?? Repression : Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced a bill to tackle money laundering in United States by foreign leaders, which they presented in part as a response to the Pandora Papers.
Hill Hold-up: Senator Ron Paul’s blocking of the Iron Dome’s billion dollar replenishment frustrates his Senate Republican colleagues, some of whom have said Paul’s objection “makes it harder” to advocate for normally uncontroversial aid to Israel.
?? A look at Oman: Eliav Benjamin, head of the Middle East and Peace Process division of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, suggested Wednesday that Oman could be the next country to normalize relations with Israel.
?? Bad reception: The ex-wife of the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and his aides were among those whose phones were hacked using technology from the Israeli group NSO.
?? Public relations purchase: International public affairs consultancy Finsbury Glover Hering has acquired Washington, DC-based public relations firm The Harbor Group, a longtime representative of the United Arab Emirates.
?? Controversy at the consulate: Israeli Likud lawmaker Nir Barkat introduced legislation in the Knesset aimed at blocking the US plan to reopen its consulate in Jerusalem, which was closed under the Trump administration and merged with the US embassy United in moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
?? Make the list: Moderna co-founder Robert Langer has been added to Forbes‘s list of the 400 richest Americans, following his company’s success in developing and manufacturing a vaccine against COVID-19.
âï¸ Never forget: Germany has earmarked an additional $ 767 million in reparations for Holocaust survivors, much of which will go to survivors of the Nazi siege of Leningrad.
?? Historical conflict: Ukrainian Holocaust memorial marking the site of the Babyn Yar massacre has come under criticism from Ukrainians who claim the site – which is funded by Russian billionaires – seeks to spread an inaccurate, revisionist account and pro-Russian on the Holocaust, despite the role Holocaust experts and leading international figures played in the design of the site.
?? Green stage: Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Tamar Zandberg and Minister of Energy and Water Resources Karine Elharrer meet with US Climate Envoy John Kerry in the United Arab Emirates.
âï¸ Bring it in: Barry Diller’s IAC to acquire Meredith Corp. in a $ 2.7 billion deal.
?? Big gains: Gigi Levy-Weiss’ venture capital firm NFX said on Wednesday it had raised $ 450 million for its third fund, the largest to date.
?? Hiring frenzy: Microsoft plans to hire 2,500 employees in Israel over the next four years, which will more than double the current number of employees while increasing the number of campuses across the country.
?? Acquisition of applications: Israeli mobility company GoTo Global Mobility Ltd, backed by WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann, has acquired German electric scooter-sharing startup Emmy, furthering its mission to expand to all major European cities.
?? Big Bank: The Central Bank of Israel would hold interest rates constant at 0.1% for the 12th consecutive meeting.
?? Hostage diplomacy: An American father and son held hostage by Iran are unlikely to be allowed to leave the country, despite the father’s fragile health and repeated calls from the hostage family to US and international leaders calling for intervention foreign.
ð¡ Drones Dilemma: The accessibility and popularity of drone technology has allowed Iran to carry out bolder attacks against allies and US interests, raising concerns over Tehran’s power in the region.
â¢ï¸ Vienna Conferences: Iran has said it will resume talks over its nuclear program soon, after a months-long hiatus in diplomatic talks.
ð¯ï¸ Remember : Longtime “Late Night with David Letterman” announcer Alan Kalter, known for his comedic relief as a stunt performer on the show, has died aged 78. Lawyer Neal Sher, a former executive director of AIPAC, who is also remembered for his work as The Justice Department’s chief Nazi hunter has died aged 74.