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Tense Biden-Netanyahu Relations Front-and-Center as Gaza War Continues

April 5, 2024

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Relations between the Biden and Netanyahu administrations got more strained over the past week, as AllSides covered in these Headline Roundups: 

Israel Cancels DC Meetings After US Abstention Allows UN Gaza Ceasefire Resolution

March 25, 2024

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The U.S. and Israel’s strained relations added another layer of complexity on Monday. 

U.S. diplomats declined to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, allowing the 14 other council members to pass it on Monday. The U.S. had blocked previous similar resolutions, but Russia and China blocked a recent U.S. ceasefire proposal that also called for the release of Hamas’ hostages.

As a result, Israeli leaders canceled planned meetings with American officials. In a statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the U.S. abstention “damages both the war effort and the effort to release the hostages because it gives Hamas hope that international pressure will allow them to accept a ceasefire without the release of our hostages.” 

National security spokesman John Kirby said the White House was “kind of perplexed” by Israel’s decision, highlighting that the nonbinding U.N. resolution had “no impact at all on Israel.”

While Republicans in the U.S. have generally been more supportive of Netanyahu, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said in an interview that Israel had made a “big mistake” in Gaza and should “finish up [its] war.”

News coverage from across the spectrum:

Recent Headline Roundups: 

Regional Media Mark International Women’s Day 2024

March 8, 2024

Abdelhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera

English-language regional media outlets covered different perspectives on International Women’s Day. 

Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias)

Haaretz (Lean Left bias)

The Times of Israel (Center bias)

The Jerusalem Post (Center bias)

VP Harris Pushes Six-Week Ceasefire as Netanyahu Rival Visits US

March 4, 2024


With Israel continuing its operations in Rafah, the Biden administration has pushed for a potential six-week ceasefire deal that Israel and Hamas have yet to agree to. Meanwhile, a top rival to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the U.S. 

On Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris called for an “immediate” ceasefire and criticized both the Netanyahu government and Hamas for failing to agree to a pause in the fighting. 

On Hamas: “I will repeat that the threat Hamas poses to the people of Israel must be eliminated,” Harris said, later adding, “Hamas claims it wants a ceasefire. Well, there is a deal on the table. And as we have said, Hamas needs to agree to that deal.”

On Israel: “The Israeli government must do more to significantly increase the flow of aid. No excuses,” Harris said, citing “inhumane” conditions and starvation in Gaza. The Guardian (Lean Left bias) said Harris’ comments “appeared to be the sharpest rebuke yet” of Israel’s actions “by a senior leader in the US government.”

On Sunday, Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz flew to the U.S. to meet with Harris at the White House. The visit by Gantz, a Netanyahu rival labeled a “centrist” by Politico (Lean Left bias), was widely said to signal a potential split within the Israeli government over the conflict. 

Related: Recent tragedies highlighted the humanitarian situation in Gaza. On February 29, over 112 Palestinians were killed in a chaotic event in western Gaza City. Accounts differed, but reports suggested Palestinians crowded and potentially trampled some people to access a food aid convoy, after which Israeli troops fired what the IDF later called "warning shots." The food trucks tried to escape the shooting by driving through the crowd. Read more from our Headline Roundup here.

PA Government Resigns Amid Push for Post-War Palestinian State

February 26, 2024

Ludovic Marin/AP

Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said he and his cabinet would resign on Monday, telling PA President Mahmoud Abbas that the next stage of regional events would “require new governmental and political arrangements that take into account the emerging reality in the Gaza Strip, the national unity talks, and the urgent need for an inter-Palestinian consensus.” 

The move comes as the Biden administration pushes for a formally-recognized post-war Palestinian state, arguing it would support long-term regional stability; Secretary of State Antony Blinken has previously argued that a “revitalized” PA, which currently administers parts of the West Bank, should retake control Gaza after Hamas. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released his own post-war plan for Gaza, arguing that “unilateral” recognition of a Palestinian state would “endanger the state of Israel.”

Related: On Sunday afternoon, a U.S. airman died in an an act of self-immolation to protest Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying, “I will no longer be complicit in genocide.” Read our Headline Roundup on the story here.

Countries Seek Diplomatic Action on Israel at UN

February 20, 2024

AP Photo/Peter Dejong

On Tuesday, the U.S. vetoed an Arab-backed U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire to make way for its own draft ceasefire resolution, which reportedly calls for a temporary cease-fire in Gaza “as soon as practicable,” as well as the release of all of Hamas' hostages.  

This comes as the International Court of Justice hears arguments on the legality of Israel’s occupation of land claimed by Palestinians, responsive to a 2022 U.N. request for the court’s non-binding advisory opinion on the matter. Palestinian Authority officials said the right to self-determination was non-negotiable, and Israeli officials said the court’s proceedings were an illegitimate attempt to circumvent diplomatic negotiation. Read more from our Headline Roundup.

All Eyes on Rafah as Israel Launches Raids, Airstrikes

February 13, 2024

Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post

Global and regional attention has now turned to Rafah, a densely populated city on Gaza’s southern border.

Western and Arab leaders have expressed concerns over Israel’s anticipated assault on Rafah, now home to an estimated 1.3 million displaced Palestinians. Read more from our Headline Roundup.

That included President Joe Biden, who privately called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an “a*****e” in “at least three recent instances,” NBC News (Lean Left bias) reported based on three anonymous sources. Biden met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the White House on Monday.

On the other side of the Gaza Strip, Israel said it discovered a Hamas command hub in tunnels beneath the Gaza City headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which recently came under fire for having employees with Hamas ties. Read more from our Headline Roundup. 

Netanyahu Dismisses Hamas' 135-Day Ceasefire Counterproposal

February 7, 2024

REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo

Hamas countered a ceasefire proposal with an offer including a 135-day halt in fighting, a phased Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, and an exchange of all of Hamas’ hostages for over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Hamas' demands "delusional" and said Israel would push on until "total victory."

Diplomats from Israel, Egypt, Qatar, and the U.S. had worked for weeks on their own ceasefire proposal, which was delivered to Hamas last week. At the time, Qatari mediators said Hamas’ response to that proposal was “generally positive.”

Read more from our Headline Roundup.

Blinken Visits Middle East, Houthis Vow Retaliation, CNN Accused of Pro-Israel Bias

February 5, 2024

Times of Israel (Mark Schiefelbein / POOL / AFP)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the Middle East on Monday to facilitate talks on a potential ceasefire deal, his fifth such visit since Hamas’ October 7 attacks. The Times of Israel (Center bias) explained, “The diplomatic push has become more urgent with the surge in attacks across the region by Iran-backed groups in solidarity with Hamas, triggering counterattacks by the United States.”

Meanwhile, Houthi rebels in Yemen — who oppose Israel — vowed to retaliate after the U.S. and U.K. launched strikes against Houthi targets over the weekend. Read more about it in our Headline Roundup.

Furthermore, six CNN (Lean Left bias) staffers accused the news organization of “systemic and institutional bias within the network toward Israel,” The Guardian (Lean Left bias) reported. This allegedly included “tight restrictions on quoting Hamas and reporting other Palestinian perspectives while Israel government statements are taken at face value.”

Biden Signs Executive Order Targeting Israeli Settler Violence in West Bank

February 1, 2024

New York Post (REUTERS)

The Biden administration issued an executive order on Thursday stating, “the situation in the West Bank — in particular high levels of extremist settler violence, forced displacement of people and villages, and property destruction — has reached intolerable levels and constitutes a serious threat to the peace, security, and stability of the West Bank and Gaza, Israel, and the broader Middle East region.” Read our Headline Roundup on the story here.

In other news, officials in the U.S. and the Middle East are reportedly hopeful about a proposed ceasefire agreement. The Jerusalem Post (Center bias) cited a Qatari official quoted by Reuters (Center bias), who said that while “There is no deal yet,” Hamas leaders received the ceasefire framework “positively.”

However, the New York Post (Lean Right bias) — citing The Wall Street Journal (Center bias)reported that “Hamas is demanding the release of 150 Palestinian prisoners for every female Israeli soldier freed from Gaza.”

At the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, President Joe Biden said he was “working to find the means to bring our hostages home, to ease the humanitarian crisis and to bring peace to Gaza and Israel and enduring peace with two states for two peoples,” The Washington Post (Lean Left bias) reported.

Hostage Talks 'Constructive' but 'Significant Gaps' Remain, Netanyahu Says After Paris Meeting

January 29, 2024

Times of Israel (YouTube screenshot)

Officials and negotiators from Israel, Egypt, Qatar, and the U.S. met in Paris, France on Sunday and reportedly agreed to an initial framework of a hostage deal, NBC News (Lean Left bias) reported. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said, “There remain significant gaps, which are due for continued discussion among the sides this week.” The deal would reportedly involve freeing Hamas’ hostages in exchange for a two-month ceasefire.

