White House knocks Israel’s plan to block foreign news outlets from operating inside country

The White House is concerned that Israel is moving to block certain foreign news outlets from operating inside the country.

The Israeli parliament passed a law earlier in the day that would allow the government to close foreign outlets, specifically Al Jazeera, if they are deemed harmful to Israel’s national security.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed the new law when asked about it during Monday’s press briefing, suggesting that President Joe Biden does not support the move.

“We’ve seen the reports, and certainly, I’m going to refer to Israel for what they may or may not be considering, but if it is true, if it is true, a move like this is concerning,” she told reporters. “We believe in the freedom of the press. It is critical. It is critically important, and the United States supports the
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