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Netanyahu Doubles Down On Claim That U.S. Has Withheld Weapons Supplies From Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at Sheva Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, June 8, 2024. (Photo by Jack Ghez-Pool/Getty Images)

James Myers of OAN
Monday, June 24, 2024 10:03 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated the US position that it is withholding weapons from the Jewish state in its fight against Hamas.

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Netanyahu insisted to his cabinet on Sunday that the arms drops began four months ago, but did not say which weapons, saying only that “certain items have arrived sporadically, but the bulk of the weapons remain behind.”

He said he had made private pleas to U.S. officials for weeks without success, and last week released a public video complaining about declining U.S. support.

“I am deeply grateful to President Biden and the US government for their support to Israel. Since the start of the war, the US has supported us morally, materially, and with defensive and offensive means,” Netanyahu began.

“But four months ago, there was a dramatic drop in military equipment arriving in Israel from the United States. For weeks we turned to our American friends, asking them to speed up shipments. We did this again and again, at the highest levels, at every level, but I want to emphasize that we did so behind closed doors. We received every explanation, but one thing we did not receive: the basic situation has not changed. Certain items have arrived sporadically, but the vast majority of military equipment has remained behind,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has denied claims that aid has been reduced after Netanyahu made the allegation publicly last week. White House national security spokesman John Kirby said the US was “confused” by Netanyahu’s allegation. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre added, “We have no idea what he’s talking about.”

“I also said it was inconceivable that over the past few months the administration has withheld arms and ammunition from Israel,” Netanyahu said in a video released last week.

Moreover, his comments came just hours after Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant visited Washington for high-level talks. A statement from Gallant’s office said he would discuss “maintaining Israel’s qualitative advantage in the region,” but did not mention arms issues.

The rift between Netanyahu’s and Biden’s administrations has begun to widen in recent months, just as Israel continues its war with Hamas.

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