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US welcomes Gantz-Abbas meeting

State Department spokesperson: US very pleased Gantz hosted Abbas at his home in Israel.

US welcomes Gantz-Abbas meeting

Sec. Blinken appoints new Holocaust adviser

Former EU Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat is appointed as Special Adviser on Holocaust Issues

Sec. Blinken appoints new Holocaust adviser

US State Department resumes tracking of 'settler violence'

After Trump admin nixed use of term 'settler', stopped citing left-wing NGOs, Biden administration plays up tracking of 'settler violence'.

US State Department resumes tracking of 'settler violence'

US condemns Samaria shooting attack

State Department spokesperson condemns in which Yehuda Dimentman was murdered and two others were wounded.

US condemns Samaria shooting attack

State Department: China, Russia shocked by Iran's intransigence

Senior State Department official says Iran's actions show it is not serious about nuclear negotiations with western powers in Vienna.

State Department: China, Russia shocked by Iran's intransigence

Blinken: Iran isn't serious, the US has other options

Secretary of State criticizes Iran after latest round of talks: They're not serious about doing what’s necessary to return to compliance.

Blinken: Iran isn't serious, the US has other options

Report: Israeli NSO spyware found on phones of State Department officials

iPhones of at least nine State Department employees dealing with Middle East matters hacked using spyware developed by NSO Group.

Report: Israeli spyware found on phones of State Dept. officials

Blinken urged Bennett to halt 'settlement activity'

State Department spokesperson says that Secretary of State urged PM to refrain from unilateral steps during their conversation.

Blinken urged Bennett to halt 'settlement activity'

US condemns Jerusalem shooting attack

State Department condemns terrorist attack in the Old City in which Eliyahu David Kay was murdered.

US condemns Jerusalem shooting attack

State Department approves sale of air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia

The deal is the first major arms sale to of Saudi Arabia under President Joe Biden.

State Department approves missile sale to Saudi Arabia

US: If Iran is serious, an agreement can be reached in short order

State Department spokesperson: US believes it remains possible to quickly reach an understanding on return to compliance with 2015 deal.

US: If Iran is serious, an agreement can be reached

Biden Administration's strongest condemnation of settlements yet

State Department Spokesman Ned Price condemns Israeli intention to approve 3,000 housing units in Judea and Samaria.

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Senior FM official: 'I personally updated the Americans in advance'

"The Americans got a heads-up, but they were expecting a more in-depth briefing" says Dep. Dir. Gen. of Strategic Interests Dept.

FM official: 'I personally updated the Americans in advance'

US insists: Israel gave no warning before terror designation

State Department again says US was not provided with advance notice of plans to designate PFLP affiliates as terrorist organizations.

US insists: Israel gave no warning before terror designation

US: Sudan-Israel normalization may have to be evaluated

State Department says US is halting $700 million in aid to Sudan after military takeover in the country.

US: Sudan-Israel normalization may have to be evaluated

Israel sends second Shabak envoy to United States to mend ties after intel bungle

US demanded clarifications after last week's visit failed to get the information to the right ears in advance of Israeli declaration.

Israel sends second envoy to US to mend intelligence ties

US 'concerned' about plans to approve 'settlement units'

State Dept. spokesman calls on Israel, PA to 'refrain from unilateral steps' that 'undercut efforts' for 'a negotiated two-state solution.'

US 'concerned' about plans to approve 'settlement units'

Did Israel coordinate declaring PFLP groups as terror with US?

State Dept: Israel didn't give us prior warning about designation of 6 organizations as terror. Israeli officials: We did.

Did Israel coordinate declaring PFLP groups as terror with US?

US officials: Abraham Accords not a substitute for two-state solution

State Department officials say US working to expand Abraham Accords, but they are not a substitute for the "two-state solution".

'Abraham Accords not a substitute for two-state solution'

US denounces Hezbollah's deliveries of Iranian fuel to Lebanon

State Department spokesman: Hezbollah's deliveries of Iranian fuel to Lebanon are a “public relations stunt”.

