White House Denies Report That It’s Considering Leverage Military Aid to Israel

The US and Israel advanced plans for a major fighter jet deal amid the slaughter in Gaza, which has killed over 10,000 children

The White House on Sunday dismissed a report from NBC News that said the Biden administration was considering leveraging military aid to Israel to pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to scale down the violence in Gaza.

The report said the White House asked the Pentagon to review what weapons could be used as leverage and that no decisions have been made. But in response to the report, the White House said the policy of unconditional support for the mass killing of Palestinians in Gaza hasn’t changed.

“Israel has a right and obligation to defend themselves against the threat of Hamas, while abiding by international humanitarian law and protecting civilian lives, and we remain committed to support Israel in its fight against Hamas. We have done so since October 7, and will continue to. There has not been a change in our policy,” an unnamed National Security Council spokesperson said.

US and Israeli officials recently met in Washington to advance several major arms deals that will arm Israel with more F-35 and F-15 fighter jets and Apache helicopters. Israel will procure 25 F-35s under an agreement that will be paid for by $3 billion in US military aid.

Where the funding for the F-15s and Apaches will come from is unclear, but the US is trying to give an additional $14 billion in military aid to Israel on top of the $3.8 billion the country receives each year.

Since October 7, the US has shipped Israel over 25,000 tons of weapons to support the Israeli slaughter in Gaza, according to Ynet. In that time, over 26,000 Palestinians have been killed, including over 10,000 children. The US has dismissed the International Court of Justice’s ruling that said it’s plausible Israel is committing genocide.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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