Foreign Policy

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April 15, 2024 09:01 AM
Congress and the White House will be focused this week on how to respond to Iran’s retaliatory strike on Israel over the weekend — and, for the White House, how to avoid a broader war in the Middle East. President Joe Biden reportedly told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the U.S. would not back Israel in a counterattack. Meanwhile, the House plans to consider legislation in support of Israel.
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April 12, 2024 04:17 PM
President Joe Biden said Friday that he expects Iran will attack Israel “sooner than later” and gave a one-word message to Tehran: “Don’t.” He returned to the microphone to vow to support Israel, adding, “Iran will not succeed.”
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April 10, 2024 02:24 PM
President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to do more to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza. “We’ll see what he does in terms of meeting the commitments he made to me,” Biden said at the White House.
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April 09, 2024 11:37 AM
The secretary of defense told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing Tuesday that “we don’t have any evidence of genocide” committed by Israel in Gaza. Israel’s ongoing military campaign in Gaza, since Hamas militants killed over 1,000 people last October, has killed tens of thousands and displaced more than 2 million people.
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April 05, 2024 10:14 AM
A day after Biden said future U.S. policy toward Israel could be conditional on Israel taking “immediate action” to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the IDF released findings of their investigation into the strike on a WCK convoy and dismissed several officers.
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April 04, 2024 02:00 PM
According to a White House readout, Joe Biden told Benjamin Netanyahu that the U.S. approach to helping Israel with the conflict in Gaza was conditional on Israel’s ability to “announce and implement a series of specific, concrete and measurable steps to address civilian harm, humanitarian suffering and the safety of aid workers.” Biden also said that an immediate cease-fire is “essential” to “stabilize and improve the humanitarian situation.”
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March 25, 2024 12:17 PM
The United Nations Security Council passed its first cease-fire resolution in Gaza, calling for the immediate cease-fire during Ramadan and the immediate release of all hostages. Benjamin Netanyahu’s top adviser canceled his trip to Washington, D.C., in protest of the U.S. abstaining from the resolution vote, ultimately allowing it to pass.
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March 18, 2024 03:47 PM
President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone on Monday for the first time in weeks. The president warned Netanyahu against a major ground operation in Rafah, a city in the Gaza Strip, according to national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Netanyahu agreed to Biden’s invitation to send a team to the U.S. to discuss concerns about the invasion, Sullivan said.
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March 15, 2024 02:10 PM
President Joe Biden said Friday that Chuck Schumer “made a good speech” after the majority leader called for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be replaced by a new government. “I think he expressed serious concerns shared not only by him but by many Americans,” Biden said.
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March 14, 2024 10:37 AM
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for rejecting Palestinian statehood and said Israel should hold elections to select a new government. Netanyahu “has lost his way” by aligning with right-wing forces and been too willing to tolerate the high civilian death toll in Gaza, Schumer said Thursday. “The Netanyahu coalition no longer fits the needs of Israel.”
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March 07, 2024 01:23 PM
Joe Biden will announce at the State of the Union he will order the military to build a temporary port in Gaza, which will allow more humanitarian aid to get to Palestinians, according to multiple news outlets briefed on the matter.
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March 04, 2024 02:10 PM
Gantz is scheduled to meet with Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and members of the White House National Security Council Monday. “With friends we need to speak openly and this is what I am going to do,” Gantz told reporters outside the entrance of the White House ahead of his meetings. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly did not authorize Gantz’s trip to the United States signaling friction within Israel’s government.
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February 27, 2024 09:41 AM
The president said Monday that a cease-fire could be imminent in the Israel-Hamas war, hopefully by next Monday. “Ramadan’s coming up and there has been an agreement by the Israelis that they would not engage in activities during Ramadan as well, in order to give us time to get all the hostages out,” he said. However, officials from both Israel and Hamas downplayed the idea that they were close to a deal.
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February 22, 2024 02:58 PM
The president met with Yulia Navalnaya and daughter Dasha Navalnaya in San Francisco Thursday, less than one week after the Russian opposition leader’s death in a Russian prison, the White House said in a readout of the meeting. During the meeting, which was not listed on the official White House’s schedule, Biden reaffirmed forthcoming sanctions against Russia. Biden called Vladimir Putin a “crazy SOB” in remarks at a fundraiser Wednesday.
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February 20, 2024 03:22 PM
President Joe Biden said the U.S. will “have a major package” of sanctions against Russia to announce on Friday. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said earlier in the day that a new sanctions package would “hold Russia accountable for what happened to Mr. Navalny and, quite frankly, for all its actions over the course of this vicious and brutal war that has now raged on for two years.”
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February 20, 2024 11:08 AM
For the third time, the United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding a cease-fire in Gaza. The vote was 13-1 (the United Kingdom abstained). U.S. officials had already warned that a veto was coming — they said the resolution would not accomplish the goals of pausing the conflict, getting out hostages and allowing aid into the region.
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