News Roundup for May 12, 2023

May 12, 2023

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Top News and Analysis

Rocket Fired from Gaza toward Israel Kills One, after Days of Violence, CNN
A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit a residential building in Israel on Thursday, killing one, amid stalled attempts to agree a ceasefire after days of violence between the two sides that have left at least 28 Palestinians dead. The rocket hit a four-storey apartment building in Rehovot, south of Tel Aviv, and wounded five people, the Magen David Adom medical service said.

US Blocked UN Security Council Condemnation on Gaza, The Jerusalem Post
The Biden administration, together with the UK, blocked the United Nations Security Council from issuing a statement condemning the IDF’s operation in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan said Thursday. “We succeeded in blocking condemnation of Israel with the help of the US, whom we worked in conjunction with,” he told Army Radio.

U.S. Signals to Israel to End Gaza Operation, Reach Ceasefire, Haaretz
The Biden administration is signaling to Israel to reach a ceasefire and end its ongoing operation in the Gaza Strip, as talks between Israel and the Palestinians, mediated by Egypt, Qatar and the UN, continue.


A Year after Shireen Abu Akleh’s Killing, Her Family Pushes for Justice, NBC News
One year after the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the FBI agents investigating the shooting have still not spoken to key witnesses in the case, raising questions about the progress of the international probe.

McCarthy Blocks Tlaib Event at Capitol Marking Palestinian Displacement, The New York Times
Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, blocked Representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, on Tuesday from hosting an event at the Capitol commemorating the displacement of Palestinians when the state of Israel was created, saying Ms. Tlaib was trafficking in “antisemitic tropes.”

Opinion and Analysis

For a Secure, Democratic Israel, The Only Way Is Separation from The Palestinians, The Times of Israel
Four former IDF and Shin Bet leaders — and members of Commanders for Israel’s Security — write, “[T]he struggle to defend our democracy meets our mission of seeking an end to the occupation. Our members are not naïve. Battle-hardened, we know all too well that the road toward a settlement with the Palestinians is neither short nor smooth. But we are convinced that Israel is strong enough to take the risks involved, that the risks of not separating are far greater than those involved in an eventual two-state solution, and that for the future of our country, it is the only road worth taking. We believe that there is no security without democracy, and democracy is unsustainable while we occupy another people against its will.”

The False Unity of Jerusalem: Why I Cannot Celebrate Israel’s Capital, The Jerusalem Post
Gershon Baskin writes, “Jerusalem is Israel. Jerusalem is also Palestinian. Jerusalem is Jewish — it is also Muslim and Christian. Jerusalem is a city that belongs to the whole world and to all of humanity. But in order for Jerusalem to be celebrated as unified, it must truly be a city of humanity. We have a long way to go before we will reach that point. Until that time, I cannot celebrate the false unity of this city which I love. It is divided. It is a city of more hatred and pain than a city of love and compassion, which it should be.”