Sputnik: The administration of US President Joe Biden notified Congress that it approved selling Israel $735 million in weapons on 5 May, with the sale vetted by Washington coinciding with a fresh bout of hostilities on the Gaza-Israeli border. After 11 days of rocket attacks and airstrikes the sides agreed to a ceasefire on 20 May.
The GOP has, however, decided that aid to Palestinians needs to be redirected toward Israel’s weapons programs including its nuclear weapons development and, of course, its heavily funded propaganda programs that pour money into the GOP.
Absolute sickness. https://t.co/rdfulbPl75
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) May 22, 2021
Four Republican Senators have called for federal funds designated by the administration of President Joe Biden for Gaza-based humanitarian aid to be redirected “to help Israel replenish its highly-effective missile defense interceptors.”
“With Hamas and other Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorists continuing to launch indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israel, Americans have seen the images of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence systems repeatedly intercepting rockets and saving the lives of countless civilians,” said a statement from GOP Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Ted Cruz of Texas.
The United States should not be rubber-stamping weapons sales to the Israeli government as they deploy our resources to target international media outlets, schools, hospitals, humanitarian missions and civilian sites for bombing.
We have a responsibility to protect human rights. https://t.co/OctBNYFpwp
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 19, 2021
The 11 days of hostilities involving rocket attacks and airstrikes that left 243 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead in the region’s worst bout of violence in years have been brought to an end by an Egypt-brokered ceasefire, confirmed on Thursday night.
Data from both sides in the conflict cite 243 people killed in the Gaza Strip and 13 people in Israel.
According to the United Nations, over 77,000 Palestinians have been displaced by airstrikes that reduced hundreds of apartment buildings to rubble.
With Gaza’s water and power infrastructure damaged, the area faces the daunting task of recovery and rebuilding, with many countries pledging to fund the effort.
President Biden acknowledged on Thursday that the United States would be sending humanitarian aid to Gaza, but added the process would be coordinated with the Palestinian Authority “in a manner that does not permit Hamas to simply restock its military arsenal.”
Lawmakers Split Over Arms Sales to Tel Aviv
The GOP senators’ move comes in the wake of a Democratic effort to block arms sales to Tel Aviv.
New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez earlier introduced a resolution to block a US-supplied weapons package to Israel that had been vetted by the Biden administration ahead of the outbreak of violence in the Middle East.