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Daily Kickoff: Obama on Peres — “I could see myself in his story” | Peres to Putin: “You behave like a tsar” | Bibi goes incognito at ‘Sleep No More”

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ISRAEL’S LAST FOUNDING FATHER: “Shimon Peres Funeral Brings Together Allies and Rivals in Mourning” by Peter Baker: “From across the ocean and across the Green Line, they cameon Friday to the mountaintop sanctuary of Mount Herzl to bid farewell to Shimon Peres, marking what one called the “end of the era of giants.” But the question of the moment was whether it was a funeral for a man or for his dream.” [NYTimes]“At Shimon Peres Funeral, a Lineup of U.S. and Israeli Leaders Who Tangled” by Mark Landler: “When Bill Clinton took his place on Friday at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem for the state funeral of Shimon Peres, he was part of a tangled tableau: leaders from Israel and the United States who came together to mourn a giant of peace but who nurture their own political feuds and rivalries, stretching back two decades. Standing close to the former president was Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, whom Mr. Clinton energetically tried to defeat when he challenged Mr. Peres for the prime minister post in 1996. Nearby was President Obama, whom Mr. Netanyahu not so subtly tried to oust in 2012 by signaling his support for Mitt Romney, Mr. Obama’s Republican opponent.” [NYTimes] • Tensions crackle at Peres funeral over elusive Mideast peace deal [Politico]

Watch Sara Netanyahu greet PA President Mahmoud Abbas: “I’m so happy. I look forward to having you in our house. We are waiting for you. Thank you for coming.” [Video]

Netanyahu to world leaders: “That so many leaders came from around the world to bid farewell to Shimon, is a testament to his optimism his quest for peace his love for Israel. The people of Israel deeply appreciate the honor you have shown Shimon.” [Haaretz]

Bill Clinton: “He started off life as Israel’s brightest student, who became its best teacher, and ended up its biggest dreamer. He lived 93 years in a state of constant wonder over the unbelievable potential of all the rest of us to rise above our wounds, our resentments, our fears, to make the most of today, and claim the promise of tomorrow.” [CBSNews; WashPost]

“Obama on Peres: ‘I could somehow see myself in his story'” by Edward-Isaac Dovere: “President Barack Obama buried another of his heroes Friday — a role model from his early life and now a role model for the future he’s slowly starting to map out. Shimon Peres, Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela: these men whom he’s now led the world’s goodbyes to were all friends — most don’t realize it, but of the three, he actually spent the most time with Peres — part of Obama’s pantheon, up there with Lincoln, Gandhi, King. They are what Obama wants to become.” [Politico]

“Obama: Peres Understood the Jewish People ‘Were Not Born to Rule Another'” by Allison Kaplan Sommer: “Obama said that the younger generation remembers only Peres’ unsuccessful quest for peace, and was shaped by the critics who said he “refused to recognize the wickedness of the world and called him naive.” Obama went on to paint Peres as a man whose vision for Israel at times seemed trapped between critics on the far left and far right. “Whatever he shared with his family or his closest friends, to the world he brushed off the critics, and I know from my conversations with him that his pursuit of peace was never naive,” Obama said.” Obama continued to draw parallels with himself and Peres throughout the speech by recounting their meetings together, saying, “I could somehow see myself in his story and maybe he could see himself in mine.” “ [Haaretz; ABCNews]

Obama concluded in Hebrew: “U’Bacharta B’Chayim (choose life)… Shimon, todah rabah, chaver yakar (thank you very much, my dear friend).”

Avi Mayer: “Obama quotes my bar mitzvah portion, which also happens to be this week’s reading: “Choose life, so that you and your children may live.” [Twitter]

Jewish House Reps. on U.S. delegation included Jan Schakowsky, Sander Levin, Eliot Engel, Jerrold Nadler, Susan Davis, Steve Israel, Adam Schiff, Steve Cohen, Ted Deutch, David Cicilline, Suzanne Bonamici Alan Lowenthal and Lee Zeldin. Administration officials include Susan Rice, Rob Malley, Ben Rhodes, Frank Lowenstein and Yael Lempert. Former ME envoy Martin Indyk and Chicago attorney Alan Solow also joined the president on the trip. [WhiteHouse

List of U.S. Jewish leaders: Malcolm Hoenlein (Conference of Presidents), Robert Cohen (AIPAC), Barbara Goldstein (Hadassah), Jonathan Greenblatt (ADL), Rabbi Rick Jacobs (URJ), Jerry Silverman (JFNA), Rabbi Chaim Wasserman (Young Israel), Rabbi Steven Wernick (USCJ) and Ronald Lauder (WJC). Also in Israel: Sheldon Adelson [Pic] Haim Saban [Pic

Prior to departing Ben Gurion airport, President Obama took a picture with the Israeli police units that escorted him [Pic]

REPLAY: C-SPAN will air the funeral service at 11:00am EST [Link

SCENE LAST NIGHT – Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and Rhoda Dermer hosted a Rosh Hashana reception at their Maryland residence. “Tomorrow will be only the sixth time that an American flag will be flown at half-staff following the death of a foreign leader,” Dermer said, speaking hours before the funeral of Shimon Peres. “President Peres is, in fact, the only person of that group who was neither a prisoner nor a saint. Not a prisoner, not a saint, but definitely a leader.” Dermer also recalled his last meeting with Peres six weeks ago. “He had invited me to meet with him in his apartment in Tel Aviv. He was as alert and dynamic as I had seen him in years. He asked me if I wanted to join him in a glass of wine. I looked at my watch. It was 11am. But I figured, when in Rome…. (laughter) Frankly, had he offered me a triple-scotch, I would have gladly said yes.” [Transcript]

SPOTTED: Wolf Blitzer, former Congressman Henry Waxman & Janet Kessler, former Sen. Norm Coleman, Sam and Danielle Feist, Irene Beren Jefferson & Jake Sherman, Josh Rogin, Eli Lake, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, William & Heidi Krizer Daroff, Nathan Diament, Clara Scheinmann, AIPAC’s Ester Kurz, Yarden Golan, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Aaron Keyak, Steve Rabinowitz, Noah Pollak, Matt Nosanchuk, Jonathan Fluger, David Milstein, Dan Arbell, Michael D. Epstein, Louis & Manette Mayberg, Steve Rakitt, David Makovsky, Michael Makovsky, Rob Satloff, Cliff May, Yossi Raskas, Doron Gorshein, Ron Kampeas, Nathan Guttman, Dan Mariaschin, Sarah Abonyi, Molly Rosen.

