News Roundup for August 5, 2022

August 5, 2022
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Pro-Israel Groups Denounced After Pouring Funds into Primary Race, The Guardian
“’This aggressive intervention in Democratic primaries – by a group funded in part by Republican mega-donors – to promote an unpopular agenda is harmful to American foreign policy, to the Democratic party and ultimately to the State of Israel,’ said J Street, which is more critical of Israeli policies that perpetuate domination of the Palestinians.”

Top News and Analysis

As Iran Talks of Nuclear Advances, Negotiations With U.S. Restart, The New York Times
With Iran announcing this week that it now has the technical ability to produce a nuclear warhead, though denying that it plans to, negotiators from the United States and Iran arrived on Thursday in Vienna for one more — and perhaps the last — effort to restore the 2015 nuclear deal that limited Tehran’s nuclear program.

Israel Sends Reinforcements to Gaza Border as Tensions Rise, The Washington Post
The Israeli military said Thursday it is sending additional forces to the area around the Gaza Strip as it braces for possible attacks after the arrest of a senior militant in the West Bank this week.

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Member of UN Gaza Probe Says Sorry for ‘Jewish Lobby’ Remark; Israel Rejects Apology, The Times of Israel
A United Nations investigator apologized Thursday for using the term “Jewish lobby” and for questioning whether Israel should be a member of the UN, sparking Israeli accusations of antisemitism and calls for his resignation.

Israel May Not Meet Deadline for Visa Exemption, U.S. Official Warns, Haaretz
A senior official at the U.S. embassy in Israel warned on Thursday that the delay in voting on the approval of two laws may harm Israel’s chances of joining its highly-coveted visa exemption program.

Opinion and Analysis

Is a Third Intifada on the Horizon?, The Jerusalem Post
Gershon Baskin argues that Palestinian despair is the most important and the most existential issue that Israel must confront.

Shame on Me for Believing Courts Could Stop the Israeli Settlement Machine, The Washington Post
Gershom Gorenberg writes, “Those of us in Israel who see settlement and occupation as both unjust and a danger to the country have to devote much more effort to putting the issue back at the top of the nation’s political agenda. The court we need to convince is the court of public opinion.”

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