Headline RoundupMay 15th, 2024

Biden Administration Proceeds with $1 Billion Weapons Transfer to Israel

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Biden administration plans to provide more than $1 billion in weapons and ammunition to Israel. 

For Context: This follows the administration's recent decision to pause the shipment of some heavy bombs due to concerns about their potential use in Rafah. Last week, President Joe Biden warned Israel that the U.S. would stop supplying offensive weapons to Israel if the country went ahead with its planned invasion of Rafah, the southern city in Gaza where over a million Palestinians are reportedly sheltered. Israel has agreed not to undertake any major actions in Rafah without notifying Washington.

The Details: The weapons package reportedly includes roughly $700 million in tank ammunition, $500 million in tactical vehicles, and $60 million in mortar rounds. It remains unclear whether the bombs previously paused are included in this package. The proposed transfer will undergo a congressional review before approval. 

How the Media Covered It: The Daily Beast (Left bias) highlighted the seeming contradiction in Biden's actions, noting the White House's recent pause of a bomb shipment over concerns for civilians in Rafah. The Wall Street Journal (Center bias), which first reported the story, noted that this weapons shipment could take “years” to reach Israel and stated the move “underscored the Biden administration’s reluctance to deepen its rift with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” Coverage from the National Review (Right bias) included little context regarding Biden’s warning to Israel regarding Rafah, identifying the city as “Hamas’s last major outpost.” This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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