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Jared Kushner. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Jared Kushner, who is leading President Trump's Middle East "peace team," said on Thursday night at a dinner hosted by the Washington Institute that the upcoming peace plan will address "Palestinian political aspirations," and propose ideas for how to solve issues like borders and Jerusalem.

Why it matters: Kushner didn't offer any details in the 45-minute interview, but emphasized again and again that the Palestinians and those criticizing the administration in the U.S. and around the world should not reject the plan out of hand. Kushner even said "people would be surprised" by the plan when they see it.

Details: Kushner said Trump was a driving force behind the renewed effort to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has been "pushing" the peace team.

  • According to Kushner, Trump told his advisers that fixing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not fix the Middle East entirely, "but without solving it you won't be able to fix the region."
  • Kushner described the peace place as an "in-depth operational document." He said the president has been briefed throughout the process, but hasn't read the latest draft yet.
  • Kushner said the plan would be "a good starting point for the political issues" between Israel and the Palestinians, and would boost the Palestinian economy.
  • He said solving the conflict with the Palestinians is in Israel's long-term interest, and that Israel would have to make compromises — but not any that would compromise security.

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  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.

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The unicorn stampede is coming

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Airbnb and DoorDash plan to go public in the next few weeks, capping off a very busy year for IPOs.

What's next: You ain't seen nothing yet.

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