New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently announced that the state will phase out the sale of new cars that run on gas by 2035. This is similar to what the Democrat governor of New Mexico has said. Other states are making similar moves.
An economist who is the acting director of the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation, Richard Stern, is marking Thanksgiving Day 2023 with a warning that Joe Biden’s economy is putting an “astonishing burden” on American households.
It took just one mention of the more than 11,000 Palestinians killed in Israel’s war on Gaza - a number that has since risen to 14,000 - for senior Netanyahu adviser Mark Regev to revert to the line that these are "Hamas numbers".
In a recent interview with Mehdi Hasan on MSNBC, Regev refused to acknowledge that Israel had killed children in its relentless and indiscriminate bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip, suggesting that the hours of heart-wrenching footage aired daily could not be independently verified.
It is true that over the past six weeks of war in Gaza, the process of gathering and verifying information and footage has become extremely difficult, and sometimes impossible. But the primary reason for this is Israel’s ongoing push to control the narrative.
Israel has totally sealed off the territory, refusing to grant permission for foreign journalists to enter the war zone. At the same time, at least 53 media workers have been killed in the war since 7 October, making it the deadliest conflict for reporters since the Committee to Protect Journalists began collecting data in 1992.
Tel Aviv needs to borrow extensively to support its gravest armed engagement in decades, because of the demands of its present financial situation. With a whopping $300 billion debt stock to manage, the conflict has doubled the cost of insuring its sovereign bonds against default.
The escalating military operations by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in Gaza cast a spotlight on the country’s deepening economic challenges, as the conflict enters its seventh week. Amidst this continuing turmoil, a team of Israeli technocrats known as the 'government’s CFO' are responsible for navigating the emerging economic complexities.
Leader Capital Markets, a top financial advisory firm in Israel, reports that the war costs the economy around $270 million every day (citing Israel’s Finance Ministry). It estimates a total fiscal impact of 180 billion shekels ($48 billion) for 2023-24. Israel bears two-thirds of these costs, and the United States of America covers the remaining one-third.
Israeli troops opened fire at Palestinian civilians attempting to return to their homes in the northern Gaza Strip just hours after the temporary ceasefire agreed upon entered into effect on the morning of November 24.
Palestinian media said that the civilians were targeted after approaching a newly-established checkpoint of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) near the location of the former Israeli settlement of Netzarim in central Gaza. One was killed and at least seven others were wounded.
A recent NBC News national poll revealed that a majority of respondents, 52%, said there is a gun in their household, up from previous years and a record number since the poll question’s inception in 1999.
Israeli soldiers have been given explicit instructions ahead of the planned transfer of hostages from Gaza back to Israel — particularly relating to the children who have been held by Hamas terrorists since the massacre that those same terrorists carried out on October 7.
Not since the founding of Israel in 1948 had Tel Aviv suffered as audacious an assault on its soil as the one carried out by the Palestinian Islamist militant group Hamas on October 7, which was more shocking than the Yom Kippur War of 1973.
The fact that Hamas had planned such a massive assault by land, sea and air and managed to avoid detection points to a massive intelligence failure by Israel.
Hamas appeared to have better knowledge about goings-on inside the country than the famed Israeli intelligence agency Mossad did about what was happening in Gaza. Israel’s Prime Minister, “Mr. Security” Benjamin Netanyahu, has certainly suffered a blow from which he may not be able to recover in the long run.
When Netanyahu came to power for the third time last December with the support of the country's right-wing parties, both serving and retired Israeli Army generals expressed apprehension that such a coalition could lead to civil war in the country. That has not happened so far, but the division and months of protests against Netanyahu’s policies certainly emboldened Hamas to carry out its lightning strikes.
Israeli soldiers have opened fire at Palestinian civilians who tried returning to their homes in northern Gaza shortly after the start of the four-day truce between Israel and Hamas, an AP journalist has reported from the scene. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had earlier warned the displaced residents of Gaza against attempting to move to the north of the enclave.
At least two people have been killed and 11 other had their legs injured during the incident, the US news agency claimed on Friday.
An Israeli military spokesman told Haaretz that reports of the use of live fire by the IDF troops against the Palestinians were being investigated.
According to the paper, the number of civilians wounded by “Israeli fire” during their attempts to reach the north of Gaza stood at 15. They’ve been transferred to a hospital in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza for treatment, Haaretz added.
The arrest of Pentagon official Stephen Francis Hovanic in a human trafficking sting in Georgia, involving over two dozen individuals for offenses such as pandering, drug possession, prostitution, and pimping, unveils a shocking layer of corruption within the Department of Defense.
The Biden administration has vehemently denied that any voter fraud took place in the 2020 election.
However, the Biden Justice department’s recent successful prosecution of an alleged case of voter fraud flies in the face of that sweeping assertion.
According to KCAU, Biden’s DOJ had charged Kim Phuong Taylor, wife of former House Representative and current Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, with 52 counts of voter fraud in January.
The DOJ accused Kim Taylor of “generating votes” in the 2020 election, when her husband ran in the Republican primary for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, and again later that year, when he ran – and won – for county supervisor.