News Roundup for January 29, 2024

January 29, 2024
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J Street Responds to Provisional Measures Ordered by the International Court of Justice in South Africa Petition Against Israel, J Street
In light of [Friday]’s ruling, we call on the Israeli government to comply in full with the letter and spirit of the ICJ’s ruling. We continue to note Hamas’ blatant, ongoing violations of international law – including hostage taking and indiscriminate rocket fire – and urge the international community to continue efforts to pursue justice and accountability.

Top News and Analysis

How Leaders and Diplomats Are Trying to End the Gaza War, New York Times
Top American, Israeli and Arab officials are seeking to forge three parallel but related deals that could end the war in Gaza, finalize its postwar status, and, most ambitiously, set commitments for the creation of a Palestinian state.

U.S. troops killed, wounded in Jordan attack blamed on Iranian proxies, Washington Post
President Biden blamed the assault on groups supported by Iran, generating immediate questions about when, where and how forcefully the United States might respond.

Details Emerge on U.N. Workers Accused of Aiding Hamas Raid, New York Times
The funding suspensions may be felt quickly. Unlike other U.N. agencies, UNRWA has no strategic financial reserve. On Sunday, Mr. Guterres said services might need to be reduced beginning in February. A day earlier, the agency’s commissioner-general, Philippe Lazzarini, warned of impending catastrophe. “It would be immensely irresponsible to sanction an agency and an entire community it serves because of allegations of criminal acts against some individuals, especially at a time of war, displacement and political crises in the region,” he said.


Drone Strike Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers in Jordan, White House Says, New York Times
Three U.S. service members were killed in Jordan on Sunday and at least 34 others were injured in what the Biden administration said was a drone attack from an Iran-backed militia.

Israeli Soldier Seriously Wounded After Ramming in Haifa; Assailant With Axe Shot, Haaretz
The soldier was wounded near a navy base after being run over by an assailant who later exited the vehicle carrying an axe and was shot by an IDF officer

US sees signs of progress on deal to release hostages, temporarily pause Hamas war, Times of Israel
CIA chief Bill Burns to summit in Paris with heads of Mossad, Shin Bet and Egyptian intelligence and Qatari PM to discuss 2-month lull for gradual prisoner release

Netanyahu Ministers Join Thousands of Israelis in ‘Resettle Gaza’ Conference Calling for Palestinians’ Transfer, Haaretz
‘We need to find a legal way to voluntarily emigrate [Palestinians],’ said Israel’s far-right national security minister…; conference blasted by Israeli opposition head: ‘it undermines a potential deal and endangers IDF soldiers’

Gantz: War against Hamas could last an entire generation, hostages must remain top priority, Times of Israel
War cabinet minister Benny Gantz tells residents of the evacuated southern communities that the war against Hamas could last “10 years, or even an entire generation,” and acknowledges the urgent need to ensure the release of the hostages still held in Gaza, Channel 12 reports.

More Palestinians displaced as Israel battles Hamas in south Gaza, Reuters
Medical facilities are at risk of collapse in Khan Younis, the southern Gaza city now at the focus of Israel’s offensive, the Gaza Health Ministry warned on Sunday, as fighting raged across the Palestinian enclave.

Opinion and Analysis

Why countries are pulling funding from the U.N. agency for Palestinians, Washington Post
Annabelle Timsit, Bryan Pietsch and Sammy Westfall write, “Several countries suspended funding to the U.N. agency for Palestinians in Gaza, following allegations from Israeli authorities that some employees of the organization were involved in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack.”

Where Is Hamas Getting Its Weapons? Increasingly, From Israel., New York Times
Maria Abi-Habib and Sheera Frenkel write, “Israeli military and intelligence officials have concluded that a significant number of weapons used by Hamas in the Oct. 7 attacks and in the war in Gaza came from an unlikely source: the Israeli military itself.”