Jewish Insider's Daily Kickoff: July 26, 2016

Congress passes sanctions bill curbing Trump’s power | How Bibi finally reached Jordan's King Abdullah | Bob Kraft's advice to Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a "Make America Great Again" rally in Youngstown, Ohio, July 25, 2017.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a "Make America Great Again" rally in Youngstown, Ohio, July 25, 2017.Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP
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FIRST LOOK -- Catching up with Eric Cantor: “If You’ve Got That Anger Working for You, You’re Gonna Let It Be” by Elaina Plott: "The 54-year-old now sits on several boards and is a Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Moelis & Company, a boutique investment firm in New York. His work takes him to Davos and Dubai and Tokyo, often just about anywhere but Washington or his old district... But Cantor is still painstakingly abreast of what’s going on in the Capitol, texting often with members such as Kevin McCarthy, his successor, and Patrick McHenry, chief deputy whip, to offer advice and then popping up on cable news to reassure Republicans that the party is just going through “growing pains.”

"While he won’t go so far as to say Trump’s presidency has been a “disaster,”


IRAN DEAL -- Trump hints at abandoning the Iran nuclear deal when certification comes up again in an interview with the WSJ:

[WSJ] [AP]

HEARD YESTERDAY - Trump talks Iran at a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio: "If that deal doesn’t conform to what it’s supposed to conform to, it's going to be big, big problems for them. That I can tell you. Believe me. You would have thought they would have said 'Thank you, United States. We really love you very much.' Instead, they've become emboldened. That won’t take place much longer."

“U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots near Iranian vessel” by Idrees Ali:


ON THE HILL -- After weeks of uncertainty, the House overwhelmingly passed sanctions legislation against Russia, Iran and North Korea yesterday.

The White House made no commitment about signing the bill into law. WH Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement: “While the President supports tough sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russia, the White House is reviewing the House legislation and awaits a final legislative package for the President’s desk.”

"House passes Russia sanctions bill, setting up veto dilemma for Trump" by Mike DeBonis and Karoun Demirjian:


Congressional hearing highlights the plight of Americans jailed in Iran -- by Aaron Magid:

Doug Levinson

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL): "Iran’s outrageous disregard for international law should give every country, every company – especially every American company, pause as to whether this is a country they should welcome back into the community of nations." [JewishInsider]

“Metal Detectors Vanish, but Tensions in East Jerusalem Remain” by Isabel Kershner:


White House statement:

BEHIND THE SCENES: "Jared Kushner Called Jordanian King at Height of Embassy Crisis With Israel and Asked Him to Help" by Barak Ravid:


"A crisis in the Middle East? Trump would rather play golf” by Yoav Fromer:


REXATION: "Tillerson ‘taking a little time off’ amid exit rumors" by Chris Perez:


“Rexit? Don't quit yet, Secretary Tillerson” by Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky:


"Trump erroneously says Lebanon is ‘on the front lines’ fighting Hezbollah, a partner in the Lebanese government" by Anne Gearan:


"Shockingly, Trump Doesn’t Know Who Hezbollah Are Or What They Do" by Benjamin Hart:


"Trump, Lebanese leader pledge solidarity against terrorism" by Darlene Superville:


PALACE INTRIGUE: Trump again criticizes Sessions, downplays West Wing feuds -- by Gerard Baker, Peter Nicholas and Michael C. Bender: “During the interview, Mr. Trump appeared relaxed in the company of close aides, which included his daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, Hope Hicks, the White House director of strategic communications, and Mr. [Gary] Cohn. Mr. Trump praised the arrival of Mr. Scaramucci suggesting that he would help settle internal unrest and backbiting that has characterized the West Wing. He quipped that this type of palace intrigue was “White House stuff, where they’re fighting over who loves me the most.” Mr. Trump said he has no other immediate changes planned for his senior staff.” [WSJ] Kushner’s Interest in Drug-Sentencing Limits Is at Odds With Attorney General [WSJ]

David Horowitz, who has been described as Trump’s intellectual godfather, tweets:


"For America, It Looks Like Chaos. For Trump, It’s Just Tuesday" by Michael Kruse:

Sam Nunberg




2018 WATCH: "Lawyer Who May or May Not Challenge Pascrell Has Raised $750K" by Alyana Alfaro: “Michael Wildes, an immigration lawyer from Englewood... seems to be gearing up for another run at [Rep. Bill] Pascrell in the 9th District. Exactly when he plans to mount that campaign — if ever — remains unclear. But Wildes has nearly $758,000 amassed in a campaign account, according to Federal Election Commission records Last year, Wildes represented First Lady Melania Trump when claims emerged that she had illegally worked in the United States without a visa when she was a young model.” [Observer]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Tel Aviv-based startup Prospera, which uses AI and computer vision to guide farmers, harvests $15M [TC] Digital market analytics firm SimilarWeb raises $47 million [Reuters] Maniv Mobility Announces Close of First Mobility-only Fund, in excess of $40 million, in Israel [Yahoo; Globes] Vega to launch two Earth Observation Satellites for Italy, Israel and France [SpaceDaily] Israeli professor settles Mobileye insider trading case in U.S. [Reuters]

“Trump Says Cohn and Yellen Are Contenders to Lead the Fed” by Kate Davidson:


MEDIA WATCH: "ABC News teams up with ATTN: to produce original news videos for social media" by Sarah Perez:


