Top GOP lawmakers: Bomb shipment holdup ‘calls into question’ Biden’s commitment to Israeli security

US President Joe Biden (L) and House Speaker Mike Johnson hold images of Holocaust victims during the annual Days of Remembrance ceremony for Holocaust survivors at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on May 7, 2024. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
US President Joe Biden (L) and House Speaker Mike Johnson hold images of Holocaust victims during the annual Days of Remembrance ceremony for Holocaust survivors at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on May 7, 2024. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)

US House Speaker Mike Johnson and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slam US President Joe Biden’s decision last week to hold up the transfer of bombs to Israel, saying the move “flies in the face of assurances provided regarding the timely delivery of security assistance to Israel.”

In a joint letter sent to Biden, the top Republican lawmakers note the move will not impact the billions in military aid to Israel recently passed by Congress, but say “security assistance to Israel is an urgent priority that must not be delayed.”

“These recent press reports and pauses in critical weapons shipments call into question your pledge that your commitment to Israel’s security will remain ironclad,” the two write.

Johnson and McConnell say they only learned of the holdup from media reports and call for the US public to be looped in about “the nature, timing, and scope of these reviews.” They also say the State Department and Pentagon have not supplied them with “pertinent information… regarding the ongoing review.”

“Israel faces an existential and multi-front threat as recently demonstrated by the direct attack by Iran and Iranian-backed terrorists, and daylight between the United States and Israel at this dangerous time risks emboldening Israel’s enemies and undermining the trust that other allies and partners have in the United States,” they add. “We believe security assistance to Israel, Ukraine, and vulnerable partners in the Indo-Pacific should be expedited to the fullest extent possible.”

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