Fighting between Israel and Hamas rages in Gaza’s second-largest city, blocking aid from population – Orange County Register

By NAJIB JOIBAIN, JACK JEFFERY and LEE KEATH RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants Wednesday in the center of the Gaza Strip’s second-largest city, the military said, pressing a ground offensive that has sent tens of thousands of Palestinians fleeing to the territory’s southernmost edge and prevented aid groups from delivering food, … Read more

Japanese minister to assure Palestinian counterparts on aid

The minister, Yoko Kamikawa, is also set to meet Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen during her two-day trip from Friday, as the crisis in Gaza”I hope to discuss how to respond to the grave humanitarian situation in the Gaza region as well as directly communicate Japan’s readiness to continue providing aid,” Kamikawa said of her … Read more

5 American aid workers leave Gaza for Egypt through Rafah crossing, hundreds remain

At least five Americans were among the group of civilians that fled Gaza for Egypt on Wednesday, U.S. officials say. All five U.S. citizens – who are the only known Americans to leave Gaza today – were aid workers. The U.S. Department of State says that they will give instructions to the 400 other Americans … Read more

GOP plan to fund Israel aid with IRS cuts would cost $90 billion, tax chief says

Seeking to pay for $14 billion in proposed aid to Israel sought by both parties, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) on Monday unveiled legislation that would cut roughly $14 billion from funds recently approved by Democrats to expand the IRS. But, said the cuts would make the bill more expensive, by reducing audits of the wealthy … Read more

US House Republicans’ Israel-only aid bill faces opposition in Senate

for a $106 billion package that would include aid for Israel and Ukraine and funding to boost competition with China in the Indo-Pacific as well as security along the U.S. border with Mexico. Republicans have a narrow majority in the House, but Biden’s fellow Democrats control the Senate. To become law, the bill would have … Read more

Three charged with sending Russia over $7 million in electronics to aid war on Ukraine

Three people were arrested in New York City on charges of illegally smuggling millions of dollars’ worth of U.S.-origin electronics to Russia in order to aid the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The defendants allegedly dispatched hundreds of shipments of restricted items, worth nearly $7.2 million, to Russia over the course of a year. Federal prosecutors … Read more

Speaker Johnson suggests diverting IRS funding for Israel aid: ‘Immediate and urgent need’

House Speaker Mike Johnson told ‘Outnumbered’ co-host Kayleigh McEnany in a recent interview that he was intending to divert some IRS funding for aid to Israel. ‘My intention and my desire in the first draft of this bill is to take some of the money that has been set aside for building and bulking up … Read more

Full List of Republicans Opposed to Israel Aid Packages

Republican representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Thomas Massie of Kentucky have announced they will oppose new U.S. aid to Israel, even if the measure comes as a standalone separate from a request for additional assistance for Ukraine—as House Republicans are now proposing.On October 20, Biden submitted a request of $106 billion to Congress … Read more

Speaker Mike Johnson uses Israel aid to fight with Biden over IRS

WASHINGTON — In his first major move, Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., is using the bipartisan goal of providing aid to Israel to pick a fight with President Joe Biden over his signature achievement. A new bill released Monday by House Republicans includes $14.3 billion in emergency funding for Israel, paid for by rescinding the same … Read more