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US announces resumption of research boycott of Judea and Samaria

Ariel U. grant request refused less than 3 years after Trump Admin. ended practice of refusing to cooperate with research over green line.

US announces resumption of research boycott of Judea and Samaria

Israeli National Security Adv. meets US Assistant Sec. of State

Tzachi Hanegbi meets US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf in Jerusalem.

Israeli National Security Adv. meets US Assistant Sec. of State

US condemns 'extremist settler violence' following Eli attack

State Department Deputy Spokesperson calls for Israel to be held accountable following Israeli youth riots in Palestinian Arab cities.

US condemns 'extremist settler violence' following Eli attack

US condemns attack near Eli:

'We will continue to work towards de-escalation'

State Department spokesperson also expresses concern about "the continuation of violence in Israel and the West Bank in recent weeks".

'We will continue to work towards de-escalation'

US:

'We are deeply troubled by new Judea and Samaria construction'

State Department on approval of 4,500 housing units: US opposes unilateral actions that make two-state solution difficult to achieve.

'We are deeply troubled by new Judea and Samaria construction'

State Department:

'Blinken underscored ironclad commitment to Israel’s security'

Following conversation between Netanyahu and Blinken, Secretary of State says he and the PM discussed "areas of mutual interest".

'Blinken underscored ironclad commitment to Israel’s security'

State Department:

'Roger Waters has track record of using antisemitic tropes'

US government joins accusations of antisemitism against Roger Waters after he wore a Nazi-style uniform at a Berlin concert.

'Roger Waters has track record of using antisemitic tropes'

Normalization on the agenda?

State Department announces Blinken visit to Saudi Arabia

State Department says Secretary of State will discuss "US-Saudi strategic cooperation" during the June 6-8 trip.

State Department announces Blinken visit to Saudi Arabia

US criticizes relocation of Homesh Yeshiva

State Department spokesperson: The expansion of settlements undermines the geographic viability of a two-state solution.

US criticizes relocation of Homesh Yeshiva

'A serious threat':

US condemns Iran's latest ballistic missile test

State Department spokesman: An Iran with a nuclear weapon would likely act even more provocatively.

US condemns Iran's latest ballistic missile test

US condemns Ben Gvir's 'provocative' visit to Temple Mount

State Department also criticizes order allowing Israelis to visit the site of the destroyed town of Homesh in northern Samaria.

US condemns Ben Gvir's 'provocative' visit to Temple Mount

US urges Iran not to execute three anti-government protesters

State Department deputy spokesman voices concern that Iran may soon execute three people arrested in November.

US urges Iran not to execute three anti-government protesters

US on Flag March:

'We are urging all parties to maintain calm'

State Department deputy spokesperson calls for calm ahead of planned Jerusalem Day Flag March.

'We are urging all parties to maintain calm'

US welcomes Gaza ceasefire:

'It will prevent the further loss of civilian lives'

State Department spokesperson thanks Egypt's role in brokering ceasefire, affirms US commitment to Israel’s security.

'It will prevent the further loss of civilian lives'

Report:

Deputy US Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to step down

Sherman was a lead negotiator of the 2015 nuclear deal that between Iran and world powers.

Deputy US Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to step down

US report likely to say Abu Aqleh's death was accidental

US official indicates US Security Coordinator will say Palestinian Arab-American reporter was shot by IDF gunfire but it was accidental.

US report likely to say Abu Aqleh's death was accidental

State Department offers $7 million reward for Hezbollah leader

Reward offered for information leading to arrest of Ibrahim Aqil, a member of Hezbollah's highest military body, the Jihad Council.

State Department offers $7 million reward for Hezbollah leader

US: Israel has right to defend itself after rocket attacks

US State Department spokesman Vedant Patel condemns rocket attacks from Lebanon, Gaza, says US commitment to Israel's security ironclad.

US: Israel has right to defend itself after rocket attacks

State Department:

NASA scientist’s Israel trip not blocked over judicial reform

State Department denies canceling physicist's appearance at Israel Physical Society’s annual conference in Israel.

NASA scientist’s Israel trip not blocked over judicial reform

US State Department:

'Israel has the legitimate right to defend itself'

State Department spokesperson Ned Price stresses US backs Israel's right to self-defense, but also condemns violent riots in Huwara.

