Biden clears agenda to focus on Afghan airport attack

President Joe Biden is being briefed on the bloody attack against Kabul’s airport, the White House said Thursday, delaying a planned meeting with Israel’s visiting prime minister and canceling another event. “The president has been briefed and he is in the Situation Room,” an official told AFP on condition of anonymity. “The president met with […]

Texas considers blacklisting Ben & Jerry’s ice cream: report

The state of Texas is investigating an ice cream company for potential blacklisting by the state. “Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is considering blacklisting the popular ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s over its decision to stop doing business in Israeli-occupied territories,” the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. The investigation comes after the company announced it would […]

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Trump seethed at ‘ultimate betrayal’ after Netanyahu congratulated Biden on 2020 win: report

Former President Donald Trump was reportedly enraged last year when then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted out congratulations to President Joe Biden on his victory in the 2020 election. Forward reports that journalist Michael Wolff’s new book, titled “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” claims that Trump felt personally betrayed by Netanyahu’s call, […]

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Israel’s new government dealt blow in controversial citizenship vote

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s new government faced its first big defeat in parliament on Tuesday, failing to renew a controversial law that prevents Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip who marry Israeli citizens from gaining citizenship themselves. It was the first major political test for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who for nearly […]

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Nikki Haley disses new Israeli government with photo op praising disgraced Netanyahu

Former U.N. Ambassador and 2024 GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley drew rage Monday from Israel’s top liberal newspaper, Haaretz. Haley had thrown down in dramatic support of ousted Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and Haaretz was not impressed. A Haley photo op lavishing praise on the Netanyahu was seen by the influential Haaretz as insulting […]

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A ‘new day’ in Israel after Netanyahu unseated

Israel awoke Monday with Jewish nationalist Naftali Bennett at the head of a precarious coalition government that faces stark challenges, after 12 years under right-wing Benjamin Netanyahu. The watershed moment in Israeli politics saw an ideologically disparate eight-party bloc, ranging from right to left to Arab Islamic conservatives, band together to unseat the bombastic veteran […]

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Netanyahu challenger: Still obstacles to new Israeli government

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid – Leader of the Yesh Atid opposition centrist political party Yair Lapid holds a press conference. – Ilia Yefimovich/dpa Opposition leader Yair Lapid still sees numerous obstacles on his way towards forming a new government in Israel. “Maybe that’s a good thing because we’ll have to overcome them together,” Lapid […]

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Naftali Bennett: The right-wing millionaire who may end Netanyahu era

By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Naftali Bennett, Israel’s likely next prime minister, is a self-made tech millionaire who dreams of annexing most of the occupied West Bank. Bennett has said that creation of a Palestinian state would be suicide for Israel, citing security reasons. But the standard-bearer of Israel’s religious right and staunch supporter […]

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End of Netanyahu era could be in the cards in Israeli political drama

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel was gripped by political drama on Sunday over the possibly imminent end of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s record run as the country’s leader. After four inconclusive parliamentary elections in two years, a 28-day mandate for opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a new government runs out on Wednesday, […]

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Gaza truce holds as Israel admits Jewish visitors to flashpoint site

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – The Israel-Hamas ceasefire held into a third day on Sunday as Israeli police admitted Jewish visitors to a contested Jerusalem holy site where earlier confrontations with Palestinian protesters helped to ignite the cross-border Gaza fighting. Police reported no unusual incidents at the al-Aqsa mosque compound – one of Islam’s holiest sites – […]

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Jared Kushner’s ‘fantasy’ about the Middle East has gone up in smoke in Gaza: op-ed

In an op-ed for CNN this Thursday, Peter Bergen contends that Jared Kushner’s attempts to normalize relations between Israel and Arab states was “predicated by a fantasy,” especially evidenced by the latest round of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. The fantasy, according to Bergen was the notion “that peace would […]

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US military chief warns Israel-Palestinian conflict destabilising ‘beyond Gaza’

The top US military officer, General Mark Milley, said it was in no one’s interest to continue fighting in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Brussels (AFP) – The United States’ top military officer has warned the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas is creating instability beyond Gaza, saying it is “in no one’s interest to continue […]

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Biden backs Israel but criticism rises in US

As it has for decades, Israel has counted on the United States as a diplomatic shield in its latest crisis. But once unwavering US support is looking increasingly precarious as calls grow on the left to advance Palestinian rights. With violence that has killed more than 200 people, mostly Palestinians, entering a second week, Israel […]

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‘Criminal complicity’: Outrage as Biden pushes $735 million weapons sale to Israel

Human rights advocates warned Monday that the Biden administration is deepening U.S. complicity in the Netanyahu regime’s ongoing massacre of civilians in Gaza by attempting to push through a $735 million sale of so-called “precision-guided weapons” to Israel. “[The] Biden administration must be held accountable for being complicit in escalating the violence and failing to […]

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America must ‘take a hard look’ at nearly $4 billion in annual military aid to Israel: senator

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Sunday that lawmakers must “take a hard look” at the nearly $4 billion in military aid the U.S. sends to Israel on an annual basis as the Netanyahu regime continues its devastating assault on Gaza and attempts to forcefully expel Palestinians from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem. “The […]

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Nearly 30 Senate Dems call for immediate cease-fire as death toll from Israeli assault on Gaza tops 190

A group of nearly 30 Senate Democrats issued a joint statement late Sunday calling for an immediate cease-fire as Israel intensified its bombing campaign in the occupied Gaza Strip throughout the weekend, killing dozens of additional Palestinians and overwhelming the territory’s hospitals with wounded victims. “To prevent any further loss of civilian life and to […]

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Israel says 3,150 rockets fired from Gaza in past week

Israeli-Palestinian conflict – People inspect the damage of destroyed vehicles caused by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, amid the escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence. – Ilia Yefimovich/dpa A week after the shelling began, militants have fired some 3,150 rockets from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, the Israeli army said Monday morning. About 460 […]

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Israel-Gaza fighting enters its second week

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group faced mounting international calls for a ceasefire in hostilities that entered their second week on Monday with no end in sight. World concern deepened with an Israeli air strike in Gaza that destroyed several homes on Sunday and which […]

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Netanyahu: Gaza building housing media ‘perfectly legitimate target’

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza – Al-Jalaa tower, which houses apartments and several media outlets, including The Associated Press and Al Jazeera, collapse after being hit by Israeli airstrikes, amid the escalating flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence. – Mohammed Talatene/dpa Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected criticism of an Israeli airstrike targeting a high-rise building housing […]

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