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Top Jewish donors prominent on Trump inauguration committee

WASHINGTON – A number of top Jewish Republican donors including St. Petersburg’s Mel Sembler, are on President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration committee.

Nine out of the 20 names listed on the transition team’s announcement released Nov. 14 are Jewish, and several of them are on the Republican Jewish Coalition board. The committee plans and fundraises for the inauguration. Incoming presidents typically reserve spots on the committee for their most loyal donors.

Lewis Eisenberg, an investor who was the finance chairman for the campaign, will retain that role on the inauguration committee. Trump reportedly is considering Eisenberg for Department of Commerce secretary.

Along with Sembler, who served stints as ambassador to Australia and Italy in previous Republican administrations, the inauguration committee vice-chairs include Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, the casino magnate and his wife who boosted Trump’s campaign in its final days with as much as $30 million; Ron Weiser, a Michigan real estate developer; Steve Wynn, like Adelson and Trump a casino builder and operator; Elliott Broidy, a venture capitalist from Southern California; Laurie Perlmutter, whose husband, Isaac, is an Israeli-American entertainment mogul, and Gail Icahn, wife of activist investor Carl Icahn.

Israeli minister impulsively gifts $50,000 research drone to Russia

JERUSALEM – Israeli Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel’s impulsive gifting to Russia of a drone used for agricultural research could land him in trouble with the United States and Israel.

Ariel offered the unmanned research helicopter to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last week while he was visiting Israel. Medvedev reportedly was playing with the drone’s controls when Ariel made the offer of the gift.

However, the drone was turned over without some of its software and other features, leading Russian officials to threaten to nix a newly signed $15 billion agricultural deal with Israel, Haaretz reported. It was the only scientific research helicopter of its kind in Israel.

It is not known if any American technology was used in the drone, which would have required U.S. permission to be turned over to the Russians.

The drone, which is valued at about $50,000, is designed to help in water conservation by providing complex images of the uptake of water and water-borne materials such as pesticides by crops after irrigation.

Ariel also violated a regulation stating that government ministers can only give gifts to visitors from abroad of up to 300 shekels, which is less than $100.

Kosovo police say they prevented Islamic State attack on Israeli soccer team

Kosovo police said they prevented coordinated attacks by the Islamic State, including on the Israeli national soccer team in the Balkan nation and Albania, the Associated Press reported. According to a statement, police said they uncovered plans by the Islamic State, or ISIS, to attack a World Cup qualifying match between the national soccer teams of Israel and Albania held Nov. 13 in Albania. Some 19 people were detained in Kosovo over the thwarted attacks, and six in Albania and Macedonia.

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