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ABBAS TO LEVERAGE UN : His General Assembly address is on September 26th, but Palestinian President Abbas already has a lot to say. “Speaking in New York today as global leaders gathered for the annual UN General Assembly, Abbas said he wants the world body to use its authority to press Israel for a two-state peace accord based on the map from before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. That would uproot thousands of Jewish settlers and give Palestinians sovereignty over lands Israel won from Jordan and Egypt in the Six-Day War. While publicly thanking President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for “extraordinary efforts” in the peace process, Abbas said that U.S. diplomacy has only given Israel time to expand its settlements in the West Bank and strengthen its hold on east Jerusalem. The Israeli government “has chosen to use the peace process as a smokescreen for more colonization and oppression,” he said.” [Bloomberg]
2016 WATCH: Jeb Bush “will be the star attraction at a Republican fundraiser in South Carolina next month, his first trip to an early presidential primary state as a possible contender for the Republican nomination in 2016.” [CNN] • The former governor “will appear at a grassroots rally and headline a fundraiser for Roberts in Wichita next Monday. His visit will follow visits from both former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who are hitting the state for Roberts this week.” [The Hill]
Ben Carson is also likely to throw his name into the hat. “Unless the American people indicate in November that they like Big Government intervention in every part of their lives, I think the likelihood is strong,” Carson said Monday night on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.” [Politico]
Jim Webb says he is also “seriously looking at the possibility of running for president,” he told the National Press Club, but may not be quite so serious yet; he purportedly wants “to see if there is a support base for people who would support the programs that we’re interested in pursuing.” [Politico]
REAL ESTATE ROUNDUP: Construction on Bruce Ratner’s planned tallest modular building in the world by Bruce Ratner has been delayed indefinitely. [NY Daily News] • A Manhattan Supreme Court judge yesterday denied a last-ditch effort by Jeshayahu Boymelgreen to avoid handing over financial records as part of a state investigation into the development of 15 Broad Street in the Financial District. [TRD] • Ziel Feldman’s HFZ Capital filed for access to LexLofts-adjacent building. [TRD] • Joseph Sitt’s Thor Equities acquired a rental building on the Upper West Side for $37.4 million [TRD]
OFF TO UKRAINE: Go tens of thousands of Brezlov charedim to visit the grave of their former leader. Despite the political tension, “Ozer Bergman of Jerusalem said that he has “no hesitation whatsoever” about his upcoming trip. ‘With what I know about the Rebbe’s Rosh Hashanah, its personal, national and eschatological value, I’m not about to let some vague possibility of harm get in the way.'” [Tablet] • Life may not be as easy and carefree for the permanent Jewish residents of Ukraine, who’s “70,000-strong Jewish community, the world’s 11th-largest, is undergoing what members describe as its biggest upheaval since the Second World War. Many now face the brutal reality of all-out war on Europe’s fringes. The IFCJ expects to spend some $2 million this year on securing plane tickets to Israel and predicts the number of immigrants could hit 7,000, Yechiel Eckstein, the organization’s founder, told me by telephone from Jerusalem. Under Israel’s Law of Return, any Jew in the world is entitled to Israeli citizenship.” [Atlantic]
PALESTINIAN DEVELOPER: There’s a new building controversy in the West Bank, but this time, it’s not about Israeli settlers; “new settlements in the West Bank are often heatedly discussed in Dubai. But at the emirate’s showcase real estate event Cityscape Global, it was Palestinian, not Jewish building that was on the tips of tongues. Rawabi, a controversial housing project billed as Palestine’s first planned city, was this week being sold to Palestinian investors in the Gulf. Rawabi is eventually planned to become a town of 26 neighborhoods of 5,000 homes, schools, a business center, medical centers and mosques, all of which is expected to cost about $1 billion. The city aims to be a modern metropolis, complete with retail walks, lush green trails, sport pitches and a Roman-style amphitheater.” [WSJ]
AID FOR GAZA:“Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Tuesday he has asked for $3.8 billion in urgent aid to help rebuild Gaza following its devastating 50-day war with Israel this summer. Hamdallah told The Associated Press that Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million and other nations have indicated they would join in. He spoke at the end of a donor meeting lead by Norway on the sidelines of a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.” [AP] • Over at the IAEA conference, Arab states have circulated a resolution focused on addressing Israel (and Israel alone) for its alleged nuclear arsenal. [AP]
STARTUP NATION: Those hoping to settle in Israel and become a part of the Startup nation are facing increasingly arduous immigration challenges. [WSJ]
LONG-READ: Larry Ellison bought an island in Hawaii. Now what? “Ninety seven percent of Lanai may be a lot of Lanai, but it’s a tiny part of Ellison’s overall empire. Ellison, who stepped down as C.E.O. of Oracle on Sept. 18, is estimated to be worth $46 billion. He made an estimated $78.4 million last year, or about $38,000 an hour.” [NYT]
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