Hamas appeared to reject the deal, The Times of Israel (Center bias) reported, with a senior Hamas official saying the group wanted a “complete and comprehensive ceasefire,” including a full retreat of Israeli forces out of Gaza.  

UK, Canada, and Other Western Nations Join US in Pausing Funding to UNRWA

January 28, 2024

Mohammed Saber/EPA

Several Western countries paused funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East since the U.S. did so on Friday.

Joining the US are Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. The pauses come amid accusations that 12 of the organization’s 13,000 staffers were involved in Hamas’ October 7 terror attack. UNRWA has fired the accused employees and is set to conduct an investigation.

Former President Donald Trump canceled US funding to the UNRWA in 2018, but the Biden administration restored it in 2021. The United States was the agency’s biggest donor in 2022, contributing nearly $344 million.

On Saturday, UN secretary general, António Guterres said in a statement: “I strongly appeal to the governments that have suspended their contributions to, at least, guarantee the continuity of UNRWA’s operations.” He added, “The abhorrent alleged acts of these staff members must have consequences… But the tens of thousands of men and women who work for UNRWA, many in some of the most dangerous situations for humanitarian workers, should not be penalized.”

The Guardian (Lean Left bias) opened its article highlighting a warning from Palestinians that the pause “will significantly worsen the humanitarian crisis” in Gaza. It also added context regarding how dire the humanitarian situation is in Gaza and included a perspective from Hamas. The Times of Israel (Center bias) claimed the UNRWA “has played a pivotal aid role during the ongoing war.”

UN Staffers Accused of Participating in Oct. 7 Hamas Attack

January 26, 2024


Several employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) allegedly participated in the Hamas attack on October 7, 2023. In response to these claims, the UNRWA fired the staffers in question.

According to Israeli authorities, the accused UN employees took part in a terrorist attack led by Hamas, which resulted in over 1,200 Israeli deaths. The UNRWA is set to conduct a thorough investigation into these allegations, while the U.S. State Department has temporarily halted additional funding for the UNRWA.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini stated, “To protect the Agency’s ability to deliver humanitarian assistance, I have taken the decision to immediately terminate the contracts of these staff members and launch an investigation in order to establish the truth without delay. Any UNRWA employee who was involved in acts of terror will be held accountable, including through criminal prosecution.”

The UNRWA, whose main responsibility is providing aid to Gaza citizens, has nearly 13,000 staffers operating in Gaza. The U.N. agency has repeatedly faced accusations of anti-Israel bias.

The Associated Press (Lean Left bias) emphasized the role of the UNRWA in providing aid in Gaza, hinting at the potential impact on the agency's operations due to the halt in U.S. funding. The New York Post (Lean Right bias) noted the White House’s previous vocal support of the UNRWA and included quotes from Republican lawmakers calling for a permanent defunding of the agency.

ICJ Orders Israel to Limit Gaza Deaths, Stops Short of Calling for Ceasefire

January 26, 2024

REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday ordered Israel to prevent possible acts of genocide by its forces in Gaza but declined to call for a ceasefire. 

Finding some of the genocide claims against Israel to be “plausible,” the ICJ ordered Israel to “ensure with immediate effect that its military does not commit any acts” that could violate the United Nations’ Genocide Convention. ICJ judges said their interim order was necessary because “the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is at serious risk of deteriorating further before the court renders its final judgement.”

South Africa’s government called the ruling “a decisive victory for international rule of law.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Israel’s “unwavering” commitment to both international law and the defense of the Israeli people, but said the “vile attempt to deny Israel” the right to defend itself “is blatant discrimination against the Jewish state.” 

South Africa brought the case accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza in early January. Deaths reported by the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Health Ministry topped 26,000 on Friday — over 1% of Gaza’s pre-war population. 

Some left-leaning regional outlets sympathetic to Palestinians, like Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) and Haaretz (Lean Left bias), had live coverage of the ICJ’s order. Right-rated outlets were more likely to note that the order was issued on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. While most coverage quoted Israel’s response, right-rated outlets appeared less likely to quote Palestinian reactions.

Families of Hamas Hostages Protest Against Netanyahu in Israel

January 24, 2024


Growing distress over the uncertain fate of the remaining hostages in Gaza has triggered a series of public demonstrations in Israel. 

Over a hundred Israeli citizens remain captive in Gaza following Hamas’ October 7 attack. Protesters maintain that the government's efforts for their release have been insufficient. At a parliament committee meeting, they held up signs reading "You will not sit here while they die there" and "Release them now, now, now!" During a rally, a mother of a hostage said, "For 105 days, I haven’t known where my child is."

While the Israeli government has repeatedly expressed a commitment to securing the safe release of the hostages, some officials have reportedly questioned whether Israel can successfully destroy Hamas while also freeing the hostages. The protests came as Netanyahu rejected an offer by Hamas to release the hostages in exchange for ending the war, equating the proposal to “surrender.” On Wednesday, multiple outlets reported that Israel and Hamas were nearing a deal to release hostages during a one-month pause in fighting.

Media outlets often prompted readers to empathize with the plight of the hostages' families. Al Jazeera (Lean Left) and The Daily Beast (Left) highlighted the growing resentment towards Netanyahu and his government, while the New York Post (Lean Right) emphasized the distress of families and their increasing desperation. Coverage generally  underscored the high stakes and emotional toll of war, with a focus on its direct impact on the civilian population.

Israel Suffers Highest Single-Day Death Toll Since October 7

January 23, 2024


Israeli forces suffered 24 deaths in Gaza on Monday, marking the IDF’s highest single-day loss since October 7.

At least 21 soldiers were killed when an RPG fired by Hamas hit a tank near two buildings Israeli forces were mining for destruction. Israeli forces were reportedly destroying structures and sites used by Hamas in an attempt to set up a buffer zone that would allow residents of Israeli border towns to return to their homes. Three other IDF troops were also killed on Monday as part of Israel’s escalated efforts in the southern Gazan city of Khan Younis.

The casualties raise Israel’s military death toll during its war with Hamas to 219. Hamas’ health ministry said 25,295 Gazans have now been killed since October 7.

Middle East Eye (Left bias) highlighted a report that the attack came during a telecommunications blackout in Gaza and gave context on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The Times of Israel (Center bias) reported the Gazan death toll but also referred to a report from the IDF in which it said it has killed over 9,000 Hamas members since October 7. The Telegraph (Lean Right bias) included context about Israel’s Monday assault on Khan Younis in which it stormed a hospital and arrested officials.

Diplomacy Falters as Netanyahu Rejects Hamas Deal, Two-State Soluton

January 22, 2024

VOA (Reuters)

Attempts at diplomacy, in good faith or not, appeared to fail as Israel continued its offensive against Hamas in Gaza. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an offer by Hamas to release Israeli hostages, which he said would have required “the end of the war, the withdrawal of our forces from Gaza, the release of all the murderers and rapists.” This came as some Israeli leaders reportedly considered whether the goals of freeing Hamas’ hostages and destroying Hamas were still compatible. 

Meanwhile, Netanyahu also rejected the prospect of a two-state solution post-war, even as Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat said the country would not normalize relations with Israel without a credible path to Palestinian statehood. Still, U.S. President Joe Biden insisted that “types” of two-state solutions were still possible.

Israeli Minister Publicly Criticizes Netanyahu's Ruling Capability and Handling of Hamas War

January 20, 2024

Getty Images (BBC News)

Retired military chief and current minister without portfolio Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the war in Gaza.

Eisenkot, in an interview with the Israeli program Udva, said those claiming an "absolute defeat" of Hamas in Northern Gaza were not "speaking the truth.” He also criticized Netanyahu for failing to protect Israel from Hamas’ October 7 terror attack, and called for elections “in the next few months.” Eisenkot, whose son was killed fighting in Gaza, said the rescue of remaining hostages should take priority “before killing the enemy.”

Eisenkot was sworn into Israel’s war cabinet in October 2023, but is a nonvoting member.

The development reflects growing dissonance within Israel as Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to reject the idea of a two-state solution, an approach the United States continues to verbally support. The White House said President Biden and Netanyahu most recently discussed a two-state solution on Friday during their first call in nearly a month.

NBC News (Lean Left bias) framed its story around Israeli hostages and the conditions they faced in Gaza. BBC News (Center bias) framed its coverage around the American role in reaching a two-state solution and Netanyahu’s shortcomings as ruler. Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) noted a recent Haaretz (Lean Left bias) op-ed in which former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak called for new elections to prevent Netanyahu from creating a “quagmire” in Gaza.

