$1 Billion Package Announced

(5MinNewsBreak.com) – The Biden administration is advancing a new $1 billion arms package for Israel, only a short time after pausing a delivery of large bombs in protest of Israel’s military actions against the Hamas terrorist group in southern Gaza.

The administration has informed Congress of its plans to provide a weapons package potentially worth $700 million in tank ammunition, $500 million in tactical vehicles, and $60 million in mortar rounds, as initially reported by the Wall Street Journal.

This development indicates the administration’s hesitation to exacerbate tensions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Journal. The delivery of the proposed weapons package may span several years.

This proposal emerges while Israel continues its military offensive in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza believed to be Hamas’s final significant stronghold, National Review reports.

The offensive represents Israel’s most recent effort in its ongoing campaign to eliminate Hamas following the group’s massacre of Israeli civilians on October 7.

The Biden administration has consistently cautioned Israel against a comprehensive invasion of Rafah. Secretary of State Antony Blinken vehemently criticized Israel’s current operations in Rafah on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” indicating doubts about Israel’s ability to permanently remove Hamas from Gaza.

To signal disapproval of Israel’s military strategies in Rafah, the administration recently withheld a shipment of bombs.

“But what we’ve been clear about is that if Israel launches this major military operation to Rafah, then there’s certain systems that we’re not going to be supporting and supplying for that operation. But at present, the only thing that we’ve delayed and are holding back are these high-payload bombs,” stated Blinken.

Blinken relayed a similar message to Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant during a phone call last week, according to the State Department.

In an interview with CNN last week, President Joe Biden indicated the possibility of withholding further military aid to Israel if it intensifies its military actions in Rafah.

This statement drew sharp criticism from many Republicans and some Democrats. In response, Netanyahu firmly declared that Israel would stand alone if necessary.

Congress recently approved a bipartisan $95 billion foreign aid package, which President Biden signed last month to support U.S. allies, including $26 billion for Israel and humanitarian assistance for Gaza.

A White House official confirmed to that the administration would utilize every dollar allocated by the bipartisan legislation.

The far-left segment of the Democratic party strongly opposes U.S. support for Israel’s conflict with Hamas, often advocating for increased humanitarian aid for Gazan civilians.

Biden’s decision to potentially limit offensive weapons to Israel has been recognized as a significant move by the left-wing “uncommitted” protest vote movement.

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