News Roundup for August 9, 2022

August 9, 2022
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“Alarming”: GOP Quietly Funnels Millions into Democratic Primaries to Wipe Out Progressives, Salon
“J Street, a liberal Jewish group, called out AIPAC for endorsing and funding 109 Republicans who voted to overturn the election on January 6 while attacking candidates like Levin as ‘extremists.’ ‘It is alarming that this race, like many other Democratic primaries this cycle, was heavily impacted by the aggressive outside spending of AIPAC and its super PAC, the United Democracy Project,’ the group said in a statement, calling on other Democratic candidates to “disavow and decline the support of AIPAC and its super PAC—which have come as a surprise to at least some of them.”

Over 75 Jewish Leaders Demand ADL Apologize for Condemning NY Progressive Group JFREJ, Cleveland Jewish News
“The letter is signed by City Comptroller Brad Lander, City Council member Lincoln Restler, former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami and rabbis and representatives from over 60 synagogues, Jewish groups and non-Jewish progressive groups.”

J Street Welcomes Gaza Ceasefire, Calls for International Action to Address Underlying Conflict, J Street
As years of violence have made clear, there is no military solution to this conflict. Only a resolution to the conflict that fulfills the legitimate national rights of both peoples can ensure lasting security. Those who care about the lives and well-being of Israel and Palestinians must work with urgency to set out a means — and a clear political horizon — for bringing that about.

Top News and Analysis

A Cease-Fire Holds After a 3-Day Gaza Conflict: Key Takeaways, The New York Times
A cease-fire ending three days of fierce cross-border attacks between Israel and a Palestinian militant group in Gaza appeared to be holding on Monday, and life on both sides of the lines began to return to normal.

‘Final Text’ to Revive Iran Nuclear Deal Is Ready, Says EU’s Josep Borrell, CNN
A “final text” to revive the Iran nuclear deal is ready to be signed in Vienna, according to the European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell. However, the text must still be approved by Iran and the US, he said on Monday.

Top U.S. General Warned Netanyahu: ‘You’re Gonna Have a F***ing War’ With Iran, Haaretz
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was pushing Donald Trump to start “a f***ing war” with Iran, the United States’ top general had warned Netanyahu at the time, according to an excerpt released Monday from an upcoming book.

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Public Thinks Lapid Handled Gaza Battle Well, but No Electoral Boost — Polls, The Times of Israel
Polls by Israel’s three leading television stations on Monday found that most of the public believes the government, led by Prime Minister Yair Lapid, handled the recent round of fighting in Gaza well, but that this does little to change voting preferences.

Ben & Jerry’s Fears Its New Israeli Owner Could Sell ‘Judea and Samaria’ Ice Cream in Latest Court Hearing, JTA
Could the new owner of Ben & Jerry’s Israeli business interests rename a flavor “Judea and Samaria”? Avi Zinger, who bought the company’s Hebrew and Arabic branding from parent company Unilever last month, recently told an Israeli news outlet that he had the right to do so, and even proposed renaming “Chunky Monkey” to the Biblical name for the West Bank.

Opinion and Analysis

AIPAC vs. American Jews: The Toxic Victories of the ‘pro-Israel’ Lobby, Haaretz
Eric Alterman criticizes AIPAC’s political decisions as unrepresentative of the American Jewish community.

Without Serious Talks, Violence between Israel and Gaza Will Continue, The Forward
Dany Bahar of the Brookings Institution argues that with no long-term strategy to deal with the dire situation in Gaza, clashes between Israel and Palestinans will continue.

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