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Jared Kushner meets with Benny Gantz (C) and Yair Lapid (L), Jerusalem, Oct. 28. Photo: Jeries Mansour/U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met Benny Gantz, the leader of the Blue and White party, for the first time on Monday in Jerusalem.

Why it matters: This was the first meeting between Kushner and Gantz, who has 23 days to form a government. It shows that the Trump administration is adapting to the new political reality in Israel.

The state of play: Kushner brought U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, deputy assistant to the president Avi Berkowitz, and the State Department’s Iran envoy Brian Hook to the meeting.

  • Gantz brought along Yair Lapid, his No. 2 who is slated to become Israel's foreign minister if Gantz successfully forms a government.
  • After the meeting with Gantz, Kushner had a separate meeting with Netanyahu at the prime minister’s office.

The big picture: Gantz spoke about his meeting with Kushner at the beginning of the Blue and White's meeting at the Knesset earlier today.

  • He said the discussion with Kushner revolved around the U.S. peace plan, the situation in the Middle East and Iran.  
  • Officials in Gantz’s party who were briefed on the content of the meeting said Kushner was careful not to discuss domestic Israeli politics with Gantz. The officials said Kushner stressed he mainly wanted to get to know Gantz and start working with him.

Go deeper: Benny Gantz gets his chance to form Israel's next government

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German election: Exit polls show close race to succeed Angela Merkel

SPD leader Olaf Scholz. Photo: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg via Getty Images

BERLIN — The first exit poll from Sunday's German elections showed the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) in a dead heat at 25%, leaving the race to succeed Angela Merkel too close to call.

The state of play: A second exit poll showed the SPD narrowly ahead. That's the one televisions displayed at SPD headquarters in Berlin, where the room erupted into cheers. Official results will roll in throughout the evening.

Abbott says he'll hire Border Patrol agents who whipped at migrants

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Sunday defended the actions of U.S. Border Patrol agents who charged at Haitian migrants on horseback, blaming the Biden administration for not preventing them from crossing the border.

Why it matters: Abbott's remark on "Fox News Sunday" comes amid increased backlash over the incident, with President Biden saying, "I promise... those people will pay,” and the Department of Homeland Security launching an investigation.

Everyone wants to be an influencer

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The number of people looking to become online influencers has exploded during the pandemic.

Why it matters: Almost anyone can find themselves in a position to become an influencer, and brands are throwing billions of dollars at online content creators.

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