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John Kirby:

'Israel's strike in Rafah didn't cross Biden's red line'

White House National Security Council spokesperson tells reporters Washington hasn't yet seen a major Israeli ground operation in Rafah.

'Israel's strike in Rafah didn't cross Biden's red line'

AOC charges:

'Israeli strike in Rafah - an indefensible atrocity'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Israel over IDF strike against senior Hamas terrorists in Rafah, calls on Biden to stop military aid shipments to Israel.

'Israeli strike in Rafah - an indefensible atrocity'

Tlaib blasts Biden on Israel:

'You're an enabler, where's your red line?'

Rep. Rashida Tlaib hints that voters will make Biden pay for his support of Israel.

'You're an enabler, where's your red line?'

Human rights expert on ICJ:

'When genocidal terrorists praise ruling, justice was not served'

Human Rights Voices President Professor Anne Bayefsky tells Arutz Sheva that the IJC order on Rafah part of a 'cycle of violence' where terrorists murder Jews and then turn to the UN for justification and cover.

'When genocidal terrorists praise ruling, justice was not served'

House Speaker:

'Netanyahu will be invited to address Congress'

US House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson says Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to invite Netanyahu to speak before Congress.

'Netanyahu will be invited to address Congress'

Pentagon spokesman:

'No final decision on paused weapons shipment'

Pentagon Press Secretary Patrick Ryder tells Channel 13 News: We’re going to continue to provide Israel with the munitions it needs to defend itself.

'No final decision on paused weapons shipment'

House Speaker:

'We're working on date for Netanyahu to address Congress'

House Speaker Mike Johnson says he expects Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to be co-signing his letter inviting Netanyahu to speak before Congress.

'We're working on date for Netanyahu to address Congress'

Austin to Gallant:

'Urgent need to increase humanitarian assistance to Gaza'

US Defense Secretary speaks to Defense Minister, reiterates "strong US objections to the International Criminal Court prosecutor's outrageous application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders."

'Urgent need to increase humanitarian assistance to Gaza'

Defense expert:

'Biden is telling Israel to lose the war, we won't do that'

IDSF founder and chairman Brig. Gen. Amir Avivi tells Arutz Sheva that to win the war and bring back the hostages, Israel must tell the US 'thank you' and do what it needs to do in Rafah. Amir Avivi will be addressing the Arutz Sheva-Israel National News Jerusalem conference in New York City on Sunday, June 2nd.

'Biden is telling Israel to lose the war, we won't do that'

US official:

'Israel has addressed many of Biden's concerns on Rafah'

Senior Biden administration official says Israeli officials incorporated many changes into their plan that seem to meet Biden's concerns about deepening the operation.

'Israel has addressed many of Biden's concerns on Rafah'

Senator Schumer:

'ICC prosecutor’s decision is unfair and reprehensible'

Senate Majority Leader denounces ICC decision to seek arrest warrants for Israeli leaders: There never can be any equivalency between Israel’s right to defend itself against terror and Hamas’s barbarity.

'ICC prosecutor’s decision is unfair and reprehensible'

House Democratic Leader:

'ICC decision is shameful and unserious'

House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries criticizes ICC Chief Prosecutor's request for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders: America’s commitment to Israel’s security is ironclad.

'ICC decision is shameful and unserious'

Biden:

'US stands with Israel in its efforts to take out Hamas butchers'

Biden speaks at event in honor of Jewish Heritage Month: Contrary to allegations made against Israel by the ICC, Israel is not committing genocide.

'US stands with Israel in its efforts to take out Hamas butchers'

Human rights expert:

'Biden Admin. stands for mass murderer at Security Council'

Human Rights Voices President Professor Anne Bayefsky speaks to Arutz Sheva about the moment of silence held for the 'butcher of Tehran' at the UN Security Council.

'Biden Admin. stands for mass murderer at Security Council'

Human Rights expert:

'ICC warrants an attempt to destroy Israel dressed as intl. law'

Human Rights Voices President Professor Anne Bayefsky tells Arutz Sheva the Biden Administration's questioning of Israel's right to defend itself led to ICC prosecutor's decision to pursue arrest warrants against Netanyahu and Gallant.

'ICC warrants an attempt to destroy Israel dressed as intl. law'

Human rights expert:

'UN Security Council refused to hold meeting on Israeli hostages'

Human Rights Voices President Professor Anne Bayefsky tells Arutz Sheva reports that the Security Council met to discuss the hostages' plight last week are misinformation and the meeting was held outside the Security Council, which refused to hold it.

'UN Security Council refused to hold meeting on Israeli hostages'

White House to Stefanik:

'There has been no better friend to Israel than President Biden'

White House fires back at at Rep. Elise Stefanik after she criticized Biden during her speech at the Knesset.

'There has been no better friend to Israel than President Biden'

Sullivan updates Netanyahu on Saudi normalization efforts

White House says that US National Security Advisor, who met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem, "reiterated the President’s longstanding position on Rafah.”

Sullivan updates Netanyahu on Saudi normalization efforts

'No excuse for Biden aid cut'

Rep. Elise Stefanik to address Knesset today

House Republican Conference Chair to visit sites of Hamas massacre, address Knesset in trip to Israel.

