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SNEAK PEAK AT THE KNESSET KAFE OF TODAY – The Labor Party today has its primaries to choose its electoral list before the general elections in April. The party of Ben-Gurion and Eshkol, Peres and Rabin – the party that built the State of Israel – is probably the lowest point ever.
Recent polls have collected five to seven seats, with rampant speculation that it will also exceed the electoral threshold (four-seater). Party officials hope that the positive media attention on the list chosen by the sixty thousand members of the party will change its fortunes. However, even in the best of cases only a minimal part of those chosen by the association will have a realistic possibility of arriving at the Knesset. A key metric of the remaining support will therefore be turnout.
DRIVE THE CONVO – Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) lit a new political fire storm on Sunday evening, accusing the American Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of paying congressional members to support Israel.
In response to the Minority House The appeal of the leader Kevin McCarthy to Speaker Nancy Pelosi to warn Omar and his colleague Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Omar wrote on Twitter: "Everything is about Benjamins' child". The Minnesota Congressman doubled when asked who he thinks he is "paying American politicians to be pro-Israelis?" "AIPAC" Omar replied. He also tweeted the criticism of a Jewish Twitter user, "He could also call us with nostrils". He later removed it.
– LAST WEEK – In an interview with CNN last Tuesday, Omar said it was "really exciting" that his controversial views on Israel are triggering a debate. And Tlaib explained his support for the BDS movement in an interview with NowThis News, saying he wants to "be able to humanize this problem".
AIPAC replied on Twitter: "We are proud to be engaged in the democratic process to strengthen US-Israeli relations, and our bipartisan efforts reflect American values and interests, and we will not be discouraged in any way by badly informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work."
REACTION – Representative Max Rose (D-NY) stated in a statement: "The statements of Congressman Omar are deeply offensive to Jews, including myself … When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of my faith, I will not be silent."
Members of the Republican House called Speaker Pelosi to remove Rep. Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Chelsea Clinton tweeted: "We should expect that all elected officials, regardless of the party, and all public figures do not trade in anti-Semitism."
– In response to criticism, Clinton added: "I will meet you tomorrow." I also think that we must call the anti-Semitic language and the tropes on all sides, especially in our elected officials, particularly now. "Omar seemed to accept the offer.
Amb. David Friedman: "The Minnesota Congressman falsely states that US officials are paid to support Israel, I find it painful but amusing.This US official has willingly accepted a salary cut for the privilege of serving and the honor of to promote the best interests of the United States by supporting the relationship between the United States and Israel, to challenge the motivations of US officials who support Israel with false allegations of compensation is disgusting. "
Sen. Ted Cruz: "Why does a member of Congress launch anti-Semitic insults on Twitter?" The caricature support for Israel, bought by Jewish $$ – "on the Benjamin" – is an old slander.The other Dems are agreeing? that more Dems support BDS, anti-Semitism becomes too common ".
Michael Koplow of the IPF: "Unbelievable that Ilhan Omar is spending his first weeks as a congressman spreading anti-Semitic tropes on Jews who pay for purchases of elected officials … Israel's supporters have every right to participate in politics and have their voices heard, and Israel is one of the United States The most valuable allies in the world, making it worthy of support regardless of anything else. "What Omar is doing is shameful hate."
