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Masih Alinejad, Iranian journalist and women's rights activist, speaks on stage at the Women In The World Summit in New York, U.S, April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidAug 4 (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with Iranian-American journalist Masih Alinejad on Wednesday and expressed his concern over her safety following the arrest of a man with a rifle outside her home in New York last week, an NSC spokesperson said in a statement. The man, Khalid Mehdiyev, spent two days last week outside the home of Alinejad, and at one point attempted to open the door, an FBI agent wrote in a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court last week. It's a continuation of their way of oppressing dissidents inside and outside Iran." She has promoted videos of women violating Iran's head covering law to her millions of social media followers.
Persons: Masih Alinejad, Brendan McDermid, Jake Sullivan, Khalid Mehdiyev, Sullivan, Joe Biden, Alinejad, Shivani Tanna, Kim Coghill Organizations: Women, REUTERS, . National, Iranian, FBI, Police, U.S, Government, Thomson Locations: Iranian, New York, U.S, American, Manhattan, Tehran, Iran, Persian, United States, Bengaluru
China's staging provocative military drills near Taiwan in response to Pelosi's visit. Experts say the drills are not just about signaling but serve as a rehearsal for seizing the island. One expert told Insider Beijing is signaling "how willing China is to use military force over Taiwan." In the midst of the live-fire military drills, which are poised to continue until Sunday, Chinese warplanes also repeatedly crossed the median line that divides the Taiwan Strait. The White House insists that there's been no change to US policy, as it decries China over the military drills.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi's, China's, Bonny Lin, Tsai, Lin, Lyle Morris, Morris, Oriana Skylar Mastro, Mastro, Nobuo Kishi, Xi Jinping, Richard Haass, Pelosi, Bonnie Glaser, there's, Jake Sullivan Organizations: Service, China's People's Liberation Army, PLA, Taiwan, China Power, Center for Strategic, International Studies, RAND Corporation, China, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, New York Times, Chinese Ministry of Defense, Global, Taiwan's Defense Ministry, Japan's, Kyodo, Foreign Relations, German Marshall Fund of, NPR Locations: Taiwan, Beijing, China, Washington, Taipei, Taiwan Strait, Asia, United States
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who is leading an official congressional delegation to Asia this week, made an unannounced visit to Taiwan on Tuesday. The visit to Taiwan comes despite harsh warnings from the Chinese government. “If Pelosi insists on visiting Taiwan, China will take resolute and strong measures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Monday. Pelosi is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan since then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich traveled there in 1997. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle (and Gingrich) had been urging Pelosi to make the trip despite Biden’s initial warning.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, , Pelosi, Zhao Lijian, Xi, ” Biden, Xi Jinping, , John Kirby, ABC’s, Jake Sullivan, Newt Gingrich, Gingrich, Gregory Meeks, Mark Takano, Suzan DelBene, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Andy Kim, Obama Organizations: Foreign Ministry, National Security, National, U.S, Democratic, Foreign Affairs, Veterans Affairs, Intelligence Committee Locations: Asia, Taiwan, China, Washington, U.S, Beijing, Ukraine, that’s, United States
How the CIA identified and killed Al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri
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A Taliban fighter stands guard near the site where Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a U.S. strike over the weekend, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 2, 2022. Until the U.S. announcement, Zawahiri had been rumored variously to be in Pakistan's tribal area or inside Afghanistan. This year, officials identified that Zawahiri's family - his wife, his daughter and her children - had relocated to a safe house in Kabul and subsequently identified Zawahiri at the same location. * Over several months, intelligence officials grew more confident that they had correctly identified Zawahiri at the Kabul safe house and in early April started briefing senior administration officials. Once Zawahiri arrived at the Kabul safe house, officials were not aware of him leaving it and they identified him on its balcony - where he was ultimately struck - on multiple occasions, the official said.