'Israel has the legitimate right to defend itself'

State Department spokesperson to step down

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price will take on a position working directly for Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

State Department spokesperson to step down

Op-Ed

Evasive, late, confused State Department report finally released

As is usual for the State Dept., the Palestinian Authority is whitewashed in the report and Israel is condemned. Op-ed.

Evasive, late, confused State Department report finally released

NY reps. call for establishment of Abraham Accords special envoy

State Department envoy would work with regional and US stakeholders to expand Abraham Accords.

NY reps. call for establishment of Abraham Accords special envoy

US condemns terror attack but also 'settler violence'

State Department spokesperson calls to "immediately de-escalate tensions in words and deeds" following attack in Huwara and ensuing clashes.

US condemns terror attack but also 'settler violence'

Ukraine war enters 2nd year:

New sanctions to 'degrade Russia’s ability to fuel aggression'

On one-year anniversary of Ukraine war, Biden admin hits hard at Russia's ability to wage war with host of new sanctions.

New sanctions to 'degrade Russia’s ability to fuel aggression'

Biden admin:

Human rights pick not ousted solely over anti-Israel tweets

State Department claims anti-Israel academic's name withdrawn for reasons other than long history of anti-Israel social media posts.

Human rights pick not ousted solely over anti-Israel tweets

US identifies new leader of Al-Qaeda

State Department says Saif al-Adel, an Iran-based Egyptian, replaced Ayman al-Zawahiri as Al-Qaeda leader.

US identifies new leader of Al-Qaeda

State Department:

'Security Council resolution condemning Israel is unhelpful'

State Department says UN resolution criticizing Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria is “unhelpful” but won't commit to vetoing it.

'Security Council resolution condemning Israel is unhelpful'

Blinken blinded

Three pointed questions were asked of the US Secretary of State, and a fuzzy general statement was the response. Op-ed.

Blinken blinded

US monitoring claim Iran establishing foothold in Panama Canal

Iranian state media claim navy sending warships to South American to establish permanent presence in vital Panama Canal.

US monitoring claim Iran establishing foothold in Panama Canal

State Department praises ‘strong and historic ties’ with Israel

US State Department highlights history of assistance and cooperate in security, economy, regional peace, culture and education.

State Department praises ‘strong and historic ties’ with Israel

Anti-Israel nominee to US human rights post withdraws

Prominent Israel critic Sarah Margon drops her bid for a top human rights post in the Biden administration State Department.

Anti-Israel nominee to US human rights post withdraws

State Department on Jenin:

'We condemn terrorist groups, all parties need to de-escalate'

State Department spokesperson: We mourn the loss of innocent lives. Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live safely and securely.

'We condemn terrorist groups, all parties need to de-escalate'

Top US official:

'Important for PA and Israel to retain security coordination'

US Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs on Jenin raid: We are urging de-escalation. It doesn't make sense to go international fora.

'Important for PA and Israel to retain security coordination'

State Department spokesperson:

'Israel's sanctions on PA exacerbate tensions'

State Department spokesperson Ned Price says US is against unilateral moves that exacerbate tensions between Israel and the PA.

'Israel's sanctions on PA exacerbate tensions'

US: Iran nuclear deal not on agenda now

State Department says US maintains back-channels with Iran, focus is on supporting Iranian protestors, Iran's support for Russia's war.

US: Iran nuclear deal not on agenda now

State Department:

'The Homesh outpost is illegal even under Israeli law'

State Department spokesperson Ned Price speaks out against plans to normalize the community of Homesh in Samaria.

'The Homesh outpost is illegal even under Israeli law'

State Department spokesperson:

'Ben Gvir's Temple Mount visit could lead to violence'

Spokesperson for US Embassy in Israel says Ambassador Nides “has been very clear on the issue of preserving the status quo in Jerusalem".

'Ben Gvir's Temple Mount visit could lead to violence'

State Department spokesman:

'Return to Iran deal is not on the agenda'

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price: The JCPOA hasn't been on the agenda for some time.

'Return to Iran deal is not on the agenda'

State Department:

'We hope to see accountability in death of Jenin teen'

State Department spokesperson comments on death of 16-year-old girl during clashes in Jenin: A tragic incident. It's heartbreaking.

