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No Major Change In US Policy Towards Israel Following WCK Strike

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller have both delivered remarks to reporters suggesting that an Israeli air strike which killed seven workers from the US-based aid organisation World Central Kitchen, including one US-Canadian duel citizen, hasn't compelled a major shift in US policy towards Israel.

  • Miller says the US is looking at Israel to do two things, 1: "conduct a full, swift, and transparent investigation," and the US will wait for the results before passing judgement. 2: "They need to put in place better deconfliction and better coordination measures to protect humanitarian workers and all civilians on the ground."
  • World Central Kitchen founder Jose Andres said in an interview with Reuters today that the Israeli attack had targeted his aid workers, "systematically, car by car."
  • Jean-Pierre says: "We understand how Chef Andres is feeling..." noting that Biden said yesterday he is "outraged and heartbroken."
  • The strike is the understood to be the first in which a US citizen has been killed through direct Israeli military action, raising more intense calls for the US to use leverage to force a change in Israel's war strategy.
  • When pressed by CNN on, "whether the White House still supports how Israel is prosecuting the war, given the deaths of the aid workers and Biden’s outrage," White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby, "said the administration has been clear and public about their objections but would not go so far as to withdraw its support."
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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller have both delivered remarks to reporters suggesting that an Israeli air strike which killed seven workers from the US-based aid organisation World Central Kitchen, including one US-Canadian duel citizen, hasn't compelled a major shift in US policy towards Israel.

  • Miller says the US is looking at Israel to do two things, 1: "conduct a full, swift, and transparent investigation," and the US will wait for the results before passing judgement. 2: "They need to put in place better deconfliction and better coordination measures to protect humanitarian workers and all civilians on the ground."
  • World Central Kitchen founder Jose Andres said in an interview with Reuters today that the Israeli attack had targeted his aid workers, "systematically, car by car."
  • Jean-Pierre says: "We understand how Chef Andres is feeling..." noting that Biden said yesterday he is "outraged and heartbroken."
  • The strike is the understood to be the first in which a US citizen has been killed through direct Israeli military action, raising more intense calls for the US to use leverage to force a change in Israel's war strategy.
  • When pressed by CNN on, "whether the White House still supports how Israel is prosecuting the war, given the deaths of the aid workers and Biden’s outrage," White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby, "said the administration has been clear and public about their objections but would not go so far as to withdraw its support."