News Roundup for October 25, 2022

October 25, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Israeli PM: Israel-Lebanon Maritime Deal To Be Signed Thursday, Reuters
A U.S.-brokered maritime border deal between Israel and Lebanon will be signed on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Monday. The deal marks a significant compromise between neighbours with a history of war and hostility, opening the way for offshore energy exploration and easing a source of tensions. The U.S. mediator has said he hoped the deal would be signed on Thursday.

Six Killed As Israel Targets Militants in West Bank Raid, BBC
Five Palestinians, including several gunmen, have been killed in a major Israeli raid against a militant group in the occupied West Bank. A sixth Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli troops who were attacked with stones in a protest against the raid, Palestinian medical sources say. The operation in the northern city of Nablus targeted the recently formed Lion’s Den group.


Israeli Government to Require All Its Ministries to Submit Climate Crisis Prep Plan, Again, Haaretz
The Israeli government decided on Sunday that all its ministries will be required to submit a climate crisis preparation plan by the end of 2023. A similar decision was made by the government four years ago as well, but never implemented, as no deadline for submission was set.

AIPAC, GOP Leaders Silent on Trump’s Warning to US Jews To ‘Get Their Act Together’ on Israel, JTA
When Donald Trump posted, without context or warning, that “U.S. Jews have to get their act together” on Israel before “it is too late,” he alarmed many of his critics, who saw in his comment a veiled threat. But few in the Republican Party have expressed concern. Just as they did when Trump made similar comments as president in 2019, Republican leaders, including Jewish ones, have reacted with indifference or, in some notable cases, with nothing to say at all.

Netanyahu: ‘Won’t Bow My Head’ to US Lawmakers’ Warning Against Ben Gvir Partnership, The Times of Israel
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he would not “bow [his] head” to United States lawmakers who have warned Jerusalem against allowing far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir to make further political gains after the upcoming election.

Israel’s President Herzog to Meet Biden, Jewish Orgs in Washington Visit, Haaretz
President Isaac Herzog will begin on Tuesday a 48-hour visit to Washington to meet U.S. President Joe Biden, as well as other senior U.S. officials and leading U.S.-Jewish organizations.

Adidas Ends Massive Deal With Kanye West After Antisemitism Controversy, The Washington Post
Adidas has cut ties with Ye, the musician and fashion designer formerly known as Kanye West, marking the end of a partnership that made the company billions but was soured by the artist’s repeated brazen antisemitic and offensive remarks.

Opinion and Analysis

Life Gets More Unbearable for Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Only Refugee Camp, CNN
Abeer Salman reports, “The people of this isolated, poverty-stricken island of refugees from the wars of 1948 and 1967 have never had it easy. But in the past two weeks, conditions at the Shuafat camp in East Jerusalem have become even more unbearable.”

As Israel Votes, Again, Netanyahu Pins Hopes on the Far Right, The New York Times
Patrick Kingsley writes, “To regain power, Benjamin Netanyahu, the longest-serving Israeli prime minister, will most likely need the support of Itamar Ben-Gvir, a far-right leader with a history of extreme views.”