26 Democrats pen letter to Biden aide panning decision to withhold weapons from Israel

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

President Joe Biden waves as he walks to board Air Force One, Thursday, May 9, 2024, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. (AP/Alex Brandon)
President Joe Biden waves as he walks to board Air Force One, Thursday, May 9, 2024, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Twenty-six center-leaning Democrats in the House have penned a letter to US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan to object to the Biden administration’s decision to withhold a weapons shipment to Israel over concerns that they’d be used in a major offensive in Rafah where over one million Palestinians are sheltering.

“With democracy under assault around the world, we cannot undermine our ally Israel, especially in her greatest hour of need. America’s commitments must always be ironclad,” the lawmakers write in the letter organized by Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Jared Golden.

“We have a duty to continue to equip Israel with the resources she needs to defend herself and crush the terrorists who also seek to do America harm, free the hostages including the Americans, continue delivering critical humanitarian aid to innocent civilians in Gaza, and to stand by our democratic allies around the world.”

“The president’s unyielding commitment to passing emergency supplemental funding for Israel showed the world our commitment. When we abandon these duties, we leave a vacuum of American leadership for our anti-democratic adversaries to fill,” the lawmakers add, requesting a classified briefing to better understanding the US decision.

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