Daily Kickoff: The Facebook exec showing rabbis and others the metaverse – Jewish Insider

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Two States:U.S. Ambassador to Israel Tom Nidesassertedduring a meeting with the Foreign Press Association that a two-state solution would maintain Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

In the Spotlight:GQprofilesRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as the two-term representative considers the direction of her political future.

Oath Keepers Cabal:A recentlyleakedlist of members tied to the Oath Keepers extremist group included the names of hundreds of U.S. military, law enforcement and government officials.

Art on the Move:New York City officialsreturned$19 million worth of stolen antiquities to Italy some of which had been part of hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardts personal collection.

Kim Cash:Kim Kardashian isopeninga new private-equity firm, SKKY Partners, with the help of former Carlyle Group partner, Jay Sammons.

Nice Slice:Ricotta, New Havens first and only kosher pizza joint,openedthis week.

Course Review:The Anti-Defamation Leagueis reviewingits educational content after an investigation by Fox News.

Concerning Candidate:A fringe candidate for mayor in Oakland, Calif.,used antisemitic languagetargeting a synagogue in a email tirade sent to activists, journalists and other candidates, after the synagogue invited just three of the 10 candidates in the race to participate in a forum.

Hot Issue:A new study published in theReview of Geophysicswarnsthat the Middle East is facing increases in temperatures at double the rate of the rest of the world, placing the region on track to be 9 degrees warmer by 2100.

Shopping Spree:Israeli supermarket chain Shufersalopenedits first checkout-free location in Tel Aviv.

Historic Hotel:ForbesspotlightsTel Avivs Drisco Hotel, built in the mid-19th century by a pair of American Christian brothers before being sold to German templars, eventually being seized by the British and used as the headquarters of Israels Education Ministry before being abandoned in the late 20th century.

Read the Room:Axiosrecountsan uncomfortable scene in a closed-doormeeting between former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a visiting delegation of U.S. officials, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), when Netanyahu appeared to wear a neck microphone and brushed off legislators concerns about a camera in the room, eventually acquiescing to having both removed.

Maritime Mediation:Israel and Lebanon see upcoming border disputetalkswith U.S. Energy Envoy Amos Hochstein as crucial to reaching an agreement and easing tensions.

Request Denied:Israelsaidit will not review the Israel Defense Forces rules of engagement in the West Bank, in response to a State Department spokespersons urging to do so in the wake of the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

PA Prop-up:The U.S. government hascalledon Israel to stabilize the Palestinian Authority, whose hold on the West Bank, officials say, is weakening.

Grounded:An Israeli missileattackthe second one this week has left Syrias Aleppo airport unable to operate.

Hack Work:American cybersecurity firm Mandiantwarnedthat hackers are aiding Irans efforts to spy on U.S. officials.

Fuel Friends:Lebanon isturningto Iran for fuel to help ease massive outages throughout the country.

Remembering:Dr. Ronald Glasser, who treated wounded Vietnam War troops from a hospital in Japan and would go on to pen365 Days, which detailed their experiences,diedat 83.

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