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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

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'

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'

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'

Caroline Glick:

The Jewish vote is up for grabs and it may decide the US election

The White House and its supporters are using Muslims in Michigan to justify a slew of deeply hostile policies against Israel. Will that matter come fall? Op-ed.

The Jewish vote is up for grabs and it may decide the US election

White House condemns protesters' takeover of Columbia building

Administration spokespeople say anti-Israel activists' recent actions at Columbia University, including takeover of Hamilton Hall, are "not peaceful" and "hate speech."

White House condemns protesters' takeover of Columbia building

Anti-Israel protest against White House correspondents

Demonstrators protest media coverage of the Israel-Hamas war at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

Anti-Israel protest against White House correspondents

White House:

'No place for antisemitism on any college campus'

Amid anti-Israel rallies at Columbia University, White House condemns antisemitism on college campuses.

'No place for antisemitism on any college campus'

Report:

White House was shocked by magnitude of Iranian attack

US officials were horrified when they realized how many UAVs, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles Iran had fired at Israel in its massive attack.

White House was shocked by magnitude of Iranian attack

White House:

'No comment on reports of Israeli strike in Iran'

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at press briefing: I know there’s a lot of interest in reports from the Middle East overnight. We do not have any comment at this time.

'No comment on reports of Israeli strike in Iran'

White House:

'Israel agreed to take our concerns on Rafah into account'

US and Israeli officials discuss possible Israeli operation in the Gazan city of Rafah. White House: US participants expressed concerns with various courses of action in Rafah, Israeli participants agreed to take these concerns into account.

'Israel agreed to take our concerns on Rafah into account'

White House condemns 'death to America' Dearborn rally

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says President Biden condemns all violent rhetoric when asked about anti-America, anti-Israel rally in Michigan, does not say Biden will condemn it himself.

White House condemns 'death to America' Dearborn rally

Harris to hostages' families:

'No higher priority than reuniting hostages with loved ones'

US Vice President meets families of Americans taken hostage by Hamas on October 7, provides update on US efforts to secure the release of all hostages.

'No higher priority than reuniting hostages with loved ones'

Israeli reporter Barak Ravid wins White House award

Barak Ravid, who writes for Axios and Walla!, named winner of the White House Correspondence Association’s award for overall excellence in White House coverage.

Israeli reporter Barak Ravid wins White House award

Report:

US Congress deal bars funds to UNRWA until 2025

Sources say an agreement reached by US congressional leaders and the White House will continue a ban on US funding for UNRWA until March 2025.

US Congress deal bars funds to UNRWA until 2025

Due to war in Gaza:

Muslim leaders boycott White House invitation

A joint letter from more than forty leaders called for action instead of more meetings, including an end to support for Israel.

Muslim leaders boycott White House invitation

Report:

White House asks for list of Israel-bound weapons

The White House recently asked the State Department and the Pentagon for a list of all weapons transfers to Israel that are planned or are up for approval in the coming weeks.

White House asks for list of Israel-bound weapons

White House:

'Trampling incident shows need for more aid'

US says it is looking into incident where Gazans swarmed aid trucks, leading to mass trampling and accusations of a massacre by the IDF, says it proves need to expand humanitarian aid.

'Trampling incident shows need for more aid'

White House considering airdropping aid to Gaza

Axios report: White House exploring the possibility of airdropping aid from US military planes into Gaza as deliveries by land become increasingly difficult.

White House considering airdropping aid to Gaza

Report:

Biden’s dog bit Secret Service agents 24 times

New internal documents show the extent to which the situation with Commander, Biden's dog, had become a serious workplace issue White House support staff.

Biden’s dog bit Secret Service agents 24 times

White House confirms:

'Biden was referring to Israel’s conduct in Gaza'

White House press secretary clarifies that President Biden was referring to Israel’s military operation when he described the response in Gaza as “over the top”.

'Biden was referring to Israel’s conduct in Gaza'

House Speaker:

'House will vote on Israel aid bill next week'

House Speaker Mike Johnson announces standalone $17.6 billion Israel aid bill. White House: A ploy which does nothing.