Rep. Elise Stefanik to address Knesset today

Weapons shipment delayed by US arrives in Israel

Report: Biden administration decided to resume the weapons transfer after Israel committed to informing the United States in advance before expanding ground maneuvers in Rafah.

Weapons shipment delayed by US arrives in Israel

16 Democrats vote in favor

House rebukes Biden for withholding Israel aid

Israel Security Assistance Support Act, which condemns Biden's posture on Israel’s military action in Gaza, passes in a 224 to 187 vote. Biden has already said he will veto the bill if it clears the Senate.

House rebukes Biden for withholding Israel aid

US official:

'We share Gallant's concern on Gaza'

Senior US official responds to Defense Minister's call for Palestinian Arab rule in Gaza after the war: Israel has not developed plans for holding and governing territory the IDF clears, thereby allowing Hamas to regenerate.

'We share Gallant's concern on Gaza'

Secretary of State Blinken:

'We do not and will not support Israeli reoccupation of Gaza'

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Israel must work to find an alternative for Hamas since 'it cannot – and says it does not want responsibility for Gaza.'

'We do not and will not support Israeli reoccupation of Gaza'

Human rights expert:

'The UN parrots bogus Hamas casualty figures'

Human Rights Voices President Professor Anne Bayefsky speaks to Arutz Sheva about the UN's revision of women and children casualty figures in Gaza by nearly half.

'The UN parrots bogus Hamas casualty figures'

White House:

Biden will veto GOP bill on aid to Israel

White House criticizes Israel Security Assistance Support Act, which would pressure President Biden to send weapons to Israel.

Biden will veto GOP bill on aid to Israel

After pausing bomb shipment

Biden moving forward with new weapons deal for Israel

Biden administration notifies Congress it is moving forward with more than $1 billion in new weapons deals for Israel, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Biden moving forward with new weapons deal for Israel

Deputy Secretary of State:

'We don't believe Israel's strategy will lead to total victory'

Deputy US Secretary of State Kurt Campbell says the US is “struggling over what the theory of victory is” in Gaza.

'We don't believe Israel's strategy will lead to total victory'

US Ambassador Lew:

'Despite tension, no fundamental changes in US-Israel ties'

US Ambassador to Israel Jacob Lew says the US never saw the total elimination of Hamas as a plausible goal. 'Hamas should not be either a political or a governing body. That doesn't mean that you've eliminated every last member.'

'Despite tension, no fundamental changes in US-Israel ties'

Senator Graham:

'Stalling Israel aid would be a reward to Hamas'

Sen. Lindsey Graham responds to Biden's threat to stall military aid for Israel: Americans should be all in and helping Israel against an existential threat.

'Stalling Israel aid would be a reward to Hamas'

House Democrats:

'We cannot undermine our ally Israel'

26 Democratic members of Congress urge White House to deliver security aid to Israel, after the Biden administration cancelled a shipment over Rafah operation.

'We cannot undermine our ally Israel'

Biden administration:

'Israel may have used US weapons illegally in Gaza'

New State Department report says it is “reasonable to assess” that US weapons have been used by Israeli forces in Gaza in ways that are “inconsistent” with international humanitarian law.

'Israel may have used US weapons illegally in Gaza'

White House:

'We're watching operation in Rafah with great concern'

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby says the US wants the Rafah crossing reopened immediately.

'We're watching operation in Rafah with great concern'

Ambassador Herzog:

'US sends the wrong message to Hamas and our enemies'

Israel’s Ambassador to the US responds to US decision to withhold some weapons from Israel: It is unacceptable that it went public while we were still discussing Rafah operation.

'US sends the wrong message to Hamas and our enemies'

'Deeply disappointed'

US Jewish leaders criticize Biden's threat to Israel

Leaders of the Conference of Presidents respond to Biden: Withholding security assistance and support from Israel would send a dangerous message to Iran and all its regional proxies.

US Jewish leaders criticize Biden's threat to Israel

Netanyahu:

'We will do what we have to do to protect our country'

Speaking to Dr. Phil, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he hopes he and Biden can overcome their disagreements, "but we will do what we have to do to protect our country".

'We will do what we have to do to protect our country'

White House:

'Biden instructed his team to continue working with Israel'

A day after Biden warned he would stop transferring bombs to Israel, White House says the US provided Israel with several alternatives for how to pursue Hamas.

'Biden instructed his team to continue working with Israel'

The Ben Shapiro Show:

Biden sides with Satan

Watch: Joe Biden announces a weapons cutoff for Israel if they go into Rafah; and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s bizarre quest to unseat Speaker Mike Johnson fails.

Biden sides with Satan

Former US army chief:

'The United States killed a lot of innocent people'

Watch: Ret. Gen. Mark Milley hits back at those who criticize Israel's actions in Gaza, says the US has committed many war crimes over the years.

'The United States killed a lot of innocent people'

'You are a true friend of Israel'

Jewish and Christian leaders thank Trump

Former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman spearheads letter thanking former President Trump for his support for Israel and for his skepticism regarding the viability of a two-state solution.

