White House says it was reassured by Israel that US guns will only go to police units

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

Israeli security forces and rescue forces at the scene of an attack outside a police station outside Jerusalem's Old City, November 6, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/ Flash90)
Israeli security forces and rescue forces at the scene of an attack outside a police station outside Jerusalem's Old City, November 6, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/ Flash90)

The White House says Israel promised the Biden administration that the weapons it is purchasing from the United States will only be used by police, amid reports of concern in Washington that the guns would be used by violent settlers in the West Bank.

“We received a commitment from the Israelis that these weapons will only end up in the hands of Israeli police units. The US State Department did its homework and this is the commitment we received,” White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby tells reporters during a briefing.

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