News Roundup for October 26, 2022

October 26, 2022
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J Street works to promote an open, honest and rigorous conversation about Israel. The opinions reflected in articles posted in the News Roundup do not necessarily reflect J Street’s positions, and their posting does not constitute an endorsement from J Street.

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Antisemitism in the US — Inexcusable, Dangerous and Spreading, J Street
J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami writes, “At J Street, we have never hesitated to make clear: All antisemitism is unacceptable, and Donald Trump, his friends and his political movement — from Kanye West to Tucker Carlson to Marjorie Taylor Greene and far beyond — pose a clear and present danger to Jewish Americans and all vulnerable minorities…Our movement is proud to be a political and communal home for the vast majority of American Jews who are determined to call out and fight antisemitism in all its forms, and to stand up to its leading purveyors — no matter how politically powerful they are.”

Top News and Analysis

Israeli Stabbed in Northern West Bank, Assailant Captured Alive After Manhunt, Haaretz
An Israeli was stabbed in an attack in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, the Israeli military reported. The IDF has arrested the assailant who stabbed a 55-year-old Israeli man outside the Palestinian village of al-Funduq in the northern West Bank, near the Israeli settlement of Kedumim. The victim was moderately wounded and was treated at the scene before being rushed to a nearby hospital, according to paramedics.

Herzog Invited To Address Congress As Israel Turns 75, The Washington Post
Israeli President Isaac Herzog has been invited to address a joint meeting of Congress as Israel prepares to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding, which congressional leaders called a “historic and joyous milestone.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., issued the invitation to Herzog in a joint letter Tuesday. They said the two nations have shared “an unbreakable bond rooted in common security, shared values, and friendship.”


Arab Voters Key to Breaking Deadlock in Israeli Election, AP
The voices of Israel’s Palestinian citizens are often drowned out or delegitimized in the country’s noisy politics. Yet in the upcoming parliament election, they could hold the key to breaking an entrenched political deadlock.

No Arrests in Settler Attack on 70-year-old Israeli, Left-wing Activists to Be Questioned, Haaretz
A week after a 70-year-old Israeli activist was attacked by Jewish settlers in the West Bank, Israel Police has yet to make any arrests. Two other left-wing activists who were present at the scene in the Bethlehem area, and reported they were attacked as well, were called for questioning by the police on Wednesday.

Two-State Solution Shrinks As Campaigning Wraps Up in Israel, Al-Monitor
Despite violence escalating in the West Bank over the past two months, one political issue is conspicuously absent from the Israeli electoral agenda: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and its possible two-state solution.

Emirati FM Tells Netanyahu He Is Concerned About Ultra-Right Coalition, Axios
Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed (ABZ) during a recent trip to Israel expressed concerns to opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu about the possibility of ultra-right extremists being included in a new government if he wins the upcoming elections.

Opinion and Analysis

Why the Sense of Election Dread Is Greater Than Ever in Israel, The Washington Post
Gershom Gorenberg writes, “The leader of Israel’s surging far-right party has a plan for what he calls judicial reform. More accurately, it’s a plan to bulldoze judicial oversight, the rule of law and protection of human rights.”

Will Netanyahu Return? What Israel’s Last-minute Election Polls Tell Us – and What They Don’t, Haaretz
Dahlia Scheindlin notes, “The far right is rising, the left is in trouble and Netanyahu’s fate hangs in the balance: Israel’s last-minute pre-election polls are crucial windows into who will win power in Israel – and who Israelis really are.”

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