SCENE YESTERDAY IN JERUSALEM – Bill Clinton met with PM Netanyahu for dinner at his Jerusalem residence. The two leaders held “a warm and cordial meeting,” according to a statement by the PMO. Before signing the guestbook at the Prime Minister’s residence, Clinton told Netanyahu, “Of all the things that have been tweeted out (about Peres), yours is my favorite.” [Twitter; Politico]  

“Cuomo Cancels Israel Trip, Issues Citation Honoring Life of ‘Great Fan’ of NY” by Jacob Kornbluh: “Cuomo cancelled his trip moments before takeoff at JFK to deal with a horrific NJ Transit train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey… Gov. Cuomo issued a citation honoring the life of Peres and his legacy. “Home to more than 1.7 million Jews – the largest Jewish community outside of Israel in the world – New York has always had a special relationship with Israel, and President Peres served as a tremendous ally in promoting and strengthening this bond,” the citation reads. [JewishInsider]

Peres recalled a recent conversation with Putin in an interview to Tablet Magazine, his final print interview: “I am very good friends with Putin. And I shall give you, in brief, the content of one of our recent discussions. I told him, “You’re 63 years old, I’m 93 years old. Tell me, what do you want to achieve in the coming 30 years? What are you fighting for? Are you hoping to piss off America?”

He says, “No.”

“America wants a piece of Russia? No. You have trouble discussing things with Obama?”

He says, “Why do you ask?”

I said, “Look, I am not a spy, whatever, tell me.”

He says, “What do you think?”

And I said, “America will win no matter what you do.”

“Why?” he asked.

“Because they are lucky, and you are not.”

The second thing I told him was: “America has the best proportion between the size of the land and the size of the people. You here have the worst. 20 million square kilometers. My god. But what you don’t have are people. Your people are dying. Don’t be impressed by the applause and what people are saying. They won’t forgive you. Why do Russians live for only 62 years, while Americans will live 82 years? And then I told him: “You behave like a Tsar.”” [Tablet]

Jeffrey Goldberg on the day after Peres: “Peres could not deliver Israel to the Promised Land. Netanyahu still can… The seat is Netanyahu’s, if he wants it. But for him to want it, he must try to look at the world as Peres saw it, as a place not universally and immutably hostile to Jewish national existence. And he must shed himself of at least some of his paralyzing pessimism. Despite it all, Peres chose to live as an optimist. It is not too late for Netanyahu to do the same.” [TheAtlantic

“Focusing on Unity, Hillary Clinton Wishes U.S. Jews ‘Shanah Tovah’” by Jacob Kornbluh:“I will always – as I always have – stand up for Israel’s security, continue to work toward peace, and to try to do everything possible to protect Israel from the unwarranted and unfair efforts to delegitimize it,” Clinton said in a pre-High Holidays conference call with Jewish community leaders. “We must continue to work together because we are strong together to keep the unbreakable bonds between the American and Israeli people,” Clinton said, echoing her campaign slogan ‘Stronger Together’.  The Democratic nominee promised to “model that” approach to unity and “work to achieve that as president.” Adding, “I try my best to live up to the responsibility described by the prophet Micah to ‘Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with [y]our God?’ (Micah 6:8).” Clinton concluded by wishing the Jewish community “the very happiest and healthiest of new years” and pronounced correctly “Shanah Tovah.” [JewishInsider

“Clinton and Netanyahu’s share a common cause: love of the musical ‘Hamilton’” by Juliet Eilperin: “We reminisced. We talked about his visit to see ‘Hamilton,’ something that I have just relished. Three times I have now seen it.” [WashPost

— Mike Huckabee writes on Facebook: “I have to assume this was before the show began, when they had yet to receive what must be their first-ever history lesson about a young nation dealing with a threat from those who would deny its very right to exist.” [Facebook]

QUITE THE REPORT: “Benjamin Netanyahu goes incognito at ‘Sleep No More’” by Ian Mohr: “Spies said Bibi attended the interactive show, where guests wear masks, the night after he saw “Hamilton.” “Netanyahu was seen running around ‘Sleep No More’ with a frantic energy,” said an exuberant theater spy, who added that the Israeli leader was “diverting his security detail as he got caught up in the show . . . and becoming an anonymous audience member behind the [show’s] signature mask.” He was later “found by his guards at the rooftop bar Gallow Green late in the evening,” the source said. Also in the masked crowd anonymously was Adele, who “remained largely incognito,” said a witness.”[PageSix]

HEARD YESTERDAY – Hillary Clinton at  a rally in Des Moines, Iowa at the debate the other night, one of my well-known supporters, Mark Cuban, was there in the front row. And he really, I think, unsettled my opponent. But I’ll tell you, Mark Cuban’s a real billionaire who actually uses profit-sharing, and not only while the business is ongoing, but one thing I really appreciate: first business he sold, he shared the profits with all of his employees.” • Related: Mark Cuban discusses the debate [PageSix]

U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks” by Jay Solomon and Carol Lee: “The Obama administration agreed to back the lifting of United Nations sanctions on two Iranian state banks blacklisted for financing Iran’s ballistic-missile program on the same day in January that Tehran released four American citizens from prison. The U.N. sanctions on the two banks weren’t initially to be lifted until 2023, under a landmark nuclear agreement. Administration critics and some congressional officials said they believed the move broke the commitments the administration made to Congress about the deal.” [WSJ]

