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Something is altering in American coverage towards Israel. The agency assist of the Democratic majority within the struggle in Gaza is crumbling and there are more and more extra, and higher-ranking, voices demanding a suspension of navy support to the allied nation, in a pattern that has been accentuated for the reason that bloodbath. of seven volunteers from the NGO World Central Kitchen (WCK) on Monday. Now, the extremely revered former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and dozens of congressmen have despatched a letter to President Joe Biden and Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to induce them to take that step, one thing unthinkable originally of the battle.

That Pelosi has joined the signatures reveals that opposition to the cargo of weapons has ceased to be an unique place of essentially the most progressive wing and is starting to unfold inside a celebration that has at all times proven its closeness to Israel. Amid rising unrest over the excessive variety of Palestinian civilian victims within the Israeli offensive, which already exceeds 33,000, in line with the Gaza Ministry of Health, and the specter of famine within the Strip, the assault in opposition to the help employees seems to have been the straw that broke the camel's again.

“In light of the recent attack against aid workers and the humanitarian crisis that continues to worsen, we believe that it is unjustifiable to approve these arms transfers,” the letter states. In addition to Pelosi, the textual content is signed by 39 different Democratic congressmen, together with representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Barbara Lee and Rashida Tlaib, the one legislator of Palestinian origin within the US Congress.

The United States transfers greater than 3.8 billion {dollars} (3.5 billion euros) in navy help to its nice ally within the Middle East yearly. The identical day that the bombing was launched in opposition to the help employees, the US Government gave its approval to a brand new cargo of weapons to Israel, together with greater than 2,000 bombs of assorted tonnage and 25 F-35 fighter-bombers, in line with the Washington Post. The Biden Administration can be contemplating one other arms switch value $18 billion, which, in line with US media, might embody F-15 fighters.

The letter requires a US investigation into the assault on World Central Kitchen humanitarian employees. The Israeli investigation discovered “serious errors,” however doesn’t make clear why the troops “did not understand” that the three bombed automobiles belonged to the NGO, since they bore the large-sized emblem and had notified the Israeli forces of their route. Nor does it clarify why the assault continued when it was clear that the survivors who had been making an attempt to guard themselves by altering automobiles weren’t armed.

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“The first Minister [Benjamín] Netanyahu has declared that it was a 'tragic case in which forces attacked innocent people.' If that is true, it is a shockingly unacceptable mistake. “We strongly urge his Administration to carry out a thorough investigation into this attack,” urge the signatories of the letter.

The letter is the latest, but not the only, call from Democratic lawmakers to stop military aid, or at least impose conditions. This week, Senator Chris Coons, very close to Biden and one of Israel's greatest supporters in the US Congress, pointed out in statements to CNN that the point has been “reached” to take action on this assistance. Furthermore, last month, the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Charles Schumer, a Jew and avowed supporter of Israel, called for elections in the allied country to replace Netanyahu.

The White House had maintained, until now, that military aid was not touched. But the bombing against the aid workers has shocked the presidential office, where what the spokesman for the National Security Council, John Kirby, described as “weeks and months of frustration” about Israeli methods in the war in Gaza had already accumulated. This week, for the first time, Biden openly warned Netanyahu in a telephone conversation of changes in US support if Israel does not take steps to expand humanitarian aid, reduce civilian casualties and agree to an immediate ceasefire. Although it is not clear whether these changes would affect the transfer of weapons.

Israel has responded by announcing the opening of two new corridors, through the port of Ashdod and the Erez border crossing, to northern Gaza, where the need for humanitarian aid is most pressing. “I asked them to do what they are doing,” Biden, an avowed supporter of Israel, told reporters. Are you going to abandon Israel? a reporter asked him. “Is this a serious question?” the president replied.

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