Persons: Ayman al, Zawahiri, Stringer WASHINGTON, Al, Osama bin Laden, Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden, Biden, William Burns Biden, Michelle Price, Eric Beech, Alex Alper, Idrees Ali, Jeff Mason, Stephen Coates Organizations: Taliban, Al, REUTERS, National Security, CIA, Thomson Locations: U.S, Kabul, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, United States, United
Still, the official said, American intelligence agencies grew increasingly confident that al-Zawahri was at the house as well. As they did in the case of Bin Laden, intelligence officials used different sources and methods to build a so-called pattern of life that confirmed his presence, the official said. Two top aides to Mr. Biden — Jonathan Finer, his deputy national security adviser, and Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, his homeland security adviser — were first briefed on the intelligence in April. Later other officials were brought in, including Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser, who briefed the president. director; Avril D. Haines, the director of national intelligence; Christine Abizaid, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center; and other officials discussed the planned operation with Mr. Biden.
Persons: Zawahri, Al Qaeda’s, Bin Laden, Mr, Biden, Jonathan, Elizabeth Sherwood, Randall, , Jake Sullivan, William J, Burns, Avril D, Haines, Christine Abizaid, Trump, Bin, Barack Obama Organizations: U.S, National Counterterrorism Center, Mr, Islamic Locations: Pakistan, Kabul, Abbottabad, White, American, Islamic State, Iranian
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the chip bill "is a major victory for American families and the American economy" when it passed a key Senate vote earlier in July . The bill, known as the CHIPS-plus or Chips and Science Act, passed in a 64-33 vote. And the U.S. share of global chip production has fallen precipitously in recent decades, while China and other nations have invested heavily in the industry. In a statement after Wednesday's vote, Biden touted CHIPS-plus as "an historic bill that will lower costs and create jobs." CHIPS-plus is a pared-down version of broader legislation that was long stewing in the House and Senate.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, , Jake Sullivan, Biden, Florida's Marco Rubio, Sen, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Chuck Schumer, Schumer Organizations: U.S, Science, White House, Wednesday, Javelin, Senate, Republicans Locations: China, U.S, Taiwan, America
A bipartisan bill to bolster domestic semiconductor manufacturing and boost U.S. competitiveness with China has cleared a key Senate vote, setting it up for final passage in the chamber in the coming days. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he hopes lawmakers "can remain on track to finish this legislation ASAP." The legislation, those advocates say, is vital for U.S. economic and national security interests in a world increasingly dependent on technological advancement. Both senators said they will work remotely and follow CDC distancing guidelines, but Senate rules require them to vote in person. In Monday's meeting with Biden, national security advisor Jake Sullivan warned of enormous national security risks "that we face right now, today," due to supply-chain vulnerabilities made worse by the pandemic.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, Biden, Joe Manchin, Lisa Murkowski, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Lockheed Martin, Cummins, Chris Shelton Organizations: U.S, Capitol, White, Senate, Lockheed, Communications Workers of America Locations: Washington ,, China, East, America, Sens, Alaska
The bill was expected to clear a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday evening, with a final vote anticipated Tuesday or Wednesday. But Schumer announced on the Senate floor Monday evening that he would postpone the vote until Tuesday morning. The so-called cloture vote to break the legislative filibuster is now expected at 11 a.m. "I remain hopeful that we can remain on track to finish this legislation ASAP," Schumer said. If it passes the Senate as expected, the House will then take up the legislation.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Schumer, Joe Biden, Biden, Joe Manchin, Lisa Murkowski, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Lockheed Martin, Cummins, Chris Shelton Organizations: U.S, White, Senate, Lockheed, Communications Workers of America Locations: China, America, Sens, Alaska
Ukraine says Russian drones are full of components made by Western companies. A Ukrainian technical intel officer showed CNN's Nic Robertson inside a captured Russian Orlan-10 surveillance drone, revealing components from around the world. Other Russian drone parts come from countries including Austria, Germany, Taiwan and the Netherlands, the officer claimed. The issue of Western parts in Russian drones is not a new problem. As early as 2017, researchers found Western-manufactured components in a Russian drone being flown over eastern Ukraine, The Washington Post reported.
Persons: CNN's Nic Robertson, Robertson, Samuel Cranny, Evans, Samuel Bendett, Jake Sullivan Organizations: Service, Ukraine, The Washington Post, FBI, CNN, Special Operations Forces, Russia, Center for Naval Analyses Locations: Ukraine, Russia, Ukrainian, Russian, Japan, France, Austria, Germany, Taiwan, Netherlands, The, Iran
President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. Israeli President Isaac Herzog (R) speaks ahead of presenting US President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Honor from at the Presidential residence in Jerusalem on July 14, 2022. Biden then left for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. US President Joe Biden and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Alsalam Royal Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 15, 2022. Tuesday, July 19First lady Jill Biden met with Ukrainian First lady Olena Zelenska at the White House, whom Biden greeted upon her arrival, carrying a bouquet of flowers, according to a pool report.