US denounces Hezbollah's deliveries of Iranian fuel to Lebanon

US: We want nuclear talks with Iran to restart 'soon'

US State Department spokesman Ned Price: We hope Iran's definition of soon matches our definition of soon.

US: We want nuclear talks with Iran to restart 'soon'

State Department spokesman tests positive for COVID-19

State Department spokesman Ned Price tests positive for COVID-19, will quarantine for 10 days.

State Department spokesman tests positive for COVID-19

US to help Saudi Arabia maintain its military helicopter fleet

State Department announces maintenance contract worth up to $500 million for Saudi Arabia's military helicopter fleet.

US to help Saudi Arabia maintain its military helicopter fleet

Watch: Video conference marking Abraham Accords anniversary

The US State Department will hold a video conference today to mark one year since the historic agreements.

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State Department spokesperson: We strongly support the Abraham Accords

State Department spokesperson Ned Price welcomes Abraham Accords on the one-year anniversary of their signing.

'We strongly support the Abraham Accords'player

State Department staff call on Blinken to fire employee behind offensive blog

Letter by over 70 Jewish staff members of State Department decries colleague's blog that contains hateful statements about Jews.

State Dep staff ask Blinken to fire employee with offensive blog

Israelis to be exempted from US visas soon?

State Department spokesman says Secretary of State and PM Bennett agreed on the importance of Israel's inclusion in Visa Waiver Program.

Israelis to be exempted from US visas soon?

Report: State Department targeted by cyberattack

The extent of the breach and the perpetrators behind the attack remain unclear at this time.

Report: State Department targeted by cyberattack

Report: Blinken was warned last month about collapse of Kabul

State Department cable last month warned top officials of the potential collapse of Kabul after US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Report: Blinken was warned last month about collapse of Kabul

State Department Spokesman: Kabul airport 'safe & secure'

Spokesman for State Department said the Taliban had promised safe passage of American civilians as well as those from other countries.

State Department Spokesman: Kabul airport 'safe & secure' player

US: Relations with Afghan government depend on Taliban's actions

State Department says US will only recognize a Taliban government if it respects the rights of women and shuns movements such as Al-Qaeda.

US: Relations with Afghan government depend on Taliban's actions

US State Department refusing to meet with Iranian pro-democracy activists

National Union for Democracy in Iran pens letter directly to President Biden after State Department again rebuffs request for meeting.

US State Department refusing to meet with Iranian activists

International community 'ready to assist' people of Afghanistan

US State Department releases joint statement with international signatories, calling for Taliban to allow departure of those who wish it.

International community 'ready to assist' people of Afghanistan

US congratulates Israel and UAE on normalization anniversary

State Department congratulates Israel and the UAE "for their efforts to build a more peaceful and prosperous region."

US congratulates Israel and UAE on normalization anniversary

Israeli to serve as State Department’s Energy Security adviser

Blinken appoints Amos Hochstein, born and raised in Israel, to serve as the State Department’s Senior Advisor for Energy Security.

Israeli to serve as State Department’s Energy Security adviser

US condemns rocket attacks from Lebanon on Israel

State Department spokesman says Washington will remain engaged with Israeli and Lebanese partners to de-escalate the situation.

US condemns rocket attacks from Lebanon on Israel

US 'deeply concerned' by attack on Israeli-managed ship

US says it is closely monitoring the situation following attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off Oman.

US 'deeply concerned' by attack on Israeli-managed ship

State Department approves sale of heavy lift helicopters to Israel

State Department says it has approved potential sale of 18 CH-53K heavy lift helicopters to Israel.

State Department approves sale of helicopters to Israel

US condemns Iran's crackdown on protesters

State Department spokesperson: The Iranian people have a right to voice their frustrations and hold their government accountable.

US condemns Iran's crackdown on protesters

Biden: There is no place for anti-Semitism

President condemns swastika that was carved into an elevator at the State Department building.

Biden: There is no place for anti-Semitism