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The Biden administration has authorized the transfer of billions of dollars in bombs and fighter jets to Israel despite concerns from Washington about a possible military operation in southern Gaza. The weapons package includes over 1,800 MK84 2,000-pound bombs and 500 MK82 500-pound bombs. The State Department official mentioned that individual Foreign Military Sales cases would result from fulfilling the authorization from one notification to Congress. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that Israel has not received all the military arms it has requested as its conflict with Hamas intensifies.

As the Biden administration has voiced concerns over Israel’s handling of the conflict, some Democrats have called for the aid to be withheld unless Israel makes commitments to limit civilian casualties in southern Gaza. This issue has caused tensions in U.S.-Israeli relations, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceling a visit to Washington after the U.S. refused to veto a UN Security Council resolution calling for a temporary cease-fire and the release of hostages in Gaza. Progressives upset with Biden’s support for Israel have protested outside his fundraisers and interrupted the events to demand an end to aid for Israel.

Despite criticisms and calls for aid conditioning, a White House official stated that the policy has not been to condition aid to Israel and that the administration continues to support Israel’s right to defend itself. The military assistance to Israel includes items like the F-35 program, which can be spread out across several cases over multiple years. The U.S. has also expressed concerns over the impact of the conflict, which has led to deaths and displacements in the Gaza Strip. The administration has pledged to continue supporting Israel’s defense efforts.

The transfer of military arms to Israel has raised questions about the U.S. stance on the conflict and its support for Israel, with some critics accusing Biden of abandoning Israel and hostages amid growing tensions. The decision to continue providing military aid to Israel despite concerns about civilian casualties has sparked debate within the Democratic Party and placed strain on U.S.-Israeli relations. While the U.S. has not imposed conditions on the aid, there are calls for Israel to take steps to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza.

The issue of military assistance to Israel has become a contentious topic, with the conflict in Gaza fueling tensions between the U.S. and Israeli governments. The decision to transfer weapons to Israel has highlighted differing perspectives within the Democratic Party and among U.S. policymakers regarding the handling of the conflict. The Biden administration’s support for Israel’s defense efforts and refusal to condition aid has drawn criticism from progressives and Democrats who are concerned about civilian casualties in Gaza. The ongoing conflict and disagreements over aid have strained diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Israel, with both sides facing pressure to address the situation in a manner that balances security concerns with humanitarian considerations.

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