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White House Cancels Israeli Meeting After Netanyahu Accuses U.S. of Withholding Arms

HeadlineJun 20, 2024

The White House has canceled a high-level meeting with Israeli officials that was set for today after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video Tuesday accusing the U.S. of withholding military aid to Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “When Secretary Blinken was recently here in Israel, we had a candid conversation. I said I deeply appreciated the support the U.S. has given Israel from the beginning of the war. But I also said something else. I said it’s inconceivable that in the past few months the administration has been withholding weapons and ammunitions to Israel — Israel, America’s closest ally, fighting for its life, fighting against Iran and our other common enemies.”

The White House rejected Netanyahu’s claim, pointing out that President Biden has paused just one shipment of heavy bombs since the war began. Two key Democratic lawmakers recently signed off on an $18 billion military package for Israel involving the sale of 50 F-15 fighter jets.

In other news from Israel, a top Israeli military spokesperson has admitted Hamas can’t be destroyed — a claim that appears to contradict Netanyahu’s stated aim of the war on Gaza. In an interview, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said, “Hamas is an idea, Hamas is a party. It’s rooted in the hearts of the people — anyone who thinks we can eliminate Hamas is wrong.” 

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