“Kerry says U.S. more engaged in world affairs than ever in history” by Louis Nelson: “Kerry defended perhaps the Obama administration’s highest-profile diplomatic effort, the multi-lateral nuclear deal reached with Iran. He said that agreement is holding and that Iran “is living up to their requirements.” The deal has proven “measurable and accountable, transparent,” Kerry said. He added that Iran has complained that the U.S. has not met its end of the agreement when it comes to improving access to the world’s financial markets, even though Kerry said the U.S. has met its obligations.” [Politico]

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SPOTLIGHT: “Shari Redstone Makes Her Next Big Move” by Emily Jane Fox: “Just weeks after Shari Redstone ascended to the peak of influence within her family’s media kingdom, she is angling for a big strategic shift that will mark her newly seized territory. National Amusement, the Redstones’ $40 billion holding company, published a letter that it sent to the boards of the two companies it controls—CBS Corp. and Viacom—asking them to consider a potential combination of the companies.” [VanityFair]

TALK OF OUR NATION: “Meet the 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Who Fought Off a Purse Snatcher” by Danielle Tcholakian: “A registered Democrat, Zuckerman said that while “90 is a very good age,” she is looking forward to turning 91 next month — “if I live another three weeks” — and voting in the election for “Ms. Clinton,” she said. She’s “very excited” to vote possibly for the first female president, she said, but is also really not a fan of Donald Trump. “I don’t like the things he says,” she said. “I don’t like rude men. Enough rude men.” [DNAInfo]“Joseph Harmatz, Who Led Jewish Plot to Kill Germans After World War II, Dies at 91” by Sam Roberts: “Mr. Harmatz, who died at 91 on Sept. 22 at his home in Tel Aviv, never publicly expressed remorse for his role in either conspiracy. But later on, his son Ronel said on Tuesday, he did acknowledge privately that he was grateful that the mass water-poisoning plot was abandoned after one of his collaborators was arrested. “He did admit that it is good that this plan did not happen,” the younger Mr. Harmatz said in a telephone interview. “He knew at the back of his heart that it would have damaged” the prospects for a state of Israel, then being advocated, “and that they would have compared the Jews to the German people.” [NYTimes]

“Israel’s national martial art was originally developed to beat up Nazis in street brawls” by Blake Stilwell: “When the streets of his neighborhood became increasingly violent, Lichtenfeld decided to teach a group of his Jewish neighbors some self-defense moves. It came in the form of a technique that would help them protect themselves while attacking their opponent – a method that showed no mercy for those trying to kill the Chosen People. Young Imi taught his friends what would later be called “Krav Maga.” After Israel won its independence, Lichtenfeld gave his now-perfected martial art of Krav Maga to the IDF and became the Israeli Army’s chief hand-to-hand combat instructor.” [BI]

COMING SOON: “Larry King, Brett Ratner to Get American Jewish Historical Society Honors” by Chris Gardner: “The American Jewish Historical Society — known as the oldest ethnic, cultural archive in the United States — has singled out a high-profile pair of Hollywood names to honor at its AJHS Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award Dinner on Dec. 1 at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel. TV legend Larry King will take home the Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award, and filmmaker Brett Ratner will receive the org’s inaugural Visionary Leadership Award.” [HollywoodReporter]

LongRead: “Why Linguists are Fascinated by the American Jewish Accent” by Dan Nosowitz: “These Jews, as well as those that followed—Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Rodney Dangerfield, George Burns, Don Rickles—had a major role in defining for the country and the world how American Jews spoke. These are, it’s important to note, almost all American-born men, whose first language was English. But the pull of Yiddish, which their parents and communities spoke, and New York City, where they grew up, colored their speech patterns in very distinctive ways. Jews are, predictably, much more likely to use Yiddish or Hebrew words in their everyday speech than non-Jews, though there are plenty of those words which have simply made their way out of the community and into standard English.”[AtlasObscura]

“Judaism was trending this year — among non-Jews” by Josefin Dolsten: “During a visit to Brooklyn’s Borough Park in April, the Ohio governor made sure to give a group of Orthodox Jews his interpretation of the Bible. In a conversation that came off as somewhat condescending, Kasich asked a group of yeshiva students, who likely spend their days studying Jewish texts, whether they had ever read about Joseph. He also said that Abraham trumps Moses, whom many Jews consider to be the most important biblical figure. Kasich seemed confident in his argument, but we’re not so sure he convinced the Jews.” [JTA

“The Other Side Of The BDS Debate” by Gary Rosenblatt: ““Are you concerned that BDS has galvanized Zionists here and in Israel and throughout world Jewry against you?” a leader of a national Jewish organization asked. “We are going to kick your ass,” “Avi” responded slowly and firmly. “You’ll lose by demonizing me and many other young Jews. My friends know I’m not a self-hating Jew or anti-Israel, I’m expressing Jewish values [about human rights and against oppression].” Critics of BDS “look afraid and dumb” in trying to marginalize sincere Jewish young people, he added. One after another, the establishment Jewish voices in the room struggled to make their case against BDS, only to be met by Avi’s pointed counter-arguments.” [JewishWeek]

TRANSITION — Rob Eshman emails… “I am really happy to let you all know that Associate Editor Ryan Smith will be stepping up to the role of Managing Editor of the Jewish Journal, starting October 1. Ryan has been with the Journal six years, and has demonstrated the keen editorial eye, outstanding organizational skills and a passion for our work that will make him a superb editorial leader.”

