Tag Archives: Israel

Netanyahu Has Surgery Amid Growing Health Concerns

The Times Of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be discharged from hospital tomorrow afternoon and is recovering well after undergoing a successful hernia surgery at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem last night, his office says in a statement. Skepticism has intensified regarding Netanyahu’s health since he secretly had a pacemaker fitted last year. Doctors later revealed that he had …

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Pope Francis Calls For Gaza Ceasefire In Easter Address

Reuters reports: Pope Francis called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the release of all Israeli hostages in an Easter Sunday address that marked the most important day on the Christian calendar by deploring the suffering caused by wars. The pontiff presided over Mass in a packed and flower-bedecked St Peter’s Square, and then delivered his “Urbi et Orbi” …

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Netanyahu Reverses, Will Send Diplomats To DC Meetup

Axios reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to send two top Israeli officials to Washington as early as next week for talks about a possible military operation in Rafah, four U.S. and Israeli officials told Axios. It’s a sharp reversal by Netanyahu who on Monday canceled the same trip by the same people in protest over the U.S. …

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Israel Cancels US Visit By Diplomats After Gaza Vote

The Washington Post reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday canceled a trip to Washington by an Israeli delegation of top officials after the United Nations Security Council passed its first resolution calling for a Gaza cease-fire. The United States abstained, allowing it to pass. The resolution, backed by 14 nations including China and Russia, demands an immediate cease-fire …

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UN Security Council Backs Gaza Ceasefire, US Abstains

The Guardian reports: For the first time the UN security council has voted for a call for a ceasefire in Gaza, after the US abstained, rather than using its veto as it has done on previous occasions. Russia and China have also previously vetoed texts. The resolution that passed was written by the 10 elected members to the council, and …

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Netanyahu Blasts Schumer’s Call For Israeli Election

The Hill reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday, labeling his floor speech criticizing Netanyahu’s government as “totally inappropriate.” “It is totally inappropriate,” Netanyahu told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” about Schumer’s criticism. “It’s inappropriate to go to a sister democracy and try to replace the elected leadership …

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Biden Backs Schumer’s “Good Speech” On Netanyahu

Reuters reports: President Joe Biden said on Friday that U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer echoed the concerns of many Americans when he called for new elections in Israel and harshly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an obstacle to peace. “He made a good speech,” Biden said in the White House’s Oval Office, when asked by reporters about remarks by …

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Republicans Blast Schumer’s Call To Oust Netanyahu

The Associated Press reports: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called on Israel to hold new elections, saying he believes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has “lost his way” and is an obstacle to peace in the region amid a growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The speech drew a swift reprisal from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who said …

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Schumer Calls For Israeli Election To Replace Netanyahu

The Associated Press reports: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on Israel to hold new elections, saying he believes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has “lost his way” in the Israeli bombardment of Gaza and a growing humanitarian crisis there. Schumer says the prime minister has put himself in a coalition of far-right extremists and “as a result, he …

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Kamala Harris Calls For Immediate Ceasefire In Gaza

Reuters reports: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris bluntly called out Israel on Sunday for not doing enough to ease a “humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza as the Biden administration faces increasing pressure to rein in its close ally while it wages war with Hamas militants. Harris, speaking in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where state troopers beat …

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US Military Begins Airdropping Food Aid Into Gaza

The Associated Press reports: U.S. military C-130 cargo planes on Saturday dropped food in pallets over Gaza, three U.S. officials said, two days after more than 100 Palestinians who had surged to pull goods off an aid convoy were killed during a chaotic encounter with Israeli troops. Three planes from Air Forces Central dropped 66 bundles containing about 38,000 meals …

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US Airman Who Set Self On Fire Had Anarchist Past

The Washington Post reports: Less than two weeks before Aaron Bushnell walked toward the gates of the Israeli Embassy on Sunday, he and a friend talked by phone about their shared identities as anarchists and what kinds of risks and sacrifices were needed to be effective. Bushnell was raised in a religious compound in Orleans, Mass., on Cape Cod, according …

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Biden: Gaza Ceasefire May Happen During Ramadan

Axios reports: President Biden said Monday that Israel has agreed to halt its Gaza offensive during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan if a deal is reached to free the remaining hostages being held by Hamas. “There is a path forward, with difficulty,” Biden said during an interview on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” “First of all … the …

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US Airman Dies After Self-Immolation Outside Israeli Embassy In DC: “I Will Not Be Complicit In Genocide”

The Insider reports: An active duty US Airman on Sunday died after he lit himself on fire in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC, in an act of protest against the war in Gaza. Aaron Bushnell said in a live-streamed video on Twitch that his decision was to “protest against the genocide of the Palestinian people,” according to …

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US Vetoes UN Resolution On Immediate Gaza Ceasefire

CNN reports: The United States has vetoed a resolution at the United Nations calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, an anticipated move that comes amid growing international clamor for Israel to pause its offensive against Hamas.  The US had already signaled its intention to veto the Algerian resolution, but has grown increasingly critical of Israel’s conduct in Gaza and …

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US Proposes UN Resolution Backing Gaza Ceasefire

Reuters reports: The United States has proposed a rival draft United Nations Security Council resolution that would underscore the body’s “support for a temporary ceasefire in Gaza as soon as practicable,” according to the text seen by Reuters on Monday. Washington has been averse to the word ceasefire in any U.N. action on the Israel-Hamas war, but the U.S. draft …

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Senate Advances Bill On Aid To Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan

NBC News reports: The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to proceed to a stripped-down bill that would provide aid to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan, one day after Republicans in the chamber rejected a bipartisan border security and foreign aid bill. The vote of 67-32 means the Senate can begin consideration of the $95 billion package, although the next steps are uncertain …

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UN Court Declines To Dismiss Israeli Genocide Case

NBC News reports: The International Court of Justice has declined Israel’s request to throw out the genocide case brought against it by South Africa, saying that the allegations “appear to be capable of falling within the provisions of the” Genocide Convention of 1948. President Joan E. Donoghue noted that at this stage in the case, the ICJ does not have …

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Axios: Israel Proposes Two-Month Ceasefire In Return For Hamas Releasing All Remaining Hostages In Gaza

Axios reports: Israel has given Hamas a proposal through Qatari and Egyptian mediators that includes up to two months of a pause in the fighting as part of a multi-phase deal that would include the release of all remaining hostages held in Gaza, two Israeli officials said. While the proposal doesn’t include an agreement to end the war, it is …

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Families Of Hostages Storm Israeli Parliament Meeting

Reuters reports: A group of relatives of Israelis held hostage by Palestinian gunmen in Gaza stormed a parliamentary committee session in Jerusalem on Monday, demanding that the lawmakers do more to try to free their loved ones. The action by about 20 people signaled growing domestic dissent in the fourth month of the Gaza war against Hamas. One woman held …

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