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Israeli Military Intel Chief Resigns: 'I Carry That Black Day'

Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva is first senior Israeli official to step down over Oct. 7

(Newser) - The head of Israeli military intelligence resigned on Monday over the failures surrounding Hamas' unprecedented Oct. 7 attack, the military said, becoming the first senior figure to step down over his role in the deadliest assault in Israel's history. Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva's resignation could set the stage...

Israel, Iran Step Back From Brink, but Risk of War Rises

Experts say next phase means uncertainty, chance of miscalculations

(Newser) - Iran appears to have indicated Israel's strike on Friday won't lead to a major escalation, and both nations apparently want to return to the shadow war they've fought for years instead of launching more direct attacks. But analysts and government officials say that doesn't mean the...

Johnson's $95B Foreign Aid Bill Gets Boost From Dems

In 'rare bipartisan' moment, House votes 316-94 to advance aid packages for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan

(Newser) - With rare bipartisan momentum, the House pushed ahead Friday on a foreign aid package of $95 billion for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, including for humanitarian support, as a coalition of lawmakers helped it clear a procedural hurdle to reach final votes this weekend. Friday's vote produced a seldom-seen outcome...

Iran Isn't Exactly Furious Over Suspected Israeli Attack

State media blames explosions on 'infiltrators'

(Newser) - Israel is believed to have attacked Iran early Friday in response to the country's attack on Israel last weekend—but Tehran's reaction has been low-key. Iranian officials and media said a few explosions were caused by air defenses hitting drones near the city of Isfahan, Reuters reports. Officials...

Sources Say Israel Launched Strike in Iran
Israel Reportedly Strikes Iran

Israel Reportedly Strikes Iran

Details are still developing as Iran fires air defense batteries

(Newser) - Iran fired air defense batteries Friday amid reports of explosions near a major air base at the city of Isfahan, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. Per the AP , it remained unclear if the country was under attack, but tensions remain high after Iran's unprecedented missile-and-drone attack on Israel....

US Blocks Attempt to Win UN Membership for Palestine

American ambassador says move would not lead to two-state solution

(Newser) - The US vetoed a widely backed UN resolution on Thursday that would have paved the way for full United Nations membership for Palestine. The vote in the 15-member Security Council was 12 in favor, the US opposed and two abstentions. The resolution would have recommended that the 193-member General Assembly,...

Biden Issues Warning Over Iran Attack on Israel

The US and UK have now hit Iran with sanctions

(Newser) - The US and UK on Thursday imposed a new round of sanctions on Iran as concern grows that Tehran's unprecedented attack on Israel could fuel a wider war in the Middle East, per the AP . The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control targeted 16...

At Google, a 'Flagrant Act of Retaliation' Against Workers

On Tuesday, 9 workers were detained over protests over Israeli contract; on Wednesday, 28 were fired

(Newser) - On Tuesday, nine workers were arrested for trespassing at Google offices on both coasts while protesting their employer's contract with the Israeli government. A day later, the company fired dozens more employees, reports the New York Times . More on what's happening:
  • The contract: The workers who converged upon

Under Pressure, Johnson Revamps Foreign Aid Package

Biden backs new plan, which still could cost speaker his job

(Newser) - Speaker Mike Johnson's four-pronged foreign aid package has become five bills, and his job could depend on what happens with the reworked legislation. On Wednesday, Johnson told his Republican caucus that the House will stay in session until it votes Saturday evening on the package with stalled aid for...

Israeli Military Chief on Iran Attack: We Will Respond

Though no one has elaborated on what response might look like

(Newser) - Israel's military chief said Monday that his country will respond to Iran's weekend attack, but he did not elaborate on when and how as world leaders urged against retaliation, trying to avoid a spiral of violence in the Middle East, the AP reports. Israeli military chief Lt. Gen....

Friedman: It's 'Impossible to Exaggerate' What Iran Just Did

This is a huge escalation of its shadow war with Israel, even if the missiles were shot down

(Newser) - Iran fired about 300 missiles and drones at Israel, and nearly every one of them was shot down before doing any damage. But consider what might have happened if even a few more snuck through, writes Thomas Friedman in the New York Times . Iran could have struck Israel's parliament...

Girl, 7, 'Clinging to Life' After Iran's Attack on Israel

Girl from Arab Bedouin community was the only person seriously injured in attack

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl, a member of an Arab Bedouin community in Israel's Negev desert, was the only serious casualty of Iran's attack on Israel Saturday night. Amina al-Hasoni was "clinging to life" at a hospital Sunday, the New York Times reports. Her home in the village of...

US Urges Israel to Avoid Escalation
US Lobbies Israel
to Not Retaliate in Kind
the rundown

US Lobbies Israel to Not Retaliate in Kind

Rattled Israelis buy food and water after a sleepless night

(Newser) - The Biden administration is trying to convince Israel that its defense against Iran's airstrike Saturday was so successful that there's no need to launch strikes of its own, or at least no need to escalate. Air defense systems stopped nearly all of the nearly 300 drones and missiles...

After Iran's Attack on Israel, the Fallout Begins
After Iran's Attack on Israel,
the Fallout Begins
the rundown

After Iran's Attack on Israel, the Fallout Begins

Diplomatic push is underway to keep the situation from escalating

(Newser) - Iran has conducted its much-anticipated revenge attack against Israel by firing hundreds of drones and missiles, nearly all of which were intercepted. The big question: Now what? How Israel responds could determine whether the situation escalates into a wider regional war, and an intense diplomatic push was underway.
  • The attack:

Iranian Attack on Israel Seen as Imminent

US restricts the travel of Americans in the country

(Newser) - Iran may launch a serious strike against Israel in retaliation for the April 1 strike on the Iranian embassy in Syria as soon as Friday, US officials tell CBS News . As Israel braces for the assault, the US imposed travel restrictions on Americans in the country, per the Washington Post ...

Report: US Believes Iran Strike on Israel Imminent

Biden reiterates 'ironclad' support for Israel

(Newser) - As fears of an Iranian attack on Israel increased, US President Biden on Wednesday vowed "ironclad" support of Israel, the BBC reports. The comments came during a joint appearance with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on the White House lawn and appeared to be a response to Iran's...

Body of Israeli Hostage Found in Raid, Sister Slams Bibi

Body of Elad Katzir, 47, recovered in Gaza's Khan Younis, has been returned to Israel, military says

(Newser) - The body of a hostage taken from Israel during Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on Israel was recovered by the nation's military during an overnight raid in the Gaza city of Khan Younis, reports the BBC . "The body of ... Elad Katzir, who according to intelligence was murdered in captivity,...

McDonald's Scoops Up All of Its Restaurants in Israel

Fast-food giant buys 225 eateries from franchisee Alonyal after costly boycotts amid war

(Newser) - McDonald's is buying its restaurants in Israel from a longtime franchisee, hoping to reset sales that have slumped due to boycotts in the region. The Chicago-based burger giant said Friday it will buy Alonyal Limited, which owns and operates 225 restaurants in Israel. Financial terms weren't disclosed. The...

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

WCK Chief Puts Israel on Blast: Convoy 'Systematically' Targeted

Israel says misidentification to blame; aid group founder doesn't buy it

(Newser) - Celebrity chef Jose Andres, founder of the World Central Kitchen humanitarian aid nonprofit, says the seven WCK aid workers who were killed in Gaza Monday night were targeted "systematically, car by car." In what Reuters describes as an emotional interview, Andres claimed that the Israeli military knew about...

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