Senate Rejects Sanders' Effort to Halt Israel Aid

January 17, 2024

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images via CNN

The Senate rejected a resolution brought by Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) that would have halted security aid to Israel and required the State Department to investigate if United States weapons supplied to Israel were used to commit human rights violations in Gaza.

The resolution failed in a 72-11 vote, with the majority of Democrats joining Republicans in opposition.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Sanders stated, "While there is no question in my mind that Israel has the right to defend itself and go to war against Hamas, who started this terrible situation, Israel does not have the right to go to war against the entire Palestinian people and innocent men, women, and children in Gaza. Tragically, that is what we're seeing."

Opposing the resolution, Sen. Lindsey Graham said, "This resolution is not only off-base, it's dangerous. It sends absolutely the wrong signal at the wrong time."

CNN (Lean Left bias) said the vote was "largely symbolic" and demonstrated "significant concern among the Senate Democratic Caucus with Israel’s handling of the war."

World Marks 100 Days Since Oct. 7 Hamas Attack

January 15, 2024

January 14 was the 100th day since Hamas’ deadly October 7 attacks, sparking a war that has reportedly claimed tens of thousands of lives. Different media outlets marked the day by highlighting different victims of the conflict. 

The Jerusalem Post

The Jerusalem Post (Center bias) noted “100 days of Gaza hostages' captivity,” with opinion headlines including “hostages have spent 100 days in hell” and “100 days of captivity.” As long as Hamas continues holding Israelis hostage, one opinion writer said, “Israel cannot heal and recover,” and “there is a danger to security and stability in the world.”

Al Jazeera (Abed Khaled/AP Photo)

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) marked “100 days of Israel’s relentless war on Gaza,” noting October 7 as “an attack by armed fighters” that Israel responded to with “a vicious bombing campaign and tightened what was already a crushing siege that Gaza has been under since 2007.” A headline on a list of photos of the war marked “100 days of death and suffering.”

US, UK Target Houthi Rebels, South Africa Accuses Israel of Genocide

January 12, 2024

UK MOD/Handout via Reuters

Following a string of attacks on commercial shipping vessels sailing through the Red Sea carried out by Houthi rebels in Yemen, the U.S. and U.K. launched strikes against multiple Houthi targets in Yemen on Thursday. A Houthi military spokesperson stated that the strikes killed five and wounded six.

President Joe Biden said the operation "successfully conducted strikes against a number of targets in Yemen used by Houthi rebels to endanger freedom of navigation in one of the world’s most vital waterways."

Meanwhile, lawyers representing South Africa accused Israel of enacting a genocide against Palestinians in Gaza at the International Court of Justice on Thursday, arguing that Israel’s purportedly genocidal acts included mass killings, forced displacement, food and water blockades, and destruction of Gaza’s healthcare system.

The accusation received a mixed reception in Western media. A Palestinian citizen of Israel wrote in The Guardian (Lean Left bias) that the accusation is a "wake-up call" for Western governments, while the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board (Lean Right bias) accused South Africa of criticizing Israel as a means to "curry favor with Russia, China and Iran."

Israeli Defense Minister Outlines Next Stage of War

January 4, 2023

REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant discussed the next stage of Israel's military operations in Gaza on Thursday.

Israel is dialing back its ground operations in Gaza, which Reuters (Center bias) attributed to "international pressure" and economic challenges.

The Israeli Defense Forces will continue raids, tunnel demolitions, special operations, and air strikes, but Israel will allow thousands of reservist troops to withdraw from Gaza.

Regarding the desired outcome for Gaza, Gallant said that Hamas would no longer be in control of the enclave, but it would be run by Palestinians so long as the body posed no threat to Israel. 

According to Reuters, most of Gaza's 2.3 million population is currently living in tents and makeshift shelters in the southern region.

On Thursday, 20 Palestinians were reportedly killed by Israeli shelling, including nine children.

Suspected Israeli Strike Kills Top Hamas Leader in Lebanon

January 2, 2024


An explosion in Beirut, Lebanon killed a top Hamas leader and three others on Tuesday. Israel has not taken responsibility, but Lebanese officials suspect the blast was an Israeli strike. While The Wall Street Journal (Center bias) discussed the “suspected Israeli strike,” Fox News (Right bias) merely said the “explosion” was reported on by “Hezbollah-linked news outlets.”

From The Wall Street Journal: “The blast killed Saleh al-Arouri, a founder of the Hamas military wing and one of its top political leaders, and at least three other people, the officials said. Hamas confirmed Arouri’s death in a statement. The Israeli military declined to comment on the explosion.”

From Haaretz (Lean Left bias): “Arabic diplomatic sources told Haaretz on Tuesday night that the assassination of al-Arouri in Beirut has brought the deal negotiations between Israel and Hamas to a halt, and now the talks are focusing on preventing escalation, especially in the north of Israel.”

From Fox News: “Netanyahu has threatened to kill Arouri since before the Oct. 7 terrorist attack that sparked the ongoing conflict. Since the outbreak of violence, the Israeli government has redoubled efforts targeting key Hamas leaders in an attempt to cripple the terrorist organization from the top.”

Recent Headline Roundups: 

Biden Admin Bypasses Congress, Approves $147.5 Million Weapons Sale

December 29, 2023

AP Photo / Alex Brandon, File

The Biden Administration approved an emergency weapons sale to Israel, bypassing Congressional approval for the second time this month.

The Associated Press (Lean Left bias) reported that the $147.5 million sale includes equipment necessary to use the 155-mm shells already purchased by Israel.

A statement from the State Department read, "Given the urgency of Israel’s defensive needs, the secretary notified Congress that he had exercised his delegated authority to determine an emergency existed necessitating the immediate approval of the transfer."

The AP deemed the emergency authorization and bypassing of congressional approval "rare, but not unprecedented."

Earlier this month, the Biden Administration issued an emergency authorization for a $106 million sale of 14,000 rounds of tank ammunition.

War Risks Spilling Over Into Lebanon, Israeli Leaders Warn

December 28, 2023

Washington Post (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli leaders warned Wednesday that the situation on the country’s border with Lebanon “must change” to keep the war from expanding. For weeks, Israel and the Iranian-backed Lebanon-based group Hezbollah have exchanged rocket fire across the border. 

From Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias): Israeli war cabinet member Benny Gantz said, “The stopwatch for a diplomatic solution is running out, if the world and the Lebanese government don’t act in order to prevent the firing on Israel’s northern residents, and to distance Hezbollah from the border, the [Israeli military] will do it.”

From The Washington Post (Lean Left bias): A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the region was “at a fork in the road.” Meanwhile, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Israel was already in a “multifront war.”

From Fox News (Right bias): Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen suggested Israel could target Hezbollah’s leader, adding, “We will operate to make the most of the diplomatic option…If it doesn’t work, all options are on the table.”

UN Security Council Passes Resolution for Expanded Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

December 22, 2023

John Minchillo/AP

The United Nations Security Council approved a resultion to allow expanded aid into the Gaza Strip as the Israeli bombardment and ground offensive continues.

The vote on the resolution was delayed as member nations negotiated the language of the resultion. According to NPR (Lean Left bias), the week's negotiations were an effort to get the United States to agree not to veto the resolution. The United States has vetoed a number of Israel-related resolutions since the October 7th attacks. In this resolution, the U.S. objected to language calling for a "cessation" or "suspension" of hostilities. This language was removed from the final draft of the resolution and replaced with a call for "the conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities."

The final vote passed 13-0, with the United States and Russia both abstaining from the vote.

NPR quoted Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh of the United Arab Emirates, the sponsor of the resolution, stating, "We know this is not a perfect text. We know only a cease-fire will end this suffering. Often in diplomacy, the challenge is meeting the moment in the world we live in, not in the world that we want."

Mother and Daughter Reportedly Killed in IDF Attack on Gaza Church Sheltering Christian Civilians

December 18, 2023

Photo: (Mohammed Saber/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock/File)

On December 16, the IDF reportedly killed a mother and daughter as part of an attack on a parish complex in Gaza where Christian families are sheltering.

According to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the mother and daughter were walking to the Sisters’ Convent to use the bathroom when they were killed. Seven others were reportedly wounded in the attack. The IDF said it spoke with church representatives early on Saturday, who reported hearing explosions in the area but did not report any casualties. Israel is reportedly investigating the claim.

Hundreds of civilians, including 54 disabled people, are reportedly sheltering in the parish complex, including family members of UK MP Layla Moran, who said humanitarian conditions at the church are critical and worsening. Gaza’s tiny Christian community has dwindled in recent years.