HEARD IERI – Leading members of the New York Congress delegation spoke about the Jewish community's concern for a drift in the support of the Democratic Party to Israel, among the recent comments by Tlaib and Omar, to the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the New York Convention Breakfast in Midtown Manhattan, Sunday morning. [Pic[Pic[Pic[Pic]
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY): The Jewish-American community and supporters of Israel "are complacent, we assume that we know the history of Israel that everyone knows, what we need is a massive educational campaign, we need our greatest philanthropists to invest money in this, not me. it's interesting if they're Democrats or Republicans We have to be online, we have to be on campus, not the occasional effort we see, but all the time We need all of us to be missionaries and explain the story … I urge you to think about this , to talk about this, and I will be happy to be one of the protagonists, put it together and make it happen because the future of Israel is at stake. "
Schumer on bipartisanship: "I work hard for Israel every day, I try to do it in a bipartisan way, there are some who try to make Israel a partisan issue, which is harmful to Israel, we can not allow it to happen." [[[[pic]
– WATCH – Schumer tells the crowd to babysit his oldest nephew, Noah Melvin Schumer-Shapiro, for the first time on Saturday night. [[[[Video; pic]
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chairman of the Chamber Foreign Affairs Committee: "We have our work cut out for us and there are things we have to do, but support for Israel is strong and it's bipartisan … We have few people who speak and are not supporters of Israel. We have a story to tell and our story is better than their history I know that with the facts we will do well, and I want to swear that in the Committee on Foreign Affairs we will stand by Israel … And I want to assure you that there is nothing to be afraid of, we have work to do and we will do it. " [[[[pic]
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY): "What I can promise you is that the Democratic Party's future will not involve BDS and anti-Semitism … and we will see ourselves tested on this in the days ahead". [[[[pic]
Jewish insiderJacob Kornbluh also spoke with Rep. Maloney and Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) after the event. Full comments here [JewishInsider]
Maloney: "If there are people who engage in anti-Israeli rhetoric, they are going to hear me." Our party should not be the home of people who target the state of Israel, and it worries me when I hear a rhetoric that bends into that. direction, so I intend to speak openly ".
Meeks: "Republicans are trying to do politics with this problem because they know how strong the Democrats are about Israel, but you know what? Israel and anti-Semitism, there's no room to play in politics with that. a republican, whether you come from America or some other part of the world, we should not leave space between us because this is a human subject.You always have some minority groups, and that's why you talk and say that what they're saying it's wrong, you can not silence everyone, but when you hear something that's not right, then you have to talk about it. "
Rep. Meeks also said JI which supports the anti-BDS law.
TOP OP – Bret Stephens writes … "The Progressive Assault on Israel: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is much more complicated than the black and white picture taken by Israeli progressive critics. But the most profound defect in progressive thinking about Israel – the flaw that has caused this efflorescence of bigotry – is not based on erroneous factual bases. It is that its main intellectual assumptions are wrong and marches … The surprising feature of the anti-Zionist rhetoric is that it overlaps with traditionally anti-Semitic tropics. " [NYTimes]
ULTIMATE DEAL WATCH – The Trump Middle East peace plan of the Trump administration is over, officials say – from Trey Yingst: "The final draft of the" Deal of the Century "administration is 175 to 200 pages long and less than five people have access to the complete document, sources told Fox News." The plan is done. .. [the president] he is happy with the parameters of the agreement, "said a senior administration official, Trump was briefed by the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, chief adviser Jared Kushner, and the special for peace in the Middle East Jason Greenblatt several times on the specifications of the agreement. "[FoxNews]
The Israeli report says that the Saudis will not support Trump's peace plan without concessions – by Barak Ravid: "A report by the Israeli foreign ministry classified – released in mid-December among the main national security and foreign policy officials of the Israeli government – has ruled that Saudi Arabia will not support the Trump administration's Middle East peace plan and will not normalize relations with Israel unless the Israeli government makes a substantial concession to the Palestinians … Foreign Ministry official who read the report told me that King Salman of Saudi Arabia had brought back the Israeli Palestinian to return from his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "
"The Foreign Ministry official told me:" In the last year there was the feeling that there was a window of opportunity to achieve a breakthrough with Saudi Arabia – but also if there was an opening, this window is closed for now. & # 39; " [[[[Axios]
DEEP DIVE – Private Mossad for Hire: Inside a plot to influence the US elections – by Adam Entous and Ronan Farrow: "The Psy group stands out from many of its rivals because it does not just collect information, it specialized in secretly spreading messages to influence what people believed and how they behaved, and its operatives took advantage of technological innovations and government negligence. social media allow you to reach almost anyone and play with their minds, "said Uzi Shaya, a former senior Israeli intelligence officer. "You can do whatever you want. You can be anyone you want. It is a place where wars are fought, elections are won and terror is promoted. There are no regulations. It's a no-man's land ".
