News Roundup for April 1, 2022

April 1, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Fears Grow of Renewed Violence in Israel Ahead of Ramadan Amid Deadly Shootings, ABC News
A spate of deadly shootings in Israel has sparked renewed fears that the security situation is deteriorating as Palestinians approach the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.


Israeli Arab Leaders Meet With UN Panel Probing Gaza War, Jewish-Arab Violence, Haaretz
The special United Nations committee that is investigating last May’s war between Israel and Hamas met in Jordan on Thursday with a delegation of Israeli Arabs who presented allegations of systematic discrimination by Israel.

Israel Lifts Restrictions on Gazans Ahead of Ramadan, Al-Monitor
Israel is seeking to prevent a recurrence of the war with Hamas and the Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip that broke out in May 2021, mainly due to the tensions that prevailed in Jerusalem during Ramadan last year. As part of these efforts, Israel announced that it will lift some restrictions imposed on the residents of Gaza to prevent any escalation during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which starts at the beginning of April.

Biden Gives Condolences To Israeli PM Bennett After Terrorist Attacks, The Hill
President Biden on Wednesday called Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to express his condolences for the multiple recent terrorist attacks in Israeli cities.

Number of Gun License Requests Spikes Amid Deadly Terror Wave in Israel, Haaretz
The number of requests for gun permits submitted to the Defense Ministry multiplied by 40 over a ten-day period – from last Monday, the day before the terror attack in Be’er Sheva, to this past Wednesday, a day after the terror attack in Bnei Brak.

Opinion and Analysis

Millions of Acres for Israeli Jews, Next to Nothing for the Bedouin, Haaretz
Meirav Arlosoroff writes, “While the state is building nine Jewish communities out of nothing, with about 500 people in each, about 150,000 Bedouin live in the unrecognized communities. The single Bedouin community approved by the government isn’t a new one like the nine Jewish communities, it’s only an unrecognized village being recognized. There are at least another 10 to 15 similar unrecognized villages. Even though the government ignores them, they’re there.”

Without the Iran Nuclear Deal, War Is on the Horizon, Responsible Statecraft
Trita Parsi argues, “Consequently, failure to secure the nuclear deal will very likely lead to unpredictable and possibly uncontrollable escalation – and almost certainly skyrocketing oil and gas prices – only months before the midterm elections in November. The political costs — for both the Biden and Raisi administrations — will be immense. The political costs to both the United States and Iran of either delisting the IRGC or dropping the demand to delist, respectively, pale in comparison.”