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Daily Kickoff: Obama and Peres — Fast Friends | Apple quietly developing iPhone 8 in Israel | Meet Noah Kraft’s Doppler Labs; Emily Weiss’ Glossier

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Ed note: Today’s Daily Kickoff was crafted from the Washington Ideas Forum, a co-production of The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute. At 11:45am, Steve Clemons will interview Secretary of State John Kerry before he departs to Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres. Other speakers include Robert Rubin, Pervez Musharraf, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Jeffrey Goldberg interviewing the chef and founder of Momofuku, David Chang. [TheAtlantic]

Ideas Forum Highlights — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on what parts of the Iran deal are working: “I think on the nuclear side we got it right. Iran’s nuclear program is dramatically scaled back, as the agreement required. We have to remember that the agreement that we have is on one issue, which is the nuclear weapons — peaceful uses of nuclear energy issue. The fact that we’ve gone through three IAEA reports successfully clearly gives us some degree of comfort… We are at the beginning of a long process, which of course means that not only Iran but the international community, the agency, the United States, the government — we need to sustain our attention to this for a very long time… But obviously we hope that it will be one contributor to what is probably a decadal kind of march towards a stronger relationship.” [TheHill]

Asked by Jeffrey Goldberg whether the way Trump has talked about Muslims hurts national security interests, CIA Director John Brennan said: “Making comments that are incendiary and that are viewed as attacking a religion or a people or a community only further drive those individuals to grasp onto those extremist views. They interpret a lot of the comments that are made as the West and the United States are against them … It’s the extremist comments on both sides of this have just fed those sources of extremism.”

Brennan on Russia on whether Russia is trying to hack the presidential election: “The U.S. government right now is very much aware and working on the issue of who might be trying to get into and intrude in the electoral systems… What we do at CIA is to look at a country’s capabilities, look at their intent, look at things that they have done in the past, and determine whether something that certainly looks like a duck, smells like a duck and flies like a duck, whether it’s a duck or not.” [TheAtlantic

REMEMBERING SHIMON: Obama orders flags at half-staff for Peres: “Obama’s order covers all federal buildings and grounds throughout the United States and its territories, as well as U.S. embassies, military bases and other facilities abroad. The order directs flags to be flown at half-staff through sunset Friday.” [AP; JTA]

Alon Pinkas, who served as an advisor to Peres and Israeli Consul General in NY: “On Wednesday morning, Nov. 4, 1992, I stepped into his office at the Foreign Ministry. At the time, I was Peres’ policy adviser. “Bill Clinton won the election in the US,” I said. “An hour ago he secured the required 270 electoral votes.”Peres looked at me, puzzled. “I’m sure you’re here to explain to me how and why this Clinton guy won, right?” Yes, I replied. “Listen carefully,” he impatiently blurted. “I met them all. I met Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush. I don’t need you to tell me how he won, but what he intends to do in the Middle East.”

“At 10:45 a.m. on 9/11 — minutes after the North Tower of the World Trade Center had collapsed — New York’s cellphone service was almost nonexistent. Yet, as I walked up Third Avenue, my phone rang. Peres was on the line. “You OK?” he asked. “You know where Don Rumsfeld is? Talk to me.” “Shimon,” I answered, “I’m the consul general in New York. Rumsfeld runs the Pentagon. How the hell do I know where he is?” Fine, Peres said. “These sh-ts hit New York! New York! Do you get that? I’m coming over.” A week later, he did. Would you have gone to any other country that underwent something like this, I asked. No, he said.” [NYPost]

BIDDING FAREWELL: Bret Stephens: “Israel’s Last Founding Father” [WSJ• David Suissa: “Shimon Peres — Naïve and indispensable” [JewishJournal] •  Samantha Vinograd: “Five lessons we can all learn from Shimon Peres” [FoxNews] • Howard Goller: “On little sleep, Israel’s Peres persevered in peace, politics” [Reuters• Chemi Shalev: “The Countless Contradictions of the Late and Great Shimon Peres” [Haaretz• Mary Kissel and Dan Senor: “Shimon Peres, Entrepreneur” [OpinionJournal• Esther D. Kustanowitz: “Israel’s first social media president” [JewishJournal• William Booth and Ruth Eglash: “The world mourns Shimon Peres as Israel considers his legacy” [WashPost] • Isabel Kershner: “Israel Without Shimon Peres? In Many Ways, His Dream Faded Long Ago” [NYTimes]

HAPPENING TODAY: At 2:50PM, President Barack Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Tel Aviv to attend the Peres funeral on Friday in Jerusalem. The President will leave Israel following the official state ceremony. Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry are joining as part of the U.S. delegation.

“Obama and Shimon Peres: Fast Friends Who Found Peace Out of Reach” by Peter Baker:“They were an international odd couple with seemingly little in common, a 40-something African-American born in Hawaii and an octogenarian Zionist born in a shtetl in Poland. But somehow Barack Obama and Shimon Peres hit it off.” [NYTimes]

“Bill Clinton’s unfinished business in Israel” by Michael Crowley: “The future of the peace process is sure to be on Clinton’s mind when he attends his late friend’s funeral in Israel on Friday. Peres was seen as perhaps his country’s most determined advocate for a deal with Palestinians in which Israel would surrender long-occupied territory in exchange for an end to terrorist attacks. But while sources said Clinton, should he return to the White House, might feel compelled to try his hand at the peace process again, it’s far from clear whether that would make political sense for Hillary Clinton—or whether it would be more likely to succeed in a Middle East much changed since he left office 15 years ago.” [Politico]

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to attend funeral: “New York is home to more than 1.7 million Jews – the largest Jewish community outside of Israel in the world – and the community is mourning the loss of a larger-than-life figure,” Cuomo said. “I will be traveling to Israel for President Peres’ funeral to pay my respects on behalf of all New Yorkers.” [TimesUnion]

Allison Kaplan Sommer explains why Hillary and Trump chose not to fly to Israel:“Travelling to Israel would likely score her some points among Jewish voters in the swing state of Florida. But still, even in Florida, the downside of heading to the Middle East in the heat of her campaign outweighed the advantages significantly… And considering some of Trump’s bedrock of support on the alt-right, who aren’t very friendly to Jews – showing up at an Israeli funeral wearing a yarmulke might be a little awkward. Let’s not forget that this is a candidate who has never been to Israel and who skipped his own grandson’s brit in order to campaign in Wisconsin during the Republican primaries.” [Haaretz]