"Psy-Group was more successful in launching an operation, codenamed Project Butterfly, to wealthy Jewish-American donors.The operation concerned what Psy-Group described as" anti-Israel "activists & On US college campuses that supported the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, known as BDS … In early donor meetings in New York, [Royi] Burstien said the key to implementing an effective anti-BDS campaign was to make it appear that Israel, and the Jewish-American community, had nothing to do with the effort. The objective of Butterfly, according to a corporate document of 2017, was "to destabilize and interrupt anti-Israeli movements from within". [NewYorker]
REPORT – Mossad helped bring the Iranian nuclear scientist to Europe illegally: "An Iranian nuclear scientist was reportedly smuggled from the Islamic Republic to the UK in a joint operation of the British Intelligence Agency MI6, the 39. American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Israeli Mossad, according to the Sunday Express, according to the newspaper, the British agents took advantage of the crisis of migrants who plague Europe to smuggle the Iranian scientist into a lifeboat on New Year's Eve in the city of Lydd, Kent. " [Ynet; SundayExpress]
SOON AVAILABLE – Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump is preparing for publicationof Vicky Ward's book – by Richard Johnson: "Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are preparing for the publication of" Kushner, Inc .: Greed, Ambition, Corruption "by Vicky Ward The book, subtitled" The extraordinary story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump ", which will be released on March 19 from St. Martin & # 39; s Press, will deepen the sordid case in which Jared's father, real estate developer Charles Kushner, sentenced to two years in prison for witness to tampering and other charges. " [PageSix]
Nikki Haley will be awarded with the dinner of the GOP high-altitude donors – by Mike Allen: "In the name of the continuous power of the stars of Nikki Haley, the former UN ambassador will be the guest of honor at a dinner with about 20 of the main GOP donors in Manhattan February 27th … The dinner will be the first in a series organized by Paul Singer, the hedge fund magnate, to highlight key substitutes for the 2020 Congress matches Singer is working to identify and recruit female candidates to help the Republicans hold Senate and regain ground at home. " [Axios]
WATCH 2020 – Senator Elizabeth Warren officially enters the presidential race of 2020 – by Joshua Jamerson: "Miss. Warren announced her official presidential nomination for 2020 in front of a crowd of about 3,500 in Lawrence, Massachusetts on Saturday." Within hours of the event, she traveled to New Hampshire and appeared at a town hall meeting. … Mrs. Warren has a question about how you, as commander-in-chief, would work to improve stability in the Middle East. "We need strong Israel, but we need to think about what our support for Israel means," he said. Mrs. Warren, adding that the United States should push Israel and the Palestinian Authority towards a two-state solution ". [[[[WSJ]
Senator Amy Klobuchar jumped into the presidential race of 2020 on Sunday … Bernie Sanders and Beto O & # 39; Rourke are ahead in the race for small dollar donors … Michael Bloomberg will announce his decision for 2020 by the end of month … Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio made some initial steps towards the exploration of a presidential bid … Colorado Senator Michael Bennet mentions joining the crowded Democratic run for president. Senator Cory Booker has a problem of school choice … "Middle Class Joe & # 39; Fields of BidenWall Street oligarch, BlackRock & # 39; s Larry Fink …
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COMPANY SIGNS: Mikhail Fridman tries to replicate the Russian success with Dia buyout [FinancialTimes] • Les Moonves launches the company's new weeks after leaving CBS [HollywoodReporter] • Larry
MEDIA WATCH – TV Magnate Shari Redstone now prefers to curl up with podcasts – by Anousha Sakoui: "Redstone … has a new passion for audio because the waking hours are full of computers and cell phones. more consumers who choose to listen to a podcast instead of staring at a screen. "The audio is becoming a big driver of media consumption in the future," said Redstone, 64 years in a telephone interview … Redstone, which manages its investment fund, was among the investors of the first round last year in Wondery Inc … It is one of several audio investments for its company, Advancit Capital, which focuses on the intersection of technology and media. " [Bloomberg]
TALK OF THE TOWN – Philadelphia councilor has delayed agreeing with the city to help a developer – Jake Blumgart: "The stalled city redevelopment of a property at 4601 Market Street finally came on Thursday after West Philadelphia councilor Jannie Blackwell reversed her opposition, a document indicating that Blackwell's reserves stemmed from the concerns of a single real estate developer: Michael Karp, leader of two large organizations in West Philadelphia – University City Housing and Belmont Charter Network. "I received a letter from the mayor stating that he would work with us to make sure that all the problems to be solved were resolved," Blackwell said when asked about the reason for his sudden change of heart. "
