Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Biden Halts Arms Shipments to Israel Amidst Rafah Invasion Threat

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Biden Halts Arms Shipments to Israel Amidst Rafah Invasion Threat

President Joe Biden has taken a significant step in halting the shipment of weapons to Israel, citing concerns over civilian casualties and the potential for a major attack on the densely populated city of Rafah. This decision comes amidst mounting pressure from the left wing of his own party to limit arms shipments to Israel, particularly in the wake of the October 7th attack by Hamas that triggered a major Israeli retaliation.

While Biden has long been a staunch supporter of Israel, even pushing for an increase in military aid following the October attack, he has grown increasingly concerned about the potential for civilian casualties in Rafah. This concern was further amplified by the recent dropping of US bombs on Palestinian territory, which resulted in civilian deaths.

The Biden administration's decision to halt the shipment of weapons is a significant departure from previous US policy. In the past, the US has consistently provided Israel with military aid, even during times of conflict. However, the potential for a major attack on Rafah, with its high civilian population, has prompted a shift in US policy.

While some experts question whether Israel will be persuaded by the US pressure, others believe that Israel takes American pressure seriously and will likely adjust its military strategy accordingly. The Biden administration's decision to halt the shipment of weapons is a clear message to Israel that the US will not support an attack on Rafah. It remains to be seen how Israel will respond to this pressure, but the Biden administration's decision marks a significant shift in US policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09