TOP TALKER: "Donald Trump Suggests ‘Second Amendment People’ Could Act Against Hillary Clinton" by Nick Corasaniti and Maggie Haberman: "Donald J. Trump on Tuesdayappeared to raise the possibility that gun rights supporters could take matters into their own hands if Hillary Clinton is elected president and appoints judges who favor stricter gun control measures."[NYTimes; WSJ]
GOP strategist Dan Senor on CBS This Morning: "The best you could say, if you really want to give him the benefit of the doubt, was that he was joking about a subject you shouldn't be joking about which is inciting violence. It has the effect of inciting violence... He is extremely reckless." [CBSNews]
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy says Trump comments like pre-Rabin assassination rhetoric:“I instantly thought about Rabin in Israel,” Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, who is a Democrat, told MSNBC. “There were rallies going on in Israel where ‘death to Rabin’ was shouted and politicians didn’t respond.”” [MSNBC; ToI]
Thomas Friedman: “And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin got assassinated. His right-wing opponents just kept delegitimizing him as a “traitor” and “a Nazi” for wanting to make peace with the Palestinians and give back part of the Land of Israel.” [NYTimes]
“Trump's Israel Adviser Visits Jerusalem, Meets With Officials From Prime Minister's Office” by Barak Ravid: “David Friedman, Donald Trump's advisor of Israel affairs, visited Jerusalem this week and met with senior officials from the Prime Minister's Office. A senior official in Jerusalem said that parallel to Friedman's visit in Israel, one of Netanyahu's advisers went to the United States for meetings with advisers of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.” [Haaretz]
“In courting Kissinger, does Hillary Clinton risk losing the left?” by Ron Kampeas: “David Makovsky, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said Kissinger’s perceived misadventures took place too far in the past to have an impact should Clinton gain his endorsement...
Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East negotiator who worked for Baker and Albright, among others, said such a collective endorsement could help move the needle further for Clinton.
“Against the backdrop of a Trump campaign that has failed miserably to demonstrate its competency in foreign policy because it’s trotted out people who are virtually unknown, establishing endorsements from people who held the job, it provides her with an edge,” said Miller.” [JTA]
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman tells Fox Business News' Maria Bartiromo this morning that "as an independent, I'm going to vote for Hillary Clinton." [Twitter]
GOP Donor Harry Sloan Endorses Hillary Clinton for President: “Donald Trump does not embody the values that have made me a lifelong Republican,” says Harry Sloan, CEO of Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. and former CEO of MGM, according to a statement from his office obtained by Bloomberg News.
Sloan served on National Finance Cmte for John McCain, Mitt Romney and John Kasich’s campaigns “As a businessman, a father, and a conservative it is clear to me that Hillary Clinton is the right choice in this election,” Sloan says. [Bloomberg; Politico]
"Another Trump adviser with deep ties to Russia" by Josh Rogin: "Businessman and investorHoward Lorber already donated $100,000 to the Trump Victory fund, has been named as one of Trump’s “best friends” and even appeared once on “The Apprentice.”
He is also president and chief executive of the Vector Group, a holding company that has various business interests in Russia. In 1996, Lorber brought Trump to Moscow to look for opportunities for Trump to lend his famous name to development projects there. “See, they don’t know you,” Trump told Lorber. “With all that investment, they don’t know you. Trump they know.”" [WashPost]
DRIVING THE CONVERSATION: "Julian Assange Floats Theory That Murdered DNC Employee Was Informant In Dutch Interview" by Andrew Kaczynski: "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange floated the possibility on Tuesday that a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer was an informant for the organization." [BuzzFeed]
IRAN WATCH: "Iran Improving Cyber Abilities Since Nuclear Deal, Pentagon Says" by Nick Wadhams: "The Islamic Republic now has a “substantial inventory of missiles capable of reaching targets throughout the region, including U.S. military bases and Israel,” according to an unclassified summary from a Pentagon assessment of Iran’s military prowess.
The annual report, mandated by Congress, is the first issued since the U.S. and five other world powers signed the accord with Iran in July last year."[Bloomberg]
Aaron David Miller: "For all the criticism of U.S. withdrawal, Washington’s lower profile in the Middle East is forcing regional actors to take steps–and to acknowledge that the United States is neither the sole source of their problems, nor their redemption." [WSJ]
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STARTUP NATION: Roman Abramovich steps up Israeli investments: "Over the past few weeks, Roman Abramovich has invested in two more Israel startups - social engagement platform Spot.IM and diabetes treatment and management solutions company DreaMed Diabetes." [Globes]
BOOK REVIEW: "Power, Ambition and Betrayal in Hollywood: James B. Stewart on ‘Powerhouse’" by James Stewart: "Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer, the most important of the five co-founders of CAA, loom large as both quoted sources and the most fully developed and fascinating characters.
They had a remarkably close and symbiotic relationship, Meyer warm and affable, Ovitz cerebral and tough. “I didn’t trust anyone in my life more than Ron Meyer — no one, except for maybe my wife,” Ovitz says." [NYTimes]
SCENE LAST NIGHT -- from a JI reader at the AEPI Conference: "The honorable initiation began last night at 9pm in Ft. Lauderdale's Marriott, among hundreds of AEPIers, as a cross generational mix of a member of Congress, a leading rabbi, a judge, and top figures in politics and business awaited initiation into the AEPI brotherhood. Although, the initiation process and rituals are secret, here's a list of AEPI's newest brothers: Rep. Ted Deutch (brought to the initiation by former Rep. Ron Klein); Rabbi Yitz Greenberg; Judge Matthew Destry; Daniel Barsky, Shutts and Bowen; David Michaels, BBI; Mark Polson, VP Estée Lauder; Aaron Keyak; George Polson; Michael Tessler; Joshua David Gordon; Josh Landes, co-founder/partner of Wynnefield Capital; and Alvin Sirota."
TALK OF OUR NATION: "In China, Rejuvenating a Classical Music Heritage Linked to a Jewish Community" by Amy Qin: "In winter, tourists flock to Harbin, in northeastern China, for its world-renowned ice sculpture festival. But with summer in full bloom, this city is working overtime on behalf of a less publicized part of its heritage: classical music.
Crucially, reviving Harbin’s musical tradition has also meant strengthening its ties to the city’s Jewish past. That is one facet of a larger effort to promote tourism and strengthen economic bonds with countries like Israel. The government now maintains a once neglected Jewish cemetery where Joseph Olmert, a grandfather of the former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, is buried. The city has also invested millions of dollars in restoring Jewish-built structures, including the Old Synagogue..." [NYTMusic]
SPORTS BLINK: "Israel wins first Olympic medal since 2008" by Allon Sinai: "Israel won its first Olympic medal since 2008 on Tuesday after Yarden Gerbi claimed a bronze medal in the women’s under-63 kilogram judo competition at the Rio games. She became the fourth Israeli judoka to take an Olympic medal, joining Yael Arad (silver medal – Barcelona 1992), Oren Smadja (bronze – Barcelona 1992) and Arik Ze’evi (bronze – Athens 2004)." [JPost]
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