'House will vote on Israel aid bill next week'

White House:

'No plans to sanction Israeli government officials'

White House spokesperson John Kirby on sanctions against Israeli "settlers": A signal to the world that Biden takes settler violence seriously.

'No plans to sanction Israeli government officials'

US 'gravely concerned'

Israel blamed for strike on UNRWA facility in Gaza

IDF investigation rules out an Israeli aerial or artillery strike hit an UNRWA facility in Khan Yunis. US: We will continue to seek further information.

Israel blamed for strike on UNRWA facility in Gaza

White House:

'Biden maintaining open mind on two-state solution'

National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby says Biden understands “the need for some flexibility" when it comes to the format of an independent Palestinian state.

'Biden maintaining open mind on two-state solution'

White House:

'Biden welcomed decision to allow flour into Gaza'

White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby on conversation between Biden and Netanyahu: The President discussed his vision for a two-state solution.

'Biden welcomed decision to allow flour into Gaza'

Warning, Vulgar language:

Anti-Israel protestors break White House fence

Protestors demanding end to US support for Israel clash with Secret Service, force evacuation of non-essential personnel in rally outside White House.

Anti-Israel protestors break White House fence

'This case is unfounded':

US rejects allegations of genocide against Israel

White House spokesperson John Kirby: Genocide is not a word that ought to be thrown around lightly.

US rejects allegations of genocide against Israel

White House:

'US is not in favor of a ceasefire in Gaza'

National Security Spokesperson John Kirby clarifies Biden's comments, says ceasefire at this time would only benefit Hamas.

'US is not in favor of a ceasefire in Gaza'

White House:

'Biden didn't know Austin had cancer until today'

White House says Biden did not learn that his Defense Secretary had prostate cancer until the news of the diagnosis was disclosed to the public.

'Biden didn't know Austin had cancer until today'

White House:

'Harris reiterated to Herzog our support for Israel'

White House releases readout of call between Vice President Harris and President Isaac Herzog: They discussed efforts to prevent the conflict in Gaza from spreading to the broader region.

'Harris reiterated to Herzog our support for Israel'

Uproar in US:

Sec. Austin was hospitalized, Biden wasn't told for days

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was hospitalized on New Year's Eve, but officials in the White House didn't learn about it until Thursday.

Sec. Austin was hospitalized, Biden wasn't told for days

White House:

'Biden and Netanyahu discussed importance of releasing hostages'

White House after Biden and Netanyahu conversation: They discussed Israel’s military campaign in Gaza to include its objectives and phasing.

'Biden and Netanyahu discussed importance of releasing hostages'

In first:

Families of American hostages meet with Biden in person

'Grateful to President Biden for his steadfast commitment to bringing our family members home,' hostages' relatives say.

Families of American hostages meet with Biden in person

White House official:

'We haven't given Israel a deadline to end the war'

White House national security aide Jon Finer: If the war ended now, Hamas would continue to pose a threat.

'We haven't given Israel a deadline to end the war'

WH to college presidents:

'Calls for genocide are monstrous'

White House spokesman Andrew Bates reacts to presidents of Harvard, MIT, and UPenn refusal to say calls to murder Jews violate uni. policy.

'Calls for genocide are monstrous'

White House spokesperson:

'Israel is making an effort to minimize civilian deaths in Gaza'

White House National Security Council spokesman says Israel is listening to Washington's calls to minimize civilian deaths in Gaza.

'Israel is making an effort to minimize civilian deaths in Gaza'

White House NSC spokesman:

'PA not in a position right now to govern Gaza'

John Kirby told ABC News that the US is working on restoring the ceasefire and hostage deal between Israel and Hamas.

'PA not in a position right now to govern Gaza'

White House spokesperson:

'The pause ended because of Hamas'

White House spokesman John Kirby blames Hamas for end of the ceasefire in Gaza: They failed to produce a list of hostages.

'The pause ended because of Hamas'

White House NSC spokesman:

'Jerusalem attack another example of the threat Israel faces'

John Kirby says the US hopes to extend ceasefire into into 'an eighth, ninth, and tenth day, and beyond.'

'Jerusalem attack another example of the threat Israel faces'

White House:

'We want eliminination of Hamas as governing force, threat'

Senior Biden Admin. official says US support's Israel's goals in war with Hamas but still pushes for maximum restraint.

