News Roundup for August 18, 2022

August 18, 2022
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J Street Announces $200k Expenditure to Support NY Primary Candidates Nadler and Bowman, J Street
“The J Street Action Fund today announced a total of $200,000 in independent expenditures in support of J Street endorsees Jerry Nadler and Jamaal Bowman ahead of next week’s New York congressional primaries. “Jerry and Jamaal are progressive champions with a long list of accomplishments. Their strong support for Israel’s security sits alongside the leadership they’ve shown on protecting Palestinian freedoms, upholding international law and supporting a just and peaceful end to the conflict,” said Kevin Rachlin, Vice President of Public Affairs. “We know New Yorkers face a difficult choice next week, but the truth is that we simply cannot afford to lose principled leaders like Jerry and Jamaal. J Street’s national team and local chapters are proud to stand by both of them.””

J Street Welcomes Renewal of Diplomatic Ties Between Israel and Turkey, J Street
“J Street welcomes the announcement of the full restoration of diplomatic ties between Israel and Turkey. We have long supported a detente between the two countries during more than a decade of strained relations, and look forward to enhanced cooperation in a range of areas between Israel and a Muslim-majority nation of nearly 85 million people.”

Top News and Analysis

Palestinians: Teenager Killed in Clashes With Israeli Troops, The Washington Post
A Palestinian teenager was killed and dozens were wounded during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medics said early Thursday. The Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service said Waseem Khalifa, 18, was killed and 35 Palestinians were wounded in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. It was not immediately clear what triggered the violence. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.

U.S. Asked Israel To Review IDF’s “Rules of Engagement” in West Bank, Axios
The Biden administration wants Israel to review its “rules of engagement” during military operations in the occupied West Bank after the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. U.S. pressure for Israel to review the guidelines is unusual, but comes as the Biden administration faces pressure to do more to ensure accountability in Abu Akleh’s death.

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Armed Drones Gave IDF ‘Surgical’ Precision During Recent Gaza Fighting, Officers Say, The Times of Israel
The Israeli Air Force’s fleet of armed and surveillance drones was an “integral” part of the recent round of fighting against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group in the Gaza Strip, military officials said Wednesday. According to the Israel Defense Forces, drones conducted more than 2,000 hours of flight time in some 100 sorties during the 66-hour battle, dubbed Operation Breaking Dawn, between August 5 and 8.

Iran Setting the Ground for Signing Nuclear Deal Despite Unresolved Issues, Israeli Officials Say, Haaretz
Iran is preparing to sign the new nuclear agreement, Israel’s political leadership increasingly believes, although no understandings have been reached so far on a series of issues in dispute between Iran on the one hand and the United States and Europe on the other.

China Warns Israel Not To Let U.S. Pressure Hurt Relations, Axios
One of China’s top diplomats warned Israel last week not to allow U.S. pressure to damage its relations with Beijing, according to senior Israeli Foreign Ministry officials with direct knowledge of the issue.

Israel Raids Outlawed Palestinian Rights Groups’ Offices in West Bank, Haaretz
The Israeli army raided the offices of several prominent Palestinian human rights organizations in the West Bank on Thursday, groups which it had declared illegal over alleged links to terrorism back in October, sealing their doors and leaving official notices declaring them illegal.

In Call With Israeli PM, Scholz Condemns Holocaust Denial, AP
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told Israel’s prime minister Thursday that he condemns any attempts to deny or downplay the Holocaust, offering reassurance after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sparked outrage with remarks to that effect earlier this week.

Opinion and Analysis

Why Did the Army Shut Down a Palestinian Village? So Settlers Could Pray in It, +972 Mag
Ali Awad reports, “Israeli soldiers blocked all movement into and out of A-Tuwani except for settlers, while forcing Palestinian residents into their homes at gunpoint.”

Democrats Target GOP Candidates With Ties to Far-right and Antisemitism, Haaretz
Ben Samuels writes, “As primary season winds down and attention shifts to November’s midterm elections, Jewish Democrats are aiming to highlight Republican candidates’ ties to white supremacism and antisemitism in hopes of swaying independent voters.”

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