President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday for the second time since Hamas launched an operation in southern Israel and said that more US military aid is on its way.
According to the White House, President Biden “conveyed that additional assistance for the Israeli Defense Forces is now on its way to Israel with more to follow over the coming days.”
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a statement that the US “will be rapidly providing the Israel Defense Forces with additional equipment and resources, including munitions. The first security assistance will begin moving today and arriving in the coming days.”
Israel already receives $3.8 billion in military aid each year from the US. It’s unclear how the US will be funding the new arms it’s sending to Israel, which will likely be pulled from US military stockpiles.
In the call with Netanyahu, President Biden also pledged “his full support for the Government and people of Israel in the face of an unprecedented and appalling assault by Hamas terrorists.”
Israel has been bombarding Gaza in response to the Hamas assault, and major casualties have been incurred on both sides in just two days of fighting. The situation will likely significantly escalate as Israel is expected to launch a ground invasion of Gaza with support from the US.