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News Roundup 11/17/2023

by | Nov 17, 2023

News Roundup 11/17/2023

by | Nov 17, 2023

US News

  • In August 2022, the Justice Department announced that the FBI had foiled an Iranian plot to assassinate former national security adviser John Bolton in retaliation for the U.S. killing Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps–Qods Force commander Qasem Soleimani. The Institute 


  • A report from Bloomberg published on Tuesday detailed some of the weapons the US has shipped to Israel to support its onslaught in Gaza. AWC
  • A new poll from Reuters/Ipsos found that the majority of Americans support the idea of a ceasefire in Gaza, a position that has been rejected by the Biden administration. AWC
  • The negotiations between Israel and Hamas on a potential hostage deal are focused on how long Israel is willing to pause its military operations in Gaza, Axios reported on Wednesday. AWC
  • 24 Democratic Members of Congress Sign Letter Demanding Biden Call for a Ceasefire in Gaza. X
  • US forces in Iraq and Syria Attacked Three Times on Wednesday. X
  • The UN Security Council passed its first resolution related to Israel’s war in Gaza on Wednesday that calls for “urgent and extended humanitarian pauses” in Gaza to allow aid and other assistance to reach Palestinian civilians. AWC
  • The UN Security Council passed a resolution on Wednesday that called for a temporary pause to the fighting in Gaza. Tel Aviv said the call for a short peace was a decision “disconnected from reality and holds no significance.” AWC
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report explaining that the Israeli fuel embargo of Gaza will cause a near-total blackout of communications in Gaza. The group warned that the isolation could be used to cover up atrocities. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk said there is a need to investigate “extremely serious allegations of multiple and profound breaches” of humanitarian law in Gaza. AWC
  • The White House on Wednesday said it did not “OK” Israel’s military raid of al-Shifa hospital in northern Gaza in an attempt to deflect responsibility for the attack. AWC
  • Human Rights Watch Warns Israel Could Use Communications Blackout in Gaza to Coverup Atrocities. X
  • Benjamin Netanyahu’s hold on power in Tel Aviv suffered two setbacks on Wednesday. Messages from a member of his Likud Party surfaced asserting Netanyahu’s days in office “are numbered.” AWC 
  • Death Toll for Israeli Soldiers in Gaza Increases to 50. X
  • Israeli aircraft dropped leaflets on a city in the southern half of the Gaza Strip, instructing Palestinians to flee the area. The evacuation notice suggests that Tel Aviv plans to ramp up its military operation in south Gaza. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant confirmed a ground invasion of the area would happen at some point. AWC
  • The New York Times reports Israel attacked the largest hospital in Gaza in hopes the raid would cause Hamas to relent and accept a hostage deal on terms proposed by Tel Aviv. An Israeli official said that if Hamas accepts the agreement, Tel Aviv will resume the war in Gaza after the exchange of captives. AWC


  • The Pentagon reported successfully intercepting a drone that was on a trajectory toward a Navy destroyer. The Department of Defense says the attack originated in Yemen, and the naval ship was operating near the Red Sea. After Tel Aviv began bombing Gaza last month, the Houthis started targeting Israel with missiles and drones. The Institute

About Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone is news editor of the Libertarian Institute, opinion editor of and co-host of Conflicts of Interest with Will Porter and Connor Freeman.

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