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9 min ago

Netanyahu denies he is starving civilians in Gaza as method of war in interview with Jake Tapper

From CNN's Tara John

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied allegations that he was starving Palestinians in Gaza as a method of war in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday, saying an arrest warrant application currently under review in the International Criminal Court(ICC) is based on a “pack of lies.”

The ICC’s application for warrants over the war in Gaza marked the first time the international court has targeted the top leader of a close ally of the United States.

The prime minister also reaffirmed his commitment to eradicating Hamas, which governs Gaza, before considering demilitarizing the Strip.

With more than100 hostagesstill believed to be held in Gaza, pressure has been growing for a deal that would see hostages released in exchange for a ceasefire.

But when asked about public polling showing that a majority of Israelis believe freeing hostages is a higher priority than military action, Netanyahu said you could not have one without the other.

“Military action that we take against Hamas is in fact the way to get these hostages because without military pressure, basically, without, you know, squeezing them, Hamas is not going to give up anything,” he told Tapper.

Netanyahu is deeply unpopular in Israel, where he is also facing an ongoing corruption trial. Critics have accused the prime minister of being beholden to members of his far-right coalition and prolonging the war to maintain his grip on power.

Speaking to Tapper, Netanyahu likened himself to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, claiming the arrest warrants were like putting Nazi leader Adolf Hitler on the docks alongside the American wartime president who oversaw the US’s mobilizationduring World WarII.

Read more on Tapper's interview with Netanyahu.

16 min ago

Israel says it will return equipment to the AP following condemnation. Here's what you should know

From CNN staff

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The Associated Press on Tuesday said Israeli authorities had shut down its live camera feed showing Gaza and seized its equipment, in what the agency called an “abusive use by the Israeli government of the country’s new foreign broadcasters law.”

TheWhiteHouseurged Israel to reverse its decision, telling CNN that it had "concerns" over it. Press groups and Israel’s opposition leader also denounced the decision.

Israel later said it will return the camera equipment to the AP. The move to return the broadcasting equipment came after the White House expressed concerns, a White House official told CNN.

Here are other headlines you should know:

President Raisi funeral:

  • Funeral ceremonies began Tuesday for the late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi after hisdeath in a helicopter crash, as authorities investigate what caused the crash on a remote mountainside during foggy weather on Sunday morning. Raisi's body arrived in Tehran as part of the funeral ceremonies, according to state-run news agency IRNA.Officials from Russia, India and Turkey plan to attend.

Developments on the ground

  • Seven Palestinians were killed and nine others were wounded during an Israeli military operation in Jenin in the occupied West Bank Tuesday, according to the Palestinian HealthMinistry. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the Jenin operation was aimed at countering terrorism in the area, and involved the demolition of a house belonging to a man who carried out a gun attack.
  • Also, the Kuwait hospital in Rafah in southern Gaza says it received the bodies of five people killed by aerial strikes Tuesday. Elsewhere, a shell landed at the reception and emergency area of the main functioning hospital in northern Gaza, a CNN stringer reported, amid ongoing Israeli military operations there.

Ceasefire proposal

  • Egyptian intelligence quietly changed the terms of a ceasefireproposal that Israel had already signed off on earlier this month, ultimately scuttling a deal that could have released Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners, and set a pathway to temporarily end the fighting in Gaza, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

Humanitarian aid

  • There is growing alarm among United Nations officials about the difficulty of transferring aid safely within Gaza as Israeli military operations bombard areas in the north, center and south of the enclave — and the Rafah crossing remains closed.
  • As of Tuesday, more than 569 metric tons of humanitarian aid have been delivered through the US military’s temporary pier off the coast of Gaza, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said.However, the Pentagon said on Tuesday that none of the aid that has been unloaded has been delivered to the broader Palestinian population,as the USworks with the UN and Israel to identifysafedelivery routes inside the enclave.

Arrest warrants

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the charges brought by the International Criminal Court against himself and his defense ministeras "beyond outrageous" in an interview Tuesday with CNN's Jake Tapper. He said he is “not concerned” about traveling abroad after the arrest warrant.
  • Israel's Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the ICC prosecutor's efforts will not succeed, describing them as “despicable.”
  • Also, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he would be open to work with the Senate Foreign Committee's top Republican on legislation against the International Criminal Court (ICC) over its application for arrest warrants for Israeli officials.
1 hr 53 min ago

Here are some of the foreign dignitaries expected to attend the Iranian president's funeral

From CNN's Adam Pourahmadi, Anna Chernova, Hamdi Alkhshali andIsil Sariyuce

Officials from Russia, India and Turkey plan to attend the funeral of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday.

Here's a current list of dignitaries attending the funeral:

Russia

  • Vyacheslav Volodin, chairman of the State Duma

Turkey

  • Vice President Cevdet Yılmaz
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Hakan Fidan

India

  • Vice President Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar

Afghanistan

  • Acting Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Baradar Akhund
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Maulvi Amir Khan Muttaqi
53 min ago

Resettling Gaza was "never in the cards," Netanyahu says

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he has a "very clear plan" for the future in Gaza following the war there.

He told CNN's Jake Tapper Tuesday that Israel's first goal is to eliminate Hamas, before implementing "sustained demilitarization of Gaza" and finally reconstructing Gaza.

Resettling Gaza, however, was "never in the cards," Netanyahu said.

"Some of my constituents are not happy about it, but that's my position," he told Tapper.

Read more on Tapper's interview with Netanyahu.

