News Roundup for August 16, 2022

August 16, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

IDF Soldier Killed by Friendly Fire in Incident Near Tulkarm, The Jerusalem Post
An IDF soldier was killed, most likely by friendly fire, near the city of Tulkarm in the Menasha regional division, West Bank, on Monday night according to the IDF spokesperson unit. The circumstances of the incident are currently under investigation by The IDF. The soldier’s family was notified of his passing later on Monday night.

Iran Delivers Deadline Response to Draft Nuclear Deal , Politico
Iran still has reservations about a draft deal to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement it struck with world powers, Iranian and Western officials said Monday. It was the latest sign that talks to restore the deal could drag well past what some had earlier described as a Monday deadline.

Israeli Strike Killed 5 Gaza Children, Officials Admit, After Initially Blaming Islamic Jihad, Haaretz
Israeli defense officials have confirmed that Israel was responsible for the deaths of five minors killed on the last day of the recent hostilities with Islamic Jihad this month. An army inquiry into the incident, which occurred on August 7 in the Al-Faluja Cemetery east of Jabalya, has concluded that the minors were killed by an Israeli airstrike, several defense sources have confirmed.


Another General Just Joined Israeli Politics. Do Israelis Still Care?, Haaretz
With Gadi Eisenkot’s announcement Sunday that he was joining a three-way alliance with Gideon Sa’ar and fellow former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz, dubbed the National Unity Party, the retired lieutenant general became the latest in a long line of ex-army chiefs who have traded in their military fatigues for a political career.

Israel Rejects Appeal to Release Palestinian Hunger Striker, ABC News
An Israeli military court on Monday rejected an appeal for release by a Palestinian prisoner whose health is deteriorating as he continues a 165-day hunger strike to protest being held without charge or trial, his lawyer said.

Opinion and Analysis

The Rift in Fatah, Which Threatens Security Stability, is a Challenge – And Not Only for Israel, The Institute for National Security Studies
Palestinian scholars, Ali al-Awar and Yohanan Tzoreff, offer their analysis of the political situation on the West Bank and the instability looming in the Palestinian arena.

An Hour and 22 Years Away: Visiting Jerusalem from the West Bank, +972 Mag
West Bank Palestinian Awdah Hathaleen shares his experience of the first time visiting Jerusalem, and how living under occupation made it nearly impossible.

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