Smoke rises after Israel carried out an airstrike over Gaza. Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Israel launched airstrikes on militant bases in Gaza after a wave of rocket attacks from the strip hit southern Israel. At least 27 mortar shells were fired from Gaza, the biggest attack on Israel since the 2014 war with Hamas.

The bottom line: Tensions between Israel and Palestinian groups have reached new heights after Israeli troops killed 110 Palestinians during protests at the Gaza border. There were no reports on injuries in Gaza after the Israeli airstrike. No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the mortar attacks, most of which were intercepted by the Israeli defense system. Jason Greenblatt, President Trump's special envoy for Middle East peace, called the mortar attacks "reprehensible" and blamed Hamas.

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The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.