News Roundup for January 4, 2023

January 4, 2023

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Top News and Analysis

Rocket Launched from Gaza at Israel After Threats Over Ben Gvir’s Temple Mount Visit, Times of Israel
A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel on Tuesday night, the military said, after National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir paid a morning visit to the flashpoint Temple Mount site, which houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque, amid retaliation threats from the coastal enclave’s rulers, the Hamas terror group.

US Slams ‘Unacceptable’ Ben-Gvir Temple Mount Visit, The Jerusalem Post
The Biden administration slammed as “unacceptable” National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir’s Temple Mount visit on Tuesday morning, which sparked global condemnation and created immediate friction between Israel’s new government and the US.


Israeli missile strikes put Damascus airport out of service, AP
Israel’s military fired missiles toward the international airport of Syria’s capital early Monday, putting it out of service and killing two soldiers and wounding two others, the Syrian army said.

US Air Force temporarily deploys six fighter jets to Israeli airbase, Times of Israel
The United States Air Force on Monday deployed six fighter jets to an Israeli Air Force base in southern Israel, as part of a military tactic to constantly disperse its aircraft at various airbases.

IN PHOTOS: U.S. Jews Protest Netanyahu Government Outside Israeli Embassy in Washington, Haaretz
The American Jewish community and our American political leaders need to recognize and acknowledge this is a different day and it can’t be the same old responses’ a protest organizer said

Opinion and Analysis

She’s Building a Little Jewish Magazine on Big Ideas, The New York Times
After a rebellious youth and years spent on an unpublished novel, Arielle Angel, the editor of Jewish Currents, has carved out a role for herself as someone who questions entrenched ideas.

Antisemitism and Racism — Time for a Refresher, New Jersey Jewish News
J Street New Jersey leader Mark Lurinsky writes, “Keeping a clear understanding of antisemitism and racism in mind should tell us a lot about how to fight it and who our proper allies are. In this regard, it’s time for us to return to the vision of such outstanding leaders as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, well remembered for standing shoulder to shoulder with Dr. Martin Luther King and John Lewis on the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. It should also make clear the trap of allowing racists anywhere to speak in our name. And this includes “Jewish Power” racists like the Kahaneite Itamar Ben-Gvir, newly elevated to great power in the pending Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Israel’s Illiberal Rightward Turn Is a Warning, New York Magazine
Ross Barkan writes, “There is no moderating presence, no illusion of an opposition. For American liberals, it’s the equivalent of the Republicans governing with more than 60 senators and an enormous House majority, many of them either Trumpian or hard-line Evangelicals.”

United in Hatred, Far-right Gov’t Will Pose Ultimate Test for Ordinary Israelis, Haaretz
Michael Sfard writes, “I don’t fear the professional villains, masters in the art of hatred, but I fear “decent” people who put up with evil, bend with it and are ready to compromise. Those who secure success for their own sector while turning a blind eye to those less fortunate in escaping persecution.”