Israel said, "The IDF only targets terrorists and terror infrastructure and does not target civilians.” Moran, who told the UK House of Commons she lost a family member sheltering in the church on November 15, said, “There are snipers at every window pointing into the church, still shooting anyone emerging from buildings to use, for example, toilets. Still no food or water.” The patriarchate said “No warning was given” and that “there are no belligerents” in the church.

Media across the spectrum elevated Pope Francis’ comments and included context on Moran’s family. CNN (Lean Left bias) noted remarks from Moran saying her family reported the presence of white phosphorus in attacks on the church.

Israeli Forces Mistakenly Shoot and Kill Three Israeli Hostages, IDF Spokesperson Announces

December 15, 2023

Hostages and Missing Families Forum via CNN

The Israeli Defense Forces announced that Israeli troops mistakenly shot and killed three Israeli hostages while conducting ground operations in Gaza on Friday, according to CNN (Lean Left bias).

During a news briefing on Friday, IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said, "During combat in Shejaiya, the IDF mistakenly identified three Israeli hostages as a threat. As a result, the troops fired toward them, and they were killed."

Hagari added, "During searches and checks in the area in which the incident occurred, a suspicion arose over the identities of the deceased. Their bodies were transferred to Israeli territory for examination, after which it was confirmed that they were three Israeli hostages."

Two of the hostages have been identified as Yotam Haim and Samer Talalka, both of whom were kidnapped by Hamas during the attack on Oct. 7.

Hagari said a full investigation of the incident is underway. He noted how Hamas has used "suicide terrorists," who do not carry weapons, during the fighting, a potential explanation for the mistaken killings.

US Officials Continue Pushing Israel on Civilian Casualties, Postwar Plans

December 14, 2023

CNN (Omer Merion/GPO)

After previously warning that Israel was losing international support over its handling of the war in Gaza, Biden was asked on Thursday whether he wanted Israel to scale back its operations. “I want them to be focused on how to save civilian lives. Not stop going after Hamas but be more careful,” the president replied. 

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Thursday, CNN (Lean Left bias) reported. A White House spokesman said the pair talked “about possible transitioning from what we would call high intensity operations, which is what we're seeing them do now, to lower intensity operations.” 

Continuing discussions on post-war Gaza, Sullivan said the U.S. believed that “ultimately governance of the West Bank and Gaza needs to be connected, and it needs to be connected under a revamped and revitalized Palestinian Authority,” The Times of Israel (Not Rated) reported

A Pentagon spokesperson quoted by Fox News (Right bias) said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin would soon meet with Israeli defense officials to “underscore U.S. enduring support for Israel's right to defend itself from terrorism, reinforce the importance of taking civilian safety into account during operations and the critical need to increase delivery of humanitarian assistance.” 

Israel Begins Flooding Hamas Tunnels; UN Votes to Demand Cease-Fire

December 13, 2023

Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press via Wall Street Journal

Israeli forces are starting to use seawater to flood the underground tunnel network beneath Gaza used by Hamas fighters, according to reports.

The tunnel network is used by Hamas to move across the region and store weapons and munitions. It is believed that some hostages held by Hamas are in the tunnels, leading the families of hostages to speak out against the flooding.

According to the Wall Street Journal (Center bias), some Biden officials are worried that "using seawater might not be effective and could endanger Gaza’s freshwater supply."

Meanwhile, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of demanding a humanitarian cease-fire, with 153 members in favor, 10 against and 23 abstentions. The United States voted against the resolution.

Despite the U.S. voting against the cease-fire resolution at the U.N., President Biden voiced rare criticism of the Israeli government during a fundraiser on Tuesday. According to Axios (Lean Left bias), Biden called the current Israeli government "the most conservative government in Israel's history" and warned that Israel is losing international support and needs to adjust course.

Israeli Leaders Look to Conflict’s End as Palestinian Doctors Grapple With Its Present-Day Costs

December 12, 2023

New York Times (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu pushed back on the U.S.-supported idea of the Palestinian Authority taking control of Gaza after the war, saying Tuesday, “Gaza will be neither Hamastan nor Fatahstan” — a reference to the Palestinian party which Hamas defeated in Gaza’s 2006 election. 

Meanwhile, Gaza’s health system is struggling. BBC (Center bias) reported, “A WHO official says the health system in Gaza has gone from 36 hospitals to only 11 in just 66 days - and those are only partially functioning.” The New York Times (Lean Left bias) reported on the spread of infectious disease among the internally displaced and dense civilian population, quoting a mother who said, “All of my kids have a high fever and a stomach virus.” Israel reportedly opened a second inspection point for aid into Gaza Tuesday morning. 

Some also worry that intensifying attacks between Israeli forces and Hezbollah could open a second front on the Lebanese border, to Israel's north. 

Israel Uses US-Supplied White Phosphorus in Lebanon; Human Rights Group Calls for War Crime Investigation

December 11, 2023

William Christou for the Washington Post

The Washington Post (Lean Left bias) reported that Israel used white phosphorus munitions supplied by the United States in an October attack in southern Lebanon, injuring at least nine civilians.

The Post reportedly found "remnants of three 155-millimeter artillery rounds fired into Dheira, near the border of Israel, which incinerated at least four homes, residents said."

The human rights group Amnesty International is calling for the incident to be investigated as a war crime, arguing that "Launching an indiscriminate attack resulting in loss of life or injuries to civilians or damage to civilian objects is a war crime."

Reuters (Center bias) quoted White House spokesperson John Kirby stating that the Biden Administration is "Certainly concerned" about the report, adding, "Obviously any time that we provide items like white phosphorous to another military, it is with the full expectation that it will be used in keeping with those legitimate purposes ... and in keeping with the law of armed conflict."

Hamas Fighters Increasingly Surrendering, IDF Chief Says

December 9, 2023

Times of Israel (Social Media)

With Israeli forces focused on southern Gaza, Israel said hundreds of Hamas fighters had surrendered or had otherwise been apprehended, The Times of Israel (Not Rated) and others reported — a potential sign that Israel is making progress towards its goal of eliminating Hamas’ military capabilities. 

Once those aims are achieved, a BBC News (Center bias) analysis said, “future is messy and dangerous,” adding, “The shock of war can speed up change, when it sweeps away old thinking, forcing difficult choices for a better future. Or it drives leaders and their citizens deeper into their bunkers, as they prepare for the next round.” 

Israel’s operations also continue to incur a human cost; Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) reported Saturday that 17,700 Palestinians had been killed in Gaza as a result of the fighting, 45% of whom were under 18.

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Blinken Announces Travel Ban on Israeli Settlers Involved in West Bank Attacks

December 5, 2023

Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the State Department will impose travel bans on Jewish settlers involved in recent attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank, according to the Associated Press (Lean Left bias).

Blinken stated, "Today, the State Department is implementing a new visa restriction policy targeting individuals believed to have been involved in undermining peace, security or stability in the West Bank, including through committing acts of violence or taking other actions that unduly restrict civilians’ access to essential services and basic necessities." He added, "We have underscored to the Israeli government the need to do more to hold accountable extremist settlers who have committed violent attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank. As President Biden has repeatedly said, those attacks are unacceptable."

Last month, the AP reported that Israeli settlers' attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank have "surged at an unprecedented rate." 2023 was already the "deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank in over two decades" prior to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, with 250 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire.

Next Phase Begins: Israel Pushes Into Southern Gaza, Gets Criticism From Turkey

December 4, 2023

REUTERS/Thaier Al Sudani/File Photo

Israel told Palestinians to evacuate the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis as it pursued Hamas by hitting the area with airstrikes on Monday. 

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Hamas would face “the same and worse” in southern Gaza as it had in the north. Nearly a million Palestinians are sheltering in refugee camps in central and southern Gaza, many of which are located in Khan Younis, Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) reported. Israel previously told roughly a million civilians in northern Gaza to flee south, but some Palestinians likely remained in northern Gaza over fears that they won't be able to return if they leave.

While Israel faced humanitarian concerns over its current operations, it also received criticism from nearby Turkey over its future plans. Turkish intelligence reportedly warned Israel of "serious consequences" should it carry out its plans to "hunt down" Hamas leaders in other countries, including Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a "war criminal" who "will be tried as the butcher of Gaza," as reported by Reuters (Center bias).

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Fighting Resumes in Gaza

December 1, 2023

The IDF intercepted rockets fired from Gaza Friday night, Haaretz (Lean Left bias) reported, as the end of a seven-day pause in fighting plunged the area back into war. Hamas reportedly failed to provide a list of hostages Israel demanded as a condition of extending the truce, although Israeli leaders had said they would eventually resume fighting either way. 

Fighting also continued between Israel and Hezbollah, Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) reported, leading to three deaths. 

