The time has come to unmask Ilana Dayan,” the response read, accusing her of being part of a “concerted frenzy aiming to topple Netanyahu,” and portraying her as an enemy of the state, drawing direct lines with every political crime in the country, including connections with Ehud Olmert, the extreme left, Haaretz and the New Israel Fund. She was also accused of sweet-talking Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a recent interview and persecuting Israeli soldiers. Dayan read all of these accusation out loud, staging a magnificent monologue.

The video of Dayan reading out the PM’s reaction has since gone viral and become the talk of the town. Former PM Ehud Barak tweeted “He’s completely lost it, Psychiatrists would say it begins with a P,”  and the Zionist Union appealed to the Attorney General to investigate the language the PMO’s office used in their response as incitement. MK Shelly Yacimovich called the incident “One of the defining moments in the history of the press in Israel.” And journalists on Twitter celebrated with a hashtag, #jesuisIlana. However, in Netanyahu’s own camp, his response was hailed and Dayan was slammed as a Leftist who aspires to oust Netanyahu. Culture Minister Miri Regev put out a special statement endorsing Netanyahu and his wife and praising him for “redefining the rules of the game.” Pundits pointed out that Netanyahu had distracted many from the Uvda show itself, as the discourse focused on his reaction and not on the troubling revelations. As Netanyahu is in the midst of planning far reaching media reforms, it appears that the battle between him and the press has only just begun.

BIRTHDAYS: United States Attorney for New Jersey (1971-1973), then US District Court Judge (1973-1987), now a criminal defense attorney, Herbert Jay Stern turns 80… Allan Waxman… Chartered Financial Analyst in the San Francisco Bay Area, Michael Sosebee… Michelle Silverstein… President of University Women at LA’s American Jewish University, Allison Gingold… Annie Korzen… Senior Director of Bono’s ONE Campaign in North America and currently on leave for three weeks running Hillary Clinton’s campaign in Chester, PA, Laurie Moskowitz turns 52 (h/t Steve Rabinowitz)… Wayne Berman, Senior Advisor for Global Government Affairs to the Blackstone Group…

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TOP TALKER: “Inside Donald Trump’s Last Stand: An Anxious Nominee Seeks Assurance” by Maggie Haberman, Ashley Parker, Jeremy Peters and Michael Barbaro: “Aboard his gold-plated jumbo jet, the Republican nominee does not like to rest or be alone with his thoughts, insisting that aides stay up and keep talking to him. He prefers the soothing, whispery voice of his son-in-law… His polished older daughter, Ivanka, sat for a commercial intended to appeal to suburban women who have recoiled from her father’s incendiary language. But she discouraged the campaign from promoting the ad in news releases, fearing that her high-profile association with the campaign would damage the businesses that bear her name.” [NYTimesVideo: Ivanka Trump Prays at Ohel of Chabad Rabbi on Saturday night [JewishInsider]

“Georgina Bloomberg, Ivanka Trump still friends amid election tension” by Richard Johnson: “We all agreed we won’t let our fathers’ views affect our friendship,” Georgina told Jill Brooke for HudsonMOD magazine’s latest cover story. “I believe we will be able to keep our word. The fight is between our fathers, not us. I have nothing but love and respect for her and her family, and wish them all the best no matter how the election turns out.” [NYPost

“What Vladimir Putin Wants From America’s Elections” by Peter Pomerantsev and Arkady Ostrovsky: “His aim is to discredit the U.S. election process. I don’t think he really thinks he can get Trump into power. I don’t think he particularly cares, frankly. In some ways, Hillary Clinton might be just as good, if not better [from Putin’s perspective], because Putin constantly needs a confrontation with somebody. If Hillary wins by a narrow margin and has a limited room for maneuver, Putin may be just as happy. So at the moment, he is confronting the whole American election system.” [TheAtlantic]

HEARD YESTERDAY — Bret Stephens at the Jewish Review of Books conference in NYC: When asked if Trump appointing the right cabinet could alleviate concerns among many of his foreign policy critics, Stephens retorted that “the President is the only job that matters and Cabinet Secretaries are called ‘secretaries’ for a reason.”

