Israeli, American politicians call out Biden for ‘misleading’ weapons rhetoric

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Ian Patrick, FISM News

As the Israeli military continues its campaign against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, its government is reporting a lack of aid from the U.S. – despite assertions to the contrary.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet that there has been a “dramatic drop” in weapons deliveries from the United States. Netanyahu specified that this drop had occurred four months ago. He reportedly said that “certain items arrived sporadically but the munitions at large remained behind.”

If proven true, this accusation would mean that the Biden administration has been privately withholding weapons and ammo since February. That would change the timeline of the administration’s rhetoric regarding weapons sales to our Middle Eastern ally.

The U.S. paused a weapons shipment to Israel in May over concern for the military’s planned entrance into Rafah, Gaza. But as far as we know, that was the only delay of a shipment since the October 7 terror attack.

But the withheld weapons have led to tense exchanges between Israel and the United States. Most recently, Netanyahu spoke with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the matter, saying it was “inconceivable” that the U.S. would withhold weapons.

But it isn’t just Israel that is speaking up on the matter. At least one American politician is beginning to call out a similar pattern.

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican, recently slammed President Joe Biden for what Cotton said was “deliberately misleading the American people” on weapons provisions to Israel. In a letter written on June 20 to the Biden administration, Sen. Cotton said that they are also “insulting a key ally” according to his claim.

He writes:

As you are aware, the Arms Export Control Act requires the administration to notify Congress before sending weapons to a foreign country. Your administration has manipulated this requirement by withholding this formal notification to Congress of approved weapons sales, including F-15s, tactical vehicles, 120-mm mortars, 120-mm tank rounds, joint direct attack munitions, and small diameter bombs. Your administration can then claim that the weapons are ‘in process’ while never delivering them.

Cotton requests that the administration provide information on which weapons and ammo were supposed to have been sent to Israel.

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