Called the “March for Israel,” U.S. lawmakers, including Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Mike Johnson, addressed the crowd on the National Mall.
"We will not hide in the face of adversity," Schumer said.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog spoke via video.
“No one will break us,” Herzog said. “We will rise again.”
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security designated the march a “level 1” security event, the “highest classification in its system and one usually used for the Super Bowl and other major events,” according to the Associated Press.
Federal law enforcement agencies sent a joint bulletin to their counterparts in Washington warning about the potential for violence or an attack inspired by the Israel-Hamas war, the AP reported, but said there were no specific threats.
Busloads of pro-Israel supporters from cities like New York City and Cleveland arrived hours before the march, with many carrying signs, waving Israeli flags and chanting, “Never again.”
Organizers said 60,000 people were expected to attend the rally, easily the largest pro-Israel gathering since the deadly Oct. 7 Hamas attack that killed more than 1,200 people and during which more than 200 others were taken hostage, according to Israeli officials.
Israel’s retaliatory attacks in Gaza have killed more than 11,000 people, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry.
Henry Kissinger, the relentlessly ambitious US diplomat whose unapologetic promotion of raw American power helped shape the post-World War II world, died Wednesday, his consulting firm said.Kissinger, arguably the most identifiable secretary of state in modern times, died at his home in Connecticut, announced Kissinger Associates, through which the late diplomat grew wealthy helping businesses for decades after his government career.
Five high-ranking Russian army officials were killed during a meeting in the Nov. 28 strike on a building in the temporarily occupied village of Yuvileine, Kherson Oblast, Ukraine’s National Resistance Center reported on Telegram.
China is not likely to consider a major invasion of Taiwan for now due to domestic challenges, the island's president Tsai Ing-wen said Wednesday, although Beijing is trying to sway its upcoming election.But China is still "interested in interfering" in Taiwan's upcoming presidential election, Tsai said, adding that Beijing is attempting to sway the outcome in its favor.
More than 120 suspected victims of job scams have been rescued after being stranded by fighting in northern Myanmar between the military and armed ethnic groups, Malaysia's government said. The number of Malaysians rescued surged from an initial 26 to 127 in the past few days, Foreign Minister Zambry Abd Kadir told local media late Monday before flying to New York. Fighting has continued in northern Myanmar after an alliance of armed ethnic minority groups launched a surprise offensive last month.
Originally, Putin was picked as a future puppet because he fit the bill — the strongman persona was exactly what the doctor had ordered. Then he ended up cutting loose from his patrons, keeping the persona and the power he accrued all for himself, Aleksandar Đokić writes.