Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Biden Warns Israel He Will Stop Sending US Military Aid ‘If They Go Into Rafah’

President Joe Biden on Wednesday said U.S. bombs have been used to kill civilians in Rafah and that he would pause more arms shipments to Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launches a full-scale invasion.

‘Civilians have been killed in Rafah as a result of those bombs and other ways they go after population centers. I made it clear that if they go into Rafah – they haven’t gone into Raffa yet – I’m not supplying the weapons,’ Biden said in an interview with CNN.

The president, last week, delayed the delivery of 3,500 bombs to the U.S.’s Middle East ally. It was the first time he used his executive power to influence Israel’s approach to its war with Hamas.

But his words of warning on Wednesday was the most direct threat Biden has made to Israel during the seven-month war.

He reiterated his support for Israel in his interview with Erin Burnett.

‘We’re going to continue to make sure Israel is secure in terms of Iron Dome and their ability to respond to attacks like the one came out at least recently. But it’s just wrong. We’re not gonna – we’re not gonna supply the weapons and artillery shells used,’ he said.

He noted Israel has not launched a full-scale invasion yet – just crossed the border but express frustration the invasion has cut off a crucial supply line via Egpyt to bring in much-humanitarian aid to the Palestinian refugees in Gaza.

‘They haven’t gotten in the population centers – what they did is right on the border and it’s causing problems with – right now – in terms of Egypt, which I’ve worked very hard make sure we have a relationship and help but I’ve made it clear to Bibi and the war cabinet – they’re not going to get our support if, in fact, they go into these population centers,’ he said.

Asked if Netanyahu has crossed the red line yet, Biden said: ‘Not yet but we’ve held up the weapons. We’ve helped up one shipment. It was an old shipment. We held that up.’

He also shared the advice he gave Netanyahu when he visited the prime minister in the days after the October 7th attack by Hamas.

‘Immediately after that happened I said to Bibi don’t make the same mistake we made in America – we want to get Bin Laden and will help you get similar. But we went into Afghanistan which made sense to go get Bin Laden but it made no sense to try and unify Afghanistan,’ he said.’

‘I will help you focus on getting the bad guys but we’ve got to think through what is happening after Gaza. After this is over.’

Israel has downplayed the administration’s decision to withhold the 1,800 2,000-pound and 1,700 500-pound bombs.

The administration also is reviewing whether to hold back future transfers, including guidance kits that convert so-called dumb bombs into precision-guided munitions, according to reports.

Many Democrats have urged the president to limit arms shipments to Israel out of concern they will be used against innocent civilians.

Israel heavily relies on the U.S. to stock its military. Many of the drones used last month to ward off Iranian missiles were American-made and U.S. forces helped counter the bombing.

Biden’s decision comes as he has struggled to balance his support for Israel after the October 7th attack by Hamas with his efforts to protect the civilian population of Palestine.

About a million refugees have crowded into Rafah. Biden on Monday warned Netanyahu against a full-scale assault of Rafah.

But, on Monday, Israel’s military warned about 110,000 civilians to leave Rafah, and hours later its tanks moved in. It was not a full-scale invasion but some worry that one is imminent.

Israel has threatened a major assault on area to defeat thousands of Hamas fighters it says are holed up there.

Biden and Netanyahu’s relationship has gotten more tense as the prime minister has repeatedly defied U.S. demands on major issues.

Republicans blasted the administration’s decision to delay the bomb delivery.

Speaker Mike Johnson and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell demanded answers on why the bomb shipment was delayed and said they had to learn about it from media reports and not the administration.

‘We were alarmed by media reports that your Administration had delayed the delivery of a variety of weapons shipments bound for Israel. This news flies in the face of assurances provided regarding the timely delivery of security assistance to Israel,’ they wrote to Biden in a joint letter.

Senator Mitt Romney blasted Biden for his policy.

‘We stand by allies, we don’t second guess them. Biden’s dithering on Israel weapons is bad policy and a terrible message to Israel, our allies, and the world,’ he wrote on X.

Senator Lindsey Graham rebuked the administration.

‘This is obscene. It is absurd. Give Israel what they need,’ Graham said, noting it wasn’t for Washington to second-guess how Israel fought a war against Hamas militants bent on Israel’s destruction.

Senator Deb Fischer, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, called on Biden to drop ‘his politically-motivated hold’.

‘American support for Israel cannot be in doubt, especially now,’ she said.

And Representatives Mike Rogers, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Michael McCaul, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released a joint statement calling on the bombs to be delivered.

‘We are appalled that the administration paused crucial arms shipments to Israel. Withholding arms to Israel weakens Israel’s deterrence against Iran and its proxies like Hamas and Hezbollah,’ they said.

Meanwhile, U.S. officials are worried that Israel now controls the Gaza side of a crossing to Egypt that is a major conduit for humanitarian aid.

Gaza is experiencing a humanitarian crisis and famine-like conditions.

The seizure and the closing of the Kerem Shalom crossing, the only two major entry points in the south for food, medicine and other supplies, has prompted worries the crisis could worsen.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the administration has reassurance the crossing has been reopened.

‘We have been told by Israel that that has been opened. It is important to get those trucks in. It is important to get that aid into Gaza. So, that’s what we want to see,’ she said Wednesday.

‘We know how dire the situation is in Gaza. We want to continue to get that humanitarian aid, and we want a ceasefire. We want a ceasefire,’ she noted.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu was expected to meet CIA director William Burns on Wednesday afternoon in Israel, an Israeli official told the New York Times.

Burns has been in the Middle East trying to finalize a cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas that would see the release of hostages.

Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack killed about 1,200 people with about 250 others abducted, of whom 133 are believed to remain in captivity in Gaza, according to Israel.

Israel’s campaign to destroy Hamas has so far killed a total of 34,789 Palestinians, mostly civilians, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

White House spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday that the negotiations were at a ‘sensitive stage’ and that ‘there should be no reason why they can’t overcome those remaining gaps.’

READ 72 COMMENTS
  • Biteme joey is a lying traitorous COWARDLY ASSHOLE who needs to be impeached for turning his back on Israel.
    This action is going against the Congressional vote for military aid. He is guilty of making an unconstitutional unilateral decision against Israel and needs to be held accountable.

  • TOP STORIES

    News

    Republican Missouri State Rep. Ben Baker’s daughter and son-in-law died after violent gangs attacked them while they were serving as missionaries in Haiti, Baker...

    News

    Jaw-dropping video captured a confrontation between US Border Patrol agents and illegal immigrants who tried to force their way into the US on the...

    News

    Former President Donald Trump drew a massive crowd at Thursday evening’s planned rally in the South Bronx — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) stomping grounds...

    News

    A Fox News camera operator was jostled by an umbrella-toting aide to Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan Thursday on Capitol Hill. The interaction...

    >