White House axes meeting with Israeli officials after Netanyahu claimed US withheld weapons – report

The White House has canceled a meeting with high-level Israeli officials that was scheduled to take place Thursday, Axios reports, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the US was withholding weapons shipments from Israel.

According to the report, the meeting was set to be a strategic dialogue on Iran, and would have been attended by officials from the Pentagon, the US State Department and intelligence agencies, along with their Israeli counterparts.

Following Netanyahu’s accusation that the US was “withholding weapons and ammunition” amid Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza and the border skirmishes with Hezbollah in the north, however, the White House canceled the meeting.

Speaking to Axios, an unnamed US official said “This decision makes it clear that there are consequences for pulling such stunts.”

The report adds that a planned meeting between Israel’s National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi and his US counterpart Jake Sullivan will go ahead unchanged, as will a visit to the US by Defense Minister Yoav Gallant next week.

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