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal (Center bias) reported that Israel's spy agencies planned to hunt down Hamas' leadership in other countries even after the war in Gaza ended. Israel is also planning to establish a buffer zone in Gaza to protect itself in the future, Fox News (Right bias) noted, citing Reuters' (Center bias) reporting.

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Hamas Claims Responsibility for Shooting at Jerusalem Bus Stop

November 30, 2023


Hamas claimed responsibility for a shooting at a bus stop on the outskirts of Jerusalem that left at least three people dead.

The shooters were two Palestinian brothers who previously served prison sentences for terrorist activity, according to Israeli media. The brothers opened fire at a crowded bus stop. A 24-year-old woman was pronounced dead on the scene, and two other people were pronounced dead shortly after. Sixteen people were injured, with three in serious condition, according to BBC News (Center bias).

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, stating it was "a natural response to unprecedented crimes conducted by the occupation."

The attack comes amid a ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas fighting in Gaza. The ceasefire was extended through Thursday, but it is not yet known if the pause will continue past the end of today.

Hamas Works to Locate Its Hostages as Negotiators Seek Truce Extension

November 29, 2023

Jerusalem Post (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Hamas released 10 Israeli women and children and four Thai nationals on Wednesday, Israeli officials said, and Israel released 30 of its Palestinian prisoners. 

However, as the extended pause in fighting approached its end, it was unclear whether the pause would be extended.

  • The Guardian (Lean Left bias) reported: "Egyptian media, quoting government sources, have reported that a preliminary understanding has been reached to extend the truce for two more days, under the same conditions that are currently being observed. Israel has said the truce could be extended further, provided Hamas continues to free at least 10 Israeli hostages a day."
  • However, The Jerusalem Post (Center bias) quoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said, "There is no situation in which we do not go back to fighting until the end. This is my policy. The entire security cabinet is behind it. The entire government is behind it. The soldiers are behind it. The people are behind it – this is exactly what we will do."

Hamas needs to keep releasing hostages to extend the truce, but Hamas leadership doesn't know where they all are. With Gaza in chaos, Hamas dispersed throughout a network of tunnels, and other groups like Islamic Jihad holding some hostages, keeping track of hostages is no simple task.

Hostages Freed, Aid Delivered, and IDF Says Ceasefire was Violated

November 28, 2023

REUTERS/Ammar Awad

From Reuters (Center bias): "Hamas freed 12 more hostages and Israel released 30 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday, the fifth day of an extended six-day truce between the militant Palestinian group and Israel in the Gaza war."

From Breitbart (Right bias): "The Pentagon on Tuesday announced that the United States military delivered more than 54,000 pounds of United Nations aid to Egypt for delivery to Gaza."

From Vox (Left bias): "At this pace of exchange, the ceasefire could continue for days, given the number of hostages still in Gaza. But there is no agreed-upon framework for a long-term deal, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted that the war will go on after the current ceasefire concludes. While the prisoner exchange could strengthen Hamas’s political position, further complicating Israel’s goal to eradicate the group, Israel appears undeterred."

From The Daily Wire (Right bias): "The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Tuesday that terrorists have violated the temporary ceasefire in Gaza after its forces came under attack in multiple locations."

Deal Reached to Extend Pause in Fighting for Two More Days, Qatar Says

November 27, 2022

Jerusalem Post (REUTERS TV/via REUTERS)

Qatar, which has served as a mediator in the conflict, announced an agreement to extend the pause in fighting in Gaza, Reuters (Center bias) reported Monday. Hamas said it had reached an agreement with Qatar and Egypt, not mentioning Israel. 

The news came after U.S. President Joe Biden publicly supported extending the pause, saying Friday, "My expectation and hope is that as we move forward, the rest of the Arab world and the region is also putting pressure on all sides to slow this down, to bring this to an end as quickly as we can.” Like other allies of Israel, however, Biden did not call for a formal "ceasefire" and maintained that "eliminating" Hamas was a legitimate goal.

The pause has allowed humanitarian aid to arrive for Palestinians suffering in the warzone, as hostages taken by Hamas continued to be released in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. According to The Jerusalem Post (Center bias), "Israel has agreed to release three jailed Palestinian women or minors for every Israeli hostage that has been freed."

While U.S. media often covered the return of hostages taken by Hamas, Qatari outlet Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) continued its pro-Palestinian coverage with multiple articles focusing on the "tears of joy" as Palestinian prisoners held by Israel were reunited with their "loved ones."

Israeli-Owned Cargo Ship Attacked by Iranian Drone, Pentagon Official Says

November 26, 2022

Hernandez Lafuente

Per Associated Press (Lean Left bias), an unnamed Pentagon official said a ship owned by an Israeli billionaire was attacked by an Iranian drone in the Indian Ocean.

The Malta-flagged, CMA CGM Symi (aka the Mayet) cargo ship was reportedly hit by a Shahed-136 kamikaze drone overnight Friday, hours before the Israel-Hamas ceasefire began, but no crew were injured. The ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) had been turned off since it left Dubai Tuesday, signaling heightened security concerns from its crew. The Symi had previously turned off its AIS when traveling through the Red Sea. The Shahed-136 is an Iranian-made drone that Russia has also been using in Ukraine. Neither Israel nor Iran has commented on the incident.

Here's What the Israel-Hamas Cease-fire Includes

November 24, 2023

  • 50 women and children released by Hamas, including three Americans

  • 200 trucks carrying aid allowed into Gaza per day

  • 150 Palestinian women and children released from Israeli jails

Israel and Hamas Reach Deal to Free 50 Hostages, Pause Fighting for Four Days

November 22, 2023

Reuters via BBC News

The Israeli government and Hamas reached a deal in which Hamas will release 50 hostages during a four-day pause in the fighting.

According to BBC News (Center bias), the pause will begin at 10:00 GMT on Thursday.

Of the 50 released hostages, most are expected to be women and children. Three U.S. citizens will reportedly be among those freed.

The Israeli government offered to add another day to the pause in fighting for every 10 additional hostages released by Hamas.

On the Israeli side, roughly 150 Palestinian women and children held in Israeli jails are also expected to be released. 

Additionally, at least 200 aid trucks are expected to enter Gaza per day during the ceasefire.

Israeli Government Considers Hamas Hostage Deal

November 21, 2023

Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Reports said Tuesday morning that Israel and Hamas were close to a hostage deal that would include a multi-day pause in the fighting and reportedly free 50 Israeli hostages and 150-300 Palestinian prisoners. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly urged Israeli lawmakers to support the deal, according to The New York Times (Lean Left bias), adding, "The war has its stages, and the release of the hostages has its stages as well. But we won’t rest until we achieve total victory, and until we bring everyone back."

Some opposed the deal, including National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, The Times of Israel (Not Rated) reported

Yeman-Based Houthis Hijack Israeli-Linked Ship, Take Hostages

November 20, 2023


The Yemen-based, Iran-backed Houthis, who declared war on Israel last month, hijacked an Israeli-linked civilian ship in the Red Sea over the weekend. The ship’s operator, registration, captain, and crew were not Israeli, but the company that owns it has an Israeli partner. The instance sparked media dialogue across the spectrum on what their involvement could mean for the world at large.

An analysis from Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) said the only power that could reasonably prevent “Israeli-linked” ships from being hijacked is the U.S. The piece said targeting the Houthis directly could risk major escalation, but the U.S. could instead quietly nudge Iran to reign them in.

An opinion for Jerusalem Post (Center bias) said “the world should let Tehran know that it is not fooled” by its denial of involvement. The writer also said the U.S. should designate the Houthis as a terrorist organization, something done by former President Donald Trump during his final days in office, and quickly undone when President Biden assumed office.

An analysis from The New York Sun (Right bias) said the Houthis could spark an “all-out” regional war. The article noted that since October 7, in Iraq and Syria, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-linked groups have attacked Americans over 64 times, three of which have drawn American retaliation. The analysis noted a recent Washington Post (Lean Left bias) report that said the Biden administration is struggling to deter attacks from Iran-backed groups and also noted that Saudi Arabia would side with the U.S. and Israel in the event of further escalation.

Israel Allows Gaza Fuel Shipments After Starvation Warnings as Fighting and Protests Continue

November 17, 2023

Protesters near Harvard
Haaretz (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

As fighting in Gaza continued, Israel agreed to allow limited fuel shipments into Gaza after aid groups warned of impending starvation. Protests sympethetic to the Palestinians continued to attract media attention and drive controversy in the U.S.

From AP (Lean Left bias): "Israel announced Friday that it will allow for the first time 'very minimal' daily shipments of fuel into Gaza for use by the U.N. and communications system. Aid agencies say the lack of fuel has forced them to call off deliveries of basic necessities in the Gaza Strip. They warned of possible widespread starvation in the besieged enclave because of the lack of fuel, and said most people in Gaza were without adequate food and clean water."

