News Roundup for November 8, 2022

November 8, 2022
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J Street News Roundup

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US Must Not Normalize Extremists in Prospective Israeli Government, J Street
“J Street is deeply concerned about what this new coalition will mean for the fate of democratic institutions, the rule of law and the ideals of justice, equality and freedom on which the state of Israel was founded – the shared values in which the US-Israel relationship is grounded. Netanyahu severely disregarded those principles and values during the election campaign, when he partnered with and empowered convicted terror supporter Itamar Ben-Gvir and other racist and homophobic extremists in the ‘Jewish Power’ and associated parties to form a far-right alliance. Now, that faction appears set to take on major ministerial powers in the new government – an incredibly dangerous development.”

Top News and Analysis

Biden Congratulates Israel’s Netanyahu on Election Victory, The Washington Post
President Joe Biden on Monday called former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his victory in last week’s Israeli election, their offices announced. The two men stressed the strong relations between the countries while playing down the deep ideological differences, highlighted by Netanyahu’s close alliance with a far-right anti-Arab party, that threaten to strain ties in the coming months.

Israeli Dies After West Bank Stabbing, Palestinian Held, Reuters
An Israeli store-owner has died after being stabbed in the occupied West Bank two weeks ago, his family said on Tuesday, bringing Israel’s death toll from Palestinian attacks this year to 26.

From Antisemitism to Israel, What This Midterm Election Means for U.S. Jews, Haaretz
After months of unprecedented campaign spending, the U.S. midterm elections are finally here. Antisemitic rhetoric and conspiracy theories have become a through line in ways previously unimaginable in several key races that will determine whether Republicans wrest control of Congress from the Democrats.


Palestinians Say Settlers Destroy Dozens of Olive Trees, Harass Farmers, The Times of Israel
Palestinian landowners in a village near Ramallah said they found dozens of their olive trees destroyed on Monday morning and that they were harassed by settler youths while harvesting olives on their land the same day.

West Bank Settler Accused of Terrorism After Attacking Palestinian in East Jerusalem, Haaretz
The State Prosecutor’s Office filed an indictment on Monday against a Jewish settler for assaulting a Palestinian in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem about a month ago.

Israeli COP27 Delegation Arrives in Egypt To Showcase Israeli Climate-Tech, The Jerusalem Post
Israel’s official COP27 climate-tech delegation arrived at the premiere UN climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on Sunday. Over the course of the two-week conference, the chosen representatives of the Israeli industry will present their innovations and technologies aimed at fighting the global climate crisis.

Palestinian Rights Group Accuses Israel of ‘Mafia Methods’ As U.N. Hearings Open, Reuters
A Palestinian human rights group told a U.N. panel on Monday it had been subject to threats and “mafia methods” during a campaign of harassment organised by Israel to silence groups documenting alleged Israeli rights violations.

Opinion and Analysis

Can U.S. and Israeli ‘Shared Values’ Survive a Far-right Government?, Haaretz
Alon Pinkas writes, “The concept of a shared set of values between two democratic societies is a pillar of the U.S.-Israel relationship. How much of that will remain relevant if and when a far-right coalition is formed in Jerusalem?”

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