News Roundup for September 1, 2023

September 1, 2023
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J Street In the News

Inside Israel’s Ongoing Battle for its Own Democracy [Radio], WBUR
J Street Israel Director Nadav Tamir joined WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, to discuss Prime Minister Netanyahu’s judicial overhaul and the ongoing protest movement in Israel.

Netanyahu’s One-State ‘Solution’: The Reality in the West Bank [Webinar], J Street
On both sides of the Green Line, Netanyahu’s far-right coalition continues to take actions that undermine Israel’s democratic future and threaten the rights and freedoms of Palestinians and Israelis. Watch J Street’s conversation with Palestinian rights defender Issa Amro and Director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch team Hagit Ofran.

Top News and Analysis

Biden Isn’t Fooled by Netanyahu. So Why Meet Him?, Haaretz
“There are three issues that are redefining both the substance and contours of the US-Israel relationship. First, the US’ revised strategic posture and pivot away from the Middle East toward the Indo-Pacific theater, specifically China. Second, Netanyahu’s antidemocratic constitutional coup. And third, his extremist-messianic right-wing government’s annexationist and confrontational policies in the West Bank.”

Unprecedented Breakdown in Israel-US Channels as Netanyahu Bars Ministers from Washington, Al-Monitor
“Channels between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government and the Biden administration are significantly troubled, as Israeli Cabinet ministers are still banned from meeting their American counterparts in Washington. The visit of Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant to New York this week reflected that amply. Under strict orders from Netanyahu, Gallant did not go anywhere near Washington or the Pentagon on his visit.”


Former Shin Bet Chiefs Urge Biden Not to Host Israel’s Netanyahu at White House, Haaretz
Warning of the damage Netanyahu is doing to the US-Israel relationship, Yuval Diskin and Ami Ayalon, two former heads of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, tell Biden that an official visit would “legitimize the judicial coup.”

Palestinian Village Fears Imminent Expulsion as Settler Attacks Escalate, +972
Residents of Ein al-Rashash are calling on activists to help deter Israeli settler violence that has already forced neighboring communities to flee.

IDF Readies West Bank Home of Palestinian Who Killed Off-duty Soldier for Demolition, The Times of Israel
Soldiers arrived at a village north of Ramallah to map out the home of the 41-year-old father of five who drove a truck into group of Israelis, killing Maksym Molchanov.

Democrats Urge GOP to Lift Block on $75m in Palestinian Food Aid as Deadline Looms, Haaretz
56 House lawmakers and seven Senators joined to urge Republicans to lift their hold on $75 million in food assistance for the Palestinians which they say may lead to a humanitarian crisis and pose “a huge risk to regional security.”

US Envoy Urges Lebanon, Israel to Agree Land Border, Al-Monitor
US envoy Amos Hochstein who oversaw a maritime border deal between Lebanon and Israel, countries technically still at war, said Thursday it was time to delineate their land border.

Opinion and Analysis

Stop Playing Politics with Palestinian Lives , The Hill
Khaled Elgindy argues, “Regardless of how one feels about UNRWA or who does or does not qualify as a refugee, denying thousands of already destitute families of vital food aid for purely political reasons seems unnecessarily cruel as well as reckless.”

Don’t Leave Me to Bear This Alone, The Times of Israel
Ghadir Hani writes, “A few weeks ago, I was among the organizers of the March of the Dead in Tel Aviv. 147 coffins signifying all the Arabs killed this year were carried by young Arab men and women. Many Jews marched with us and along with great sadness we had hope that we were not alone. But for the members of the families – the orphans – this is not enough.”