What if Israel bombs Iran?

What if Israel bombs Iran?

Editor’s Note: Gary Sick served on the National Security Council staff under Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan, and was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. Sick is a senior research scholar and adjunct professor of international affairs at Columbia University, a member of the board of…

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Lloyd Austin and Anthony Blinken pledge fulsome support for Israel as concerns about expected Israeli ground offensive grow

Lloyd Austin and Anthony Blinken pledge fulsome support for Israel as concerns about expected Israeli ground offensive grow

CNN  —  The Biden administration underlined its public and fulsome show of support for Israel Friday as two of its most senior national security officials visited the Middle East ahead of an expected Israeli ground incursion into Gaza. Behind the scenes, however, the US faces a difficult diplomatic challenge – providing support for Israel’s “legitimate…

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Biden's Israel speech: President confirms US citizens are among Hamas hostages in sharp condemnation of attacks

Biden’s Israel speech: President confirms US citizens are among Hamas hostages in sharp condemnation of attacks

Washington CNN  —  President Joe Biden confirmed Tuesday that Americans are known to be among the hostages held by Hamas after its rampage over the weekend, delivering an emotional and angered denunciation of the terror and making clear he expected a forceful reprisal by Israel. The president delivered vivid descriptions of the atrocities carried out…

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At least four Americans killed in Israel attacks with death toll expected to rise, Schumer says

At least four Americans killed in Israel attacks with death toll expected to rise, Schumer says

Washington CNN  —  At least four Americans have been killed in the attacks in Israel, and US officials expect the death toll to rise, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday. The Senate majority leader said in a statement that he was briefed Sunday evening by senior national security and State Department officials. “Unfortunately, we know there…

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Pressure to fill House speaker vacancy builds as crisis unfolds in Israel

Pressure to fill House speaker vacancy builds as crisis unfolds in Israel

CNN  —  The House speakership drama enters a new week under increased urgency as Israel declared war Sunday following unprecedented surprise attacks by Hamas. Kevin McCarthy’s historic ouster as speaker leaves the House in uncharted legal territory regarding what it can do under acting Speaker Patrick McHenry. When Congress reconvenes Monday, lawmakers will be under…

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House lawmakers discuss how to address intelligence briefings on Israel without speaker

House lawmakers discuss how to address intelligence briefings on Israel without speaker

CNN  —  House lawmakers are scrambling to determine whether acting Speaker Patrick McHenry can participate in a so-called Gang of Eight intelligence briefing on the unfolding crisis in Israel, a source familiar with the active discussions told CNN. The source said the understanding is that it is ultimately up to the White House whether McHenry…

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