“Gary Johnson Struggles To Name A Foreign Leader He Admires” by Mollie Reilly: “During an MSNBC town hall, moderator Chris Matthews asked the former New Mexico governor: “Name one foreign leader that you respect and look up to. Anybody.”  Johnson appeared stumped by the question, but running mate Bill Weld jumped in with an answer of his own. “Mine was Shimon Peres,” said Weld. Peres, the former president of Israel, died Tuesday. “I’m talking about living,” replied Matthews. “I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment,” Johnson said.” [HuffPost]

“In debate, Trump’s lack of nuclear knowledge on display” by Josh Rogin: “Trump’s lack of basic understanding about nuclear weapons policy is concerning enough. But even more troubling is Trump’s lack of progress over the past few months on national security issues overall. He simply refuses to make the effort to prepare himself for the job of commander in chief.” [WashPost]

“As One of Their Own Runs for President, Casino Executives Are Divided” by Alexandra Berzon: “At a rally earlier in the year in Las Vegas, Mr. Trump pointed out casino owner Steve Wynn in the crowd and said they were frequently in touch. Mr. Wynn spoke out recently in a conference call against U.S. monetary policy but did not endorse Mr. Trump.” [WSJ]

HEARD YESTERDAY – Bernie Sanders, campaigning in NH with Hillary Clinton: “If anybody tells you that this election is not important, you ask them why the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson and other billionaires, why they are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to elect their candidates.”

“For $25K, Miami donors can have dinner with Ivanka Trump” by Patricia Mazzei: “Trump’s oldest daughter will headline a $25,000-a-head dinner fundraiser on Oct. 5, according to an invitation obtained by the Miami Herald. For $10,000, donors can get a photo with Ivanka Trump, and for $2,500, they can attend a reception. In addition to listing Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and top Trump fundraisers Lew Eisenberg, Brian Ballard, Steven Mnuchin and Mel Sembler.”[MiamiHerald• Why Ivanka Is Trump’s Top Surrogate [TheAtlantic]

“Jewish Vote Seen As Key In Pa., Florida Battlegrounds” by Stewart Ain: “If the debate did anything, it probably broke for the moment the belief that he [Trump] had the energy and the momentum,” said Aaron David Miller. “The fact that Israel was not mentioned or discussed was not surprising,” he said. “There are so many more critical issues, and within 24 hours of the debate both met with Netanyahu. Both were photographed with the prime minister, and given the number of other issues it would have been hard for one candidate to attack the other on the Israel issue.” [JewishWeek]

“Trump jokes: ‘Raise your hand if you’re not a Christian conservative'” by Jeremy Diamond: “Trump, touting the support he’s received from evangelicals (in Iowa), called on his supporters at a rally here to identify themselves as “Christian conservatives.” And then, he added: “Raise your hand if you’re not a Christian conservative, I want to see this, right. That’s — oh, there’s a couple, but that’s alright. I think we’ll keep them, right? Should we keep them in the room, yes? I think so.” Trump’s comment raised some eyebrows given that his rhetoric on the campaign trail is frequently nationalistic.”[CNN]

“Trump-Hitler comparison seen in New York Times book review” by Dylan Byers: “The review, which was published Wednesday, details (in bullet point format) the various factors that brought Hitler to power, from his own character traits to his use of mass media to the naïveté of his supporters. It does not mention Trump by name… The review comes as The New York Times takes an increasingly critical stance toward Trump.” [CNNMoney] • Read the review [NYTimes]

“Trump Mouthpiece Breitbart News Publishes Anti-Semitic Attack on Prominent Columnist” by Yair Rosenberg: “Breitbart published an anti-Semitic screed against Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum. Titled “WaPo’s Anne Applebaum Embarks On Kremlin-Style Disinformation Offensive vs. the Anti-Globalist Right,” the piece is a meandering, conspiratorial critique of Applebaum’s political stances. And as meandering conspiratorial pieces tend to do, it ultimately introduces its target’s Jewishness for no reason at all.” [Tablet]

“Jerry Springer: My Guests Are Authentic, Not Liars Like Trump” by Andrew Kaczynski: “The people on our show aren’t making up lies. They’re upset. They’re angry. That’s totally different than Trump,” Springer said. “He’s not coming on the show because he’s angry. He’s coming on the show because he wants to be the leader. He’s got this ego, this narcissism. He just wants to be the leader of the world… This is not a guy who’s trying to fix his life. He obviously doesn’t particularly care about other people.” [BuzzFeed]

EARLY EXIT: “Fulop says it’s about Murphy, and only Murphy” by Matt Friedman: “In front of Jersey City Hall, the 39-year-old Fulop announced he will seek re-election in 2017 for a second term as mayor of New Jersey’s second-largest city, and that he will endorse his “good friend” Phil Murphy for governor that same year— a man who just weeks ago he called “desperate.” Fulop’s announcement came during the Bridgegate trial, where he could be called to testify about alleged pressure on him to endorse Gov. Chris Christie’s 2013 re-election in exchange for a favorable deal for a car import-related company he worked for that leased space for the Port Authority.” [PoliticoNJ]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Schiff, Dym Start $1.9 Billion Asset Manager After Perella Exit[Bloomberg• Uber plans to enter long-haul trucking business with Israeli company Otto[Reuters• Och-Ziff to Pay $400 Million to Settle US Foreign Bribery Probe [WSJ• Marc Lasry: More Pressure to Be Right in Today’s Bond Market [YahooFinance] • Stephen Kaplan, third NBA owner in a week, buys a stake in esports team [VentureBeat]STARTUP NATION: “Meerkat built a new app in secret, and almost 1 million people are using it” by Casey Newton: “It’s an app for video chatting with friends that the company is calling a “synchronous social network” — a place to be together even when you’re apart… Open the app and it would immediately begin to broadcast using the front-facing camera, while notifying your friends that you were “in the house.” Up to seven other friends could join you with a tap, appearing on your phone’s screen in video windows of their own. They called the app Houseparty — a name designed to suggest good times while courting a hip, young demographic.” [TheVerge]

