News Roundup for September 20, 2023

September 20, 2023
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Why Democratic Candidates Care So Much About Israel Policy, HuffPost
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Top News and Analysis

Biden, Netanyahu to Meet in NY, But No Long-sought White House Visit, The Washington Post
Almost 11 months after the election that brought Benjamin Netanyahu back for a record sixth term as prime minister, President Biden has held back the customary honor of an invitation to the White House, or any other one-on-one get-together. That break with tradition will be partially resolved Wednesday when the two leaders are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Six Palestinians Killed in Latest Fighting with Israel, at Least 3 of Them Militants, AP
Israeli military operations in the occupied West Bank and unrest in the Gaza Strip have killed six Palestinians, Palestinian health officials said Wednesday, the latest spike in a wave of violence that has roiled the region for more than a year.


‘The Nightmare is Over’ As Americans Freed from Iran Reunite with Families, Al-Monitor
A group of Americans imprisoned in Iran landed in the United States early Tuesday for an emotional reunion with family members who spent years campaigning for their release.

US Jewish Leaders Push Biden to Include Moves Toward Two States in Saudi Normalization, The Times of Israel
Over 75 current and former American Jewish community leaders have signed onto an open letter to US President Joe Biden, urging him to only pursue a normalization agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia that includes “measures that tangibly advance prospects for a two-state solution.”

Biden Aides and Saudis Explore Defense Treaty Modeled After Asian Pacts, The New York Times
Despite US fatigue over Middle East wars, the White House sees a security agreement resembling those with Japan or South Korea as an incentive for Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Israel.

Far-right Israeli Lawmaker Calls Settler Convicted of Murdering Palestinian Family ‘Holy Righteous Man’, Haaretz
Far-right lawmaker Limor Son Har-Melech described an Israeli convicted of murdering three Palestinians as a “holy righteous man” on Tuesday. Convicted terrorist Amiram Ben Uliel carried out an arson attack on the Dawabsheh family’s home.

Addressing UN, Iran President Calls on US to Show ‘Goodwill’ and Revive Nuclear Deal, The Times of Israel
“By exiting the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], the United States violated the agreement and the principle of good faith. America should demonstrate its goodwill and determination,” Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said during Tuesday before the United Nations General Assembly.

Opinion and Analysis

Shaking Up the Jewish Old Boys’ Club, Haaretz
At the turn of the century, the boardrooms of Jewish legacy organizations were overwhelmingly the preserve of white men. That is changing – but not quickly enough, say prominent women in the community.

Why Do Trump and Netanyahu Hate Liberal Jews and Cozy Up to Antisemites?, The Forward
Rabbi Jay Michaelson writes, “To nationalists — whether they’re white nationalist antisemites or Jewish nationalist critics of liberalism — liberal Jews, with our pluralistic values and love of the “strangers” among us, are indeed the enemy. Arguably, they’d be right to pillory, defame, and denigrate us — if only the consequences weren’t so deadly.”

Israel’s Future in the New Middle East Depends on Palestinian Peace, The Jerusalem Post
Avi Gil argues, “Unlike Peres, Netanyahu ignores the Palestinian issue. He does not take any diplomatic initiative that outlines a horizon for a permanent solution. Moreover, he dismisses the argument that the continuing occupation is a burden on Israel’s long-term prospects of integrating into the region.”