From Haaretz (Center bias): "More than 20 Jewish and Israeli students have resigned from the Harvard Graduate Student Union, citing its refusal to acknowledge, 'let along condemn,' the massacre of Israeli civilians by Hamas on October 7, despite their ongoing pleas."

From Fox News (Right bias): "There remain up to 238 Hamas hostages in Gaza, and 10 of them are believed to be Americans. The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry claims more than 11,200 Gazans have been killed in the fighting, though they do not distinguish between Palestinian civilians and Hamas terrorists."

Seeking Hamas, Israeli Forces Raid Gaza's Al Shifa Hospital

November 15, 2023

Fox News

Israeli troops entered Gaza's Al Shifa hospital on Wednesday, searching for evidence that Hamas used the hospital as a base of operations.

White House officials and Israeli intelligence suggest that Hamas used the hospital to hold hostages and act as a military base. Hamas denies the claims, and some hospital workers said there were no Hamas fighters at the hospital. 

The raid came amid days of fighting in and around Gaza's hospitals, which Israel says are used by Hamas to conceal their activities. However, hospitals have also served as shelters for tens of thousands during Israel's attacks, putting civilians in the crossfire. As reported by Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias), Al-Shifa hospital Director Mohammad Abu Salmiya told AFP news (Not Rated) that 179 bodies had been buried in a mass grave in the hospital courtyard. Shortages of food and power had also threatened civilians; an IDF statement reported by Fox News (Right bias) said Israeli forces had brought "incubators, baby food and medical supplies" for civilians at the hospital. 

Tens of Thousands of Pro-Israel Demonstrators Gather in DC

November 14, 2023

REUTERS/Leah Millis

Tens of thousands of people converged on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday in support of Israel amid the ongoing conflict with Hamas.

Reuters (Center bias) quoted one attendee, Marco Abbou, a New Jersey resident born in Israel, stating, "We are here to show the world that we won’t be exterminated again."

The demonstration comes amid reports of division within the federal government over the Biden Administration's handling of the crisis. The Biden Administration has voiced support for Israel while pushing for humanitarian efforts and "pauses" in the fighting in Gaza. Hundreds of federal employees signed an internal memo criticizing Biden for his response and urging him to demand a complete ceasefire in the region. Last week, Biden said there was "no possibility" of a ceasefire at the present moment.

Earlier this month, pro-Palestinian demonstrators converged on Washington, D.C., to protest against Israel's handling of the crisis, underscoring American divisions on the international conflict.

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Internal State Department Memo Accuses Biden Admin. of 'Misinformation' on Israel-Hamas War

November 13, 2023

Axios (Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Middle East Images/AFP via Getty Images)

An internal dissent memo, submitted November 3 and signed by 100 members of the State Department and USAID, accused President Joe Biden of "spreading misinformation" in his October 10 speech and said Israel was committing "war crimes" in Gaza. Axios (Lean Left bias) broke the story on Monday.

According to Axios, the memo criticized "our unwavering military assistance" to Israel "without clear or actionable redlines." While noting the "atrocities" commited by Hamas, the memo also said the White House "displayed a clear disregard for the lives of Palestinians, a documented unwillingness to de-escalate, and, even prior to October 7, a reckless lack of strategic foresight." 

A report by Fox News (Right bias) highlighted Axios' comparison of some of the memo's points to language used by "progressive activists." 

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Northern Gaza Hospitals Become Focal Point as Israeli Ground Operations Intensify

November 10, 2023

CNN (Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images)

On Friday, the head of the Al Nasr hospital and Al Rantisi Pediatric hospital in northern Gaza told CNN (Lean Left bias) they were surrounded by Israeli forces, who intensified their operations around Gaza City, saying, "We are completely surrounded, there are tanks outside the hospital, and we cannot leave."

The same day, a strike — so far not attributed to either side — hit the Al Shifa hospital north of Gaza City, described by The New York Times (Lean Left bias) as "the largest and most advanced medical complex in the Gaza Strip."

Israeli officials maintain that they must target such apparently vulnerable locations because Hamas intentionally hides there. An IDF spokesman told Fox News (Right bias) that an entrance to a Hamas tunnel had even been found inside a child's bedroom "in more than once instance."

“We’re aware of the sensitivity of the hospitals. That’s why we’re slowly closing in on them,” an Israeli military spokesman said Friday. That sensitivity has been increasingly emphasized by Israel's allies. On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, "far too many Palestinians have been killed," stressing that "there is more that can and should be done to minimize harm to Palestinian civilians."

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Israel Agrees to Daily Four-Hour Humanitarian Pauses in Northern Gaza

November 9, 2023

Sarah Silbiger/Reuters

The White House stated Thursday that Israel will begin placing four-hour daily humanitarian pauses on fighting in northern Gaza.

President Biden reportedly pushed for a multi-day pause but added that there is "no possibility" for a formal ceasefire at the present moment.

Some progressive lawmakers pushed back on the four-hour pauses, demanding a permanent end to hostilities.

ABC News (Lean Left bias) quoted Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) stating, "Four hours? We don't want four hours. We don't want 16 hours. We don't want 22. We want a cease-fire now."

White House officials hope the daily pauses will aid in the release and transfer of hostages currently held by Hamas.

The Associated Press (Lean Left bias) quoted National Security Council spokesman John Kirby as saying that pauses could help "getting all 239 hostages back with their families to include the less than 10 Americans that we know are being held. So if we can get all the hostages out, that’s a nice finite goal."

Israel Targets Hamas' Vast Tunnel Network as Fighting Continues in Gaza City

November 8, 2023

CNN (Uriel Sinai/The New York Times/Redux)

On Wednesday, Israeli forces said they had destroyed 130 Hamas tunnels as fighting continued deep within Gaza City. 

The tunnel network beneath Gaza — nicknamed the "Gaza metro" by the IDF, as reported by CNN (Lean Left bias) — was used for years to smuggle commercial goods, arms, and people from Egypt during the Israeli military occupation. Hamas rapidly expanded the tunnel network after it took control of Gaza in 2007; in 2021, it claimed to have built over 300 miles of tunnels. 

Meanwhile, countries around the world appear to be souring on Israel's assault. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau called for a humanitarian pause to allow for the release of hostages, and Belgium's leaders called on the European Union to sanction Israel over its Gaza bombings, which have now reportedly killed many thousands more than Hamas did on October 7. The Wall Street Journal (Center bias) reported that the conflict allowed Russia and China, "two repressive autocracies," to "position themselves as champions of humanitarian values and peace."

The Biden administration has also supported a humanitarian pause, but Secretary of State Antony Blinken pushed back on the idea of a unilateral ceasefire. Quoted by The Jerusalem Post (Center bias), Blinken said, "Those calling for an immediate ceasefire have an obligation to explain how to address the unacceptable result it would likely bring about," citing Hamas' pledge to repeat its October 7 attacks.

Israeli Forces 'Tightening the Noose' on Gaza City as Netanyahu Indicates Indefinite Presence in Gaza

November 7, 2023

REUTERS/Mohammed Al-Masri

Israeli forces are operating within Gaza City, according to Reuters (Center bias), as they continue their ground campaign into the Gaza Strip with the aim of wiping out the Hamas presence in the region.

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said Israeli forces are "tightening the noose" on the city and "have one target - Hamas terrorists in Gaza, their infrastructure, their commanders, bunkers, communications rooms."

This comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel would have an "overall security responsibility" for Gaza "for an indefinite period," adding, "“When we don’t have that security responsibility, what we have is the eruption of Hamas terror on a scale that we couldn’t imagine."

President Joe Biden has warned that an Israeli occupation of Gaza would be a "big mistake."

Pro-Palestine Protesters March on Washington D.C., Expressing Anger at Biden

November 5, 2023

Ali Harb/Al Jazeera

Tens of thousands of Pro-Palestine protesters marched on Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 4, to express their discontent with President Joe Biden over his support of Israel.

Protesters descended upon the White House gates, where they accused Biden of supporting genocide. According to the New York Post (Lean Right bias) one protester was arrested for destruction of property around 5:30 PM, and the protests ended “abruptly” and peacefully around 8 PM. Unofficial reports suggest over 100,000 people took part in the protest. Protests also took place in London and New York on Saturday.

Rapper Macklemore, who attended the D.C. rally, said from a stage in Freedom Plaza, “We’ve been told to just be complicit to protect our careers, to protect our interests — and I’m not going to do it anymore. I know enough that this is a genocide.” A New York Post reporter said, “It was remarkable that it ended peacefully. (With) many families in the fired-up crowd, it could have been bad.” David Horowitz, a Jewish-American activist, said, “We should be calling for a ceasefire, and instead they’re talking about a ‘pause’, which isn’t really a stoppage of anything.”

