Within a couple of hours of President Joe Biden’s swearing-in Wednesday, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel’s Twitter account was changed to include that the position will also oversee the West Bank and Gaza, first reported by The Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo.
The page was quickly reverted back to just state the position is the “U.S. Ambassador to Israel,” deleting the addition.
As Kredo notes in his piece, the earlier change signaled the first time the U.S. will have a policy stance on the Palestinian territories. Moreover, he writes that it could strain ties with Israeli officials.
On Tuesday, Antony Blinken, President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, testified before a Senate committee that he would push for a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians and keep the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Jerusalem if confirmed.
Senator Ted Cruz asked Blinken if he both ‘agreed that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel’ and if he would ‘commit that the United States will keep our embassy in Jerusalem.”
To which Blinken replied resolutely, “Yes and yes.”
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San Francisco voters have officially recalled extreme progressive Chesa Boudin. The San Francisco Chronicle noted the event as a “historic recall.”
BREAKING: San Francisco removes Chesa Boudin in historic recall.
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) June 8, 2022
“The election, closely-watched across the nation, came after months of intense debate over criminal justice and public safety in San Francisco” writes the Chronicle.
The voters are “frustrated with a dysfunctional city” and horrendous crime rates. They saw “an elected official unwilling to acknowledge he was at least partly responsible for the problems – and cast him out.”
Boudin received an overwhelming 60% vote in favor of recall. San Francisco voters “embrace being labeled as progressive” but “decided they wanted a more traditional crime-fighter as district attorney and delivered what will be viewed nationally as a blow to efforts to reshape criminal justice” adds the Chronicle.
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