House lawmakers are petitioning the State Department to reassess its close relationship with Qatar, which has served as Hamas’ chief financial lifeline while also enjoying close ties to the United States, which recently inked an $11 billion arms deal with the controversial country.
A group of senators on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday voicing their concerns over the release of a redacted version of a Senate study that will be made public in early August.
One of the nation’s leading pro-Israel groups has launched a massive media campaign, buying ads in major newspapers and beginning a letter campaign to stop Secretary of State John Kerry from allying with Hamas over Israel in the ongoing Middle East conflict.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said new sanctions against Russia were needed to stabilize the crisis in Ukraine during a Tuesday speech, shortly ahead of the announcement of new sanctions by President Barack Obama.
My must read of the day is “Obama Rated Poorly on Mideast Conflict,” in ABC News.
Moscow violated a key strategic nuclear arms accord by developing a ground-launched cruise missile banned under the 1987 agreement, according to the State Department.
My must read of the day is “US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry,” in the Associated Press.