“Netanyahu Strikes Neutral Tone Ahead of Election Day” by Jacob Kornbluh: “Whoever is elected, the new president, I am convinced that US-Israel relations, which are solid and strong, will not only remain as such, but will further strengthen,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. “We also expect that the U.S. will remain faithful to the principle that it has set over many years, that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute can be resolved only by direct negotiations without preconditions, and of course, not in decisions by the UN or other international institutions.” Channel 10 reported on Sunday that Netanyahu has instructed members of his cabinet not to make any public comments on the presidential race. In a written directive to his ministers, Netanyahu said that since it’s a “sensitive” issue, he will “set the tone.” [JewishInsider] • Israelis prefer Clinton over Trump, poll suggests [ToI

“Clinton? Trump? Palestinians Hope Obama Makes Final Push for Peace” by Amira Hass:“Of the two main candidates for U.S. president, the Palestinians prefer a third, says Husam Zomlot, strategy adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “Our best candidate right now is neither Trump nor Clinton, but Obama,” he said. “In his remaining time in office he has a golden opportunity to determine the next administration’s position towards the Palestinian issue,” Zomlot said.” [Haaretz

DRIVING THE CONVERSATION: “Trump Rolls Out Anti-Semitic Closing Ad” by Josh Marshall: “It’s also packed with anti-Semitic dog whistles, anti-Semitic tropes and anti-Semitic vocabulary. I’m not even sure whether it makes sense to call them dog whistles. The four readily identifiable American bad guys in the ad are Hillary Clinton, George Soros (Jewish financier), Janet Yellen (Jewish Fed Chair) and Lloyd Blankfein (Jewish Goldman Sachs CEO).” [TPM

“Franken: Trump ad is ‘something of a German shepherd whistle’” by Madeline Conway:“This was something of a German shepherd whistle, a dog whistle, to sort of the, a certain group in the United States” and said it speaks to “a certain part” of Trump’s base in the alt-right. I’m Jewish, so maybe I’m sensitive to it, but it clearly had sort of [an] ‘Elders of Zion’ kind of feel to it,” Franken said. “International banking plot or conspiracy, rather, and then a number of Jews… I think that it’s an appeal to some of the worst elements in our country as his closing argument.” [Politico; JewishInsider]

Alex Soros posts on Instagram: “Donald Trump once again descends to anti-Semitism. Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, remember the words of Rabbi Prinz!” [Instagram

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt: “Whether intentional or not, the images and rhetoric in this ad touch on subjects that anti-Semites have used for ages. This needs to stop. In the final days before the election, tensions are extremely high. It’s a time when all candidates need to be especially responsible and bid for votes by offering sincere ideas and policy proposals, not by conjuring painful stereotypes and baseless conspiracy theories.”

— Trump’s Jason Greenblatt responds to ADL’s Greenblatt: “The ADL should focus on real anti-Semitism and hatred, and not try to find any where none exist. I am offended and concerned that an institution such as the ADL would involve itself in partisan politics instead of focusing on its important mission… The suggestion that the ad is anything else is completely false and uncalled for.” [Forward] •David Friedman: “Only the Trump campaign has had the courage to call out Mr. Soros and his allies for their disgraceful behavior.” [JTA

JI INTERVIEW with Gary Bauer, president of American Values, a non-profit conservative-values oriented organization, and board member of Christians United for Israel and Emergency Committee for Israel. EXCERPTS: “It obviously looks extremely close,” Bauer told us in a phone interview about the presidential election. “If it is close, that in itself is a miracle because Donald Trump has been subjected to the most negative political campaign, I think, in American history, and has been massively outspent, and yet seems to have forced Hillary Clinton to campaign in states like Pennsylvania, and Michigan, and Wisconsin, which should be safely in her column. I think if he wins, it will be because more working class people flock to the polls, and enough Christian conservatives were willing to also vote for him, even though they were put off by some of the disclosures.”

On his personal experience running for president in 2000: “I was never under the illusion that I was going to be taking the oath of office. I was trying in my own way to run a sort of populist campaign to get the Republican party to pay attention to a number of issues. It was a fantastic experience. My father was a janitor, and nobody in my family had ever finished high school. I had managed to work for Ronald Reagan for 8 years, be his chief domestic policy advisor. To then get into a presidential race and be in a half dozen nationally televised presidential debates was an incredible experience. I took my lumps. I was subjected to all the things that unfortunately are a bigger and bigger part of American politics. But I felt good about the experience at the end of it.”

