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Rep. Lauren Boebert wins GOP primary after switching Colorado districts; Hurd, Crank also notch wins

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Rep. Lauren Boebert wins GOP primary after switching Colorado districts; Hurd, Crank also notch wins
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Rep. Lauren Boebert wins GOP primary after switching Colorado districts; Hurd, Crank also notch wins

2024-06-26 13:04 Last Updated At:13:10

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert won Tuesday's Republican primary in a U.S. House race that she jumped into last year, surviving a scandal over a video of her at a Denver theater and accusations of carpetbagging after fleeing what could have been a tough reelection bid in her current district.

Boebert’s resounding win over four other candidates in the new district across the state from where she lived before showcased her political cachet among Republicans and positions her for a likely easy win in the November general election. It was also a victory for the far-right flank of the House GOP, a group that takes no prisoners, makes no concessions and stays on the attack.

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U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., shows off her Donald Trump tennis shoes as she speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert won Tuesday's Republican primary in a U.S. House race that she jumped into last year, surviving a scandal over a video of her at a Denver theater and accusations of carpetbagging after fleeing what could have been a tough reelection bid in her current district.

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, center, R-Colo., jokes with supporters as a group photograph is taken during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, center, R-Colo., jokes with supporters as a group photograph is taken during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., Lauren Boebert speaks to supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., Lauren Boebert speaks to supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A pair of items from former President Doanld Trump sits on stage as Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks with supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A pair of items from former President Doanld Trump sits on stage as Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks with supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., arranges a Make America Great Again hat and a pair of gold Converse All-Stars basketball shoes on the stage at her primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (Hart Van Denburg/Colorado Public Radio via AP)

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., arranges a Make America Great Again hat and a pair of gold Converse All-Stars basketball shoes on the stage at her primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (Hart Van Denburg/Colorado Public Radio via AP)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert greets supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert greets supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, left, confers with her campaign manager Drew Sexton while circulating among supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, left, confers with her campaign manager Drew Sexton while circulating among supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert greets supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert greets supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, center, greets supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, center, greets supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, right, is greeted by a supporter during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, right, is greeted by a supporter during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, front, is trailed by her campaign manager Drew Sexton while greeting supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, front, is trailed by her campaign manager Drew Sexton while greeting supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

FILE - Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party Dave Williams speaks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Feb. 8, 2024, in Washington. Republican candidate Williams is running in Colorado's 5th Congressional District as he faces condemnation from his own ranks over anti-LGBTQ+ emails and using his position as state GOP chairman to boost his own campaign. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

FILE - Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party Dave Williams speaks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Feb. 8, 2024, in Washington. Republican candidate Williams is running in Colorado's 5th Congressional District as he faces condemnation from his own ranks over anti-LGBTQ+ emails and using his position as state GOP chairman to boost his own campaign. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

FILE - Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks during a news conference, July 14, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boebert faces her first election in Colorado's GOP primary election Tuesday, June 25, 2024, after she fled a tough reelection race to run in a more Republican-leaning district. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

FILE - Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks during a news conference, July 14, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boebert faces her first election in Colorado's GOP primary election Tuesday, June 25, 2024, after she fled a tough reelection race to run in a more Republican-leaning district. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Taking the stage at her election night victory party, Boebert wore a pair of reflective gold sneakers sold by former President Donald Trump and a white “Make America Great Again” hat with his signature across the bill.

“America will rise again, and I am so excited that you all are here to be a part of it with me,” Boebert said to applause.

Boebert responded to questions about her switch to the 4th District by saying, “While the crops may be slightly different here in CD4, the values are not.”

She promised to fight for policies including shutting down the southern border and also signaled that she intends to continue her combative style.

“A lot of folks criticize my approach on things,” Boebert said, “but I learned very early on in Washington, D.C., that nothing happens without force.”

In two other closely watched Republican contests, Attorney Jeff Hurd won the primary for the 3rd District seat currently held by Boebert, and political consultant and talk radio host Jeff Crank defeated Colorado GOP Chairman Dave Williams, who was endorsed by Trump, in the 5th District.

