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Shift in Israel Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties

June 15, 2021
Michael Crowley | The New York Times
The departure of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister is a relief for Democrats, but Iran and the Palestinians could test Mr. Biden’s relations with a fragile new Israeli government.
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Trump Releases Mideast Peace Plan That Strongly Favors Israel

January 29, 2020
Michael Crowley, David Halbfinger | The New York Times
President Trump on Tuesday unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan with a flourish, releasing a proposal that would give Israel most of what it has sought over decades of conflict while offering the Palestinians the possibility of a state with limited sovereignty.
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Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu rushed to shelter amid rocket attack

December 26, 2019
Hallie Jackson | NBC News
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was speaking at a campaign event, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip, forcing Netanyahu to be rushed from the stage.
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Trump Accuses Jewish Democrats of ‘Great Disloyalty’

August 21, 2019
Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
President Trump said on Tuesday that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” intensifying his efforts to drive in a partisan wedge over religion and support for Israel even as he appeared to draw on an anti-Semitic trope.
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Omar & Tlaib address Israel controversy

August 20, 2019
Paula Reid, Adriana Diaz | CBS News
Standing side by side, Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar forcefully denounced the controversial decision by the Israeli government to deny them entry into the country, casting the travel restrictions as part of a broader effort to suppress voices of dissent critical of the treatment of Palestinians in occupied and disputed territories.
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib cancels West Bank visit after Israel backtracks on ban

August 17, 2019
Kristen Welker | NBC News
Rep. Rashida Tlaib rejected a new offer to visit the West Bank and see her grandmother on “humanitarian” grounds, saying “oppressive conditions” around the visit are against her beliefs. Israel initially denied entry to Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, citing their support of a controversial boycott of Israel.
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Governing by grievance, Trump wields official powers against political enemies

August 16, 2019
Toluse Olorunnipa | The Washington Post
By pressuring the Israeli government to bar entry by two members of Congress, President Trump once again used the power and platform of his office to punish his political rivals. It’s a pattern that has intensified during the first two and a half years of Trump’s presidency, as he has increasingly governed to the tune of his grievances.
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