News Roundup for January 5, 2022

January 5, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Palestinian Prisoner’s Hunger Strike Leads to Deal for Release, The New York Times
On Tuesday night Mr. Abu Hawash’s protest came to an end with sips from a cup of tea after Israeli and Palestinian officials reached a deal to release him next month. After days of protests calling for his release and mounting fears in Israel of widespread unrest if he died in custody, the government capitulated.

Iran Nuclear Agreement Better for Israel Than No Deal – IDF Intel Head, The Jerusalem Post
A return to the JCPOA – otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal – is better for Israel than a situation where no agreement is reached, Military Intelligence chief Aharon Haliva said at a meeting of the security cabinet on Sunday, according to Walla.

Israel Indefinitely Postpones Contentious Settlement Building Plan, Haaretz
Israel postponed on Wednesday the discussion on settlement construction in the West Bank’s E-1 area to an unknown date.


Israel to Open Surrogacy to Same-Sex Couples as of Next Week, AP News
Israel’s health minister said Tuesday that same-sex couples will be able to have children through surrogate mothers in Israel starting next week, following a Supreme Court decision made last year.

Israeli Leaders Expect Iran Nuclear Deal in 2022, Al-Monitor
Israel’s new strategy is to maintain restraint and avoid criticism of the United States and the other powers while keeping up pressure on them through back channels, work to establish red lines and exert pressure to extend the agreement’s expiration date while emphasizing that Iran is an international problem and that as Israel is not a party to any deal with Iran, it will not be bound by one.

Deadly Helicopter Crash Caused by ‘Serious Engine Fault,’ Israeli Air Force Official Says, Haaretz
A helicopter crash off Haifa’s coast that killed two Air Force pilots on Monday was the result of “a serious fault of one of the engines,” the head of the Israeli Air Force Air Operations Division said Tuesday.

‘It’s a Two-Way Street’: PA Warns of Fallout From Us Holdup of Consulate Reopening, The Times of Israel
The Palestinian Authority will refuse to meet key US demands for reforms unless Washington follows through on its own commitments to fully restore ties with Ramallah, PA officials have told The Times of Israel.

Opposition Slams Government for Fast-tracking Knesset Vote on Unrecognized Villages, Haaretz
A government-backed bill to allow buildings constructed without permits to be connected to the electrical grid will be fast-tracked through the Knesset, the Israeli parliament’s House Committee announced Tuesday.

Opinion and Analysis

Frustrated by Haredi Leaders, Orthodox Activists Push for Stronger Response to Sexual Abuse, JTA
Shira Hanau explores the movement across Orthodox communities in Israel to express support for victims of sexual abuse and to prevent it from continuing.

Ayelet Shaked Is Endangering Human Rights. The Center-left Must Sober Up, Haaretz
Zvi Bar’el argues that Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked’s enforcement of an expired 2003 law regulating family unification, which set draconian terms for granting a residence permit to Palestinians marrying Israeli partners, is a danger to human rights.