Biden Threatens to Veto Israel Weapons Bill

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The White House has announced that it will veto a Republican-sponsored bill aimed at pressuring the president to send weapons to Israel.

“We strongly, strongly oppose attempts to constrain the president’s ability to deploy U.S. security assistance consistent with U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday.

The Israel Security Assistance Support Act, set to be voted on in the House this week, was introduced after Biden warned that he would withhold weapons if Israeli forces launched a wide-scale operation in Rafah. The legislation urges the swift delivery of defense articles and services to Israel, condemns the administration’s decision to pause shipments, and calls for funds for the secretaries of Defense and State and the National Security Council to be withheld until defense articles are delivered to Israel.

Despite public opposition to the GOP bill, The Wall Street Journal reports that the Biden administration has notified Congress of its intention to move forward with more than $1 billion in new weapons deals for Israel. This includes the potential transfer of $700 million in tank ammunition, $500 million in tactical vehicles, and $60 million in mortar rounds to replenish stocks used during the seven-month war against Hamas.

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