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‘Israel Deeply Frustrated with US Arms Shipment Pause’: Israeli Official

An Israeli official told American media there is deep frustration in the Israeli government over the decision by the Biden Administration to halt an arms shipment destined for Israel.

The official added that tensions had already been running high after Israel felt the US allowed it to be blindsided by Hamas’ announcement earlier this week that it was accepting a version of a cease-fire proposal that was unknown to Israel beforehand.

A senior US administration official confirmed to American media on Tuesday, May 7, that the US paused a shipment of bombs to Israel last week over concerns that Israel was approaching a decision on launching a full-scale assault on the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

Further, US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he would halt shipments of American weapons to Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders a major invasion of the city of Rafah.

“Civilians have been killed in Gaza as a consequence of those bombs and other ways in which they go after population centers,” Biden said, referring to 2,000-pound bombs that Biden paused shipments of last week.

“I made it clear that if they go into Rafah – they haven’t gone in Rafah yet – if they go into Rafah, I’m not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities – that deal with that problem.” He added that while the US would continue to provide defensive weapons to Israel, including for its Iron Dome air defense system, other shipments would end should a ground invasion of Rafah begin. (INN / VFI News)

“Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.” - Revelation 6:4