Fri 21 Jun 2024 10:38 am - Jerusalem Time

Netanyahu responds to the White House's criticism after his statements about the delay in American weapons

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he is willing to endure "personal attacks" against him in exchange for his country obtaining the weapons it needs in its "existential" war.


Netanyahu said Thursday, in a direct response to the White House's criticism of his complaints about the delayed delivery of weapons: "I am prepared to tolerate personal attacks on the condition that Israel receives from the United States the weapons it needs in a war (which it is waging) for its existence."



Earlier today, the White House considered Netanyahu's statements this week regarding the delay in delivering US arms shipments to his country "insulting."


Netanyahu had described the US administration’s refusal to stop supplying Israel with weapons and ammunition during the past two months as “unreasonable,” expressing his hope that the obstacles would be removed.


US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Tuesday that Washington is still reviewing the issue of sending a shipment of heavy bombs to Israel amid concerns that they could be used in densely populated areas.


In early May, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin confirmed the cessation of arms supplies to Israel, indicating that the talk was about a single batch of military aid.



Later, US President Joe Biden said in an interview with CNN that he would stop supplying Israel with aerial bombs and artillery shells if the military operation in the Gaza Strip expanded to the city of Rafah, and, according to him, this has not happened yet.


Biden stressed that the United States will nevertheless continue to supply Israel with air defense systems and other defensive weapons.


The German newspaper Bild, citing sources in Israel, reported on Monday that the United States intends to lift restrictions on arms supplies to Israel in the near future.

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Netanyahu responds to the White House's criticism after his statements about the delay in American weapons