News Roundup for December 6, 2021

December 6, 2021

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Top News and Analysis

Palestinian Who Stabbed Israeli in East Jerusalem Is Killed by Police, The New York Times
A Palestinian assailant stabbed and wounded an Israeli civilian near the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon, before approaching two Israeli police officers who fired at the attacker, knocked him to the ground and then killed him as he lay on the road, videos of the confrontation showed.

Israel urges hard line against Iran at nuclear talks, Politico
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday urged world powers to take a hard line against Iran in negotiations aimed at reviving an international nuclear deal, as his top defense and intelligence officials headed to Washington to discuss the flailing talks.


Israeli spyware was used against US diplomats in Uganda, Vox
The advanced spyware Pegasus, created by Israeli firm NSO Group and used by governments like Saudi Arabia to gather intelligence on those it deems terrorists or criminals, has reportedly been detected on at least 11 iPhones used by US officials in Uganda or conducting business related to the country, as well as locals working for the embassy.

Herzog, in first call with UAE leader, talks free trade and Mideast stability, The Times of Israel
President Isaac Herzog spoke with the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates for the first time over the weekend, his office said Saturday. The two leaders discussed deepening collaboration between the countries to bolster regional stability and the need for a free trade agreement between the UAE and Israel.

Palestinians launch first national amputee football team in Gaza, Al Jazeera
The Palestine Amputee Football Association national squad is supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The squad of 20 consists of young Palestinians who lost parts of their bodies, either in previous wars with Israel or in accidents.

Israel’s LGBTQ community faces #MeToo scandals, Al-Monitor
Senior people within the Israeli LGBTQ community are suspected of sexual relations with or sexual assaults on minors.

Israel Releases Palestinian Prisoner Weeks After Ending Hunger Strike, Haaretz
Israeli authorities freed a renowned Palestinian prisoner on Sunday, two weeks after striking a release deal that ended his marathon 131-day hunger strike, said a prisoner rights group.

Opinion and Analysis

Who Will Stop Israel’s Craziest Settlement Plan Ever?, Haaretz
Hagit Ofran observes, “What is planned for the Palestinian neighborhood of Qalandiya (“Atarot” in official Israelispeak), north of Jerusalem, is a new settlement the size of an entire city. It would be an enclave surrounded by a dense Palestinian urban continuum and detached from any existing Israeli settlement. Perhaps its most delusional attribute is that it could soon be established by an Israeli government basing its decision on maintaining what it calls the “status quo” for the settlement project.”

How Israeli-Arab normalization is helping the US win the trade war with China, 972 Mag
The proliferation of a regional economic bloc since the Abraham Accords is allowing the United States to consolidate its power in the Middle East.

How to End Israel’s Digital Occupation, Foreign Policy
Eliza T. Brooking and Eliza Campbell make the case that Silicon Valley executives should recognize Palestinian statehood in line with U.N. norms.