The Biden administration is planning to provide Israel with a multi-billion dollar package of military and humanitarian aid, according to US media reports. The move comes as Israel continues its offensive against Palestine in Gaza, which has killed more than 10,000 civilians.
According to the media reports the White House is preparing to transfer precision-guided munitions to Israel, which are used to target Hamas rockets and tunnels.
The US is Israel’s largest military benefactor, providing $3.8 billion annually in accordance with a 10-year memorandum of understanding signed in 2016. The US also provides additional funding for joint defense programs, such as the Iron Dome missile defense system that has been exposed in the recent Hamas attack.
The proposed aid package has drawn criticism from some lawmakers and activists, who argue that the US should not support Israel’s actions in Gaza, which have been condemned by human rights groups and the United Nations. They also question the timing and urgency of the deal, given that Israel has a large and sophisticated arsenal of weapons.