Boebert built national hard-line conservative stardom that likely made it easier for her to weather the scandals of the last year, which included the video of her vaping and causing a disturbance at a musical production of “Beetlejuice.”

While the theater incident and district jump rattled some Republicans, Gilbert Kendzior shrugged them off, saying, “Who’s perfect?”

Kendzior said he voted for Boebert because she shakes things up. “It’s gotten too staid. Same promises, nothing happens,” he said. “We need to get rid of the old farts.”

On Tuesday she beat a group of more traditional, homegrown primary candidates who had far less name recognition and generally less combative political styles: former state Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg; current state Reps. Mike Lynch and Richard Holtorf; and parental rights advocate Deborah Flora.

Sonnenberg congratulated Boebert and pledged to support her, saying, “I look forward to helping her win this seat in November and then being a resource to her on rural issues in this district.”

The 4th District, which sweeps across a wide expanse of ranches, ghost towns and conservative parts of the Denver metro area that make up much of the plains of eastern Colorado, overwhelmingly went for Trump in the 2020 election.

The seat opened up after former Republican Rep. Ken Buck resigned, citing the divisiveness of today's politics and his party's devotion to Trump. In a special election Tuesday to fill the remaining months of Buck’s term, Republican Greg Lopez, a former mayor of the city of Parker, beat a Democrat and third-party candidates.

In the 5th District, which is home to the city of Colorado Springs, Crank bested Williams after the latter faced condemnation from fellow Republicans over his leadership including the use of party resources to boost his own campaign.

Crank said Tuesday night that he looks forward to being his district's conservative voice in Congress and urged Republicans to unite behind Trump, posting on the social platform X: “We have a country to save from Joe Biden’s Open Border Crisis and the failure of the Democrats’ economic policy.”

Williams, a former state representative, has tried to realign the state GOP with the far-right flank of the national party. In recent GOP communications, he called people celebrating Gay Pride Month “godless groomers” and urged people to burn pride flags.

Crank is a more traditional Republican, less inclined toward fiery invective and the party’s hard-right wing.

A complaint against Williams with the Federal Elections Commission alleges that he used the state party email list to announce his campaign for Congress and spent party money on mailers that included an attack on Crank.

The race is to fill the seat of Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, who did not seek reelection. As in the 4th District, the winner of the Republican-friendly 5th District will be favored in the general election.

Another GOP House race watched at the national level was the 8th District, newly minted after redistricting in 2021 and hotly contested with voters roughly split between the two major parties.

Republican state Rep. Gabe Evans, a former police officer, defeated former state Rep. Janak Joshi, a retired physician, in the race to challenge Democratic incumbent Yadira Caraveo. Caraveo won the 8th District, which stretches north of Denver, by fewer than 2,000 votes in 2022.

Evans will likely benefit from a windfall of support from the National Republican Campaign Committee, which is intent on defending the party's thin House majority.

And farther to the west, among the Rocky Mountains and high desert mesas, Hurd won the GOP primary for the 3rd District, home to Boebert's current seat.

Hurd, a softer-spoken and less hard-line conservative, will face Democrat Adam Frisch, who lost to Boebert by only 546 votes in 2022. That narrow margin was largely attributed to Boebert’s divisiveness among voters, and Hurd is considered to have the advantage in the general election in the Republican-leaning district.

Still, Frisch’s near victory in 2022, which caught national attention and showed donors he had a path to flip the seat, has helped him raise over $13 million. It’s one of the biggest House campaign chests in the nation and far overshadows Hurd’s $1 million.

Despite that, Frisch labeled Hurd as a “corporate lawyer funded by corporate PAC money.”

“My presumptive opponent won’t have the backbone to stand up to Washington interests,” Frisch said in a statement.

Hurd thanked voters for their support.

“On to the general election in November, where a brighter future for Colorado families will be on the ballot,” he said on X.

In the primary, Hurd defeated former Republican state Rep. Ron Hanks; Stephen Varela, a former Democrat who switched parties; businessman Lew Webb; and financial adviser Russ Andrews.