Jewish and Christian leaders thank Trump

The Egyptian connection to Biden's threat

Egyptian source claims that the aggressive US position against Israel in the context of Rafah is partly related to Cairo's protest on the issue.

The Egyptian connection to Biden's threat

Netanyahu responds to US:

'If we have to fight alone, we will'

PM responds to President Biden's threat to halt arms shipments to Israel over Rafah operation, says Israelis will fight 'with our nails' if necessary.

'If we have to fight alone, we will'

Haim Saban slams 'bad, bad, bad' move to hold weapons shipment

Israeli-American billionaire and Democratic megadonor warns US President, 'there are more Jewish voters who care about Israel than Muslim voters who care about Hamas.'

Haim Saban slams 'bad, bad, bad' move to hold weapons shipment

Retired general:

US move a signal to allies and the Iranian nuclear program

According to Brigadier General (Ret) Yossi Kuperwasser not sending the ammunition to Israel makes it clear to the United States' allies in the region and the world as a whole, that they cannot rely on it.

US move a signal to allies and the Iranian nuclear program

PM Netanyahu answers Biden:

'If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone'

The Prime Minister shared a video of his Holocaust Remembrance Day address in which he pledged that nothing would stop Israel from defending itself, even if it would have to stand alone.

'If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone'

Schumer on bombs to Israel:

'I have faith in what Biden is doing'

Senate Majority Leader comments on Biden's decision to pause the delivery of 3,500 bombs to Israel: I have faith in what the Biden administration is doing

'I have faith in what Biden is doing'

Bernie Sanders:

'Biden absolutely right to halt weapons to Israel'

Sen. Bernie Sanders welcomes news that Biden administration held certain arms transfers to Israel, calls for US to use its leverage to demand an immediate ceasefire.

'Biden absolutely right to halt weapons to Israel'

Republican leaders demand answers from Biden

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson criticize Biden for pausing of shipment of bombs to Israel last week.

Republican leaders demand answers from Biden

Biden in message to Israel:

'I will stop sending bombs over major invasion of Rafah'

US President says he will halt shipments of American weapons to Israel if Netanyahu orders a major invasion of Rafah: Civilians have been killed in Gaza as a consequence of those bombs.

'I will stop sending bombs over major invasion of Rafah'

US warns Israel:

Do not expand military operations in Rafah

Israel made clear to the Americans that preventing the delivery of precise munitions can harm the military effort, strengthen Hamas, and therefore may threaten a deal for a ceasefire and hostage release.

Do not expand military operations in Rafah

Israeli official:

Israel deeply frustrated with US arms shipment pause

According to an Israeli official, tensions had already been running high after Israel felt the US allowed it to be blindsided by Hamas’ announcement earlier this week that it was accepting a version of a cease-fire proposal that was unknown to Israel beforehand.

Israel deeply frustrated with US arms shipment pause

The US Embassy's unusual request

The US Embassy asked the Police Internal Investigations Unit for the cellphone of slain employee Yaakov Tuhi, who was killed by an off-duty Border Police officer.

The US Embassy's unusual request

US official confirms:

US paused a shipment of bombs to Israel last week

Senior US administration official says the decision was made over concerns that Israel was approaching a decision on launching a full-scale assault on Rafah.

US paused a shipment of bombs to Israel last week

Report:

US held up ammo shipment to Israel

According to Israeli officials, the incident raised serious concerns inside the Israeli government and sent officials scrambling to understand why the shipment was held.

US held up ammo shipment to Israel

Minister Strock:

'US doesn't deserve to be called a friend of the State of Israel'

Minister of Settlements and National Missions Orit Strock said she is worried by the American push to end the war in Gaza.

'US doesn't deserve to be called a friend of the State of Israel'

After his criticism:

Schumer poised to invite Netanyahu to address Congress

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he is ready to sign House Speaker Mike Johnson's invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver an address to Congress.

Schumer poised to invite Netanyahu to address Congress

Report:

US senators discussed Israel warrants with ICC officials

Axios report: A bipartisan group of US senators held a virtual meeting with senior officials at the ICC to express concern about possible arrest warrants being issued for Israeli leaders.

US senators discussed Israel warrants with ICC officials

Trump backs down from two-state solution

The former President and 2024 presidential candidate said in an interview that while he once supported a two-state solution, the level of Palestinian Jew hatred makes it 'much tougher to get.'

Trump backs down from two-state solution

Austin:

'Operation in Rafah needs credible plan to evacuate civilians'

US Defense Secretary speaks to Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, stresses US position on a possible Israeli operation in Rafah.

'Operation in Rafah needs credible plan to evacuate civilians'

Israel warns:

ICC warrants will lead to retaliation against PA

The Biden administration has made clear to ICC officials in private that arrest warrants against Israeli leaders would be a mistake and that the US doesn't support the action.

ICC warrants will lead to retaliation against PA

Gallant to Blinken:

'Determined to bring back the hostages, ready to go into Rafah'

The Defense Minister and US Secretary of State toured Kibbutz Nir Oz and the Kerem Shalom Crossing and discussed the hostage negotiations and humanitarian aid efforts.

'Determined to bring back the hostages, ready to go into Rafah'