Media across the spectrum highlighted protesters’ disdain for Biden and a number of protesters who said they would not vote for Biden in 2024. The New York Post reported that some protesters chanted “Allahu Akbar,” and defaced White House gates.

Israel Claims Responsibility of Deadly Strike on Ambulance in Gaza

November 4, 2023

REUTERS/Anas al-Shareef

Israel claimed responsibility for a Friday, November 3 strike on an ambulance in Gaza City that injured 60 and killed 15.

Palestinian authorities said the vehicle was part of a convoy carrying wounded from al-Shifa hospital in Gaza’s North to the Rafah border crossing, which has been used to to evacuate people to Egypt. Israel’s military said the ambulance was "being used by a Hamas terrorist cell,” and that Hamas operatives were killed in the strike. Israel said it will share further information, but has already shared more details with intelligence agencies it works with.

video of the aftermath has circulated widely on Twitter. The Times of Israel reported Friday that a senior Biden administration official said Hamas tried to sneak its fighters out of Gaza in ambulances and Egypt rejected the ambulances at the border. Israel has previously been accused of attacking a hospital in Gaza that killed hundreds, although blame still remains disputed

The story was very widely covered by sources from the left and Center. As of the afternoon of November 4, AllSides could not find significant coverage from the right. Newsmax (Lean Right bias) published an article based on The Times of Israel’s reporting, and included context that Hamas has smuggled weapons and fighters in ambulances as far back as 2002. Newsmax included a sentence at the end of its coverage about Israel’s claim of responsibility for the attack.

Hezbollah Leader Praises Hamas in First Statement Since Attacks

November 3, 2023


Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah spoke publicly on Friday, November 3, for the first time since the Hamas attack last month. Nasrallah called the Hamas attack “a heroic, brave act.” He said Hezbollah fighters have engaged with Israeli Defense Forces, with 57 Hezbollah fighters having been killed already in the fighting. “Some claim Hezbollah is about to join the fray. I tell you: We have been engaged in this battle since Oct. 8. Some would like Hezbollah to engage in an all-out war, but I can tell you: What is happening now along the Israeli-Lebanese border is significant, and it is not the end.” He added, “What we have done since Oct. 8 is unprecedented in terms of our fighting strategy.” Late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hezbollah would be making the “mistake of its life” if it entered the conflict.

Nasrallah’s comments were covered across the spectrum, but most prominently and frequently in right-rated outlets.

Gaza Split in Two: Refugees Flee South as Israeli Forces Encircle Gaza City

November 2, 2023

The Guardian (Mohammed Saber/EPA)

President Joe Biden voiced support for a humanitarian "pause" in Gaza following a campaign speech on Wednesday, as foreign and Palestinian refugees continued to flee at Gaza's southern border and Israeli forces encircled Gaza City, the enclave's largest city, in the north. 

From AllSides: Read our latest Headline Roundup on Biden's remarks and reactions to it.

From The Guardian (Lean Left bias): "Antony Blinken will spend the day on Friday in Israel, his fourth visit since 7 October... Blinken will also head to Jordan before heading to Asia next week."

From The Wall Street Journal (Center bias): "President Biden said 74 Americans and family members had made it out of Gaza, and called for a humanitarian pause in the war. U.S. officials are speaking with their counterparts in Arab states about plans for governing Gaza after the war, according to people familiar with the early-stage conversations."

From Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias): "The House passed its multibillion-dollar Israel aid package on Thursday, advancing the legislation that President Joe Biden has already threatened to veto and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has said will be dead on arrival in the Senate."

Read the IDF's press briefing on the encirclement of Gaza City here.

AllSides Red Blue Translator™ Entries on Israel, Terrorism, and More

November 1, 2023

The Israel-Hamas conflict is dividing Americans and media voices across the spectrum. When biased outlets cover contentious issues, words and phrases can hold different meanings depending on the bias of the writer/outlet.

The AllSides Red Blue Translator™ exists to help break down these divided meanings.

The RBT contains numerous entries pertaining to the Israel-Hamas conflict, including entries on Zionism, terrorism, Israel, and the American-Israeli relationship. The entires give context to the words/phrases and explain how they are interpreted differently by individuals with opposing political biases.

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Israel Kills Senior Hamas Commander, Dozens of Others in Airstrike on Densely-Populated Refugee Camp

October 31, 2023


On Tuesday, the IDF said an Israeli airstrike killed Ibrahim Biari, a senior Hamas commender who "oversaw all military operations in the northern Gaza Strip since the IDF entered," as well as a "large number of terrorists" in northern Gaza's densely-populated Jabalia refugee camp. The IDF said Hamas was operating in "underground infrastructure" beneath the area. Hamas-controlled local officials said the airstrike "targeted a residential neighbourhood," and the director of a local hospital told CNN (Lean Left bias) the injured and dead measured in the "hundreds."

The airstrike struck at the heart of the debate around Israel's military operations in Gaza: even if Hamas intentionally hides behind civilians, how many civilian lives is one Hamas target worth?

The incident also provided an opportunity for divided coverage in U.S. media. Fox News (Right bias) highlighted the IDF's narrative, taking Israeli officials at their word and appearing to omit reports of civilian casualites. On the other hand, coverage in CNN described Jabalia as "Gaza's largest refugee camp" and discussed reports of casualties before discussing the IDF's statement.

Apparently seeking to avoid the controversy surrounding some coverage of the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital bombing, The Wall Street Journal (Center bias) initially only attributed the casualties to "explosions" and "blasts" before updating its headline when Israel took responsibility.

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Pro-Palestine Mob Storms Russian Airport Looking for Jewish Travelers

October 30, 2023


A mob stormed Makhachkala International Airport in the predominantly muslim Russian Republic of Dagestan on Sunday, looking for passengers from a Tel Aviv flight.

Rioters, who could be heard yelling “Allahu Akbar,” seized control of the airport and its tarmac, waving Palestinian flags and checking travelers’ passports. The targeted flight did not include any Jews, according to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, but airport authorities gathered other Jewish travelers for immediate evacuation to Moscow. The flight eventually landed at a separate airport, which rioters also stormed. Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said 60 rioters have been arrested.

Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said the riot is the result of “external interference,” and that President Vladimir Putin will meet top advisers Monday to discuss "the West's attempts to use the events in the Middle East to split Russian society."

Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) did not include photos of the events and called them a “protest.” Associated Press’ (Lean Left bias) headline initially described the situation as a “protest” before changing its wording to “antisemitic riot.” Conversely, center- and right-rated outlets tended to describe "rioters" and "mobs."

Israeli Forces Strike 150 Targets, Remain in Gaza After Friday Night Incursion

October 28, 2023

Israel Defense Forces / NPR

Israeli forces remained in Gaza Saturday after a night of fighting that signals the beginning of a wider incursion and escalation of its conflict with Hamas.

Israeli troops, armor, and artillery entered Gaza from the north on Friday, and were supported by airstrikes and bombardment from the sea. Israeli jets struck 150 underground targets across northern Gaza, killing several Hamas operatives, reportedly including Asem Abu Rakaba who helped plan the October 7 attacks on Israel. The operation comes less than 48 hours after Israel announced that on Friday night it would expand ground operations in Gaza.

The bombardment knocked out most of the enclave’s communications infrastructures, making communicating with the outside world very difficult for those in Gaza.

Hamas called Israel’s operation a “failure” that caused them to suffer heavy losses, while an Israeli spokesperson said Israel suffered no casualties on Friday.

Israel to ‘Expand’ Ground Operations Friday Night

October 27, 2023

Israel Defense Forces via AP

Israeli ground forces are “expanding their operations” into Gaza, where an internet blackout has cut off communications with the outside world. 

Israel Defense Forces Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari told reporters, “The IDF is operating in all dimensions to accomplish the goals of the war.” Observers have noted that a ground incursion into Gaza would be particularly difficult; a former Israeli general said, “It will be slow, very hard, and will require a great deal of preparation if we want to minimize our own casualties.”

A broad ground invasion of Gaza has been expected for weeks, but Israel delayed out of concern for Hamas’ hostages and at the request of the Biden administration, which sought to prepare defenses in the region. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the U.S. was having “active conversations” with Israel about a “localized, temporary pause” to allow the release of hostages.

While some sources said Israel would launch its expected ground invasion Friday night, others said Israel was just expanding its ground operations ahead of an invasion, building on two nights of raids. Some left-rated sources appeared more sympathetic to the Palestinians; HuffPost (Left bias) featured the story with the homepage headline “GAZA ON THE BRINK.”