“Apple is quietly developing ‘iPhone 8’ hardware in Israel” by Sam Shead: “Some hardware for the iPhone 8 is being created in Herzliya, Israel, according to a local Apple employee, who said employees in Israel work on all of Apple’s new products. Speaking with Business Insider outside Apple’s Herzliya office at Maskit Street 12, the Apple employee said employees in Israel were working on what’s coming “next” in Apple’s product line, giving a specific mention to the iPhone 8.” [BI; Fortune]

SPOTLIGHT: “Doppler Labs And The Quest To Build A Computer For Your Ears” by Harry McCracken: “More than Noah Kraft‘s film career, it was his lifelong love of music that led him to tech. The founder of several rock bands over the years, Kraft took time during his film-producing stint to work on a friend’s electronic-music tour, helping to pick clubs and promote shows. As the tour went from venue to venue—usually small rooms with subpar acoustics—he was struck that his friend’s music sounded different in every space. “What if we could curate how we hear the world?” he recalls asking himself. “What if we could give ourselves more control?” [FastCompany]

PROFILE: “The Beauty Upstart With a Radical New Way of Talking to You” by Marisa Meltzer: “Glossier (a play on the word dossier) doesn’t rely on celebrity ads or high-profile department store placements. Its founder, 31-year-old Emily Weiss, was a styling assistant at Vogue in 2010 when she launched the beauty blog Into the Gloss. As women flocked to the site to talk about their routines, Weiss began to realize that beauty companies had no idea what their customers were up to.” [WiredMag]

SPORTS BLINK: “The Man Who Brought the Nets to Brooklyn” by Neil deMause: “By the time Bruce Ratner sold the Nets and the Barclays Center to Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in early 2016, he had walked away with anywhere from a few hundred million to a couple of billion dollars worth of land, cash, and tax breaks, depending on whose accounting you chose to believe. He’d also spent $300 million on a sports franchise that he had seemingly no interest in, plus about $900 million more on an arena, and received something less than that in return. As deals went, it was pure Bruce Ratner: He may not have turned a huge profit, but he’d leveraged his political connections to put his stamp on his adopted borough — and Brooklyn would never be the same again.” [Vice]

DESSERT: “Keeping kosher, a California winemaker’s journey” by Kelly J. Hayes: “To receive the tiny, nearly imperceptible kosher symbol that appears on the back of each bottle, the wines must be made only by individuals who are certified as Shabbat-observant Jews. This means that [Jeff] Morgan himself cannot touch the wine, the juice, the machinery, even the buttons that control the machinery in the winemaking process.  Morgan’s quest has taken him beyond the vineyards and wineries to a place of more inspired personal spirituality. “I watched the people who made the wines. Saw how they prayed. How in touch they were with the process and their religion,” he shares. While he was born Jewish, Morgan was never bar mitzvahed. That will change on Nov. 5, when a 63-year-old California winemaker comes of age.”[VailDaily]

BIRTHDAYS: Former staff writer at the Jewish Journal, Aron Chilewich… Marilyn Friebel… Director of Regional Affairs and Development at AIPAC, Brian Shankman… Film and television actress best known for her role in the ABC comedy “The Neighbors,” Clara Mamet turns 22…

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REMEMBERING SHIMON: “World Leaders Issue Emotional Tributes to Shimon Peres” by Peter Baker: “President Obama, who awarded Mr. Peres the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, issued an unusually long and personal statement, recalling their conversations in detail and calling him “the essence of Israel itself.” “A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever,” Mr. Obama said… Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited him in the hospital during the last two weeks. Former President Bill Clinton called the hospital for updates. Pope Francis prayed for his recovery, and Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, sent a personal note of praise.” [NYTimes; NBC] • Behind the Scenes With Shimon Peres [NYTimes]

World figures to attend funeral of Israel’s Shimon Peres: “The following world figures will attend Shimon Peres’ funeral in Jerusalem on Friday, according to Israel’s Foreign Ministry: U.S. President Barack Obama, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Britain’s Prince Charles, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Francois Hollande, German President Joachim Gauck, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.” [AP]

ABC News Liz Kreutz: “Clinton camp says reports Hillary Clinton will attend Shimon Peres’ funeral on Friday are incorrect.” [Twitter]

Angel Urena, Press Secretary for Bill Clinton, tweets: “President Clinton will travel to Israel to attend the services for President Shimon Peres.” [Twitter]

Elliott Abrams: “The last American founding father, James Madison, died in 1836, 60 years after independence had been declared. Today, in the 68th year of its independence, Israel experienced the loss of its own last founding father. Shimon Peres was the last statesman who had been a force in Israeli life from independence in 1948 through all of its wars and all of its peace treaties, and served as Israel’s president until 2014.” [CFR]

Sheera Frenkel on Peres as Israel’s statesman: “One of the last big, international events of Peres’ career was the birthday party the State of Israel held for Peres on his 90th birthday, less than a year before he left office. Among those attending were Bill Clinton, Robert DeNiro, and Sharon Stone. Barbara Streisand sang the Jewish prayer, Avinu Malkeinu, and President Barack Obama delivered a televised address. It was, according to many of the Israelis who attended the June 2013 event, the closest thing Israel had to celebrations befitting a king.” [BuzzFeed; NPR• Shimon Peres witnessed Israel’s history, and shaped it [AP]

