Netanyahu Claims The US Has “Dramatically” Cut Weapon Supplies To Israel

( — On Sunday June 23, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the “dramatic decrease” of munitions being provided to Israel by the United States.

The two nations have had a close relationship since Israel was first established as a nation in 1948. However, the ongoing conflict in Gaza has seen Israel widely criticized by the international community for their perceived disproportionate response. As pro-Palestine protests erupt in the United States and around the world, the U.S. faces intensifying pressure to distance themselves from their long-standing ally.

The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, responded to Netanyahu’s comments by saying that the White House generally doesn’t know what he’s talking about. On Sunday, the Israeli Prime Minister expanded on the topic by pointing out that there had been a significant decrease in military resources coming from the U.S. into Israel over the past four months. The Biden administration has delayed shipments of certain heavy bombs due to concerns that they could harm civilians if Israel continues on its current course of action. Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged this but added that “everything else” was being provided as usual.

The unpopular war in Gaza was sparked by the attack in Israel by the terrorist group Hamas on October 7, in which more than 1,000 people were killed and 251 were taken hostage. While some of the hostages have been released, and some have died, 166 are unaccounted for. Earlier this month, Israeli forces freed an additional four hostages, but there has been significant international outrage due to Palestinian casualties during the rescue operation. Negotiations for a ceasefire have been stymied by demands on both sides that they haven’t been able to agree on.

As the U.S. moves closer to the 2024 presidential election, the current administration is struggling against a Democratic base that is deeply divided regarding the war in Gaza. The Democrats have traditionally been supportive of Israel and Jewish people more generally. Some militant factions of the left are deeply critical of Israel and want the U.S. to cease all support for their ally. Netanyahu warns that even as the conflict in Gaza may be winding down, Hezbollah in Lebanon may soon pose a credible threat. The Biden administration has been pressuring Prime Minister Netanyahu to avoid conflict with Lebanon and to pursue diplomatic solutions instead.

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