News Roundup for September 20, 2022

September 20, 2022
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Top News and Analysis

Palestinian Forces, Residents Battle in West Bank, 1 Dead, AP
Palestinian security forces on Tuesday exchanged fire with militants in the center of the West Bank’s second-largest city, as angry residents pelted an armored jeep with objects and chased it away. One man was reported dead. The incident, sparked by an arrest raid against local militants, marked a rare case of deadly internal Palestinian fighting in the occupied West Bank. It also reflected the deep unpopularity of the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, which is widely seen as collaborating with an entrenched and unbearable system of Israeli military domination.

Iranian President: ‘Some Signs That the Holocaust Happened, They Need to Be Investigated’, Haaretz
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said in an interview with “60 Minutes” that “there are some signs that the Holocaust happened,” but added that it needs to be “investigated and researched.” Raisi spoke with American journalist Lesley Stahl of CBS news in an interview that was filmed last week in Tehran, but only aired early Monday morning. The ultra-conservative Iranian president was also asked about the ongoing negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, saying his country “would be serious about reaching an agreement if it’s a good deal and a fair deal.”


US Court Orders Hezbollah To Pay $111 Million to Victims of Rockets in 2006 War With Israel, The Times of Israel
A US court has ordered the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah to pay millions of dollars in damages to a group of Americans who sued saying they were wounded by the group’s rockets during the Second Lebanon War with Israel in 2006. Plans Warning for Listings in Occupied West Bank, AP
The online travel agency said Monday it plans to add warnings to listings in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, becoming the latest foreign company to wade into one of the world’s most contentious debates. said it would caution customers booking accommodations in Israeli settlements that they were traveling to a “disputed, conflict-affected or high-risk” area that “may pose greater risks.”

Israel Risks Crossing Hezbollah ‘Red Line’ As It Prepares To Connect to Disputed Gas Field, The Guardian
Israel is preparing to connect a disputed Mediterranean gas field to its national gas network, a development helping the country cement its new role as a supplier to Europe at the risk of inflaming tensions with Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Erdogan Tells Jewish Leaders He Plans To Visit Israel, JTA
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a group of Jewish leaders that he planned to visit Israel, the clearest sign so far that he is intent on resetting a long-troubled relationship.

Israel’s Lapid Lands in NY, To Meet King Abdullah Amid Palestinian Violence, The Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Yair Lapid is set to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah Tuesday in New York, on the sidelines of the high-level opening of the 77th United Nations General Assembly. It’s the second meeting between the two leaders since Lapid took office in July.

Opinion and Analysis

Will Israel Finally Stop Walaje Home Demolitions?, The Times of Israel
Elana Sztokman writes, “It is, indeed, clear what the Israeli agenda is…Literally being forced to disappear – to disappear on paper, and in real life, behind tall, concrete walls. Perhaps the Supreme Court will use its power in November to force change. The people of Walaje are waiting anxiously for Israel to notice that they are here.”

Occupation Isn’t Some Pesky Fly to Be Ignored With No Repercussions, Haaretz
Anat Saragusti argues, “It’s a shame that the leaders of the Jewish community fail to understand what the Arab MKs understand. It’s a shame that supporters of the “anyone but Bibi” camp don’t understand that even if Benjamin Netanyahu is convicted in court and leaves political life, the conflict will still be here, it won’t disappear, and its existence will continue to threaten the security of the soldiers, the security of the settlers, the security of all Israelis and the security of the country.”

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