This article has been updated to correct the spelling of Rep. Caraveo's first name to Yadira, instead of Yadiro.

Jesse Bedayn is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., shows off her Donald Trump tennis shoes as she speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., shows off her Donald Trump tennis shoes as she speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, center, R-Colo., jokes with supporters as a group photograph is taken during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, center, R-Colo., jokes with supporters as a group photograph is taken during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., Lauren Boebert speaks to supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., Lauren Boebert speaks to supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A pair of items from former President Doanld Trump sits on stage as Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks with supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A pair of items from former President Doanld Trump sits on stage as Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks with supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., arranges a Make America Great Again hat and a pair of gold Converse All-Stars basketball shoes on the stage at her primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (Hart Van Denburg/Colorado Public Radio via AP)

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., arranges a Make America Great Again hat and a pair of gold Converse All-Stars basketball shoes on the stage at her primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (Hart Van Denburg/Colorado Public Radio via AP)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks to reporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert greets supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert greets supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, left, confers with her campaign manager Drew Sexton while circulating among supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, left, confers with her campaign manager Drew Sexton while circulating among supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert greets supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert greets supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, center, greets supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, center, greets supporters during a primary election watch party, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, right, is greeted by a supporter during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, right, is greeted by a supporter during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, front, is trailed by her campaign manager Drew Sexton while greeting supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, front, is trailed by her campaign manager Drew Sexton while greeting supporters during a primary election watch party Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Windsor, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

FILE - Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party Dave Williams speaks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Feb. 8, 2024, in Washington. Republican candidate Williams is running in Colorado's 5th Congressional District as he faces condemnation from his own ranks over anti-LGBTQ+ emails and using his position as state GOP chairman to boost his own campaign. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

FILE - Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party Dave Williams speaks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Feb. 8, 2024, in Washington. Republican candidate Williams is running in Colorado's 5th Congressional District as he faces condemnation from his own ranks over anti-LGBTQ+ emails and using his position as state GOP chairman to boost his own campaign. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

FILE - Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks during a news conference, July 14, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boebert faces her first election in Colorado's GOP primary election Tuesday, June 25, 2024, after she fled a tough reelection race to run in a more Republican-leaning district. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

FILE - Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks during a news conference, July 14, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boebert faces her first election in Colorado's GOP primary election Tuesday, June 25, 2024, after she fled a tough reelection race to run in a more Republican-leaning district. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington to address Congress on Wednesday. He has signaled that a cease-fire deal could be taking shape after nine months of war.

Palestinians displaced by the Israeli military’s latest order to leave parts of the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis say they are sleeping in the streets. The Health Ministry in Gaza says over 39,100 Palestinians have been killed in the war.

On Thursday, officials from Egypt, Israel, the United States and Qatar will meet in Doha with the aim of resuming talks for a proposed three-phase cease-fire to end the war between Israel and Hamas and free the remaining hostages.

Here’s the latest:

JERUSALEM — Israel’s far-right national security minister says Jews are allowed to pray at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, threatening to stoke tensions that are already soaring over the war in Gaza.

Itamar Ben-Gvir has said before it's his policy that Jews should be able to pray at the hilltop compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. But his statement on Wednesday comes at a politically sensitive time, hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress in Washington.

Netanyahu’s office quickly released a statement saying nothing had changed in the decades-old arrangement that prohibits Jewish prayer at the site.

“I am the political echelon and the political echelon permits Jewish prayer there,” Ben Gvir said during a conference focused on Jewish access to the compound.

Since Israel captured the site in the 1967 Mideast war, Jews have been allowed to visit but not pray there. Perceived encroachments have set off widespread violence on a number of occasions going back decades.

JERUSALEM — Billionaire Elon Musk in a statement on X says his satellite internet service Starlink is active for a hospital in Gaza, as the besieged territory has faced months of communication issues.

Israel’s Communication Ministry said the service has been in use at the Emirati-run field hospital in Rafah in southern Gaza for the past six months, and they were unclear why Musk mentioned it Wednesday.