“Shimon Peres Gets Heartfelt Facebook Goodbye From Filipino Caregiver” by Naomi Zeveloff: “Ferdz Capacia, Shimon Peres’s Filipino caregiver, said goodbye to his “VIP boss” in a tender note on Facebook after Israel’s 9th president passed away on Wednesday morning.” [Forward] • Israeli history got into my car every morning, says Peres’s driver [YNet]

“Beloved abroad, polarizing at home, Peres was the peace-making face of Israel” by Raphael Ahren: “Ultimately respected as Israel’s elder statesman, Peres — who was prime minister and president but never won a popular vote — enjoyed a uniquely lengthy and turbulent political career.”[ToI]

COMING SOON: “Biden to Receive the WJC Herzl Award in November” by Jacob Kornbluh:“Biden will receive the World Jewish Congress’s Theodor Herzl Award at its annual gala on Wednesday, November 9th at New York’s Pierre Hotel. Recent recipients of the WJC Theodor Herzl Award include former Israeli President Shimon Peres, Elie Wiesel, former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz… The vice president will be introduced by Kissinger.” [JewishInsider]

“Pence to Headline Jewish Fundraiser for Trump in NYC” by Jacob Kornbluh: “The fundraising event will be headlined by vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, according to an invite obtained by Jewish Insider. Trump Victory Fund finance chair Lew Eisenberg, Trump’s finance chair Steven Mnuchin, Simona and Hart Haston, and RJC board member Marc Goldman are among those listed as co-hosts.” [JewishInsider]

Marc Goldman tells us: “I was pleased with the response. There’s a lot of people on the Republican Jewish Coalition and others, who are deeply concerned about another Democrat getting in. We expect to have very good turnout and raise a lot of money.”

“Donald Trump Raises $18 Million in Debate-Timed Fundraising Push” by Rebecca Ballhaus : “Steven Mnuchin, Mr. Trump’s national finance chairman, said about a third of the money came from donors who made online contributions, which tend to be smaller in size. The rest came from a “National Call Day” the campaign held at Trump Tower on Tuesday, during which it summoned more than 100 top fundraisers to call donors. Among the top fundraisers who made calls were New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, hedge-fund executive Anthony Scaramucci, financier Roy Bailey, former Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks, investor Ray Washburne, and RNC finance chairman Lew Eisenberg.” [WSJ

“Secret money to boost Trump” by Kenneth Vogel and Alex Isenstadt: “Todd Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, has raised $30 million for a pair of pro-Trump groups and has discussed a $70 million goal before Election Day, according to three Republican fundraisers familiar with the effort. Ricketts’ pitch to these donors focuses on the fact that one of the pro-Trump groups he’s fronting can accept unlimited checks while keeping its donors’ names secret… Adelson “thought very highly of Todd, and Todd is very involved here,” said an operative familiar with the fundraising effort.” [Politico]

“Ivanka Trump visits ‘war torn‘ Chicago Wednesday, for campaign cash” by Natasha Korecki: “Trump supporters are hoping to raise some $2 million for the Trump campaign from the combined four stops in Illinois. “You’ve got a lot of people supporting him in Illinois,” said Ron Gidwitz, who heads Trump’s Illinois fundraising. “People are really optimistic.” Gidwitz declined to disclose the location of Ivanka Trump’s Chicago event but said she and her father were not expected to appear together at any of the events.” [Politico]

Jared Kushner writes about Ivanka in Variety: “If you know Ivanka, you have not been surprised to see her emerge during this crazy campaign season as a leader advocating for serious policies to support American women and their families — these are issues she has been championing for years. It took real courage for Ivanka to stand before 35 million Americans, including many who had not previously focused on these issues before, to help advance substantive policies that will dramatically improve U.S. law in favor of all women, parents and children. Grace under pressure is what she does best and I could not be more proud of her.” [Variety]

“Comcast, labor unions were top funders of Democratic convention festivities” by Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy: “Philadelphia-based Comcast was the largest donor, giving $5.6 million, mostly through in-kind contributions of staff, advertising and hardware. David L. Cohen, a top Comcast executive, served as a senior adviser to the committee. Cohen has been a top fundraiser for President Obama and has helped raise money for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Only two individuals broke the million-dollar mark: J.B. Pritzker, a Chicago-based investor and philanthropist, who donated $1.25 million; and H.F. Lenfest, the former owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, who gave $1 million.” [WashPost]

“Why Donald Trump Is Likely To Get the Orthodox Jewish Vote” by Armin Rosen: “For many Orthodox voters, concern over Trump is unlikely to override a pre-existing tendency to vote for Republican candidates. Additionally, a September poll of Yeshiva University students found 37 percent support for Trump, compared to 27 percent for Clinton… Richard Roberts, the vice-chair of Trump’s Israel Advisory Committee, claimed that there is “overwhelming support for Trump in the Orthodox community,” but said that he is “not aware of any targeting of the Orthodox Jewish community by the campaign” when asked about specific outreach efforts. David Algaze, a Queens-based Orthodox rabbi, told me that he is the co-chair of a “rabbis for Trump”-type group, but it is yet to announce its membership publicly. [Tablet]

“Richard Haass Faults Trump for Already Damaging NATO” by David Wallis: “Even if he doesn’t win, it sent a message that what people thought was unthinkable was now thinkable. My hunch is he raised these things because if he were to win it would give him leverage in getting allies to ante up more. Trump is very focused on calculating what he sees as the direct costs: “We spend this much on defense what have you.” But he’s not calculating the benefits.” [Observer]

ON THE GROUND: “How Israel’s Iron Grip Makes a Third Intifada Brutally Difficult” by David Wainer: “Israel’s grip on the territory, underpinned by granular surveillance methods that eavesdrop on phone calls and read text messages, is far more extensive than in previous decades. Based on high-tech monitoring methods, combined with human intelligence that includes a discreet but fertile cooperation with Palestinian security services, multiple raids occur nightly, according to a senior military official who spoke on condition of anonymity due to army protocol.” [Bloomberg]

