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U.S. military aid to Israel

By Duncan Mil

May 16, 2024 - The U.S. President plans to send more than $1 billion worth of weaponry to Israel despite growing tensions between President Joe Biden and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A handful of countries have provided Israel with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of weaponry and military equipment since October, although the details of many transfers remain shrouded in secrecy.

However, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium Japan and Spain have withheld aid over concerns for Gaza.

This latest development comes a week after the U.S. withheld some so-called heavy bombs over concerns about civilian casualties in Gaza. President Joe Biden paused the bomb transfer to prevent their use in the densely populated city of Rafah in southern Gaza.

White House national security communications adviser John Kirby on Monday said that the administration would continue to support Israel’s defence needs.

Kirby said Biden is “going to continue to provide Israel with all of the capabilities it needs, but he does not want certain categories of American weapons used in a particular type of operation in a particular place. And again, he has been clear and consistent with that.”

The latest U.S. shipment is not part of the recent $95 billion defence package passed by Congress and signed by Biden, which includes aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

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PUBLISHED: 16/05/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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