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Israel-Gaza Live Updates: Israelis fired three rockets in a limited attack

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the department will announce its decisions regarding the Israeli Defense Forces under the Leahy Act – which gives the Secretary of State the authority to withhold funding from units of a foreign military accused of human rights abuses – “in the coming days.”

The State Department could impose sanctions on the IDF and withhold aid to the military.

“I think it’s fair to say that you will see results very soon. I have made decisions, you can expect them in the coming days,” he told the press gathered for G7 meetings.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a statement on X saying no sanctions should be imposed on the IDF.

“In recent weeks, I have opposed the imposition of sanctions on Israeli citizens, including in my conversations with senior U.S. government officials. At a time when our soldiers are fighting the monsters of terror, the intention to impose a sanction on a unit in the IDF is the height of absurdity and a moral low point,” Netanyahu said on Saturday.

– ABC News’ Chris Boccia and Victoria Beaule

Foreign ministers issued a lengthy statement condemning Iran’s attack on Israel this weekend at the G7 meeting in Capri, Italy.

“We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, condemn in the strongest terms the direct and unprecedented Iran’s attack on Israel. April 13-14, which Israel defeated with the help of its partners. This was a dangerous escalation as Iran fired hundreds of ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and drones,” the leaders said.

“We will hold the Iranian government accountable for its malicious and destabilizing actions and we stand ready to adopt further sanctions or take other actions now and in response to further destabilizing initiatives,” the leaders said.

They added: “In light of reports of strikes on April 19 (from Israel to Iran), we urge all parties to work to prevent further escalation.”

G7 leaders also called on Israel to do more to enable humanitarian aid to Gaza.

-Anne Flaherty of ABC News

The House of Representatives cleared a major procedural hurdle Friday in passing foreign aid to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan despite dozens of Republican defectors, with Democrats helping Speaker Mike Johnson avoid defeat.

The Israeli bill would provide roughly $26 billion in aid.

Its passage means the House will debate the bill Saturday morning before voting to send it to the Senate Saturday afternoon.

Three missiles were fired from Israeli warplanes outside Iran during Friday morning’s very limited attack, according to a senior US official.

The Israelis targeted an air defense radar near Isfahan, which is part of the protection of the Natanz nuclear power plant, the official said. The initial assessment is that the strike has destroyed the site, but the assessment has not yet been completed, the official said.

The attack was intended to send a signal to Iran that Israel has these capabilities, but had no intention of escalating the situation, according to the official.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said there was “consensus” during a Sunday call between President Joe Biden and congressional leaders that Congress must act quickly to send aid to both Israel and Ukraine.

Schumer said at a news conference in New York that “hopefully” something can be accomplished in the coming week to help both countries.

Earlier Sunday, Biden spoke with Senate Majority Leader Schumer, House Speaker Mike Johnson, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Schumer said the best way to send aid to Israel and Ukraine is for the House of Representatives to take up and approve the Senate-approved National Security Supplement, which includes aid to both countries. The Senate passed the $95 billion package in February, but Johnson did not bring it up for a vote.

“The best way to help Israel rebuild its anti-missile and anti-drone capabilities is to immediately approve that supplement. As I said, Israel has spent about a billion dollars defending itself and the security supplement would complement the kind of anti-missile system.” and anti-drone defense systems located in the Arrow, in the David’s Sling and in the Iron Dome,” Schumer said.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise said in a statement Saturday that the House of Representatives would change its legislative program this week to “consider legislation that supports our ally Israel and holds Iran and its terrorist allies accountable,” but it is not yet clear which legislation that will be. or how drastically it might deviate from the Senate-passed bill.

Allison Pecorin and Rachel Scott of ABC News