News Roundup for April 10, 2023

April 10, 2023

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J Street In the News

American Policy and the Israeli Domestic Debate, The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune
J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami argues, “If the government of Israel proceeds with these twin revolutions, to forge what many term an ‘illiberal democracy’ within Israel and to annex de facto the West Bank without equal rights for the Palestinians who live there, the consequences for the US-Israel relationship will be dire.”

Top News and Analysis

Maia and Rina Dee Named as British-Israeli Sisters Killed in West Bank Shooting, BBC
Two British-Israeli sisters killed in a shooting in the occupied West Bank have been named as Maia and Rina Dee. The sisters were killed on Friday afternoon near the Hamra Junction in the north of the Jordan Valley, as they drove to Tiberias. They were the children of Rabbi Leo Dee, originally from London, who described them as “wonderful.”

Italian Tourist Killed in Israel Car-Ramming Attack, CNN
An Italian tourist was killed and seven people wounded in a car-ramming attack in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Friday evening. Israeli police said a vehicle was driven onto the bike path of the Tel Aviv boardwalk, hitting pedestrians before it overturned on a lawn.

Israeli Strikes Target Hamas in Lebanon and Gaza after Rocket Attack, Reuters
Israel’s military hit sites in Lebanon and Gaza early on Friday, in retaliation for rocket attacks it blamed on the Islamist group Hamas, as tensions following police raids this week on the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem threatened to spiral out of control.


Israeli Military Retaliates after Rockets Fired from Syria, NPR
The Israeli military said its forces attacked targets in Syria early Sunday after six rockets were launched from Syrian territory in two batches toward Israel in a rare attack from Israel’s northeastern neighbor.

Poll Shows Netanyahu Crashing, Gantz Far Ahead, Lapid Second, Haaretz
If Israel were to hold elections now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party would garner just 20 Knesset seats, compared to the 32 it won in November, a Channel 13 poll released on Sunday found.

Opinion and Analysis

Imagining the End of Israel’s Occupation, Haaretz
Carolina Landsmann writes, “Even if it’s hard, the Israeli mainstream must demand that the state provide a solution to the conflict. The political dispute must return once again to being about the root of the Israeli problem – the occupation. The political division must be reorganized around the axis of the conflict. And the right and the left – each according to its worldview – must demand an Israeli initiative to resolve the conflict.”

The Trump-Netanyahu Strategy Is Revealed, Politico
Bernard Avishai discusses the similarities between Netanyahu and Trump, and what it means for both Israel and the US.