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LIVE VIDEO: House To Vote On Aid To Ukraine & Israel

The New York Times reports: The House on Saturday was heading toward passage of a $95 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, as Speaker Mike Johnson put his job on the line to advance the long-stalled legislation in defiance of hard-liners from his own party. Lawmakers were expected on Saturday afternoon to vote separately on aid for …

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NYT: Israel Hits Iranian Air Base In “Limited” Strike

The New York Times reports: The Israeli military struck Iran early on Friday, according to two Israeli and three Iranian officials, in what appeared to be Israel’s first military response to Iran’s attack last weekend but one whose scope, at least initially, appeared to be limited. The Iranian officials said that a strike had hit a military air base near …

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Johnson Plans Separate Aid Bills For Ukraine And Israel

Bloomberg News reports: Speaker Mike Johnson plans separate House votes this week on new aid to Israel and Ukraine following Iran’s missile and drone attack over the weekend, a lawmaker said. The maneuver taps urgency among many US lawmakers to show solidarity with Israel in the wake of the attack while testing the determination of ultraconservatives to block Ukraine aid. …

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World Leaders Urge Israel Not To Escalate Against Iran

The Hill reports: “We have condemned, we have intervened, we will do everything to avoid an escalation, an inferno,” French President Emmanuel Macron said to French media BFMTV and RMC. Macron added that France will try to “convince Israel that we must not respond by escalating,” and, instead of attacking Tehran, work to “isolate Iran, increase sanctions and find a …

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House Republicans Unveil New Bills To Sanction Iran

Axios reports: The House on Sunday teed up more than a dozen new votes for this week on bills sanctioning Iran and its proxies in retaliation for a wide-ranging drone attack on Israel. The switch-up from Republicans’ plan to vote on several appliance-related “messaging” bills comes as lawmakers in both parties are pressing President Biden take a hard line against …

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Scalise: House Will Vote On Israel Aid Due To Attack

NPR reports: The House of Representatives is shifting its schedule for the coming week to consider legislation supporting Israel in the aftermath of Iran launching drones toward Israel on Saturday, marking a significant escalation in the Middle East conflict. “In light of Iran’s unjustified attack on Israel, the House will move from its previously announced legislative schedule next week to …

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Israel Reports Minor Damage From Iranian Attack

The New York Times reports: Israel’s war cabinet was set to meet on Sunday afternoon, officials said, hours after Iran fired hundreds of exploding drones and missiles in what was believed to be its first direct attack on Israel after years of a shadow war. Nearly all of the volleys were intercepted, and those that made impact caused only minor …

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Blackburn Calls For Retaliatory US Strikes On Iran

The Hill reports: Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called for retaliatory strikes against Iran after Tehran launched drone and cruise missile attacks against Israel on Saturday. “Iran has begun launching drone strikes on Israel,” Blackburn said Saturday on social media platform X. “@POTUS — we must move quickly and launch aggressive retaliatory strikes on Iran.” Blackburn’s post gives a sense …

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IDF Says Iran Has Launched Drone Strikes On Israel

The Jerusalem Post reports: The IDF announced on Saturday night that Iran has launched dozens of drones directly from its territory against Israel, in a radical change from its usual use of proxies. The military said that it is ready to shoot them down, though air defense is not hermetic. The IDF’s shoot-down capabilities include aircraft, Iron Dome, David’s Sling, …

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US Embassy Warns Of Possible Iranian Strike On Israel

Reuters reports: The United States said on Thursday it had restricted its employees in Israel and their family members from personal travel outside the greater Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Be’er Sheva areas amid Iran’s threats to retaliate against its regional adversary. Iran has vowed revenge for the April 1 airstrike on its embassy compound in Damascus, ratcheting up tension in …

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US Agency To Congress: Famine Has Begun In Gaza

Axios reports: Samantha Power, the director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), told lawmakers Wednesday that people in parts of northern Gaza have begun facing famine. Power is the first U.S. official to publicly say that famine has started in parts of the enclave, which had been on the verge of famine for months because of humanitarian aid …

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José Andrés: Strike On Aid Convoy Is “Unforgivable”

Axios reports: Chef José Andrés called the Israeli airstrike that killed seven World Central Kitchen aid workers last week “unforgivable,” per an ABC interview that aired Sunday. “This doesn’t seem a war against terror. This doesn’t seem anymore a war about defending Israel. This really, at this point, seems it’s a war against humanity itself,” Andrés told “This Week” co-anchor …

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Pelosi Signs Call To Halt Weapons Transfers To Israel

Axios reports: Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) signed onto a call by progressive members of Congress for the U.S. to stop transferring weapons to Israel over a strike that killed seven aid workers in Gaza. It’s a significant break with Israel by a long-standing supporter that underscores growing fissures between Democrats and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. The …

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Trump Says Netanyahu Should “Get It Over With”

The Washington Post reports: When asked by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday whether he was “100 percent with Israel,” the former president did not give a direct answer but emphasized the optics of the ongoing conflict, saying the country is “losing the PR war.” “They’re releasing the most heinous, most horrible tapes of buildings falling down,” Trump said. …

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Israel Agrees To Increase Gaza Aid After US Ultimatum

Axios reports: Three hours after a tough call on Thursday between President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli cabinet approved new steps to increase the flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza. The U.S. had asked Israel to implement those steps months ago but Netanyahu, who is in a tenuous political position in Israel, has been under pressure …

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Israel Says Strike On Aid Convoy Was “Grave Mistake”

CNN reports: The Israeli military believed they were targeting Hamas operatives when they attacked and killed seven food aid workers in Gaza on Monday, according to an internal inquest that led to the dismissal of two officers. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Friday that “those who approved the strike were convinced that they were targeting armed Hamas operatives,” calling …

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Biden Calls For “Immediate Ceasefire” In Gaza, Warns Netanyahu To Better Protect Gazan Civilians Or Else

The Jerusalem Post reports: The United States will change its policy toward Gaza unless Israel takes immediate steps to better protect Palestinian civilians there, US President Joe Biden warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a terse brief call on Thursday night. “With regard to our policy in the Gaza Strip… if we don’t see the changes that we need to …

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Jose Andres: IDF “Systematically” Targeted Aid Convoy

Reuters reports: Celebrity chef Jose Andres told Reuters in an emotional interview on Wednesday that an Israeli attack that killed seven of his food aid workers in Gaza had targeted them “systematically, car by car.” Speaking via video, Andres said the World Central Kitchen (WCK) charity group he founded had clear communication with the Israeli military, which he said knew …

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Seven Food Aid Workers From Chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen Killed In Israeli Strike, Netanyahu Sorry

The Daily Beast reports: A dual U.S.-Canadian citizen was among seven food aid workers killed in an Israeli military strike on a humanitarian convoy in Gaza, the World Central Kitchen said Tuesday. Haaretz reported that the convoy of vehicles, which had coordinated its route through a demilitarized zone with the Israel Defense Forces, was hit three times in succession until …

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Right Wing Israeli Reporters Visiting Mar-A-Lago Say Trump “Shocked” Them With His Call To End Gaza War

The New York Times reports: Two Israeli journalists traveled to Palm Beach, Fla., a little over a week ago, hoping to elicit from Donald J. Trump a powerful expression of support for their country’s war in Gaza. Instead, one of them wrote that what they heard from Mr. Trump at Mar-a-Lago “shocked us to the core.” “Both U.S. presidential candidates, …

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