News Roundup for November 21, 2022

November 21, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Israelis Said To Attack Palestinians, Soldier in West Bank, AP
Israeli settlers on Saturday attacked Palestinians during a pilgrimage in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian news agency, and Israel’s army said at least one soldier was injured by a settler. The incidents happened in the city of Hebron, where thousands of Jewish Israelis visit a sacred tomb annually under the protection of the military.

Palestinians: Israeli Forces Kill Man in West Bank, The Washington Post
The Palestinian Health Ministry said Monday that Israeli forces shot and killed a young man near the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. The ministry said in a statement that the man died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Palestinian media identified the man as 18-year-old Mahmoud al-Saadi. The Israeli army said it carried out arrest raids across the West Bank on Monday. It said its soldiers apprehended three suspects. During an arrest in Burqin, a town near Jenin, it said its troops came under fire, and shot back. It said its troops confirmed a hit.


Israel’s Religious and Far-right Parties Demand Law to Legitimize Gender Segregation, Haaretz
In exchange for joining the coalition, the far-right Religious Zionism and United Torah Judaism parties have demanded legislation that gender separation at public events will not be considered discrimination. Likud has not yet decided whether to grant the demand.

Israeli Far-Right’s Demand for Defence Post Hinders Netanyahu’s Coalition Bid, Reuters
Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to swiftly form a government faltered on Sunday as a prospective far-right coalition partner demanded the cabinet role of defence minister.

Israeli Court Rules Former PM Olmert Defamed Netanyahu, The Washington Post
An Israeli court ruled Monday that former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert defamed his successor, Benjamin Netanyahu, and ordered him to pay damages to the former leader and his family.

Two Suspects, Including Off-duty Israeli Soldier, Arrested Over Weekend Violence in Hebron, Haaretz
Two suspects, including an off-duty Israeli soldier, were arrested on Sunday over attacks on a Border Police officer and MK Itamar Ben-Gvir’s bodyguard during violent riots across the West Bank city of Hebron Saturday. The soldier, who was on furlough, had allegedly attacked a female Border Police officer while she was removing Israelis from a Palestinian home they had entered.

Opinion and Analysis

Netanyahu’s Comeback Widens Divide Over Israel Among American Jews, The New York Times
Liam Stack writes, “Not long ago, it might have been a shock for a pulpit rabbi in a fashionable Brooklyn neighborhood to speak so strongly against Israel’s leaders. But with Mr. Netanyahu’s return, a sense of unease toward Israel’s government has grown among many American Jews. Some American Jews welcomed the victory by Mr. Netanyahu and his coalition partners — especially conservatives, a growing political bloc, and the Orthodox, the fastest-growing segment of the American Jewish population.”

Jewish Rioting in Hebron Is Only a Preview, Haaretz
Haaretz’s Editorial Board argues, “The incidents in Hebron are emblematic of the spirit of the time. And from that standpoint, one can and should view these events as a preview of what is likely to happen in Israel and the West Bank under the rule of Benjamin Netanyahu, Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir.”

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