US Puts Hold On Ammo To Israel

The Biden administration has halted a shipment of U.S.-made ammunition to Israel, according to sources within the Israeli government. This is the first time since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza that the U.S. has stopped a weapons shipment intended for the Israeli military.

The decision to block the ammunition shipment has raised serious concerns within the Israeli government as officials scramble to understand the reasoning behind the hold. It is no secret that President Biden has faced strong criticism from Americans who oppose his continued support of Israel, with tensions between the two countries reaching an all-time high.

The White House has declined to comment on the matter, leaving both Israeli and American officials puzzled and worried about the implications of this unprecedented move. The Pentagon, the State Department, and the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office have also not yet responded to requests for clarification.

The timing of the shipment hold is particularly concerning, as it comes at a critical point in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. Just last week, the Biden administration asked for assurances from Israel that U.S.-made weapons were being used in accordance with international law.

Israel provided a signed letter of assurances in response in March. However, with this recent move to block the shipment, it is clear that the Biden administration still has reservations about Israel’s actions.

This decision to halt the ammunition shipment also comes as tensions between Biden and Netanyahu continue to rise. During his recent visit to Israel, Secretary of State Antony Blinken had a “tough” conversation with Netanyahu about a possible Israeli operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

Blinken warned that such an operation would result in a negative impact on U.S.-Israel relations. White House spokesman John Kirby also stated that any Israeli operation in Rafah that disregards the welfare of refugees would result in a change in U.S. policy towards the Gaza war.

It is no secret that Biden has been critical of Israel’s handling of the conflict in Gaza, and this move to block the ammunition shipment only further cements his stance. With CIA Director Bill Burns joining talks in Cairo over the weekend to try and negotiate a hostage deal between Israel and Hamas, it is clear that the Biden administration is heavily involved in the efforts to end the conflict.

However, while the administration waits for a response from Hamas, Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant has made it clear that Israel will not agree to end the war as part of a hostage deal. This has led to concerns that Israel may proceed with a ground operation in Rafah, despite the Biden administration’s warnings.

In light of these recent developments, it is clear that tensions between the U.S. and Israel are at an all-time high. The Biden administration’s decision to halt the ammunition shipment only adds to the uncertainty and worry surrounding the conflict in Gaza.