News Roundup for October 13, 2022

October 13, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Palestinians: Israeli Troops Kill Teen in West Bank Clashes, The Washington Post
Israeli troops on Wednesday shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during clashes that erupted in a refugee camp in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, the latest deadly incident as violence surges in the occupied territory. The ministry identified the Palestinian as 18-year-old Osama Adawi. He was among the more than 100 Palestinians killed in the West Bank so far in 2022, the worst spasm of violence in seven years.

Unrest Widespread in Jerusalem Over Latest Israeli Clampdown, AP
Israeli police fired live rounds, tear gas and stun grenades in widespread Jerusalem street confrontations with Palestinians who threw stones, firecrackers and firebombs. It was the fiercest unrest in the contested city in months.The overnight street violence appeared to have subsided by Thursday morning, as tens of thousands of Jews were flocking to Jerusalem to celebrate the week-long Sukkot holiday, surging into east Jerusalem’s Old City, often a focal point for tensions.


Israeli Forces Exchange Fire With Palestinians While Escorting Worshipers to Joseph’s Tomb, Haaretz
Dozens of worshipers entered Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus late Wednesday night under the protection of Israeli forces – despite Israeli security officials’ warnings that it could only lead to further violent confrontations in the West Bank.

Lapid Lauds Lebanon Deal As Making War ‘Less Likely,’ Says Money Will Not Reach Hezbollah, The Times of Israel
At a live primetime press conference on the Lebanon-Israel maritime border deal, Prime Minister Yair Lapid says that those who oppose the deal are spreading “false, poisonous” lies, which are “mostly said by people who haven’t seen the agreement and have no clue what is in it and what is not.”

U.S. Says Iran Nuclear Deal Is ‘Not Our Focus Right Now’, Reuters
The United States on Wednesday said that reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is “not our focus right now,” saying Tehran had showed little interest in reviving the pact and that Washington was concentrating on how to support Iranian protesters.

Israel Moves To Get Final Approval on Lebanon Maritime Deal Before End of October, Axios
The Israeli government on Wednesday approved the maritime border agreement with Lebanon, launching the process for final approval, which could come before the end of the month.

Opinion and Analysis

Jewish Settlers’ Marches Needlessly Toss a Match Into West Bank Powder Keg, Haaretz
Amos Harel argues, “An Israeli soldier was killed while securing a settlers’ march north of Nablus. Despite this, the defense establishment is reluctant to confront settler leadership about halting the marches.”

Breaking the Silence – Courageous Israelis Speak Out, The Times of Israel
J Street Rabbinic and Cantorial Cabinet Co-Chair Rabbi John Rosove writes, “Only in a two-state resolution of the conflict can justice be achieved for the Palestinian people, can Israel’s democracy and Jewish character be preserved, and can Israel’s young soldiers and future leaders be made whole. We in Israel and the Diaspora ought to support fully “Breaking the Silence” and those courageous Israelis who are speaking the painful truth about their IDF service as a necessary part of bringing peace to our two peoples and resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in two states for two peoples living securely and peacefully side-by-side.”

Israel Election: These Three Key Questions Could Decide It All, Haaretz
Anshel Pfeffer asks, “Will Arab turnout come in at 40-plus percent or more? Will Netanyahu wake up the Likud base? And can Benny Gantz’s party lure some religious voters? Three question that will determine Israel’s election results.”

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