News Roundup for October 24, 2022

October 24, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Palestinian Teen Suspected of Stabbing Attack Shot by Police, AP
Israeli police on Saturday shot a Palestinian suspected of carrying out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, and Palestinian officials said the teenager was critically wounded. Police said the Palestinian seriously wounded an Israeli pedestrian before fleeing to an east Jerusalem neighborhood. They said police identified the attacker and shot him when he turned toward an officer with an “object” in his hand.

Palestinian Militant Group Accuses Israel of Killing Fighter, The Washington Post
A Palestinian militant group accused Israel on Sunday of killing one of its top fighters in a targeted attack deep inside a West Bank city, promising to unleash a fierce response. An Israeli military official said al-Kilani was connected to a deadly shooting attack last week that killed an Israeli soldier, as well as several other shooting attacks in the northern West Bank.


In Leaked Tape, Far-right Netanyahu Ally Calls the Former PM a ‘Liar’ and a ‘Tragedy’, Haaretz
MK Bezalel Smotrich, chairman of the far-right Religious Zionism party, called his political ally Benjamin Netanyahu a “liar” and a “tragedy,” tapes aired by the Kan public broadcaster on Sunday night revealed. According to Kan’s report, the recording documents a conversation held in the past year.

Judges, Ministers, Now Army Chief: Settlers Rise in Israel, The Washington Post
For the first time, a settler will serve as chief of staff of Israel’s military, becoming the enforcer of Israel’s open-ended occupation of the West Bank, now in its 56th year.

Israeli High Court Rejects Challenges to Lebanon Sea Deal, AP
Israel’s Supreme Court on Sunday threw out four legal challenges to a landmark maritime agreement between Israel and Lebanon, clearing a major hurdle for the deal that could mark a major breakthrough in relations between the two countries.

Syria Blames Israel for Midday Air Strike in Damascus, Haaretz
Two loud blasts were heard across Damascus on Monday, explosions which Syria attributed to air strikes and “Israeli aggression,” according to the country’s state news agency SANA.

Opinion and Analysis

Prosecute Violent Israeli Settlers, Haaretz
Haaretz’s Editorial Board argues, “It’s not enough to condemn settler violence. Without system-wide mobilization and embarking on an enforcement operation in the settlements that ends with indictments and severe punishment, the violence can be expected to spread and spin out of control.”

Resisting Israeli Efforts to Displace Them, Palestinians Move Into Caves, The New York Times
Raja Abdulrahim reports, “Faced with expulsion from their villages and the demolition of their homes by Israeli authorities, hundreds of Palestinians are trying to stay by reverting to an older form of shelter: living in underground caves.”

Netanyahu Poised for Possible Return to Power, Dividing Israel Again, The Washington Post
Steve Hendrix writes, “On Nov. 1, Israel will have its fifth election in 43 months, and Netanyahu is right where he was before: angling to win a majority of parliamentary seats for his Likud party and a coalition of extreme right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties. He could do it. Israel’s electorate remains split between those who see Netanyahu as the caustic and corrupt “crime minister” and those who hail him as “King Bibi,” a savvy Svengali whose only crime is driving his opponents crazy.