Israeli Defense Forces Conduct Raid in Northern Gaza 'In Preparation for the Next Stages of War'

October 26, 2023

Israel Defense Forces / NPR

Outlets across the spectrum are reporting that Israeli forces carried out a ground raid into the northern section of the Gaza Strip on Thursday. The Israeli Defense Forces said the raid was conducted "in preparation for the next stages of war."

NPR (Lean Left bias) quoted the IDF as saying the raid "eliminated terrorists and destroyed terrorist infrastructure" and involved "a number of tanks and troops."

Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) reported that "Israel has already made several limited advances into the Gaza Strip over the past two and a half weeks, but this was the biggest incursion of the current war."

Turkey's Erdoğan Says 'Hamas Is Not a Terrorist Organization,' Condemns Israeli Airstrikes as Netanyahu Delays Ground Invasion

October 25, 2023

Turkish President Erdogan
Council on Foreign Relations (Murat Kula/Anadolu/Getty Images)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned Israel's ongoing airstrikes in Gaza as "inhumane" on Wednesday and canceled a planned trip to Israel. Erdoğan also said, "Hamas is not a terrorist organization, it is a group of mujahideen defending their lands."

The remarks came as countries and non-state actors in the Middle East calibrated their reactions to the war. The Biden administration, reportedly fearing a wider regional conflict, urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to delay an expected ground invasion of Gaza so U.S. forces could install defense systems to protect American troops, who have already been targeted by militias elsewhere in the region.

Geographically positioned between Europe and the Middle East, NATO member Turkey holds a unique geopolitical position relative to the conflict. While Erdoğan initially reached out to support Israel following Hamas' October 7 attack, many in Turkey are sympathetic to the Palestinians. Thus, according to an analysis from the Council on Foreign Relations (Left bias), the start of the Israeli aerial offensive in Gaza "almost immediately" made Erdoğan switch his position.

UN Secretary-General: Hamas Attacks 'Did Not Happen in a Vacuum'

October 24, 2023

Seth Wenig/AP Photo

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned Hamas' attack on Israel while also calling for a ceasefire in Gaza on Tuesday.

Guterres stated that the Hamas attacks "did not happen in a vacuum," stating that the Palestinian people "have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation. They have seen their land steadily devoured by settlements and plagued by violence; their economy stifled; their people displaced and their homes demolished. Their hopes for a political solution to their plight have been vanishing." Guterres added that the Hamas attacks "cannot justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people."

Guterres' statements drew condemnation from the Israeli U.N. ambassador, who soon after called on Guterres to resign.

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Limited Aid Enters Gaza as Israel Continues Airstrikes

October 23, 2023

Reuters (REUTERS/Anas al-Shareef)

The Hamas-controlled Palestinian Health Ministry said over 430 people were killed overnight as Israel continued its airstrikes in Gaza. News coverage appeared to place greater emphasis on the fact that the reports of deaths in Gaza came from Palestinian authorities; mainstream news outlets were criticized for some coverage of the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital bombing, attributed to Israeli airstrikes by Palestinian authorities who were later contradicted by Israel and the U.S.

The strikes were reportedly paired with limited ground skirmishes between Israeli forces and Hamas as both sides prepared for a broader potential Israeli ground invasion.

From Fox News (Right bias): "Israel remains poised for a ground invasion of Gaza, but the order has yet to come down. Iran and its terrorist proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah, have threatened to join the conflict."

From Reuters (Center bias): "The Palestinian militant group Hamas said its fighters had hit back by engaging an armoured Israeli force in southern Gaza on Sunday, and launched two attack drones at military posts on Monday which Israel said were thwarted."

From CNN (Lean Left bias): "The Palestinian enclave is more than 7,200 truckloads short of the aid usually imported since October 7, according to CNN. The territory normally receives 455 aid trucks per day, the United Nations said. Therefore, 7,280 trucks should have arrived between October 7 and October 22."

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Biden Asks for Major Aid Package for Ukraine and Israel in Oval Office Speech 

October 20, 2023


In a prime-time address to the nation, delivered from the Oval Office, President Joe Biden argued that the conflicts in Ukraine and Israel were "vital for America’s national security" despite seeming "far away." 

"We’re facing an inflection point in history. One of those moments where the decisions we make today are going to determine the future for decades to come," Biden said.

Connecting Ukraine and Israel, Biden said, "Hamas and Putin represent different threats, but they share this in common. They both want to completely annihilate a neighboring democracy — completely annihilate it."

Calling the U.S. "the essential nation," Biden addressed polarization at home: "I know we have our divisions at home. We have to get past them. We can’t let petty, partisan, angry politics get in the way of our responsibilities as a great nation. We cannot and will not let terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin win. I refuse to let that happen."

Read a transcript of the speech here. 

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Biden Warns Israel: Don't be 'Consumed' by Rage

October 18, 2023

The Hill

President Joe Biden is currently in Israel, meeting with Israeli officials as they prepare for an assault into Gaza in response to the Hamas attacks. Speaking in Tel Aviv, Biden sympathized with the "shock, pain, rage" felt by Israelis, comparing the Hamas attacks to the 9/11 attacks, but offered a warning to Israelis to learn from the mistakes made by the United States in the aftermath of the Al-Qaeda attacks.

"Since this terrorist attack took place, we’ve seen it described as Israel’s 9/11," Biden stated, according to The Hill (Center bias). "But for a nation the size of Israel, it was like 15 9/11s. The scale may be different, but I’m sure those horrors have tapped into some kind of primal feeling in Israel just like it did in the United States. Shock, pain, rage. An all-consuming rage." Biden went on to say, "You can’t look at what has happened here … and not scream out for justice. Justice must be done. But I caution this: While you feel that rage, don’t be consumed by it. After 9/11 we were enraged in the United States. While we sought justice and got justice, we also made mistakes."

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Who Blew Up the Gaza City Hospital?

Ahmed Zakot/Reuters via National Review

October 17, 2023

Over 500 people are believed to have been killed by an explosion at a hospital in Gaza City, and Israeli and Palestinian officials are blaming each other for the blast.

President Joe Biden said in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the blast appeared to have been caused "by the other team, not you."

Some right-rated sources accused mainstream media of blaming Israel for the explosion without evidence.

Read more from our Headline Roundup.

U.S. Freezing Funds to Iran in Wake of Hamas Attack

October 12, 2023

Iranian Foreign Ministry via AP

In September, the Biden Administration struck a deal with Iran in which Iran would release five detained Americans in exchange for the release of $6 billion in frozen Iranian assets.

The deal was panned as a "ransom" by some right-rated voices.

Now, with Iran widely speculated to be playing a role in Hamas' attacks on Israel, Biden faces calls from Republicans and Democrats alike to renege on the deal.

According to the Washington Post (Lean Left bias), Biden is listening to these voices and will freeze the funds.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo reportedly told Democratic lawmakers that the money "isn’t going anywhere anytime soon."

Israel to Form Emergency Unity Government

October 11, 2023


Partisan leaders in Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, formed an emergency unity government on Wednesday. Former Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with Netanyahu Wednesday morning, and lawyers from the Likud and National Unity parties stayed behind to iron out the details. 

From The Jerusalem Post (Center bias): "Gantz will join a war cabinet with Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and Eisenkot and Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer will be observers. A spot will be kept open for opposition leader Yair Lapid should he join the emergency government."

From Semafor (Lean Left bias): "The government will not pass any legislation that is not connected to the war in Gaza as long as it continues."

From Fox News (Right bias): "A unity government is needed for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to have a broad consensus within his government to execute decisions. Opposition Leader Yair Lapid has refused to join the government if far-right Religious Zionism and Otzma Yehudit parties remain in it, but a position has been left open for him, the Times of Israel reports."

Shani Louk's Mother Claims Daughter is Alive

October 10, 2023


A video circulated widely this week of an Israeli-German woman—later identified as Shani Louk, age 22— unconscious in a pickup truck following a Hamas attack on a music festival.

When Louk was identified, some outlets reported that she had been murdered by Hamas.

Now, Louk's mother is claiming that her daughter is alive and is currently in a Gaza hospital with serious head injuries. Louk's mother is calling on the German government to intervene.

Numerous outlets across the spectrum are reporting this new development in the story.

Previous Coverage from AllSides

10/10: How History Influenced the Current Israel-Hamas Conflict

10/10: Biden Condemns Hamas Attacks, Reaffirms Support for Israel

10/10: Did Iran Aid the Hamas Attacks?

10/9: How to Avoid Manipulation When Reading Coverage of Hamas Attacks on Israel

10/8: How Hamas’ Surprise Attack on Israel Affects American and Israeli Politics

10/7: Hamas Launches Large Attack on Israel, Netanyahu Declares Country 'At War'