🦠 Pandemic Prep: Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is co-chairing a group calling on Washington to fund and implement a $100 billion, 10-year effort to prevent future pandemics.
👩 Washington Worry: Colleagues and former staffers are expressing concerns that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), 88, is losing her ability to remember basic interactions and is unable to carry out her duties as the senior senator representing California.
🗳️ Polling Problems: A poll conducted last month by the Jewish Electorate Institute, a Democratic-aligned group, found that 68% of Jewish Americans support the US reentering the Iran nuclear deal. The poll also found that President Joe Biden has a 63% approval rating among Jewish Americans, down from 80% last July.
🏰 Asset Freeze: The English Channel island of Jersey froze Russian-Israeli businessman Roman Abramovich’s assets, worth over $7 billion, while France froze Abramovich’s chateau on the French Riviera.
🏨 Plaza Purchase: A judge ruled that Marc Holliday’s SL Green must sell its $120 million stake in the Crowne Plaza hotel in New York’s Times Square to investor Andrew Penson.
🚓 Dangerous Words: A 27-year-old man charged with attempted murder for an hourslong antisemitic crime spree in Ocean County, NJ, last week, including stabbing an Orthodox man in the chest, told investigators that Hasidic Jews are “the real devils.”
💻 Video violence: In a since-removed YouTube video posted by Frank James, who was arrested for Tuesday’s attack on a Brooklyn subway train, James says that Jews are “the apex predator in this type of society… Look who runs this country in reality, who controls the wealth in this nation: Jews.”
🎒 In Session: The Tennessee House passed a bill prohibiting the teaching of antisemitic concepts.
✡️ Community Concern: An upcoming episode of the YouTube/SpringHill Company series “Recipe for Change” focuses on antisemitism, featuring celebrity guests including Michael Zegen, Hannah Einbinder and Rachel Bloom.
🇬🇧 Across the Pond: The UK’s National Union of Students will conduct an investigation amid a number of reports of antisemitism within the group.
🎞️ Silver Screen: Barry Levinson, who directed HBO’s upcoming biopic “The Survivor,” about the story of Holocaust survivor and amateur boxer Harry Heft, revealed that the movie script reminded him of his great-uncle, who experienced PTSD after surviving the Holocaust.
💸 Money Matters: BlackRock’s Larry Fink said his firm is studying cryptocurrencies, as it invests in stablecoin manager Circle Internet Financial.
🎨 Artistic Arrangement: The New York Times spotlights the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s redesigned collection of Israeli art.
💰 Fintech Funding: Tamara Harel-Cohen’sRiseUp, which helps Israelis and others balance their budgets via WhatsApp, announced it closed $30 million in a Series B funding round, led by Michael Eisenberg’s Aleph, Saul Klein’s Latitude, Sir Ronald Cohen and Jeff Swartz.
🇸🇾 Hostage Diploma: The US State Department reportedly appealed to Israel for help in locating American journalist Austin Tice, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012.
🇹🇷 Bilateral Baggage: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told Israeli reporters yesterday that Turkey’s relations with Israel are tied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
🛢️ Oil Limits: Saudi Arabia and Kuwait offered to hold talks with Iran to determine the eastern boundary of an energy-rich offshore area, according to Saudi Arabian media reports.
🗣️ Tit for Tat: An Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps general said that assassinating every American leader would be insufficient to avenge America’s targeted killing of former IRGC director Qassem Soleimani.
☢️ No Deal: A group of retired military leaders signed onto a letter from JINSA opposing reentry into the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.