Netanyahu Again Claims The US Is Withholding Arms Shipments, Days After Washington Denies It | EUROtoday

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu advised his Cabinet on Sunday that there had been a “dramatic drop” in U.S. weapons deliveries for Israel’s warfare effort in Gaza, doubling down on a declare that the Biden administration has denied and underscoring the rising strains between the 2 allies.

Netanyahu advised his Cabinet that the drop had occurred 4 months in the past, with out specifying which weapons, saying solely that “certain items arrived sporadically but the munitions at large remained behind.”

The spat highlights how excessive tensions have surged between Israel and Washington over the warfare in Gaza, significantly surrounding the Israeli army’s conduct within the beleaguered territory and the hurt to civilian life there. President Joe Biden has delayed delivering sure heavy bombs since May over these considerations, however his administration fought again final week towards Netanyahu’s fees that different shipments had additionally been affected.

Netanyahu advised the Cabinet that he was pushed to launch a video in English final week after weeks of unsuccessful pleas with American officers to hurry up deliveries. He mentioned a decision appeared shut.

“In light of what I have heard over the past day, I hope and believe that this matter will be solved soon,” he mentioned, with out elaborating.

Netanyahu’s video final week sparked an uproar amongst critics in Israel and was met with denial and confusion from White House officers. White House nationwide safety spokesman John Kirby mentioned the U.S. was “perplexed” by Netanyahu’s claims. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned, “We generally do not know what he’s talking about.”

His remarks got here hours after Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant traveled to Washington for conferences with senior officers. A press release from Gallant’s workplace mentioned he would focus on “maintaining Israel’s qualitative edge in the region” however made no point out of the weapons concern.

The warfare in Gaza, which was sparked by Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault on southern Israel, has examined the U.S.-Israel relationship like by no means earlier than. While the U.S. has staunchly supported Israel’s goals of releasing hostages taken into Gaza and defeating Hamas, it has grown more and more involved over the rising Palestinian demise toll and the humanitarian disaster created by the warfare.

Biden has felt strain from progressive Democrats to take a more durable line towards Israel, and he has sharpened his warnings to Netanyahu over army techniques within the Gaza Strip. But after threatening to impose a extra sweeping ban on arms transfers over an assault on Rafah, the administration has prevented any suggestion that Israel’s increasing push into the southern Gaza metropolis has crossed a crimson line.

During an election 12 months, Biden can be dealing with critics on the best who say he has moderated his help for a vital Mideast ally.

For Netanyahu, the rising daylight with the U.S. additionally poses political dangers and alternatives. His critics see the general public spats as the results of a frontrunner ready to wreck vital alliances and tarnish Israel’s picture on this planet for political acquire.

But the rift grants the long-serving chief an opportunity to indicate his base that he isn’t beholden to the U.S. and that he’s placing Israel’s pursuits first.