News Roundup for April 24, 2023

April 24, 2023

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Top News and Analysis

Benjamin Netanyahu Says He Will Meet with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Israel, NBC News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he’d “of course” meet with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a high-profile trade mission as DeSantis weighs a presidential bid.

Top Court Rules Against Israel’s Ban on Palestinians From Joint Memorial Day Event, Haaretz
Israel’s Supreme Court granted a petition against Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s ban on allowing Palestinians to enter Israel from the West Bank to participate in a joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day commemoration.

String of Coalition Ministers, MKs Withdraw from Memorial Day Events Amid Protests, The Times of Israel
A series of ministers and Knesset members in the coalition announced Sunday that they were canceling their appearance at official ceremonies at cemeteries during Memorial Day this week due to protests from some bereaved families.

Top House Democrat Visits Israel Amid Unrest Over Netanyahu’s Judicial Overhaul, Haaretz
Hakeem Jeffries, the top ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, is visiting Israel this week for the first time since replacing Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the House Democrats.


Israel’s Greatest Existential Threat Is from Within, Herzog Tells Jewish Federations, The Times of Israel
Speaking in Tel Aviv before about 2,000 delegates of the Jewish Federations of North America, President Isaac Herzog advocated dialogue, but stopped short of acknowledging protests outside the venue over Israel’s controversial judicial overhaul by hundreds of demonstrators.

A Deeply Divided Israel Limps toward Its 75th Birthday, ABC News
As Israel turns 75 on Wednesday, it has much to celebrate. But instead of feting its accomplishments as a regional military and economic powerhouse, the nation that arose on the ashes of the Holocaust faces perhaps its gravest existential threat yet — not from foreign enemies but from divisions within.

West Bank: Brother of Palestinian Killed in Hawara Seeks Answers, BBC News
The family of a Palestinian man, killed during a riot by settlers in the occupied West Bank, say they were unable to report his death to police, and relied on Israeli media reports to trigger an investigation.

Opinion and Analysis

No to Fake Israeli Unity, Haaretz
In response to a joint statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, opposition leader Yair Lapid and National Unity Party Chairman Benny Gantz, the Haaretz Editorial argues, “The symmetry implied by the letter is false. In actuality, there is one side – led by criminal defendant and national inciter Netanyahu – that is leading a government-sponsored coup, and the other side, which is defending the country from that.”

Israeli Soldiers Occupied My Home for Years. 75 Years in, Have the Protestors Forgotten Us in Gaza?, The Forward
Yousef Bashir writes, “For someone like me, who grew up under Israeli occupation, the mass demonstrations are riveting to watch, as the right to protest by Palestinians is almost non-existent. The Israeli justice system not only provided legal cover to the soldiers who occupied our home in Gaza from 2000 to 2005, but denied my father justice every time he went to an Israeli court to try and remove them. It continues to deny my people at every turn.”