On the difference between Trump and Clinton on Israel: “Hillary Clinton has done her best in her public pronouncements and in the Democrat party platform to reassure American, Jewish American voters. But I believe the evidence is pretty clear that a Trump administration would be, and I’m not speaking for Christians United for Israel, but in my personal view that a Trump administration would be much more sympathetic to Israel, much, much, much tougher on Iran, than a Clinton administration would, for a variety of reasons. But which is not, I’m afraid getting enough attention, is that she is in a political party that appears to be in the process, at the grassroots level, of abandoning its traditional support for Israel. I think that even if she wanted to be more pro-Israel than Barack Obama, and I’m not even sure she wants to, but even if she did, I’m not sure she’ll have much leeway to be able to do that.”

On Jewish voters: “I think the difference between a Trump administration on Israel and what we’ve just lived through will be so overwhelmingly different that it will cause American Jews to rethink their normal party loyalties in the future. Yes, I’m absolutely convinced of that. I’ve talked with him a number of times on this issue. I know the kind of people that almost any Republican president will end up relying on when it comes to foreign policy. I think he’ll be less likely to get us involved in wars. He’ll be more likely to win those wars if we get involved. But I have no doubt that he understands the fortunes of Israel and the United States are tied together, and we’re stronger when we have Israel’s back, and when Israel has our back… If people love Israel, I don’t see how they can vote for anybody other than Donald Trump.”

On the possibility President Obama will re-engage on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before leaving office: “I am deeply, deeply concerned that the president will stick it to Israel one more time on his way out of office. I think he would have been even more hostile to Israel than he has periodically been if it wasn’t for pressure from some major donors in the Democrat party, as well as from the American people, who remain overwhelmingly pro-Israel. I think it’s a huge danger. I think it will be something that both Democrats, something that Republicans in Congress will definitely fight against, but it’s something that Democrats will be required to stand up on, too.”

On why Republican Jews, former Bush administration officials are not supporting Trump:“Certainly for many Jews, they feel that one should do good in life, and that you should avoid mistreating people and so forth. The media has, I think, pictured Donald Trump as somebody that has said and done things that are hurtful. So some of it, I don’t know, some of it might be that. I think there was a tremendous reservoir among Republican Jews, there was a tremendous reservoir of affection for the Bush family. Of course, Donald Trump did not show much mercy to Jeb. Then I think a lot of folks had a fall-back position on Marco Rubio. Again, neither of those men were able to prevail. Some of it may be that…”

“The foreign policy elite, many of whom are my friends, of course, as I am, are supporters of NATO. They’re such supporters of NATO that they’re perfectly happy to continue to foot the bill inequitably. That’s resulted in Western Europe building welfare states while the American taxpayer pays most of the defense bill. There’s a big grassroots feeling, just average Americans, that, ‘Look, of course we want to defend Europe. But why should Europe get government completely free healthcare while I’m paying higher and higher taxes,’ these Americans say, ‘to station troops and weapons to protect Europeans from even a weakened Russia?’ It’s time for our allies to show that they’re willing to invest more in their own defense. Now that’s irritated people. But I think he’s absolutely right when he makes that argument.” — Read the full interview [JewishInsider]

“Why Some Intellectuals Are Breaking for Trump” by Tevi Troy: “A close examination of the Scholars and Writers petition suggests that Trump has highlighted a cleavage little understood outside the most academic conservative circles—a feud between East Coast and the West Coast Straussians, one with origins decades ago, in a split between followers of the University of Chicago political philosopher Leo Strauss.” [PoliticoMag]

More podesta emails — “Chelsea’s husband allegedly used foundation ties to boost hedge fund” by Ken Vogel: “In a Jan. 2012 email to Podesta, Mills and current Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, [ex-Clinton aide Doug] Band wrote that Mezvinsky invited “several potential investors” for his hedge fund “and a few current business ones” to a foundation poker night fundraiser he had been planning. And, in a Nov. 2011 memo released Sunday, Band wrote that major Clinton Foundation donor Marc Lasry was “assisting Marc Mezvinsky in raising money for his new fund.” And finance industry sources told POLITICO that several major donors to the Clinton Foundation and Bill and Hillary Clintons’ campaigns did in fact invest in Eaglevale. They included billionaire media mogul Haim Saban, who has donated as much as $25 million to the Clinton Foundation and whose wife sits on its board. A spokesman for Saban’s company wrote in an email to POLITICO that “our company policy does not allow me to confirm and/or comment on any of Mr. Saban’s personal investments.”” [Politico] • Clinton donor allegedly killed National Enquirer stories [Politico

