News Roundup for October 28, 2022

October 28, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Israel and Lebanon Finalize Historic U.S.-Mediated Maritime Deal, Axios
Israel and Lebanon on Thursday finalized the historic U.S.-mediated maritime border agreement in a joint ceremony at the UN base in Naqoura on the border between the two countries. The agreement ends more than a decade of U.S. diplomatic efforts with several rounds of direct and indirect talks between Israel and Lebanon. A senior Israeli official who attended Thursday’s ceremony said the Israeli and Lebanese delegations entered the tent at the UN base from opposite sides. Each delegation presented U.S. envoy Amos Hochstein with a copy of the agreement signed by its leader.

2 Palestinians Killed by Israel; Military Alleges Ambush, AP
Two Palestinians were killed and a third was wounded by Israeli army fire in the occupied West Bank early Friday, Palestinian health officials said, as conflicting claims about the incident emerged. The shooting near the city of Nablus, the West Bank’s second largest, was the latest sign of escalation in recent months. The Israeli military said troops at an army post south of Nablus opened fire after being shot at from a passing car. It said troops identified two suspicious vehicles and responded with live fire, reporting “hits.” The army did not specify whether this referred to people in the cars being killed or wounded.


Thousands March in Tel Aviv to Protest Israeli Politicians’ Inaction on Climate Change, Haaretz
Thousands of people are participating in the climate march in Tel Aviv, to protest what they deem Israeli politicians’ inaction in dealing with the global climate crisis which is expected to disproportionately affect the country.

Disillusioned Palestinian Voters May Shape Israeli Election, Reuters
Disillusionment with politics among Palestinian citizens could help determine next week’s election in Israel where former premier Benjamin Netanyahu is bidding to return to power, just a year after an Arab party joined an Israeli government for the first time.

Off-Duty Soldier Arrested for Throwing Rocks at Troops in West Bank, Claims IDF, The Times of Israel
An off-duty soldier was arrested by Israeli troops in the southern West Bank on Friday after he allegedly hurled stones at soldiers along with a group of Palestinians and left-wing activists, the military claimed.

‘Israel Will Be Ashamed It Didn’t Stand With Us,’ Ukraine’s Defense Minister Says, Haaretz
Israel’s fence-sitting regarding the war in Ukraine is both a moral and strategic mistake, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov tells Haaretz.

Opinion and Analysis

Israel Deserves Better Than Netanyahu’s Bid To Retake Power and Stay Out of Jail, The Guardian
Lloyd Green writes, “With days to go, one hopes for a jolt that will bring the election to life and remind everyone what is at stake. For now, the stasis benefits only the looming possibility of Netanyahu’s return, the opportunity he represents for the hard right and the obscenity that he may use it as a shield to protect himself.”

Israel Election: A Far-Right Politician Moves Closer To Power, The Washington Post
Steve Hendrix and Shira Rubin explore the rise of Itamar Ben-Gvir, one of the country’s most extreme right-wing politicians.

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