Persons: Joe Biden, , who's, Biden, Yair Lapid, Isaac Herzog, Benjamin Netanyahu, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Karine Jean, Pierre, MANDEL NGAN, Mahmoud Abbas, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mustafa Al, Kadhimi, Abdel Fattah el, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Jill Biden, Olena Zelenska, Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey, Bill Keating, BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI, Getty Images Biden, Jake Auchincloss Organizations: Service, White, White House, United, United Arab Emirates, National, Getty, West Bank, Palestinian, Saudi Arabian Crown, Royal, Anadolu Agency, United Arab, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, US, Air Force, Getty Images, Brayton Point Power, Massachusetts Locations: Israel, Saudi Arabia, India, United Arab, Jerusalem, AFP, East Jerusalem, Jeddah, Alsalam, Iraq, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Washington, DC, Georgetown, Ukrainian, Brayton Point, Somerset , Massachusetts, Sens
CAN IRAN HELP RUSSIA IN THE UKRAINE WAR? Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov was quoted by RIA news agency as saying Putin had not discussed the issue with Iran's leaders. Iran has many years of experience of defending itself against Western sanctions over its disputed nuclear programme. "The Russians see Iran as being highly experienced at, and a potentially valuable partner, in evading Western sanctions," said Watling. The Ukraine war has changed Moscow’s approach towards talks on reviving the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ebrahim Raisi, Tayyip Erdogan, Yuri Ushakov, Putin, Jake Sullivan, Jack Watling, Watling, Janis Kluge, Kluge, Henry Rome, NIOC, Parisa Hafezi, Mark Trevelyan, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: Soviet Union, West ., U.S . National Security, Iran, SWP, SWIFT, Eurasia Group, National Iranian Oil Company, Gazprom, Thomson Locations: Russia, Iran, United States, Ukraine, Tehran, IRAN, RUSSIA, UKRAINE, Russian, U.S, London, Berlin, Moscow, China, India, Latin America, Washington, Rome
WASHINGTON — The White House disclosure last week that Russia is seeking hundreds of armed and unarmed surveillance drones from Iran to use in the war in Ukraine reflects Moscow’s need to both fill a critical battlefield gap and find a long-term supplier of a crucial combat technology, U.S. intelligence, military and independent analysts say. Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s national security adviser, offered few details about the intelligence assessment he revealed to reporters last Monday, including whether the shipments had started. But other U.S. officials said Iran was preparing to provide as many as 300 remotely piloted aircraft and would start training Russian troops on how to use them as early as this month. Russia has exhausted most of its precision-guided weapons as well as many of the drones it has used to help long-range artillery strike targets in its monthslong bombardment of Ukraine. Meantime, the first batches of American truck-mounted, multiple-rocket launchers have destroyed more than two dozen Russian ammunition depots, air defense sites and command posts, according to two U.S. officials, making Moscow’s need to counter the new, advanced Western arms more urgent.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Jake Sullivan Locations: Russia, Iran, Ukraine
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — President Joe Biden wrapped up his first presidential trip to the Middle East on Saturday with few clear domestic benefits from a trip that brought widespread criticism back home. Even before Biden set off for the trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia, Democrats had accused him of backing down on his campaign vow to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” after the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Human rights groups who have pushed for reforms in Saudi Arabia said they felt betrayed by the trip. "There are a lot of downsides to President Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia and meeting Mohammed bin Salman," said former CIA director John Brennan in an interview on MSNBC Wednesday. But Biden participated in a number of other handshakes and warm embraces throughout his visit, including with the crown prince’s father, King Salman.
