News Roundup for April 4, 2022

April 4, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Israeli Troops Kill 3 Palestinian Militants in West Bank After Rise in Attacks, The New York Times
Israeli security forces killed three Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank early Saturday morning, as they continued to scale up their operations in response to a wave of terrorist attacks in Israel. The Israeli police said in a statement that the militants had been intercepted while driving through the northern West Bank, after the authorities received a tip that they were about to carry out an attack. The three men were killed in a subsequent shootout that also left four Israeli soldiers wounded, the police said.

Ten Arrested as Police, Palestinians Clash at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, Haaretz
Israel Police arrested ten Palestinians during clashes in Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate on Sunday after they allegedly threw stones and other objects at the officers, police said in a statement. The arrests mark the second night of confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli police, after the arrest of four Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday, the first night of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, also for allegedly throwing stones and other objects at officers.


Israel’s Lapid Condemns Kyiv Suburb Killings as ‘War Crime’, Haaretz
Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid condemned on Sunday the killings in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha revealed after Russian troops retreated from the capital region. “It is impossible to remain indifferent in the face of the horrific images from the city of Bucha near Kyiv, from after the Russian army left.,” Lapid tweeted. “Intentionally harming a civilian population is a war crime and I strongly condemn it.”

Iran Says Agreement to Revive Nuclear Deal With U.S. Is Close, Bloomberg
Iran said it’s close to reaching an agreement with the U.S. over restoring the 2015 nuclear accord after sending its latest proposals to Washington for resolving an impasse over terrorism sanctions, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Bennett Speaks With Jordan’s King, Amid Concerns of Ramadan Violence, The Times of Israel
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke on the phone with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday, with the two leaders discussing the importance of lowering tensions between Israelis and Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan.

Israel’s Top Court Rejects Petition Calling to Halt Fundraising for West Bank Outposts, Haaretz
Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled on Sunday against a petition demanding that the police confiscate money raised for the reestablishment of two illegal outposts demolished by the authorities in the West Bank.

Opinion and Analysis

Don’t Give Them Too Many Guns, Haaretz
Haaretz’s Editorial board writes, “The recent series of terror attacks necessitates a number of security preparations. But the one that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett exhorted – getting as many guns as possible onto the streets – cannot be among them. In a recorded statement that he distributed Wednesday, Bennett said: “Whoever has a license to carry a weapon, this is the time to carry it.” This is bad counsel. Streets abounding with guns and ammunition are liable to become a booby trap, and the potential benefit in the form of passersby thwarting a terror attack could lead to great accidental or even deliberate bloodshed, no less dangerous.”