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Amal Clooney Advised ICC on Warrants for Netanyahu, Hamas

She says her panel's decision on warrants was unanimous

(Newser) - Amal Clooney was among the legal experts who advised the International Criminal Court to seek arrest warrants for three Hamas leaders, as well as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. Clooney, a prominent human rights lawyer who's been married to actor George Clooney for...

Biden: Move Against Netanyahu 'Outrageous'

President slams request by International Criminal Court's top prosecutor for arrest warrant

(Newser) - President Biden has been walking the line between supporting Israel and criticizing its Gaza attack , but on Monday he came down firmly on Benjamin Netanyahu's side. Biden called the decision by the top prosecutor at the International Criminal Court to seek an arrest warrant for the Israeli leader "...

ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu, Hamas Leaders

Karim Khan says he's seeking arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Israel defense chief, Hamas leaders

(Newser) - The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday he's seeking arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in connection with their actions during the seven-month war. Karim Khan said that he believes Netanyahu, his defense minister Yoav Gallant, and three Hamas...

Gantz Gives Netanyahu Ultimatum Over War

Rival says he'll leave emergency government unless there's a clear plan in place soon

(Newser) - A member of Israel's senior leadership announced Saturday that he'll resign unless Benjamin Netanyahu settles on a plan with his Cabinet for the future of the war against Hamas. "If you choose the path of zealots, dragging the country into the abyss, we will be forced to...

Netanyahu: 'We Have No Other Choice' on Rafah

In sit-down with Dr. Phil, PM says Israel 'will do what we have to do to protect our country'

(Newser) - After President Biden warned earlier this week that the US would halt weapons shipments to Israel if it carried out a ground invasion into the Gaza city of Rafah, Benjamin Netanyahu said he wouldn't be deterred in his mission, noting, "If we have to stand alone, we will...

Netanyahu Responds Defiantly to Biden's Warning

Israel 'will stand alone' if necessary, he says

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu is responding with defiance to a warning from President Biden about an expected invasion of Rafah. After Biden said the US would halt the shipment of offensive weapons to Israel should it go ahead with the ground invasion, Netanyahu issued a video message :
  • "If we have to stand

Israel to Palestinians in Rafah: Get Out

Directive suggests that a ground invasion in southern Gaza city is imminent

(Newser) - The Israeli army on Monday ordered tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza's southern city of Rafah to start evacuating from the area, signaling that a long-promised ground invasion there could be imminent. The announcement complicates last-ditch efforts by international mediators, including the director of the CIA, to broker...

Netanyahu Marks Holocaust by Saying Israel Will Fight Alone

Hamas says ceasefire talks ended without either side budging

(Newser) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected international pressure to halt the war in Gaza in a fiery speech marking Holocaust memorial day, declaring: "If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone." The message, delivered in a setting that typically avoids politics, was aimed at...

Israel Moves to Suspend 'the Hamas Mouthpiece'

Cabinet's decision can shut down Al Jazeera for 45 days

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that his government has voted unanimously to shut down the local offices of Qatar-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera, escalating Israel's long-running feud with the channel at a time when cease-fire negotiations with Hamas—mediated by Qatar—are gaining steam. According to a...

Netanyahu: Israel Will Invade Rafah

Israeli PM promises to do so 'with or without' a ceasefire deal

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to launch an incursion into the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are sheltering from the almost 7-month-long war, just as ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas appear to be gaining steam, the AP reports. Netanyahu said Israel...

International Court May Issue Arrest Warrant for Netanyahu

Leaders of Hamas may get them as well from the ICC

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be at risk of a major international embarrassment: Israel is worried that the International Criminal Court is about to issue arrest warrants for him and other Israeli leaders for alleged war crimes, report NBC News and the Jerusalem Post . The ICC might also issue warrants for...

Qatar Pressures Israel, Hamas as Biden Lobbies Netanyahu

Ceasefire talks have broken down, mediator says

(Newser) - President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel spoke on Sunday about reaching a ceasefire agreement under which Hamas would release hostages. US officials said Biden again warned against attacking Rafah in southern Gaza, the New York Times reports, adding that the president reiterated his "clear position....

Biden: Netanyahu Is 'Making a Mistake'

President keeps up the criticism of Israel's war strategy

(Newser) - President Biden continued his criticism of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's war strategy against Hamas with blunt language in a new interview:
  • "I think what he's doing is a mistake," Biden told the Spanish-language TV network Univision, per Reuters . "I don't agree with his approach.

Biden to Israel: Protect Civilians or Risk Losing US Aid

President speaks with Netanyahu by phone for first time since World Central Kitchen strikes

(Newser) - President Biden and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone on Thursday, and US officials say Biden delivered an ultimatum: Do a better job of protecting civilians or risk losing US support for the war against Hamas, reports CNN .
  • Biden "emphasized that the strikes on humanitarian workers and the

Jose Andres on Gaza: 'Time for the Best of Israel to Show Up'

World Central Kitchen founder implores Netanyahu's government to 'start the long journey to peace today'

(Newser) - Less than 48 hours after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed seven aid workers tied to Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen charity, Andres is making a simple plea: "Let people eat." In an op-ed for the New York Times , the 54-year-old celebrity chef honors the dead, whom he...

Netanyahu Calls Errant Strike on Aid Workers 'Tragic'

7 members of the charity World Central Kitchen were killed in Gaza

(Newser) - Israel took the blame on Tuesday for an airstrike in Gaza that killed seven aid workers with the group World Central Kitchen. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a "tragic" mistake in a video message.
  • "Unfortunately, in the last 24 hours there was a tragic case of our

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Pressure Intensifies on Netanyahu at Home

Israeli leader once again the subject of mass demonstrations

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu weathered massive protests in Israel before the Hamas attack in October. Now, he's once again under what the BBC describes as "career-ending pressure" as protests resume in force. Details and related coverage:
  • Huge protests: Tens of thousands demonstrated in Jerusalem on Sunday against Netanyahu's government,

Netanyahu Spurns Biden's Warning
Netanyahu Spurns
Biden's Warning

Netanyahu Spurns Biden's Warning

While the UN warns of imminent famine for 2 million residents of Gaza

(Newser) - President Biden spoke to Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday and made clear that the US viewed a ground invasion into Gaza's city of Rafah as a mistake. On Tuesday, Netanyahu made equally clear that he would ignore the advice, reports Reuters . Coverage:
  • 'No way': "I made

Netanyahu Dodges on Elections
Netanyahu Answers Schumer

Netanyahu Answers Schumer

Israeli prime minister won't commit on calling elections

(Newser) - President Biden has called it "a good speech," and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday endorsed Sen. Chuck Schumer's floor remarks last week, but the object of the majority leader's criticism made clear Sunday that he didn't appreciate it. Schumer had called on Thursday...

Schumer: It's Time for Netanyahu to Go

Highest-ranking Jewish official in US calls for new elections in Israel

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer delivered a remarkable rebuke to Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, declaring that it's time for new leadership in the nation.
  • Netanyahu "has lost his way by allowing his political survival to take precedence over the best interests of Israel," said Schumer,

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