News Roundup for August 4, 2022

August 4, 2022
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Rep. Haley Stevens Defeats Rep. Andy Levin in Michigan Dem. Primary, The Jerusalem Post
“The J Street Action Fund, according to vice president of communications Logan Bayroff, spent over $700,000 to help re-elect Levin. More than $300,000 was directly contributed to his campaign via JStreet PAC. Bayroff said that the representative was “aggressively and unfairly targeted by AIPAC and their GOP mega donor-funded Super PAC.” J Street congratulated Levin “on a principled, hard-fought and heartfelt campaign, and… his opponent Rep. Haley Stevens on her victory.””

“Profoundly wrong”: Pro-Israel AIPAC funneled millions to defeat Jewish progressive Andy Levin, Salon
AIPAC’s intervention in the contest through the United Democracy Project—a super PAC funded by Republican billionaires—drew outrage from progressives and liberal Jewish organizations such as J Street, which lamented Levin’s defeat in a statement late Tuesday.

Top News and Analysis

Voters Favor Diplomacy, Not War, When It Comes to Stopping Iran’s Nuclear Program, Data for Progress
Recent Data for Progress polling demonstrates that Americans view the prospect of a nuclear Iran as deeply alarming — and are more likely to support members of Congress who prioritize diplomacy. Nearly half (45 percent) of likely voters say they would be “more likely” or “much more likely” to vote for a candidate who supported a renewed nuclear deal with Iran, as compared to only 15 percent who say a candidate’s support for a renewed deal would make them “less likely” or “much less likely” to vote for them in the fall.

Launching campaign, Lapid denounces right-wing ‘incitement,’ lays out civil agenda, Times of Israel
Speaking at a raucous election campaign launch event Monday night, Prime Minister and Yesh Atid Leader Yair Lapid denounced “the other side” of the political aisle for what he said was the hatred and incitement it is engaged in, and promised to “complete the work” of the outgoing government if his party manages to form another coalition.

Iran Nuclear Talks to Resume Thursday, Politico
The European Union is making a final push to save the Iran nuclear deal, convening all negotiators for an unexpected and sudden resumption of talks on Thursday.

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JNF to Vote on Buying Palestinian-owned Jordan Valley Land at Israel’s Request, Haaretz
The board of the Jewish National Fund in Israel is set to vote on Thursday on the proposed allocation of 61 million shekels ($18 million) for the purchase of Palestinian-owned land in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank. It is part of a larger transaction that the Israeli Defense Ministry is eager to complete.

Ben & Jerry’s Says Unilever Froze Directors’ Salaries, Reuters
Ben & Jerry’s independent board said parent company Unilever Plc, (ULVR.L) with which it is locked in a dispute over the sale of its Israeli business, had frozen its directors’ salaries in July as a pressure tactic ahead of a mediation on the matter.

Opinion and Analysis

Understanding the ominous rise of Israel’s most notorious ultra-nationalist, Times of Israel
With a poll giving Religious Zionism 13 seats if headed by extremist Itamar Ben Gvir, a look at where these votes are coming from and what they say about where Israel may be headed.

Jewish National Fund Whitewashes Theft of Palestinian Lands, Haaretz
The Haaretz Editorial Board writes that a decision by the JNF to purchase land in the Jordan Valley is a gift to the settlement movement.

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