News Roundup for September 11, 2023

September 11, 2023
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Top News and Analysis

Israeli Official: Netanyahu to Meet Biden in New York, Not in White House, The Times of Israel
A senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel on Friday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be meeting US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York later this month.

Senate Dems Call on Blinken to Stop Israel Visa Waiver, Axios
A group of Democratic senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Tony Blinken on Friday asking him not to move forward with admitting Israel into the Visa Waiver Program, claiming the country will not fully meet the criteria for admission by the Sept. 30 deadline, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Axios.

Israelis Protest Against Overhaul Plans Ahead of Key Court Decision, Reuters
Tens of thousands of Israelis protested in cities across the country on Saturday ahead of a key decision by the Supreme Court over legislation passed by the coalition which stripped the court of some of its oversight powers.

Israel Police Issue Order to Close Eritrean Churches for Fear of Renewed Violence, Haaretz
Israel’s police has issued orders to close four Eritrean churches in Tel Aviv over the upcoming weekend due to concerns about public safety following violent clashes that occurred last Saturday. As a result, prayer services will not be held in these churches, all located in the southern part of Tel Aviv.


Group of Academics, Writers, Artists Urges Biden and UN Chief Not to Meet Netanyahu, The Times of Israel
A group of over 3,500 academics, writers, artists, former diplomats and others call on US President Joe Biden and UN General-Secretary Antonio Guterres not to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the upcoming General Assembly meeting in New York.

Palestinian Teenager Shot Dead by Israeli Forces in West Bank, The Guardian
Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager at a refugee camp in the West Bank on Saturday, the Palestinian health ministry said, the latest violent episode to rock the occupied territory.

Paris Strips Palestinian Leader Abbas of Special Honor for Remarks on Holocaust, ABC News
Paris has rescinded a special honor it bestowed on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas because of his recent antisemitic comments minimizing the Holocaust.

Opinion and Analysis

The Thread Connecting Trump, Putin and Netanyahu, Haaretz
In Haaretz, Thomas Friedman writes, “Israel’s democracy-defense movement is one of the most remarkable, authentic, vibrant and important democracy movements I’ve ever covered. But Americans don’t fully appreciate its unique power – and how confronting Netanyahu connects to the struggle against Trump and Putin.”

The Israeli Right Ignores America, Dissent Magazine
Yoav Fromer argues that “while American officials are debating whether the United States should continue to back the Israeli government. A growing number of Israelis are uninterested in that support.”