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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — As President Joe Biden sits down with Middle Eastern leaders on Saturday, he is expected to discuss ways to counter the growing nuclear threat posed by Iran and efforts to improve relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Biden is looking to set expectations at the summit about the role he envisions for the U.S. in the Middle East and his desire to avoid letting Russia and China increase their influence in the region, senior administration officials said. He has noted that his visit to the Middle East is the first by an American president in 20 years when the U.S. hasn’t had troops engaged in a combat mission there. The summit will cap Biden’s first Middle East trip as president, during which he also met with Israeli, Palestinian and Saudi leaders. During his meetings today with Gulf leaders, Biden is expected to discuss “tighter coordination and collaboration” around Iran along with energy and digital infrastructure investments in the Middle East, Sullivan said.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, hasn’t, Jake Sullivan, Israel —, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jamal Khashoggi, Sullivan Organizations: United, United Arab Emirates, Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Crown, Washington Post, Gulf Locations: JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, United Arab, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Washington, Russia, China, U.S, East, American, Palestinian, Saudi, Morocco
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz receives U.S. President Joe Biden at Al Salman Palace upon his arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 15, 2022. Biden had promised to make Saudi Arabia a "pariah" on the global stage over the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents, but ultimately decided U.S. interests dictated a recalibration, not a rupture, in relations with the world's top oil exporter and Arab powerhouse. "He's intent on ensuring that there is not a vacuum in the Middle East for China and Russia to fill," Sullivan said. Support by wealthy Gulf states for global infrastructure and investment will also be discussed. Senior Emirati official Anwar Gargash said on Friday the idea of a so-called Middle East NATO was difficult and that bilateral cooperation was faster and more effective.
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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia July 16 (Reuters) - The United States believes that Russian officials visited an airfield in Iran recently to view attack-capable drones, U.S. national security advisor Jake Sullivan said on Saturday. read more"We assess an official Russian delegation recently received a showcase of Iranian attack-capable UAVs....To our knowledge, this is the first time a Russian delegation has visited this airfield for such a showcase," Sullivan said in a statement. It said similar equipment was showcased for a second Russian visit to the airfield on July 5. read moreIran, which has supplied UAVs to its allies in the Middle East, on Friday announced its first naval drone-carrying division in the Indian Ocean as U.S. President Joe Biden visits the Middle East. read more"Russia is effectively making a bet on Iran and we are making a bet on a more integrated, more stable, more peaceful and prosperous Middle East region," a senior U.S. administration official told reporters on Saturday.
Persons: Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Hossein Amirabdollahian, Joe Biden, Biden, Steve Holland, Jarrett Renshaw, Ghaida, Frances Kerry Organizations: United, Russian, Iran's, Friday, Saturday, Thomson Locations: JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, United States, Iran, Russia, Tehran, Russian, Ukraine, East, U.S, Gulf, Moscow
Russian officials visited Iran to check out drones, the Associated Press reported. The drones would be used in the war in Ukraine, the White House said, according to the AP. Last week, the national security adviser said he expected Iran to send weapons to Russia. The AP reported that satellite images showed Russian officials visiting the Kashan Airfield in central Iran on June 8 and July 5. It's unclear whether Iran has delivered any of these UAVs to Russia already," Sullivan added.
Persons: , Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan Organizations: Associated Press, AP, Service, White, Kashan, National, CNN Locations: Iran, Ukraine, Russia, China
JERUSALEM — President Joe Biden will travel to the West Bank on Friday to meet with Palestinian leaders frustrated over a number of Trump-era policies that remain in place, amid low expectations any significant progress would be made towards peace with Israel. Administration officials indicated there wouldn’t be any change to those policies during this visit. Biden national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the U.S. would like to reopen the consulate, and that discussions with the Israelis and Palestinians around the move were ongoing. Biden administration officials say they have intentionally taken a more hands off approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than the prior administration. But Biden has embraced one key move by the Trump administration: the Abraham Accords that normalized relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Mahmoud Abbas, Donald Trump, Trump, Jake Sullivan, , Shira Efron, Ahmad Gharabli, Biden’s, Yair Lapid, Abbas, Saudi Arabia —, Jared Kushner, Kushner, Mahmoud Illean, Abraham, Shireen Abu Akleh, Abu Akleh, Antony Blinken, Abu Akleh’s, “ We’ve, we’ve Organizations: West Bank, Trump, Israel, Palestinian, U.S, Biden, Israel Policy Forum, Getty, East Jerusalem Hospital Network, Abraham Accords, United Arab, State Department, United Nations Locations: JERUSALEM, Gaza, The U.S, Israel, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, U.S, Washington, Bethlehem, AFP, East Jerusalem, Abbas, Saudi Arabia, East, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan, American
Administration officials said the Israel part of Biden’s trip was solidified before he agreed to visit Saudi Arabia. That kind of stability, they argued, can’t happen without Saudi Arabia, the largest of the Persian Gulf states. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman are members of the council. “The reason I’m going to Saudi Arabia,” Biden said Thursday, “is much broader.”“It’s to promote U.S. interests,” he said. In the following months, Saudi Arabia took steps the administration wanted, such as agreeing to a truce in Yemen.
