Days before the bombing of Gaza began, it was revealed that the United States had approved the sale of arms worth $ 735 million (around TL 6.1 billion) to Israel. As a result, the White House notified the sale to the US Congress on May 5. Although Congress has 15 days to assess the sale, experts don’t expect a blockage from here. Meanwhile, military experts said the sale was unrelated to recent conflicts, but was a routine process that had been done before. Even though the sale of precision-guided munitions is taken for granted, there are voices of opposition to President Joe Biden, even from his own party.
Democrats react to bid
As civilian casualties rise in Gaza, Democrats are putting pressure on Biden, who has yet to make a direct and powerful call for a ceasefire. “The sale of arms to Israel will be seen as a green light for escalating tension and will undermine any ceasefire attempt,” said Ilhan Omar, Democratic member of the House of Representatives. Senator Bernie Sanders also called for a review of the $ 4 billion US military aid it provides to Israel each year. In addition, 28 Democratic Party senators made an urgent call for a ceasefire with their joint statement.
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EXPLANATION OF INTENSIVE DIPLOMACY
The Joe Biden administration, on the other hand, always responds to criticism that “Israel has the right to protect itself against rocket attacks.” While the United States has blocked the UN Security Council from calling for a ceasefire three times, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said “they are working to put end to violence “but” the most effective thing they think they can do is quiet and intense diplomacy. ” .
It will take 2-3 more days
Against this background, in his last phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the day before, instead of directly calling for the guns to be silenced, Biden first said “Israel has the right to defend itself” , then “supports the conclusion of a ceasefire.”. According to information received by the Anatolian Agency from Western sources who are closely monitoring the issue of the ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian groups, Netanyahu told US officials who asked him to stop the attacks on Gaza, that the Israeli army needed 2-3 days to complete the operation.
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‘SENSITIVE’ MISSILE RESPONSE FROM IRAN TO THE UNITED STATES
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacted to the US administration, which approved the sale of $ 735 million in ammunition to Israel, which continues its attacks on Gaza. In his message shared on Twitter, Zarif said: “As US-made munitions rain down on innocent Palestinians, the United States is giving Israel $ 735 million in additional ‘sensitive’ missiles so that it can kill more people. ‘children with more “precision”.
58 THOUSAND GAZAS LEAVE THEIR HOUSES
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The United Nations has reported that since the fighting began on May 10, at least 58,000 Palestinians have fled their homes and sought refuge in areas of Gaza they deem safe. It was reported that 47,000 of these people were using 58 UN-owned schools as shelters. The UN also reported that the homes of 2,500 Gazans were destroyed as a result of Israeli shelling.