US Approves Transfer of Bombs and Jets to Israel Amidst Concerns Over Gaza Conflict

US Approves Transfer of Bombs and Jets to Israel Amidst Concerns Over Gaza Conflict

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The United States has reportedly authorized the transfer of billions of dollars worth of bombs and fighter jets to Israel, according to sources familiar with the effort. Despite public expressions of concern over the anticipated Israeli military offensive in Rafah, the transfer includes more than 1,800 MK-84 2,000lb bombs and 500 MK-82 500lb bombs, aimed at bolstering Israel's military capabilities.

Washington's annual military assistance to Israel, amounting to $3.8 billion, underscores its longstanding alliance with the country. However, amidst international criticism of Israel's actions in Gaza, some members of President Joe Biden’s party have called for a reassessment of US military aid. Despite this, Biden has reaffirmed his support for Israel, albeit acknowledging the concerns of Arab Americans over the ongoing conflict.

The decision to approve the weapons transfer follows discussions between Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and US counterparts in Washington, emphasizing the importance of maintaining Israel’s military edge in the region. Meanwhile, Israel's threats of a ground invasion in Rafah have raised alarm, with calls from various quarters to halt weapons shipments to Israel.

Critics argue that the unfettered assistance to Israel undermines US efforts to position itself as a moral authority, particularly considering the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. Concerns have been raised over the violation of human rights laws, such as the Leahy Laws, which prohibit the supply of weapons to countries engaged in rights abuses.

Despite growing tensions between the US and Israeli governments, including the cancellation and rescheduling of a planned meeting to review Israeli plans for Rafah, the weapons transfers proceed. This comes amidst escalating civilian casualties and widespread international condemnation of Israel's actions.

As the conflict persists, civilians in Rafah face mounting fear and uncertainty, with the looming threat of further devastation akin to that experienced in Gaza City and Khan Younis. The need for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict remains urgent, with calls for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian intervention intensifying.

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