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Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Cabinet ministers the Trump administration is going to present its plan “within days” after the Sept. 17 elections — most likely even next week, ministers who attended the meeting told me.

  • Netanyahu said he was citing new information he got last night from Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the United States.

Why it matters: Netanyahu used the “Trump argument” to convince the attorney general to approve the establishment of a new settlement in the Jordan Valley, which he brought to a vote at the Cabinet 2 days before the elections. Netanyahu needed to pass the move to boost his campaign.

The attorney general was against the move and claimed an interim government doesn’t have authority to take such decisions, but after Netanyahu raised this argument, the attorney general changed his opinion and decided the move was legal due to special and urgent diplomatic circumstances.

Between the lines: There is no indication that what Netanyahu told the ministers and the attorney general is true. White House special envoy for Middle East peace Jason Greenblatt told an audience at a fundraiser in New York last week that the plan is unlikely to be released before there is clarity about the new coalition in Israel — which could take weeks.

  • Greenblatt said the White House “will have to wait and see what happens in the weeks following the election — in terms of what the coalition-building looks like. So no decision has been made yet."

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Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci highlighted the need to address racial disparities in the COVID-19 vaccination process, per an interview with The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.

What he’s saying: "I think that's the one thing we really got to be careful of. We don't want in the beginning ... most of the people who are getting it are otherwise, well, middle-class white people."

The Mischief Makers

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Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership.

Why it matters: We're calling this group "The Mischief Makers" — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing Washington at the moment — and potentially jeopardize the Democrats' or Republicans' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

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President Obama's former speechwriter says he's "preemptively frustrated" with President Biden's effort to find unity with Republicans.

What they're saying: Cody Keenan told Axios that Biden's messaging team has "struck all the right chords," but at some point "they're gonna have to answer questions like, 'Why didn't you achieve unity?' when there's an entire political party that's already acting to stop it."

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