Band after Chelsea Clinton said she would confer with father about rescheduling the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting not to conflict with Yom Kippur: “This is the 3rd time this week where she has gone to daddy to change a decision or interject herself in the process she says is so important to maintain. Her father decided to keep cgi as it always was and bob is jewish/didnt like that decision and went to cvc and thus it will be changed. Wjc will say I never said it shouldn’t be changed.. Sad because it will hurt cgi.” [11-28-2011

Bill Clinton on the Iran nuclear deal: “In an email from October of last year, an attached transcript of former President Bill Clinton’s speech — from a campaign fundraiser in Maryland — contained some language critical of the Iran nuclear deal. “You don’t know yet whether this Iranian thing is going to be good or bad,” the former president said. “It depends on whether we enforce it. And you’ve got to have somebody in there tough enough, with enough connections in these other countries, to enforce the trigger that will reimpose the sanctions if they violate the rules.”” [CBSNews]

“Bloomberg’s 2016 tally: $65 million and counting” by Isaac Dovere: “With little fanfare, the former New York mayor has emerged as one of the election’s top donors.The former New York City mayor comes into Election Day having donated more than $65 million – overwhelmingly to issue campaigns for local gun control and soda tax measures, but also to 18 individual candidates.” [Politico

“Trump Packs More Punch Than Clinton for Many Brooklyn Orthodox Jews” by Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt: “While Satmar Hasidim (both sides of their violent rift) and Skver Hasidim too will be voting en masse for Clinton, thanks to her long-time relationship with the community since her Senate days – the ultra-Orthodox community seems to lean towards Trump, though no major Orthodox figure has endorsed him officially.” [Haaretz

“Democrats deploy stream of surrogates to campaign for Hillary Clinton in Jewishcommunity” by Anthony Man: “The Republican Jewish Coalition, a national group with a Florida presence, hasn’t been as active in Florida as it was in 2008 and 2012.  The RJC isn’t mounting the same kind of massive, public efforts this year. The RJC press office didn’t reply to a request for comment about its activities. But none of the news releases it has issued in more than three months since the Republican National Convention has mentioned Trump, though some have criticized Clinton… “They don’t really have any good Jewish outreach on the Republican side this year,” [Kenneth D.] Wald said. Besides Trump’s daughter, “they just don’t have anybody who they can send. And that’s their fundamental problem. If the best you can do is Ivanka Trump, it suggests how bad a situation you’re facing.”” [SunSentinel• Jewish Voters, Prized in Swing State Florida, Tell What Drives Them [NYTimes]

Ari Fleischer: Here’s how I figured out whom to vote for: “I’m one of the few people from the Bush administration who stepped forward to support Trump… Then Trump lost control of himself and his message… On Tuesday, if someone puts a gun to my head and tells me to make a choice, I’ll say “shoot.” If my ballot contained a box for whom I was voting against, my choice would be easy. Never Clinton. But voting means deciding whom to vote for. I will vote for Republicans up and down the ballot. But when it comes to the presidency, I’m going to leave my ballot blank.” [WashPost

“Bar mitzvah weaves in presidential election theme” by Betty Nelander: “Andrew Weisz completed his bar mitzvah last month to a presidential theme. He was featured as the candidate at a celebration that included impersonators of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In fact, he chose the theme because it was about a month before the election. “I don’t have a specific interest in politics, I just thought it would be cool,” he said. “It was one of the most unusual bar mitzvah celebrations,” said Rabbi Leonid Feldman.” [PBDailyNews

“Mr. Trump’s wild ride: Insiders dish on the early days of the campaign that shook America” by Hunter Walker: “[Sam] Nunberg said Cohen planned to draw on his experience as a native of the Five Towns, a Jewish enclave on Long Island. “Michael Cohen said, ‘I could do this. I plan the best bar mitzvahs,’ which was the exact mindset we needed,” Nunberg explained in a conversation with Yahoo News… Nunberg even claims credit for Trump’s signature policy proposal — the wall on America’s southern border with Mexico. “I created the wall with Roger [Stone],” Nunberg recounted. “The reason we did the wall — Roger and I discussed it in 2014 — was it was hard to get Donald to talk about policy.””[YahooNews