'We want eliminination of Hamas as governing force, threat'

US official:

'We don't believe Hamas intentionally held back 2 Americans'

The White House does not believe Hamas purposefully held back American women as part of hostage release, says Biden administration official.

'We don't believe Hamas intentionally held back 2 Americans'

White House:

'Hostage deal was agreed, parties are working out final details'

National Security Council spokesperson says the US is hopeful that implementation of hostage deal with Hamas begins on Friday.

'Hostage deal was agreed, parties are working out final details'

White House warns:

'Wagner Group plans to provide air defense system to Hezbollah'

White House says Russian mercenary group plans to provide an air defense system to Hezbollah or to the regime in Tehran.

'Wagner Group plans to provide air defense system to Hezbollah'

White House adviser:

'Hostages must be freed before significant pause'

White House adviser Brett McGurk says hostages taken by Hamas must be free before a “significant pause” can happen.

'Hostages must be freed before significant pause'

White House:

US has independent intelligence proving Hamas use of hospitals

Biden Administration for the first time supports Israeli narrative that Hamas uses hospitals in Gaza for military purposes.

US has independent intelligence proving Hamas use of hospitals

White House condemns Rashida Tlaib for 'from river to sea' chant

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says administration "strongly disagrees" with Tlaib after House votes to censure her.

White House condemns Rashida Tlaib for 'from river to sea' chant

White House:

'Harris emphasized the importance of protecting civilians'

White House on Harris’ phone call with Herzog: She reiterated her support for Israel’s right to defend its citizens.

'Harris emphasized the importance of protecting civilians'

Washington:

Protesters shout 'Allahu Akbar' outside White House

Tens of thousands of pro-Palestinian Arab protesters descend upon the White House, smear red paint on the gates and curse Biden.

Protesters shout 'Allahu Akbar' outside White House

White House:

'Saudi Arabia still interested in normalization with Israel'

White House spokesperson: Saudis interested in normalization with Israel, but all sides are currently focused on the situation in Gaza.

'Saudi Arabia still interested in normalization with Israel'

White House:

'Riot in Dagestan was reminiscent of a pogrom'

White House spokesman: Comparing airport riot in Dagestan to "pogroms" from previous periods in history is an apt description.

'Riot in Dagestan was reminiscent of a pogrom'

White House:

'We'd support pause in fighting to allow release of hostages'

White House spokesman John Kirby says US supports a pause in operations in Gaza in order for humanitarian aid to enter.

'We'd support pause in fighting to allow release of hostages'

White House spokesperson:

'Biden will not apologize for saying civilians will die in war'

Watch: White House spokesperson John Kirby fires back at reported when asked whether he thought Biden's comments on Gaza deaths are "harsh".

'Biden will not apologize for saying civilians will die in war'

White House:

'Trump's comments are revolting and dangerous'

White House criticizes Trump plan to bar immigrants who support Hamas from entering the US.

'Trump's comments are revolting and dangerous'

White House spokesperson:

'Biden will be asking Israelis some tough questions'

White House National Security spokesperson John Kirby: Biden will be asking some tough questions as a true friend of Israel.

'Biden will be asking Israelis some tough questions'

White House:

'Biden stressed need for to condemn Hamas' brutal atrocities'

White House publishes statement summarizing Biden’s call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

'Biden stressed need for to condemn Hamas' brutal atrocities'

In support for Israel:

White House illuminated in blue and white

White House illuminated with the colors of the flag of Israel. "We stand with Israel," says White House Middle East coordinator.

White House illuminated in blue and white

Biden's dog out of the White House due to biting incidents

Biden's two-year-old German shepherd, Commander, has been involved in more biting incidents than previously reported.

Biden's dog out of the White House due to biting incidents

Netanyahu to be invited to White House this year

Following their first meeting in NYC, administration confirms PM Netanyahu to receive invite to meet Pres. Biden again before end of 2023.

Netanyahu to be invited to White House this year

White House won't confirm Biden-Netanyahu meeting

"No meetings to speak to at this point", says White House official John Kirby when asked about reported meeting next week.

White House won't confirm Biden-Netanyahu meeting