News Roundup for September 13, 2023

September 13, 2023
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Top News and Analysis

Biden-Bibi Meeting Sparked Internal White House Debate, Axios
President Biden has decided to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly — not at the White House — after a long internal debate over political optics and foreign policy considerations, according to three U.S. officials.

Israel’s Supreme Court Weighs Law That Limits Its Own Power, The New York Times
Israel’s Supreme Court convened on Tuesday to begin considering whether to strike down a deeply contentious law that limits the court’s own power, in a hearing that sets the stage for a constitutional showdown between the country’s judicial and executive branches.

Two Israelis Lightly Wounded in West Bank Terror Shooting near Huwara, The Jerusalem Post
Two people were lightly wounded in a shooting attack near Huwara in the northern West Bank on Tuesday evening, according to Magen David Adom. The two suffered from injuries caused by shards of glass, according to MDA.

‘Wounds Will Need to Be Healed’: Collisions in a Fractured Israel, The New York Times
Israelis are deeply split about what kind of country Israel should be. Four encounters at four recent protests show how that division plays out in daily life.


Iran Lashes Out at Israel after Mossad Threatens to Hit ‘Top Echelon’ in Tehran, Al-Monitor
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanani said his country will not hesitate to respond to “foolish” moves by the Israeli government, as the war of words between the two enemies is escalating.

Cops Accused of Branding Palestinian Are Also Suspected of Deleting Arrest Footage, The Times of Israel
The Police Internal Investigations Department (PIID) on Tuesday reportedly questioned six of the officers involved in the arrest of a Palestinian from East Jerusalem last month on suspicion that they deleted footage of the altercation during which a Star of David was allegedly branded on the suspect’s face.

Zelenskyy and Netanyahu Expected to Meet at UN Gathering, Ukrainian Ambassador Says, Haaretz
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy next week in New York, when the two leaders attend the UN General Assembly gathering, Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk told Haaretz on Tuesday.

Opinion and Analysis

From Avoidance to Engagement: What I Learned by Bringing American Jewish Social Justice Leaders to Israel, eJewish Philanthropy
Abby Levine, executive director of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, discusses the lessons she and 30 Jewish social justice leaders learned from their recent trip to Israel and the Palestinian territory.

Israel’s Supreme Court Is Ruling on Its Own Future. What Should American Jews Do?, The Forward
Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah, writes, “This is not the moment either to defend the Israeli government or to walk away. This is the time for American Jews to wake up to the reality of Israel — a country whose citizens include nearly half the world’s Jewish population, that also has jurisdiction over millions of non-citizen Palestinians.”

Israel’s Constitutional Crisis Has Arrived, Haaretz
The Haaretz Editorial Board states, “If the coalition’s threats come to fruition, and Israel heads toward a clash between those guided by the Declaration of Independence versus those fighting for the government’s right to behave unreasonably, they would do very well to reconsider their place in this government.”