News Roundup for March 9, 2022

March 9, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Israeli Officials Say Russia-Ukraine Ceasefire Talks at Critical Point, Axios
Israeli officials with direct information about the talks coordinated by Israel said they feel there is a softening of positions on both sides in the last 24 hours, with the Russians saying they only want to demilitarize the Donbas region and Zelensky telling ABC news he has “cooled down” about joining NATO. Israeli officials said they hope these are signs that more progress toward a diplomatic solution might be possible.


Israel Asks Court for More Time to Decide on Khan al-Ahmar, Citing Ukraine War, Haaretz
The Israeli government is seeking an additional 30 days to inform the High Court of Justice of its current stance on a petition demanding the evacuation of the Bedouin West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar, an issue that has attracted widespread international opposition.

Israel Will Allow 25,000 Non-Jewish Ukrainian Refugees To Stay in Country, The Times of Israel
Israel will allow 25,000 Ukrainians who are not eligible for immigration to stay in the country as refugees amid Russia’s invasion of their nation, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked announced Tuesday.

Israel to Decide for Palestinians Which Foreign Lecturers Can Teach at West Bank Universities, Haaretz
Israel will permit Palestinian institutions of higher education to employ lecturers from overseas only if they teach in fields that have been designated as essential by Israel, and only if the lecturers and researchers are accomplished and possess at least a doctorate, according to a new set of procedures by the Defense Ministry.

USAID Grants $5.5 Million To Promote Israeli-Palestinian Partnership, The Jerusalem Post
A United States grant of $5.5 million for two Israeli-Palestinian business partnerships for female entrepreneurs was awarded Tuesday under the Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA).

Landing in Ankara, Israel’s Herzog Hopes to ‘Restart’ Turkey Ties in First Erdogan Meeting Since 2008, Haaretz
After expressing his hope to “restart” Israel’s relations with Turkey, President Isaac Herzog touched down in Ankara for a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the first visit by an Israeli leader since 2008.

Opinion and Analysis

Who Is Protecting the Palestinians Fleeing Ukraine?, +972 Mag
Itamar Mann writes, “The widespread reports of racism at the border reveal that the preference for white Ukrainians was not (only) a Polish or European discriminatory policy. It was, to a large extent, driven by Ukrainian officials who assumed violent control over who gets to flee and how. The plight of Palestinian students in Ukraine further confirms this pattern. And, remarkably, it has also shed light on a still under-discussed aspect of the refugee crisis: the role of diplomatic protection in enforcing the rights of non-nationals. When the reports of racism at the border emerged, African governments immediately responded with protest to European states and at the UN demanding that their citizens be equally protected. But despite multiple reports of discrimination against Palestinian students, no state has raised similar protest on their behalf.”