2 hr 30 min ago

Pentagon says none of the aid unloaded from US pier has reached broader Palestinian population

From CNN's Haley Britzky, Natasha Bertrand and Oren Liebermann

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None of the aid that has been unloaded from the temporary floating pier the US constructed off the coast of Gaza has been delivered to the broader Palestinian population,as the USworks with the United Nations and Israel to identifysafedelivery routes inside the enclave, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Several desperate Gazans intercepted trucks delivering aid from the pier over the weekend, leading the UN to suspend the delivery operations until the logistical challenges are resolved.CNN reported the group did not trust that the aid was actually meant for the Palestinian people.

“I have doubts,” Mounir Ayad, a Gaza resident, told CNN near the pier. “I don’t understand this floating pier or what it indicates and what its purpose is. They say it’s for aid, but people are apprehensive. Is this aid or something else? We know that the US has never supported the Palestinian cause, so it’s implausible that it’s giving us aid without something in return.”

The US is working with Israel and the United Nations to establish “alternative routes” for the safe delivery of the 569 tons of aid transported to Gaza since last week, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said on Tuesday.

Asked if any of the more than 569 tons of aid has been delivered to the people of Gaza, Ryder said “as of today, I do not believe so.” He added that aid had been held in an assembly area on shore, but as of Tuesday had begun getting moved to warehouses for distribution throughout Gaza as alternative routes have been established.

A US official told CNN that the Defense Department and UN are still working to determine the capacity of the staging area inside Gaza, and how much aid can be held there at any given time.

The amount of aid getting to the Gaza shoreline from its initial staging area in Cyprus has also fallen short of initial Pentagon estimates.

The last humanitarian air drop announced by US Central Command was conducted on May 9.

Read more on US aid and the pier.

3 hr 12 min ago

Israel's Netanyahu tells CNN that ICC charges are "beyond outrageous"

From CNN's Jonny Hallam

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blasted the charges brought by the International Criminal Court against himself and his defense minister as "beyond outrageous" in an interview Tuesday with CNN's Jake Tapper.

The Israeli leader's comments come after the chief prosecutor of the ICC on Monday announced that he was seeking arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and senior Hamas leaders over alleged war crimes.

ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan on Monday said the charges against Netanyahu and Gallant include “causing extermination, causing starvation as a method of war, including the denial of humanitarian relief supplies, deliberately targeting civilians in conflict.”

Netanyahu described Khan as a " rogue prosecutor that has put false charges, that are both dangerous and false."

By applying for the arrest warrants against Israeli and Hamas leaders in the same action, Khan received a ferocious reaction from Israel and sharp criticism from the US, a close ally. Rights groups have hailed the decision, however.

A panel of ICC judges will now consider Khan’s application for the arrest warrants. Neither Israel nor the United States are members of the ICC.

Correction: This post has been edited to reflect that Khan's request was filed in the International Criminal Court

3 hr 27 min ago

Sources say they were duped by Egypt changing ceasefire terms for Hamas

From CNN's Alex Marquardt and Jeremy Diamond

Egyptian intelligence quietly changed the terms of a ceasefireproposal that Israel had already signed off on earlier this month, ultimately scuttling a deal that could have released Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners, and set a pathway to temporarily end the fighting in Gaza, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

Theceasefire agreementthat Hamasended upannouncingon May 6 was not what the Qataris or the Americans believed had been submitted to Hamas fora potential final review, the sources said.

The changes made by Egyptian intelligence, the details of which have not been previously reported, led to a wave ofanger and recrimination among officials from the US, Qatar and Israel, and left ceasefire talks at an impasse.

“We were all duped,”one of those sourcestold CNN.

CIA Director BillBurns,whohas spearheaded the American efforts to brokeraceasefire agreement, was in the region when word reached him that the Egyptians had changed the terms of the deal. He was angry and embarrassed,the same person said, believing it made him look like he wasn’t in the loop or hadn’t informed the Israelis of the changes.

The soft-spoken and mild-mannered Burns “almost blew a gasket,”said the source.

A CIA spokesperson declined to comment.

The three sources familiar with the matter told CNN that a senior Egyptian intelligence official named Ahmed Abdel Khalek was responsible for making the changes. Khalek is a senior deputy to the Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel,who has been Burns’ counterpart in leading Egypt’s mediation in the ceasefire talks.

Onesourcefamiliar with the negotiations said Abdel Khalek told the Israelis one thing and Hamas another. More of Hamas’ demands were inserted intothe original framework that Israel had tacitly agreed to in order to secure Hamas’ approval, the source said.

But the other mediators were not informed; nor, critically, were the Israelis.

“All sides were under the assumption the Egyptians provided the same document” that Israel had signed off on and the other mediators, the US and Qatar, were aware of,the person said.

The Egyptian government did not respond to a request for comment.

3 hr 52 min ago

Israel’s reversal on the AP's live feed followed US request, White House says

From CNN's Oliver Darcy and Hadas Gold

The Israeli government’s decision to return broadcasting equipment to the Associated Press on Tuesday came after the White House expressed concerns to the Netanyahu-led government, a White House official told CNN.

"As soon as we learned about the reports, the White House and the State Department immediately engaged with the government of Israel at high levels to express our serious concern and ask them to reverse this action, which they have publicly committed to do,” National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson told CNN.
“The free press is an essential pillar of democracy and members of the media, including AP, do vital work that must be respected.”

The Associated Press applauded the Israeli Ministry of Communications' decisionto return its equipment but said it remained concerned about the law at the center of the action.

3 hr 53 min ago

Netanyahu to be interviewed on CNN at 4 p.m. ET

CNN's Jake Tapper is interviewing Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at 4 p.m. ET.

Please check back for more details.

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