During a visit to Israel in November, Musk met with Israel’s Communications Minister Shlomi Karhi and agreed that Starlink would operate in Gaza only with approval from the Israeli government. In February, the ministry announced that Starlink would be available at certain hospitals in Gaza for videoconferencing.

Gaza has experienced frequent communications blackouts as the infrastructure crumbles with months of fighting and a lack of fuel.

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip — The Gaza Health Ministry says the bodies of 55 people killed by Israeli strikes have been brought to local hospitals over the past 24 hours.

Hospitals also received 110 wounded, the ministry said Wednesday. The ministry doesn’t distinguish between civilians and combatants in its count.

The overall Palestinian death toll from the Israel-Hamas war rose to at least 39,145, the ministry said, and another 90,257 have been wounded.

Israel launched the war in Gaza after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, in which militants stormed into southern Israel, killed some 1,200 people — mostly civilians — and abducted about 250.

BEIRUT — An Israeli delegation will head to Cairo on Wednesday for negations with Egyptian officials, according to Lebanon’s daily Al-Akhbar newspaper, which is close to Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group. According to Egyptian sources, the negotiations will focus on the Rafah border crossing and Philadelphi corridor.

On Thursday, officials from Egypt, Israel, the United States and Qatar will meet in Doha with the aim of resuming talks for a proposed three-phase cease-fire to end the war between Israel and Hamas, Al-Akhbar said. It added that Egyptian and Qatari mediators see that the first phase of the deal is close but they are concerned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might destroy a possible deal in the final hours.

A spokesperson for Netanyahu’s office confirmed that a delegation is expected in Cairo.

BEIRUT — An umbrella group of Iran-backed factions in Iraq says it has carried out an attack with drones on “a vital target” in the southern Israeli city of Eilat.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq said the early Wednesday attack comes in retaliation for what it called Israel’s massacres in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military said its air force shot down two drones that were flying toward Israel from the east. It added that the drones did not enter Israel’s air space.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq has claimed responsibility for scores of attacks against Israel in recent months, but most of the drones were shot down before reaching their targets. A drone attack by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi last week rebels killed one person in the center of Tel Aviv and wounded at least 10 others near the United States Embassy.

Palestinian women inspect their property damaged following an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank refugee camp of Tulkarem, in Tulkarem, Tuesday, July 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Palestinian women inspect their property damaged following an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank refugee camp of Tulkarem, in Tulkarem, Tuesday, July 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

A man walks past a mural in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, July 23, 2024 depicting the U.S. president Joe Biden as a superhero defending Israel. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A man walks past a mural in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, July 23, 2024 depicting the U.S. president Joe Biden as a superhero defending Israel. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Eliya, holds an photo of her grandfather Alex Dancyg, who died, according to the Israeli military, after been kidnapped by the Hamas militant group, during a rally calling for the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, July 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Eliya, holds an photo of her grandfather Alex Dancyg, who died, according to the Israeli military, after been kidnapped by the Hamas militant group, during a rally calling for the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, July 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

An Israeli military helicopter releases flares over the Israel-Gaza border as seen from southern Israel Tuesday, July 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

An Israeli military helicopter releases flares over the Israel-Gaza border as seen from southern Israel Tuesday, July 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli troops are seen near the Gaza Strip border in southern Israel, Tuesday, July 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli troops are seen near the Gaza Strip border in southern Israel, Tuesday, July 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israel-Hamas war latest: Netanyahu is in Washington to address Congress ahead of cease-fire talks

Israel-Hamas war latest: Netanyahu is in Washington to address Congress ahead of cease-fire talks

Israel-Hamas war latest: Netanyahu is in Washington to address Congress ahead of cease-fire talks

Israel-Hamas war latest: Netanyahu is in Washington to address Congress ahead of cease-fire talks

Smoke rises following an explosion in the Gaza Strip as seen from southern Israel, Tuesday, July 23, 2024. The army is battling Palestinian militants across Gaza in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Smoke rises following an explosion in the Gaza Strip as seen from southern Israel, Tuesday, July 23, 2024. The army is battling Palestinian militants across Gaza in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

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