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With a government shutdown averted, funding for Israel and Ukraine remains in the air

Nov 17, 2023
A bipartisan group of Senators is working on a compromise on immigration that would be included in a broader package of aid for Ukraine and Israel.
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives also passed a $14 billion aid package for Israel, with no funding for Ukraine.
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How one bakery in Gaza is grappling with sparse resources and mounting demand

Nov 9, 2023
Local reports say Israeli airstrikes have destroyed bakeries across the strip, while many of those that remain are struggling to operate due to lack of fuel and flour.
A Palestinian woman makes bread over a fire in Khan Yunis, Gaza on Nov. 6. A lack of fuel and flour has made bread scarce in Gaza.
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A look at the history of U.S. aid to Israel

Oct 23, 2023
The U.S. has given Israel $158 billion since Israel was founded, not adjusting for inflation, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Above, President Joe Biden addresses the nation on the war between Israel and Gaza on Oct. 19. Biden's request for $14 billion in aid for Israel has yet to come before the speaker-less House.
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Israel-Hamas war's human cost is primary, but geopolitical risk to economy persists

Oct 18, 2023
If the conflict widens to include direct confrontation with other nations in the Middle East, the economic shockwaves could be significant.
“The geopolitical pot is just boiling,” said Bernard Baumohl of the Economic Outlook Group. Above, a man walks through debris in Gaza City on Oct. 11.
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Crypto is one way Hamas gets its funding

But it's only one tool for evading sanctions. And it's actually easier to track cryptocurrency movement than you might think.
In April, Hamas announced it would no longer be taking donations in crypto because law enforcement has been able "to trace and track these flows," said Ari Redbord of TRM Labs.
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Israel-UAE deal draws ire, praise and the potential for an economic boost

Aug 14, 2020
There are a lot of opportunities for investment and technology, tourism and trade, Middle East researcher Sanam Vakil says.
The U.S.-brokered deal could lead to an increase in trade and travel for both Israel and the UAE, says Sanam Vakil at Chatham House.
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As the US recognizes Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the city’s divided economy is likely to continue

Dec 6, 2017
President Donald Trump announced today he is starting the process of moving the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It’s part of a shift in American policy, acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Most other countries don’t recognize the city as Israel’s capital because it’s disputed territory, and the Palestinians […]

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What Trump's dealmaking is up against on his visit to Israel

May 16, 2017
'The reality is that the sides are a long way apart,' says David Horovitz, editor of The Times of Israel.
President Donald Trump and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands following a joint news conference at the White House in February.
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The economics of Israeli settlements

Dec 27, 2016
Settlers may benefit from cheaper home prices.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairing a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday.

How will American-Israeli relations fare under Trump?

Dec 22, 2016
To get an idea, look at Twitter.