The White House is discussing withholding or delaying offensive weapons shipments to Israel in order to force the Jewish state to scale back the ongoing military operation in the Gaza Strip, NBC News reported Sunday.
According to the report, Israel asked the United States to send additional aid, including powerful aerial bombs and air defenses. NBC News quoted three current US officials and a former official as saying that the United States is “Consider slowing or halting deliveries in the hope that doing so will prompt Israeli action, such as opening humanitarian corridors to provide more aid to Palestinian civilians.”
Delivery of 155mm artillery shells and equipment that converts “dumb bombs” into precision-guided munitions is reportedly under review by the Pentagon. Meanwhile, officials were quoted as saying this “No decisions have been made” In this regard, the United States “It will likely continue to offer other conversion kits that make Israeli munitions more accurate.”
The officials added that the White House “This is unlikely to slow the delivery of air defences.” but “Maybe it could be blocked or delayed.” Assault weapons.
The United States is urging Israel to exercise restraint, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying this month that the civilian death toll in Gaza was high. “very high.” In December, President Joe Biden warned that Israel could lose outside support because of this “Indiscriminate bombing” In the Palestinian enclave.
More than 26,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since fighting broke out in October, according to local authorities run by Hamas. Israel has rejected these accusations “Genocide” Under the pretext that Hamas is using civilians as human shields.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly stressed that the goal of the Jewish state in Gaza is “judiciary” The Palestinian armed movement Hamas. In a speech this month, Netanyahu pledged that the government would not do that “Give up” To the militants.
The Israel Defense Forces launched its operation in Gaza in response to the deadly attack by Hamas on October 7, which killed approximately 1,200 people. Hamas captured more than 200 Israelis. Dozens of hostages were later released as part of a series of prisoner exchanges in November.
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