News Roundup for April 14, 2023

April 14, 2023

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As Antisemitic Hate Crimes Rise, I See Alarming Parallels to My Grandmother’s Childhood during The Holocaust, The Forward
J Street’s Deputy Digital Director Nathan Wolfson writes, “Hateful words from prominent figures in American society have physical consequences for American Jews. My wife (who is also the grandchild of survivors) and I personally witnessed antisemitic hate displayed as a badge of honor on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob of Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Walking through my D.C. neighborhood that morning, I saw men wearing gear with Nazi slogans and SS symbols. It was something I never imagined I’d see in this century.”

Top News and Analysis

Tensions Boil Between Israel and Jordan over Jerusalem, Axios
Escalating tensions and violence at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound over the last few weeks have exacerbated the already strained relations between Jordan and Israel, two U.S. and two Israeli officials said.

Israel Closes Investigation Against Policemen Who Killed Bedouin Man in East Jerusalem, Haaretz
Israel’s State Prosecutor closed on Thursday the probe into the two police officers who shot and killed a Bedouin man in East Jerusalem two weeks ago, asserting that in light of “solid and clear evidence” no offense has been committed.

After Months of Turmoil, Israel’s President Sees Hope for Judicial Compromise, The New York Times
In his first full interview on the subject with journalists, Mr. Herzog said this week that his negotiations were gaining momentum and that consensus was possible. He even hopes for a compromise that could resolve not only the debate over the judiciary but also other constitutional ambiguities that have gone unsolved since 1948, when Israel’s founders established the state without writing a formal constitution.


One Killed, Dozens Hurt as Bus Carrying Israeli Tourists Flips over in South Korea, The Times of Israel
A bus carrying dozens of Israeli tourists overturned in South Korea on Thursday, killing at least one passenger and injuring many of those on board. According to the Foreign Ministry, a bus with 33 Israelis on board was involved in a traffic accident in Chungju, South Korea.

Majority of Israeli Startups Fear Judicial Overhaul, to Transfer Funds Abroad, Haaretz
An overwhelming majority of domestic firms and investors believe the government’s controversial judicial overhaul plan will make it substantially more difficult for them to raise funds and do business in Israel, a poll by the Tel Aviv-based Start-Up Nation Central found.

Israel Must Prepare for War with Iran without US Help, Former NSA Chief Says, The Times of Israel
Former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror said Thursday that war with Iran is increasingly likely and Israel needs to gear up to attack without US assistance.

Opinion and Analysis

Israel’s Persecution of Palestinians Is Wrong and Has to End, The Jerusalem Post
Gershon Baskin writes, “Simply put, it is wrong and it has to come to an end. A few honest and direct questions: how can we look at our Palestinian neighbors and not feel the immorality of our continued control over them for 55 years? How is it possible for us, as Jews, who have experienced more persecution than probably any other people in history to not feel their pain of their suffering at our own hands?”

Prospects for Escalation in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Amr Salah and Azzam Shaath write about dealing with the escalation of tensions between the Palestinian and Israeli sides in light of internal crises in both Israel and the Palestinian territories.