"Karp said in an interview on Friday that he knew nothing about the correspondence in his name between the mayor and Blackwell." I did not see the letter, I was not involved in his discussions with the mayor on that letter, "he said Karp, when he said that Blackwell only lifted his grip when he received assurances about the mayor's attention to his specific "problems". " [WHYY]
After Synagogue Attack, the Pittsburgh Push for Stricter Gun Laws Sparks Backlash: Kris Maher: "Just over three months after 11 people were shot dead while they were worshiping in a synagogue, the city leaders and the inhabitants are fighting for the proposed restrictions.The legislation proposed by the city mayor and city council members would ban semi-automatic rifles, receipts and some types of ammunition within the city limits, as well as extend the capacity of the courts to seize weapons from people determined to pose a threat to family members or order forces … Some members of Dor Hadash formed an independent organization called Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, which supports the mayor's proposals. " [WSJ]
The Hebrew Orthodox EMT service addresses the Los Angeles firefighter battle and a powerful fire brigade – by Leila Miller: "The ultimate goal of Hatzolah is to enable the city to transport patients and respond to ambulances with emergency calls using lights and sirens – a practice called Code 3 – just like firefighters, but this was greeted with a strong dismissal by the LA Firefighters and the firefighters' union, both pointing to the jurisdiction of their agency and argue that allowing another entity to respond to emergencies creates a public security problem. " [LATimes]
HEARD THE OTHER DAY – Avi Loeb, professor of science and chair of astronomy at Harvard University, at CNN with Michael Smerconish explained his suggestion that a mysterious object spotted through our solar system last year could to have been an alien spacecraft sent to investigate the Earth: "Currently, all our eggs are in a basket here on earth, but to avoid the risk of a catastrophe, we will have to move into space at some point and it is quite probable that other civilizations have already done it … Everything I'm saying now we have the technology to understand if we are the smartest child around. " [Video]
HOLLYWOOD – Israeli filmmaker Yuval Adler talks about the Berlin Film Festival "The Operative" – by Malina Saval: "The film does not really talk about Mossad or Israel – it's really a film about a woman recruited in a spy group, the story is from Mossad, but the film really examines this concept of espionage, which I found really interesting. a deeper level, it's about people who do not know what their place in the world is, and this is something that Diane Kruger and I have in common, I'm Israeli, but I've lived most of my adult life in New York. I'm not always sure where I belong and where I should be. " [Variety]
Review of "Ben Hecht": a man who is hard to repress – by Jeremy McCarter: "Hecht was born (in the Lower East Side, in 1893) by Jews who immigrated from Russia, and in late age, he returned to look fondly at the days of the world. adolescence spent with his family in Racine, Wisc., as "a sort of Yiddish tales of Canterbury." What Hecht meant was that he began to "look at the world with Jewish eyes." felt driven to become an activist, an agitator, a sample of international Jewish causes, first asking that the world deal with the plight of European Jews amid the depredations of the Nazis, thus becoming an important supporter of Irgun, who was struggling to establish a Jewish state in Palestine. found devotion to the activism surprises and baffled his friends Hecht himself seemed uncertain about what to do with his commitments … The separation of those contradictions is precisely the task that Adina Hoffman, an American essayist and biographer who divides his time between New Haven and Jerusalem, prepares for her in this latest installment of the Yale series' Jewish Lives. " [WSJ; Amazon]
A Christian group is building a movement that could destabilize Jerusalem's most explosive sacred site – by Naomi Zeveloff: "Cry for Zion, an Israeli organization founded in 2014, is recruiting Christians all over the world in its campaign to push Israel to completely control the Temple Mount … Shouting for Zion says it does not promote the destruction of any building on the Temple Mount, or defending temple reconstruction, but at the first Cry for Zion conference in December, several speakers contradicted the official position of the group, sometimes in fiery terms, Mordechai Persoff, a rabbi and head of the Mikdash Educational Center, he spoke openly about building a new temple, calling Trump's decision to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem as a prophetic event. " [[[[DailyBeast]
STAINED – in the audience at Pop-up Magazine at the Warner Theater on Saturday night: The Atlantic by Jeff Goldberg.
