News Roundup for April 14, 2022

April 14, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Palestinian Deaths Mount as Tensions With Israel Spiral, BBC
Five Palestinians have been killed in the past 24 hours amid operations by Israel to crack down on militants after a spate of deadly attacks on Israelis. Palestinians say two youths were killed in the northern occupied West Bank on Thursday during an Israeli raid. On Wednesday, a teenager and a lawyer were among three shot dead elsewhere in the West Bank as tensions soared.

UN Watchdog Installs New Cameras at Iran Centrifuge Workshop, AP
The United Nations atomic watchdog said Thursday it installed surveillance cameras to monitor a new centrifuge workshop at Iran’s underground Natanz site after a request from Tehran. The start of work at the new workshop comes after Iran’s centrifuge facility in Karaj found itself targeted in what Iran described as a sabotage attack in June.


US Aims To Fold Palestinians Into Expanded Cooperation Between Israel, Arab States, The Times of Israel
The Biden administration wants the Palestinian Authority to be included in regional cooperation schemes being developed between Israel and several of its Arab neighbors, Middle Eastern diplomats have told The Times of Israel.

Gaza Factions Say They Are Ready to Defend Al-Aqsa Mosque Against Any Israeli Action, Haaretz
Palestinian factions in Gaza said Wednesday that they are prepared to respond to any Israeli action and protect Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, as tensions in the West Bank have been on the rise in the aftermath of a string of deadly attacks in Israel.

Treatment of Palestinians Could Affect Turkey’s Warming Ties With Israel, FM Says, Axios
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told Israeli reporters on Wednesday that “sustainable relations” between Israel and Turkey will require Israel to “respect the international law on the Palestinian issue.”

Israeli Mediation No Substitute for Aid in Russia’s ‘Phase of Destruction,’ Ukrainian FM Says, Haaretz
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba criticized the Israeli response to the Russian invasion of his country in an interview with Haaretz, saying that mediation efforts are no substitute for aid and that Israelis have “forgotten that [they] too were once rejected,” in a critique of the country’s refugee policy.

Opinion and Analysis

The Problem With Aipac’s Anti-Democratic Endorsements, Jewish Chronicle
J Street leaders Nancy Bernstein, Ronnie Cook Zuhlke, Ed J. Feinstein, Mark Fichman write, “No amount of pro-Israel posturing can excuse endorsing candidates who carried out the wishes of violent insurrectionists by voting to overturn the results of the 2020 election.”

I’ll Keep Doing All I Can for the Fight to End the Occupation, Haaretz
Oded Goldreich, Israel Prize recipient in mathematics and computer science, explains, “The story of Israel’s creation is not complete without noting the price that another people paid for the establishment of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, and this state’s moral duty to try to compensate that other people and not persist in its oppression. We, of course, are doing the opposite, and the continued oppression greatly saddens me.”