Biden on hot mic: ‘Come to Jesus meeting’ with Netanyahu on the way

President Biden told a Democratic lawmaker and members of his Cabinet after the State of the Union address that he told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu they need a “come-to-Jesus meeting.” Biden’s comments, captured on a hot microphone as he spoke to Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) on the floor of the House chamber, came after … Read more

Biden in a hot mic moment shows his growing frustration with Netanyahu over Gaza humanitarian crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ‘s growing frustration with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to rise, with the Democrat, captured on a hot mic, saying he and the Israeli leader will have to have a “come to Jesus meeting.” Biden’s comments came as he spoke with Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., on the … Read more

Sweden officially joins NATO, ending decades of post-World War II neutrality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweden formally joined on Thursday NATO as the 32nd member of the transatlantic military alliance, ending decades neutrality after the Second World War and centuries of broader non-alignment with the great powers, as security concerns in Europe have increased following Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine. President Joe Biden congratulated Sweden on its … Read more

Gaza cease-fire talks fail to achieve a breakthrough with Ramadan just days away, Egypt says

CAIRO (AP) — Three days of negotiations with Hamas over a ceasefire in Gaza and the release of Israeli hostages failed to produce a breakthrough Tuesday, Egyptian officials said, less than a week before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. , the informal deadline for a deal. Nearly five months of fighting … Read more

Kamala Harris meets Netanyahu rival in push for cease-fire deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris A member of Israel’s war cabinet will visit Washington on Monday in defiance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Benny Gantz, a centrist political rival of Netanyahu, is speaking this week with several senior Biden administration officials, including Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Council Middle … Read more

Gaza truce talks in Paris reportedly making ‘significant progress’ – POLITICO

According to Hamas, these talks come at a time when air strikes killed about a hundred people in the Gaza Strip on Friday. International efforts to broker a ceasefire appeared to gain momentum again this week after Brett McGurk, a senior US envoy to the Middle East, met with Israeli leaders. On Thursday, Israeli Prime … Read more

Biden administration restores Trump-rescinded policy on illegitimacy of Israeli settlements

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday reinstated a U.S. legal finding from nearly 50 years ago that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are “unlawful” under international law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US believes the settlements violate Israel’s obligations a decision by his predecessor, Mike Pompeo, in the Biden … Read more

Israel-Hamas war: Netanyahu orders Gaza’s crowded Rafah evacuated ahead of an expected ground invasion

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he has ordered the army to prepare a plan to evacuate civilians from Rafah ahead of an expected Israeli invasion of the Palestinian territories. densely populated city in southern Gaza. The announcement came after heavy international criticism, including from the US, over Israeli intentions … Read more