'We hope to see accountability in death of Jenin teen'

US denounces Iran over execution of protester

State Department spokesman: These harsh sentences are meant to intimidate Iran's people.

US denounces Iran over execution of protester

US against UN blacklist of companies operating in Judea, Samaria

State Department spokesman says US is pressing the United Nations not to update its blacklist of companies operating in "settlements".

US against UN blacklist of companies operating in Judea, Samaria

US opposed to Al Jazeera's ICC petition against Israel

State Department spokesman says US is opposed to Al Jazeera taking killing of its journalist to International Criminal Court.

US opposed to Al Jazeera's ICC petition against Israel

Biden Admin. creates new position for Palestinian Authority rep.

Hady Amr appointed to new position of Special Representative for Palestinian Affairs at State Department in bid to improve ties with PA.

Biden Admin. creates new position for Palestinian Authority rep.

US condemns attack near Ariel

State Department spokesperson says US concerned over violence, sends condolences to families of Israelis and Palestinian Arabs alike.

US condemns attack near Ariel

State Department:

Pompeo and former top aide still under threat

Biden administration determines that Iranian threats against former Secretary of State and his aide Brian Hook remain credible.

Pompeo and former top aide still under threat

Op-ed:

The State Department's systematic failure in the Middle East

State Department policy has fueled Middle East violence, generating tailwinds to rogue entities and headwinds to the US and its Arab allies.

The State Department's systematic failure in the Middle East

US sanctions Iranian entity that put bounty on Salman Rushdie

Organization offering $3.3 million for author's death sanctioned by State Department.

US sanctions Iranian entity that put bounty on Salman Rushdie

State Department spokesman:

'A deal with Iran is not imminent'

State Department spokesperson: We’ve heard nothing to suggest Iran is prepared to change its approach, so no deal is in the offing.

'A deal with Iran is not imminent'

State Department:

'Iran nuclear deal is not our focus right now'

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price: The Iranians have made very clear that this is not a deal that they have been prepared to make.

'Iran nuclear deal is not our focus right now'

US demands Israel investigate death of 7-year-old PA boy

Seven-year-old's family claims he died due to a heart attack when Israeli soldiers arrived at his home to search for his two brothers.

US demands Israel investigate death of 7-year-old PA boy

US official:

'Nuclear talks have hit a wall because of Iran's stance'

State Department official says nothing has happened this week to suggest Iran is willing to change its stance.

'Nuclear talks have hit a wall because of Iran's stance'

US lawmakers dissatisfied with IDF probe of journalist's death

Democratic Senators attempting to require independent State Department investigation into death of Shireen Abu Aqleh.

US lawmakers dissatisfied with IDF probe of journalist's death

Was FDR a victim of the Deep State?

Good try but the State Department was implementing FDR’s policy, not sneaking around behind the president’s back. Op-ed.

Was FDR a victim of the Deep State?

US pressing Israel to review rules of engagement

State Department deputy spokesperson says US wants Israel to review its policies in light of death of Al Jazeera journalist.

US pressing Israel to review rules of engagement

US on Abu Aqleh report:

'We underscore the importance of accountability'

State Department spokesperson welcomes IDF report on death of Al Jazeera journalist.

'We underscore the importance of accountability'

US official pushes 'need for accountability' in Abu Aqleh death

US Dep. Sec. of State Sherman meets Israel's National Security Adviser Hulata, discussing Iran, and Al Jazeera journalist's death.

US official pushes 'need for accountability' in Abu Aqleh death

ZOA to State Department:

'Support Israel in fight against terrorist-supporting NGOs'

ZOA criticizes US call for clarification on IDF raids of six PA NGOs that were blacklisted as terrorist organizations by Israel.

'Support Israel in fight against terrorist-supporting NGOs'

US condemns Jerusalem bus attack

State Department spokesperson: We remain in close contact with our Israeli partners and stand firmly with them in the face of this attack.

US condemns Jerusalem bus attack

State Department:

'Elimination of Al-Qaeda leader could lead to violence'

State Department says the killing of Ayman Al-Zawahiri may prompt Al-Qaeda supporters to target US facilities or citizens.

'Elimination of Al-Qaeda leader could lead to violence'