Jake Sullivan

US-backed Gaza ceasefire, hostage plan in limbo

Displaced Palestinians walk past destroyed buildings in al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on June 12, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas

A U.S.-backed proposal for a ceasefire and hostage deal between Israel and Hamas appears to be in limbo, with neither side yet publicly committing to the current plan for a Gaza deal amid demands for changes.

G7 to agree $50 bln Ukraine loan at Italy summit

A general view shows the Swabian Castle of Brindisi (Castello Svevo), the venue that will host the welcome dinner of the G7 Summit, on June 12, 2024 in Brindisi.

G7 leaders gather Thursday for the first day of an Italy summit, hoping to seal a deal on providing $50 billion for Ukraine using frozen Russian assets.

Israel hits Gaza as US wants to 'close' truce deal

Top U.S. diplomat Antony Blinken said Wednesday that a truce and hostage release deal to end the Gaza war was still possible, wrapping up a Middle East tour as deadly strikes rocked the Palestinian territory.

Lebanon's Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah, a Hamas ally, rained rockets on northern Israel, a day after an Israeli strike killed one of its senior commanders.

Biden Urges Negotiated Solution for Palestinian State Amid EU Recognitions

President Biden has emphasized that the creation of a Palestinian state should occur through negotiations rather than unilateral recognition. This stance follows announcements from Spain, Ireland, and Norway indicating their plans to recognize Palestine later this month.