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SPOTLIGHT: “Big Hit on Drug Stocks Caps $26 Billion Decline for John Paulson” by Gregory Zuckerman: “John Paulson’s subprime trade led to historic fortune. His drug-company investments? Big losses and plunging assets. Mr. Paulson’s hedge-fund firm, Paulson & Co., is suffering painful losses this year, extending a period of uneven performance that has left the firm managing about $12 billion, down from $38 billion in 2011. Behind the recent difficulties: A big, faulty bet on pharmaceutical companies, as well as excessive caution about the broader market, according to people close to the matter.” [WSJ]

MEDIA WATCH: “Battle looms over new Israeli broadcaster” by John Reed: “With less than two months left to its launch, Israel’s new national public broadcaster Kan is recruiting staff, producing pilot programming and building its presence online. On three floors of a Tel Aviv office building, Kan’s 230 employees — a cross-section of Israeli society including young ultra-Orthodox Jews, Tel Aviv hipsters and minority Arabs — are building a TV, radio and digital operation to replace Israel’s little-watched Channel One and eight state radio stations. But even at this late stage, it is unclear if the fledgling broadcaster will ever go live.” [FinancialTimes]

LongRead: “Nick Denton, Peter Thiel, and the Plot to Murder Gawker” by David Margolick:“As if the sudden death of Gawker Media, felled by a Hulk Hogan invasion-of-privacy suit, wasn’t shocking enough when it happened earlier this year, word quickly got out that the whole thing had been bankrolled by one of Silicon Valley’s most successful investors. But Nick Denton, Gawker’s founding rogue, and Peter Thiel, his arch-nemesis, had a more complicated relationship than anyone imagined… Denton versus Thiel may be the gay version of United States v. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg: a soap opera in which members of a newly empowered but instinctively insecure minority—then Jews in postwar America, now gays—devoured each other in full public view.”

“Denton grew up in North London. Young Nick identified intellectually with his father, a professor of economics, but was closer to his mother, a psychotherapist born in Budapest who’d survived both the Nazis and the communists. A childhood spent amid disputatious Hungarian Jews like her would one day help make polyglot New York feel more like home to him than anywhere else he’d ever been. A picture from his adolescence shows a nerdy boy reading a book by Isaac Asimov in his backyard… Hogan’s lawyers tossed out New York references like confetti, the better to make Denton—“this guy . . . up there in New York sitting behind a computer, playing God with other people’s lives,” as one of them, Kenneth Turkel, of Tampa, described him—appear even more alien to jurors in Pinellas County, Florida, than a gay half-Hungarian Jew already was.” [VanityFair]

BIRTHDAYS: Neuropsychiatrist, a 1944 graduate of Yeshiva of Flatbush and 2009 Nobel Prize laureate in Medicine, Eric Kandel turns 87… United States Senator from Minnesota (1978-1991) and now on the boards of AIPAC and JINSA, Rudy Boschwitz turns 86… Stage, screen and television actor, Barry Newman turns 78… MIT professor in electrical engineering and computer science, Barbara Liskovturns 77… University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard, expert on Shakespeare and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Stephen Greenblatt turns 73… Professor of music at the Norwegian Academy of Music and founding member of jazz ensemble Moscow Art Trio, Mikhail Alperin turns 60… Mary Streit… Tomer Aharonovitch… Deputy Press Secretary at The White House, Jennifer Friedman… Campaign reporter at Politico, formerly news assistant at the New York Times, Elena Schneider turns 26… RN at Johns Hopkins Hospital following multiple media stints, Avi Zenilmanturns 32…


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Who says Qataris & Israelis can’t get along?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

In an article this week, the Times of Israel asked “Can Israel and Qatar learn to be friends again?” The answer may be yes as the Jewish luxury…

Jewish Billionaire Mort Zuckerman: Life is better than any fantasy

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mort Zuckerman is known as a billionaire, real estate magnate, media mogul and philanthropist. Not bad for a guy who says he came here from Canada without much…