Headline RoundupMay 11th, 2024

26 House Democrats Send Biden Letter Pushing Back on Israeli Weapons Pause

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Friday, 26 House Democrats sent a letter to President Joe Biden criticizing his administration for its decision to pause weapons transfers to Israel.

For Context: On Tuesday, the White House halted a weapons shipment to Israel over concerns of a major offensive on Rafah, a city in southern Gaza where more than half of Gazan civilians are thought to be taking refuge. On Thursday, Biden told CNN (Lean Left bias) that the U.S. would not send Israel more weapons if Rafah were to be invaded. On Friday, the U.S. State Department submitted a report to Congress in which it suggested Israel may have breached humanitarian law in Gaza with American weapons.

Intraparty Division: While many Democrats, particularly the more progressive ones, have called for less support for Israel, the current war between Israel and Hamas has defied party lines in some instances.

Key Quotes: The letter says its signatories are “deeply concerned about the message the Administration is sending to Hamas and other Iranian-backed terrorist proxies” with the pauses. White House spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Thursday: “The arguments that somehow we're walking away from Israel fly in the face of the facts.”

How The Media Covered It: Sourced outlets framed the letter’s context differently with their ledes. Axios (Lean Left bias) wrote that the Democrats are “speaking out against President Biden’s decision.” National Review (Lean Right bias) said the representatives “scolded the White House.” The Times Of Israel (Center bias) wrote that they “asked the White House for a briefing.”

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