News Roundup for April 11, 2023

April 11, 2023

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Top News and Analysis

Netanyahu Reverses Firing of Israeli Defense Minister, The New York Times
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel announced on Monday night that he had reversed his decision to fire Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, 15 days after Mr. Gallant was nominally dismissed for criticizing the pace of the government’s contentious plan to overhaul Israel’s justice system.

Lucy Dee Dies of Wounds Three Days after Terror Attack that Killed Her 2 Daughters, The Times of Israel
Lucy (Lucianne) Dee died of her wounds on Monday, three days after a West Bank terror shooting in which her two daughters were slain, hospital officials said. Dee, 48, was critically injured in the Friday shooting in the northern Jordan Valley and her condition remained dire since then.

15-year-old Killed in Clash With Israeli Army, Palestinians Say, Haaretz
A 15-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed near Jericho on Monday during a clash with the Israeli army, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported. Israeli soldiers entered Aqabat Jabr refugee camp in order to arrest Palestinians suspected of planning a terror attack. Palestinian media outlets reported five people were detained during the raid.


Thousands of Israelis March to Illegal West Bank Outpost as Tensions Mount, Reuters
Thousands of Israelis, including ministers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government, marched to an evacuated Jewish outpost in the West Bank on Monday in support of settlements viewed as illegal under international law.

‘Polish Propaganda’: Critics Assail Deal to Resume Israeli Youth Trips to Poland, The Times of Israel
A draft agreement between Poland and Israel on the resumption of school trips to Nazi former death camps is drawing fire for its inclusion of recommended sites that critics say provide a distorted view of the Holocaust.

Opinion and Analysis

What an Israeli High School Pupil Discovered in Her Civics Textbook, Haaretz
An 18 year-old Israeli high school student discovered that the Kohelet Policy Forum — the right-wing organization behind the government’s plans to overhaul the country’s judiciary — had been involved in rewriting the civics textbook that she and many high schoolers across the country use in class.

What Can Israelis and Palestinians Learn From Northern Ireland’s 25 Years of Peace?, Haaretz
Ittay Flescher, Education Director at Kids4Peace Jerusalem, writes about the lessons Israelis and Palestinians can take from the the Good Friday Agreement in sketching out a peaceful future.