KAFE KNESSET -- Yisrael Hayom says “Bye, Bibi.” -- by Tal Shalev and JPost's Lahav Harkov: Readers of Yisrael Hayom were shocked this morning to see the following headline: “Removing the metal detectors shows Netanyahu’s helplessness. Israel’s response to the terrorist attack on the Temple Mount was weak and panicked, and the step the Prime Minister took goes against his base of supporters.” Yisrael Hayom, in case you forgot, is the Sheldon Adelson-owned free daily newspaper. So, what is going on? The prevailing theory is that the paper is trying to distance itself from Netanyahu because of “Case 2000,” one of the many corruption cases relating to the PM. Case 2000 is the one in which the publisher of competing paper Yediot Aharonoth, Noni Mozes, offered Netanyahu positive coverage in exchange for support for a bill that would make Yisrael Hayom’s business model illegal. If there is proof that Adelson and Yisrael Hayom are in Netanyahu’s pocket, there might be some campaign finance issues added to the mix. So the solution is to try to prove to Attorney-General Avihai Mandelblit that they are not Netanyahu’s newspaper after all. Read today's entire Kafe Knesset here [JewishInsider]

"A young Palestinian vowed to die a martyr, then stabbed 3 members of an Israeli family to death” by William Booth:


ANTI BOYCOTT ACT: "Why an Effort to Thwart Some Boycotts of Israel Fails the Free-Speech Test" by Conor Friedersdorf:


“Israeli David Grossman’s Play Opens Lincoln Center; No BDS Protesters Show Up” by Taly Krupkin: “In recent weeks, more than 70 artists have called on organizers of this month's Lincoln Center Festival to cancel the performance of “To the End of the Land,” based on a book by award-winning Israeli author David Grossman. Local police were gearing up for protesters at the debut, on Monday night But as the cast, crew, guests and audience arrived, the space allocated for the demonstration remained empty: Not one BDS supporter showed up to protest the performance... Among those attending the premiere were Miri Regev, Israel’s culture minister, who in the past has advocated cessation of funding to productions that are critical of the State of Israel “BDS helped us sell tickets,” said Dani Dayan, consul general of Israel in New York, who was also on hand. “As soon as they heard about calls to boycott, supporters of Israel bought all the tickets.” “We made lemonade out of lemons!” laughed Regev.” [Haaretz]

“Margaret Bergmann Lambert, Jewish High Jumper Excluded From Berlin Olympics, Dies at 103” by Ira Berkow: “Margarethe Minnie Bergmann was an outstanding all-around athlete, excelling in the shot-put, the discus and other events as well as the high jump. “I was ‘The Great Jewish Hope,’ ” she often said. With anti-Semitism on the rise in Germany... she left home at 19 and moved to England, where she won the British high-jump championship in 1935. But when the Nazis pressured her father to bring her home, she returned to Germany to seek a position on the Olympic team. Shortly after winning that June meet, held at Adolf Hitler Stadium in Stuttgart, she received a letter from Nazi officials informing her that she had not qualified.. Her accomplishment was removed from the record book Her German national high jump record was restored in 2009.” [NYTimes]

DESSERT: "Israel Looks to Food Tourism to Attract a Different Kind of Visitor" by Dan Peltier: "Israel and Chef Solomonov launched a partnership last week to bring American journalists to the country for a taste of its various dishes during two press trips guided by Solomonov. The trips will show journalists a behind-the-scenes look at the many of Solomonov’s favorite restaurants around the country and that also highlight ways Israel’s food culture has changed in recent years. The tourism board hopes these freebie press trips turn into positive articles about the country’s food culture." [Skift]

TRANSITION: Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) elected Dorothy Tananbaum to be its chairperson of the Board of Directors. Tananbaum is also a member of the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors and is the past chair of the Jewish Education Project of New York. She succeeds Stacy Schusterman.

Congrats to Tiffany Harris on being named to The Hill's 2017 50 Most Beautiful List: "There are 195 countries in the world. Tiffany Harris has been to 67 of them — so far. But there’s one in particular that she can’t get enough of. “I keep finding myself going back to Israel,” Harris says, noting her Jewish roots. “It touches on all the things I really like about traveling and life.” The desk officer for Peace Corps headquarters says she stays active with CrossFit, yoga and biking." [TheHill]

BIRTHDAYS: Photographer and documentary film maker, Elliott Erwitt turns 89... Member of the British House of Lords, Baroness Sally Oppenheim-Barnes turns 89... Mayor of Las Vegas (1999-2011), Oscar Goodman turns 78... Administrator at the University of Illinois and the University of Houston (1972-1982), chancellor of the California State University system (1991-1998) and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust (1998-2006), Barry Munitz turns 76... Member of the Florida House of Representatives since 2012, representing southern Broward County, Richard Stark turns 65... Sports columnist, author, television and radio personality, he works for ESPN's Charlotte-based SEC Network since 2014, Paul Finebaum turns 61... Chief Medical Officer at Minnesota-based Medica (an insurer for 1.7 million members) and SVP and Chief Medical Officer of Blue Health Intelligence, Alan H. Spiro, MD, MBA turns 65... Israeli born classical music composer, Gilad Hochman turns 35... Israeli born R&B singer and songwriter, Hila Bronstein turns 34... Kafe Knesset correspondent and self-described "political junkie," Tal Shalev...

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