DESSERT – A luxury luxury chef becomes Kosher – In the heart of Tel Aviv – by Diana Shawn Clark: "NAMES [is] a newly opened kosher restaurant in the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv … Head chef NOMI, Yoram Nitzan, made his reputation in the late and much-loved Mul Yam restaurant in Tel Aviv, renowned for … shellfish … & # 39; For twenty-five years I cooked lobster. People who loved food but kept kosher had heard of my kitchen, but could not prove it, "Nitzan [said]. So, for the hotel, it was the opportunity to "give customers the chance to try my kitchen". [Forward]
REMEMBER – Walter H. Munk, Scientist-Explorer who illuminates the deep, dies at 101 – by William Dicke: "Walter H. Munk, one of the most important oceanographers of the twentieth century, who sent sound impulses across the vast oceans – probably surprising some whales – to measure changes in water temperatures, forecast waves and global warming research signals, died Friday at his beach house in the La Jolla section of San Diego … Walter Heinrich Munk was born October 19, 1917, in Vienna in a wealthy Jewish banking family, a son of Dr. Hans Munk and Rega Brunner The couple divorced when Walter was a child His maternal grandfather, Lucian Brunner, was an important banker and a politician His stepfather, Dr. Rudolf Engelsberg, was briefly a member of the Austrian government of Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss, assassinated by Nazi agents in 1934. " [NYTimes]
BIRTHDAYS: journalist, writer, political commentator and author of a Haggadah Passover written with his wife Cokie Roberts, Steven V. Roberts he is 76 years old … a general practitioner in New York, he is the past president of American Friends of Likud, Julio Messer, M.D. is 67 years old … Second son of former president George H. W. Bush, he was the governor of Florida (1999-2007) and candidate for the president of the United States in 2016, John Ellis "Jeb" Bush is 66 years old … editor-in-chief of ProPublica, Stephen Engelberg urns 61 … National Health Director of Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, former EVP and chief medical officer for Erickson Retirement Communities (1989-2005), Gary E. Applebaum, MD is 60 years old … Principal at Conduent HR Services and Buck Global, LLC, Alan Vorchheimer is 59 years old … Founder and president of RAINN, the nation's largest anti-violence organization, he is also CEO of A & I Publishing, a company specializing in media startups, Scott Berkowitz is 50 years old … Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii since December 2018, previously a senator from Hawaii State (2009-2018) and a member of the House of Representatives of Hawaii (from 2005 to 2009), Joshua B. Green turns 49 years old …
Elected as a member of the Broward County School Council (Florida) in the months following the death of 14-year-old daughter Alyssa at the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Lori Alhadeff is 44 years old … Executive producer of Atlantic Live (The Atlantic events division), Rob Hendin is 42 years old … VP and Deputy Head of Communications at News Corp., Ilana Ozernoy is 41 years old … She ends the Carolina Panthers of the NFL for four seasons (2003-2006) for a long time, having played university football at UCLA, Mike Seidman is 38 years old … Republican strategist, political commentator, author and columnist, Evan Siegfried is 36 years old … Vice President of the Global Health Banking Sector at Bank of America / Merrill Lynch, previously Chief of Staff Bob Dold (R-IL-10) (2015-2017), David B. Stern is 35 years old … Technical project manager for Politico, Michelle Zar is 30 years … Account Manager at Politico, Rachel Kosberg runs 29 (h / t Playbook) … Associated with the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Alix Simnock is 28 years old … Student at Yale Law School, Scott Wasserman Stern… and his twin brother, Eric Wasserman Stern, both turn 26 … Joy Neuberger… He is his brother Israel Neuberger..