🇸🇦 Saudi Shift: The Wall Street Journal looks at the diplomatic changes underway in the Middle East, as Israel and Saudi Arabia engage in talks around business and security, a move that “could accelerate long-building efforts to end the conflict between two countries.”
🤝 Mediator in the Middle: Lebanon announced it plans to invite Amos Hochstein, the State Department’s special envoy for energy affairs, to assist in negotiations with Israel over a maritime border dispute.
⚖️ Guilty Plea: Richard Olson, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, pleaded guilty to federal charges connected to lobbying work he did on behalf of Qatar after he left government service.
🗳️ Oz vs. Fetterman: David McCormick conceded to Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate primary. Oz will face off against Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in November.
✍️ Middle East Moves: Eighty House Democrats signed onto a J Street-backed letter calling on the Biden administration to take “concrete steps” to “deter harmful actions” including rising Israeli settler violence, increasing settlement construction, demolitions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and growing Israeli government spending in West Bank settlements, as well as Palestinian Authority martyr payments.
🔍 Investigation Push: Sens. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) sent a letter to Secretary of State Tony Blinken insisting that “the Administration ensure a full and transparent investigation” in the death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin last month.
🇮🇷 Let my people go: Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) and Michael McCaul (R-TX), the chair and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement calling on the Biden administration “to continue to vigorously pursue” the release of U.S. hostages held in Iran, “no matter the status of nuclear talks.”
✈️ Man on a Mission: The Wall Street Journal spotlights CIA Director Bill Burns’ untraditional role within the Biden administration, calling him “a sort of special envoy for complex problems.”
🇮🇳 Diplomatic Drama: Politico reports on efforts by allies of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, whose nomination to become ambassador to India has stalled, to pressure Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) to back Garcetti by threatening the loss of donors — a move that has reportedly backfired.
💼 On the Hill: Far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has accepted an internship in the Capitol Hill office of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
🧑✈️ Lost That Lovin’ Feeling: The family of Ehud Yonay, who inspired the original “Top Gun” film, is suing Paramount Pictures for copyright infringement, alleging the company failed to reacquire the rights before the release of “Top Gun: Maverick.”
📰 Unfree Press: The South African Jewish Report was expelled from the Press Council of South Africa after the outlet interviewed antisemitism experts who criticized a cartoon of a Jewish man putting money into his mouth that had been posted on a pro-BDS Facebook page.
💰 Big Bucks: The Tel Aviv-based Vayyar Imaging Ltd. raised $108 million in its latest round of funding, which was led by Koch Disruptive Technologies, as it considers an IPO outside of Israel in the next two to three years.
👨 Transition: Gabriel Noronha, who served as a special advisor for the State Department’s Iran Action Group from 2019-2021, is joining JINSA as a fellow at its Gemunder Center for Defense.
🕯️ Remembering: Former Washington Post editor Barry Sussman, who worked closely with reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on their coverage of Watergate, died at 87. Andrée Geulen-Herscovici, a Belgian schoolteacher who helped to save more than 1,000 Jewish children during the Holocaust and was later recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, died at 101. Sophie Freud, a granddaughter of Sigmund Freud who challenged many of his theories, died at 97.
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