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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailJake Sullivan: Biden will use every tool to bring down gas pricesCNBC's Kayla Tausche joins 'Squawk Box' to report on Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia and his plan to lower the price at the pump.
Persons: Jake Sullivan, Biden, Kayla Tausche Locations: Saudi Arabia
The return of the islands to Saudi Arabia required Israeli assent because of its Camp David Accords, with Egypt and the Saudis agreeing to respect Israeli freedom of navigation. The overflights and island deals fell short of the broader Abraham Accords that established diplomatic relations between Israel and several other Arab states under President Donald J. Trump. The president’s aides were particularly focused on progress in ending the Yemen war, which has produced one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. “The last administration walked away from diplomacy when it came to ending the war in Yemen,” Jake Sullivan, Mr. Biden’s national security adviser, told reporters aboard Air Force One. But those long-term efforts are being overwhelmed for the moment by Mr. Biden’s request that the Saudis and others in the region boost oil production.
Persons: Donald J, Biden’s, ” Jake Sullivan, ” Mr, Biden Organizations: Accords, Abraham Accords, Trump, Air Force Locations: Sanafir, Egypt, Aqaba, Israel’s, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Yemen
JERUSALEM — President Joe Biden will hold a series of meetings with Israel's leaders on Thursday, wading into the volatile political climate there just weeks after a major government upheaval unseated the country’s prime minister and triggered another election. Before the collapse of the Israeli government, Biden had been planning to meet with Naftali Bennett, whom administration officials had been working with for the past year. Biden is also planning to meet former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as it is customary for visiting presidents to also meet with the head of the Israeli opposition party, said Sullivan. Biden will travel to the West Bank Friday to meet with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas before heading to Saudi Arabia. One point of expected tension between Biden and Israeli leaders is the death of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
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Officials said Biden would avoid handshakes on his Middle East trip due to COVID-19. Aides reportedly hope that will also ensure Biden doesn't shake the Saudi crown prince's hand. He also shook hands with former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, The New York Times reported. Biden fist-bumps Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid after Biden arrived in Tel Aviv on July 13, 2022. But reports also listed another reason that Biden and his team might want to avoid photos of handshakes: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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“The reason I’m going to Saudi Arabia is to promote U.S. interests in a way that I think we have an opportunity to reassert our influence in the Middle East,” Biden said on the second day of his five-day swing through Israel, contested parts of the West Bank and ultimately Saudi Arabia. The president has faced bipartisan criticism for months for his decision to undertake the tour – particularly meeting with the crown prince after insisting on the campaign trail that he would see Saudi Arabia become a “pariah” state. White House officials have pushed back on speculation that Biden’s decision so far to greet his Israeli hosts with fist bumps and other hands-off gestures serves as a pretext for avoiding the diplomatic faux pas once he arrives in Saudi Arabia. Israel has pushed back strongly on the Biden administration’s attempts to bring Iran back into the deal, particularly the provisions that allowed Western monitoring of its nuclear capabilities. It has not – yet – executed military action akin to the strikes on Saudi Arabia it orchestrated in 2017 through its proxy Yemeni militia force the Houthis hours before Trump landed for his first international visit.
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Israeli police gathered in Jerusalem on Wednesday ahead of the arrival of President Biden. Mr. Sullivan said Mr. Biden will make extending the cease-fire in Yemen a priority during the meeting with Saudi officials. Mr. Biden has insisted that his focus will be the summit of Arab countries rather than meeting with Prince Mohammed. But after initially fist-bumping Israeli leaders when he arrived on Wednesday, Mr. Biden was later seen shaking hands. Corrections & AmplificationsPresident Biden will be the first U.S. president to fly directly from Israel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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