News Roundup for October 31, 2019

October 31, 2019

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J Street in the News

Pelosi calls for Congress to pass resolution supporting two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict, The Hill
“House Resolution 326 is an opportunity for the congress to reaffirm support for a two state solution,’ Pelosi said while addressing the J Street conference in Washington D.C. ‘A two state solution that enhances stability and security for Israel, Palestinian people and the region.’”

Live from J Street: Pod Save The World, Crooked Media
“Tommy and Ben record a special episode from D.C. at the national conference hosted by the progressive Jewish organization J Street. They run through news from around the globe and from the Middle East with Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times – and chat with two activists, Maisam Jaljuli and Mikhael Manekin, about progressive solutions for the Arab-Israeli peace process. The episode also includes selections from interviews Tommy and Ben recorded at the conference with five presidential candidates: Michael Bennet, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders.”

Top News and Analysis

Blue and White, Likud trade blame for political impasse, warn 3rd elections near, Times of Israel
Officials in the Blue and White and Likud parties reportedly warned Wednesday that Israel was on its way to a third national election in under a year, saying the chances of forming a unity government were increasingly slim.

Jared Kushner appears to back Israeli unity government, says he’s been cleaning up Biden’s Middle East mess, JTA
Jared Kushner, the point man on the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan, appeared to endorse a unity government between Israel’s two largest parties. In a rare interview Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law also shot back at Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for saying Kushner was ill equipped to be negotiating Mideast peace.

Supreme Court president warns of ‘unprecedented’ attacks on justice system, Times of Israel
Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut on Wednesday warned against “unprecedented” efforts to politicize Israel’s judicial system, pushing back against Justice Minister Amir Ohana’s blistering criticism of the state prosecution and judiciary.


Israel frets as imminent EU ruling expected to force settlement labeling, Times of Israel
Israel is worried about an expected court decision that would enshrine in law the requirement for European countries to label Israeli products made in the settlements.

Occupied East Jerusalem cancer hospital faces financial crisis, Al Jazeera
A cancer hospital in occupied East Jerusalem is running out of funds and medication. The Palestinian government is urgently trying to save the facility, but the administration is facing a severe financial crisis after deep cuts in aid from Israel and the United States.

Liberman appears to rule out minority government: ‘Unity only option’, Times of Israel
Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman on Thursday seemed to rule out support for a minority government backed by Israel’s Arab-led factions, declaring that a unity coalition was the only possibility.

Jordan-Israel Ties Strained by Detentions, New York Times
Jordan has recalled its ambassador to Israel for consultations and detained an Israeli citizen who it says crossed the border illegally amid a sharpening dispute over Israel’s weekslong detention of two Jordanian citizens on suspicion of vague security violations.

In probe transcripts, PM’s son accuses Likud rival of rape, ex-aide of murder, Times of Israel
Channel 12 news has published parts of transcripts of police interrogations of Yair Netanyahu, in which the combative son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily accuses politicians, officials, and others of rape and murder and compares the police to Nazis, while denying any wrongdoing.

Opinion and Analysis

Mr. Crybaby Netanyahu and His Loyal Legions of Whimpering Whiners, Haaretz
Chemi Shalev writes, “The prime minister and his right-wing followers increasingly rely on hysteria, self-victimization and moral blindness.”