Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: April 23, 2019

What We’re Reading

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Bernie Sanders slams Netanyahu's government as 'racist',

Sanders, speaking at a CNN town hall, called the prime minister’s coalition a “right-wing, dare I say racist, government.”

U.S. Aid to Israel: What You Need to Know,

Reducing aid to Israel is perhaps the highest voltage third rail in Beltway politics. But in a marker of how much things have changed in Washington—as well as how far they still have to go—the reactions to AOC’s statement have been far less animated than usual.

Trump plan: Economics first, diplomatic solutions later,

The little that is known about President Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ suggests that it includes much on economic aid to the West Bank, ignores Gaza, and stops short of a sovereign Palestinian state.

AP interview: Palestinian PM accuses US of 'financial war',

The new Palestinian prime minister on Tuesday accused the United States of declaring “financial war” on his people and said an American peace plan purported to be in the works will be “born dead.”

Occupation/Human rights

Palestinians have little leverage against Israeli annexation,

Amid Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory and their deeply entrenched divisions, the Palestinians seem to have little chance to stand firm in the face of Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank.

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Bound, Blindfolded Palestinian Teen Trying to Flee,

The minor was detained for suspected stone throwing in the West Bank, then shot in the groin. Palestinians managed to evacuate the suspect to receive medical treatment after arguments with the soldiers.

Israeli politics

Far-right slate to offer PM immunity law in exchange for settlement annexation,

The Union of Right-Wing Parties is demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commit to annexing all Israeli settlements in the West Bank in exchange for the faction sponsoring legislation that would grant the premier immunity from prosecution, a spokesman for a senior party lawmaker confirmed to The Times of Israel on Monday.

Politicians call for West Bank sovereignty, tripling number of Hebron Jews,

Ben-Dahan added a prayer that the Jewish Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, would be speedily rebuilt.