Biden's administration denies Netanyahu's accusation that it is withholding crucial weapons to complete victory in Gaza

Biden's administration denies Netanyahu's accusation that it is withholding crucial weapons to complete victory in Gaza

JERUSALEM, Israel – A public dispute over U.S. arms sales to Israel is making headlines, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claiming President Joe Biden is withholding much-needed weapons from Israel as many eyes turn to the battle in northern Israel.

Netanyahu said he thanked U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken for U.S. support during his recent visit, but also mentioned a weapons surplus.

“I said it was unbelievable that the government had withheld weapons and ammunition from Israel over the past few months. Israel, America's closest ally, is fighting for its life, fighting Iran and our other common enemies,” the prime minister said.

Blinkien stressed that the US is committed to Israel's security. “We have an obligation to ensure that Israel has everything it needs to defend itself against a whole range of threats,” Blinken said. “Gaza is part of that. But it far surpasses Gaza in terms of the threats it faces.”

Netanyahu believes that if Israel has everything it needs, the war will move forward faster. He quoted history: “During World War II, Churchill told the United States: give us the means and we will get the job done. And I say: give us the means and we will get the job done much faster.”

Blinken admits that Biden previously held up a shipment of heavy bombs to dissuade Israel from attacking Rafah in Gaza, but he claims that some shipments got stuck in the slow system and would ultimately reach Israel.

“Many of the things that are going through our system are things that have been ordered for years in some cases,” Blinken said. “It takes a long time to move these things, and many of the things that are going to Israel will take years to get there.”

Behind the scenes, the White House is reportedly angry about Netanyahu's comments. Axios A high-level meeting with Israeli politicians on long-term Iran policy has reportedly been cancelled.

However, The Wall Street Journal reports a delay in the sale of 50 F-15 fighter jets approved last month. Some Democrats in Congress are pressuring the president to withhold US weapons to force a peace deal.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took Israel's side, blaming the politics of this election year in the US and calling on everyone to support the American ally, especially while it is under siege.

“Israel needs the weapons the president has withheld,” McConnell said. “It needs time and space to finish its job against the terrorists who want to destroy it. It needs the freedom to operate on its own schedule, which is guided by the tactical reality in the Middle East, not the political winds in Washington.”

The arms talks continue as Biden's envoy Amos Hochstein traveled from Israel to Lebanon to prevent a full-scale war between Iran's proxy Hezbollah and the Jewish state.

In Beirut, he insisted that the fighting along the Israeli-Lebanese border was destructive and had gone on long enough.

“Innocent people are dying, property is being damaged, families are being destroyed and the Lebanese economy continues to decline. The country is suffering for no good reason,” Hochstein said.

Hezbollah has released drone footage of areas deep inside Israel, including Haifa Bay, key military targets and civilian settlement areas, sending a clear message that the terror group can easily hit these targets if the war escalates.

Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Forces announced that the military's top generals in the north had approved “operational plans” for an offensive against Hezbollah in Lebanon.

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