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Eight Senators Urge President Biden to End Offensive Military Aid to Israel if Israel...

•, by Adam Dick

We are five months into Israel's devastating attacks on Gaza that President Joe Biden's administration has continuously supported with the provision of weapons and intelligence essential to the war effort despite Congress not appropriating money for such. All the while, Biden and his executive branch cohorts have ridiculously claimed they support restraint in Israel's pursuit of the war though that restraint never materializes. They have also extolled their virtue for providing aid to Gazans who have been thrust into horror by the Biden administration's actions even as Israel blocks aid from reaching Gazans.

It's all cheap talk from the Biden administration.

There are increasing signs of organized resistance from Congress members of Biden's own party to the Biden administration's apparent willingness, consistent with Biden's longstanding devotion to the Israel government, to keep shoveling military aid to the Israel government no matter what. Front and center of the materializing resistance is a Monday letter from eight Democratic Caucus members of the United States Senate to Biden.

The eight senators who signed the letter are Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Peter Welch (D-VT), Tina Smith (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM).

In the letter, the senators urge Biden "to make it clear" to the Israel government "that failure to immediately and dramatically expand humanitarian access and facilitate safe aid deliveries throughout Gaza will lead to serious consequences, as specified under existing U.S. law." The senators then proceed to state that they believe that US offensive military aid to Israel should be terminated if Israel refuses to stop blocking US humanitarian aid to Gaza. The letter states:

The United States Should not provide military assistance to any country that interferes with U.S. humanitarian assistance. We note that the language of the statutes does not preclude U.S. assistance for missile defense, such as Iron Dome, or other defensive systems provided to Israel pursuant to the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act.

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