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

The Biden administration’s decision to stop sending some weaponry to Israel because of its close proximity to the densely populated city of Rafah has drawn criticism from Utah’s Republican senators.

There are 1,800 2,000-pound bombs and 1,700 500-pound bombs affected by the pause, which was declared last week. Still, billions of dollars’ worth of weaponry are expected to be sent by the United States despite this break.

Sen. Mitt Romney expressed his disdain on social media and emphasized the value of unwaveringly standing behind allies. Sen. Mike Lee, meanwhile, denounced the strategy, calling it repugnant and drawing attention to the potential effects it may have on the president’s chances of winning reelection.

Lee expressed fear that aid meant for Israel might not reach its destination or might be subject to limitations, citing other attacks in Israel. He attacked the leadership of the administration and called Biden’s choice a mistake.

The two senators have continuously spoken in favor of US assistance to Israel. The White House has expressed alarm over Israel’s use of American weaponry, alleging a breach of international humanitarian law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that should Israel launch a major military operation in Rafah, more military assistance would be withheld.

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