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US House Passes Bill To Force Biden To Send Weapons To Israel

The Republican-led US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to send arms to Israel.

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The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill forcing President Joe Biden to send weapons to Israel, calling on Democrats to do more to protect civilians in Israel during its war with Hamas. I’m trying to blame him for delaying it.

The Israel Security Assistance Assistance Act was approved by a vote of 224-187, largely along party lines. Sixteen Democrats joined most Republicans in voting in favor of the bill, and three Republicans joined most Democrats in opposing the bill.

The law, which is unlikely to become law, comes as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government seeks to wipe out extremists who attacked Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people and taking 253 hostages. The bill’s passage highlighted deep divisions over Israel policy in a U.S. election year. According to Israeli tallies.

The Palestinian Authority says at least 35,272 civilians have been killed during Israel’s Gaza operation. Malnutrition is widespread, and infrastructure in coastal enclaves has been destroyed, leaving much of the population homeless.

Republicans accused Biden of turning his back on Israel after facing widespread pro-Palestinian protests.

“This is a disastrous decision with global implications,” Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson said Wednesday at a news conference with other party leaders. “This is clearly a political calculation, and we cannot let this go. I can’t do that.”

Democrats also accused their opponents of playing politics, accusing Republicans of distorting Biden’s position on Israel.

“This is not a serious legislative effort, which is why some of the most pro-Israel members of the House Democratic caucus voted against it,” House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries said at a press conference before the vote. “I’m going to throw it,” he said.

Israel, a major recipient of U.S. military aid for decades, has delayed one shipment of 2,000-pound (907 kg) and 500-pound bombs, even as other weapons are being reviewed. Despite this, the Biden administration still plans to acquire billions of dollars in U.S. weapons shipments.

By Tuesday, the State Department had moved a $1 billion arms aid package to Israel through the congressional review process, U.S. officials said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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