Biden’s Pause on Weapons to Israel Draws Utah Senators’ Criticism

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Utah’s Republican senators have criticized the Biden administration’s decision to halt the shipment of certain weapons to Israel amid its proximity to the heavily populated city of Rafah.

The pause, announced last week, affects 1,800 2,000-pound bombs and 1,700 500-pound bombs. However, despite this pause, billions of dollars worth of weapons are still scheduled for delivery from the U.S.

Sen. Mitt Romney voiced his disapproval on social media, emphasizing the importance of standing by allies without hesitation. Meanwhile, Sen. Mike Lee condemned the policy, describing it as “reprehensible” and highlighting the impact it could have on the president’s reelection prospects.

Lee referenced previous attacks in Israel, expressing concern that aid intended for Israel may not reach its destination or be conditional upon restrictions. He labeled Biden’s decision as a “blunder” and criticized the administration’s leadership.

Both senators have consistently advocated for U.S. support for Israel. The White House has raised concerns about the use of U.S. weapons by Israel, suggesting a violation of international humanitarian law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken indicated that further military aid could be withheld if Israel initiates a significant military operation in Rafah.

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