News Roundup for April 5, 2022

April 5, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Army Chief: Israel Has Thwarted at Least 10 Terror Attacks in Last Two Weeks, Haaretz
At least 10 terror attacks have been thwarted by Israel’s security apparatus in the last two weeks, the Israeli military’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, said on Monday. “We will reach every neighborhood, street, house or basement to get our hands on the perpetrators—whatever is needed and whatever methods—to stop terrorism,” Kochavi said at a ceremony for the appointment of a new commander of Israel’s Air Force.


Israeli Former Intel Chief: Iran Nuclear Issue ‘On Steroids’ After Ukraine War, Haaretz
The war in Ukraine has strengthened Iran’s ambition to develop nuclear weapon capabilities, Israel’s former head of Military Intelligence said Monday on the new episode of the Haaretz Weekly podcast. “The Iranians’ nuclear issue is on steroids after the war in Ukraine,” retired IDF general Amos Yadlin explained on the program.

Bennett to Retain Iran Portfolio After Lapid Becomes PM, The Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will continue to be responsible for Israel’s strategy in confronting the Iranian threat even after his rotation for the premiership with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, sources close to the prime minister confirmed on Monday. Lapid is supposed to become prime minister in August 2023, according to the terms of the coalition agreement.

Israel Ramping Up Its Efforts to Attract Jewish Ukrainian Refugees, Haaretz
Israel is set to launch a new campaign to woo Jewish Ukrainian refugees who have relocated to countries other than Israel or are considering doing so, announced Aliyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata on Monday. An organization affiliated with the ministry has begun drawing up lists of Ukrainians eligible for aliyah, or immigration to Israel, the minister said.

Northern West Bank Settlement Comes Under Gunfire, in Latest in Series of Attacks, The Times of Israel
A suspected Palestinian gunman opened fire at the settlement of Avnei Hefetz in the northern West Bank late Monday, causing damage to several buildings, according to the military. The town ordered residents to stay indoors as heavy gunfire was heard near the town. Local security sources said the gunman arrived in a vehicle, opened fire, and fled the scene.

Opinion and Analysis

To Exact ‘Revenge,’ Israeli Settlers Wreaked Havoc in My Village, +972 Mag
Ali Awad writes, “Settlers attacked Tuba the day after the Bnei Brak shooting, with soldiers doing nothing to stop them. This is the constant state of terror we live under…We are living in a constant state of terror, and suffer the violence of that terror every day. The army claims it is here for the security of everyone, but its efforts to displace Palestinians, steal our resources, and confiscate our land in tandem with settlers shows what it is really here to do.”

There Is No Such Thing as a Free Occupation, nor Even a Cheap One, Haaretz
B. Michael reflects, “There’s no such thing as a free occupation, nor even a cheap one. To correctly determine the full, cumulative cost of the occupation, it’s not enough to price out only current events. One has to drag in the past as well. Those who are old enough can rummage through their memories. I remember a country…that had not yet been corrupted or turned ugly, losing its soul and conscience. A country that had some chance of being normal and humane. This chance was also taken away by the occupation.”