“The head of Hezbollah has found someone he hates even more than Israelis” by Jennifer Williams: “Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of a group that has been fighting Israel for decades, declared on Tuesday that “Wahhabism is more evil than Israel,” Lebanon’s Al Akhbar newspaper reported. Wahhabism is the ultra-fundamentalist strain of Sunni Islam that Saudi Arabia’s government promotes and that strongly influences the ideology of Sunni jihadist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.” [Vox]

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler: “The U.S. Is Helping Iran Fund Chaos in the Middle East: The White House refuses to acknowledge the obvious: The nuclear deal has already led the United States to fund terrorists, sectarian warfare, and chaos in the Middle East.” [ForeignPolicy]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Caesars strikes deal to end main unit’s costly bankruptcy [Reuters• Adelson begins PR campaign to sell stadium [KTNV] • It’s Paul Singer Versus Citigroup in High-Stakes Bankruptcy Feud [Bloomberg

STARTUP NATION: “Ehud Barak bets big on emergency app Reporty” by Dennis Mitzner:“With Barak’s help the app company has raised $5.15 million as it seeks to leverage both his portfolio and his political acumen in its push into a crowded market. Reporty, like almost all successful Israeli startups, it seems, has its origins in one of the IDF’s intelligence units, the Central Collection Unit of the Intelligence Corps (the Israeli equivalent of NSA). The app, while more in the communication, rather than in the security vertical is currently only available to download in Israel. The app has been downloaded over 100,000 times during a pilot program which began in early 2016.” [TechCrunch]

SPOTLIGHT: “From Israel via London, an online gambling scam traps thousands” by Tova Cohen and Luke Baker: “In early 2013, a young Israeli businessman registered a web domain in London for a company called NRGbinary.com. The online options trading website offered clients the opportunity to make large amounts of money from simple bets on the movement of financial markets, stocks and commodities. While it was initially registered in Britain, NRGbinary was run from Israel and sold its products to clients in the Middle East, Canada and South Africa.” [Reuters]

“Anti-Defamation League Declares Pepe the Frog a Hate Symbol” by Sarah Begley: “Images of the frog, variously portrayed with a Hitler-like moustache, wearing a yarmulke or a Klan hood, have proliferated in recent weeks in hateful messages aimed at Jewish and other users on Twitter,” the ADL wrote in a statement. “Once again, racists and haters have taken a popular Internet meme and twisted it for their own purposes of spreading bigotry and harassing users,” wrote ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt. Earlier this year, the ADL added the (((echo))) symbol to its Hate on Display database, noting that members of the alt-right movement were using it to single out Jewish users, particularly journalists, on social media. ” [TIME]

LongRead: “Dov Charney’s Next Act” by Lauren Sherman: “Dov Charney is back, with a new company and plenty to say about the state of the fashion industry. But can he shoot down the albatross of his past? Charney speaks exclusively to BoF about what went wrong at American Apparel, his attempts to wrestle back control of the company he built and what he plans to do next.” [BusinessOfFashion]

PROFILE: “Meet Vic Berger, the Genius Behind This Election’s Dopest Viral Videos” by Brian Raftery: “Berger has covered the conventions for Super Deluxe, and got national attention for a prank in which he promised to tattoo the name of Jeb Bush—whose campaign was a sort of semi-obsession for Berger—on his neck… Berger’s own ambitions are slightly less grand: Mostly, he wants the election to end, and for Trump to go away. “At some point in the last three months, I stopped finding him funny, because he’s been so hateful,” Berger says. He’s hoping that, after November, he can turn back from politics a bit and refocus on the equally weird worlds of terrifying televangelists, tortured game-show hosts, and condescending celebrity chefs.” [Wired]

MEDIA WATCH: “New Yorker Editor David Remnick Praises BuzzFeed’s ‘Ambitious Work’ Under Ben Smith: Ben is BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, and he is politically astute and personally intelligent; that is, he is experienced in the world and he is warm and nimble with people. Smith and his colleagues have been particularly good at hiring a young, smart, funny, and diverse staff, and I readily admit that, in a larcenous editorial spirit, I am always looking to see who is coming along.” [Variety]

SPORTS BLINK: “Documentary director Maya Zinshtein’s debut feature explores Israeli society through the prism of FC Beitar, a Jerusalem soccer team that has to deal with the arrival of two Muslim players. Beitar Jerusalem FC has traditionally been much more than a soccer club. As suggested early on in Zinshtein’s film, local and national politicians have used their professed support of the club to rally its enormous fanbase, composed of very loyal and often also very vocal supporters, before elections. This knowledge is key to an understanding of the disaster that was the 2012-13 season. In 2008, Russian oligarch Arcadi Gaydamak was hoping to become the new mayor of Jerusalem. His ownership of Beitar, secured a few years earlier, could potentially have been used as a campaigning tool but Gaydamak finally received just a few percent of the votes. Zinshtein’s on-camera interviews with the oligarch, who barely seems to speak any Hebrew, are chilling to behold, as the man has no problems in admitting what his plans were.” [HollywoodReporter]

DESSERT: “The rebirth of the Jewish deli” by Kara Baskin: “People are getting older. If we don’t do something now, when are we going to do it? We need to work on revitalizing this cuisine in tandem with the older generation,” says Yoskowitz. “We’re very deferential to the older generation. We’re in some ways reclaiming these foods. But it’s about really honoring them.” [BostonGlobe]

BIRTHDAYS: Sociologist whose focus is on world affairs, who serves as a senior research scholar at Yale University, Immanuel Wallerstein turns 86… International Emmy award winning Scottish television producer and executive who also served as General Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Jeremy Isaacs turns 84… Physician and theoretical biologist, a former MacArthur Fellow, Stuart Kauffman turns 77… Gabi Remz (h/t Playbook)… Former President of Warner Home Video, consultant on digital media technology, and trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, Warren Lieberfarb turns 73… New York Times-bestselling author Ben Greenman turns 47…

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