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 November 1, 2023

White House threatens to veto Israel aid package

Sadly, the Hamas-led attack on Israel has become a political firestorm, and the White House is letting politics get in the way of helping desperate people in need. 

According to the Washington Examiner, because Republicans have insisted that aid to Ukraine not be lumped in with aid to Israel, President Joe Biden and his administration have threatened to veto Israel aid packages.

At issue is the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2024, which would provide emergency aid to the nation -- a nation that suffered one of the worst attacks in its history.

Democrats and the Biden administration want the aid tied to aid packages for Ukraine, which have been never-ending and has raised questions as to why the United States is still funding Ukraine at this point.

Hilariously, Biden's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) insisted in a recent statement that its Republicans playing politics with the issue.

The OMB claimed that by separating the aid packages, it would deprive "humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations around the world."

"But rather than putting forward a package that strengthens American national security in a bipartisan way, the bill fails to meet the urgency of the moment by deepening our divides and severely eroding historic bipartisan support for Israel’s security," the OMB statement read.

It added, "It inserts partisanship into support for Israel, making our ally a pawn in our politics, at a moment we must stand together. It denies humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations around the world, including Palestinian civilians, which is a moral and strategic imperative."

The Examiner noted:

House Republicans introduced their plan for a stand-alone bill that would give $14.3 billion in aid to Israel on Monday. The plan, which would be paid for in full by offsets in spending, came in contrast to Biden's $106 billion supplemental request that combined funding for Israel, Ukraine, Taiwan, and the southern border in the same bill.

"This bill is bad for Israel, for the Middle East region, and for our own national security," the statement added.

President Biden's response to the conflict in Israel has been met with negative reactions from both sides of the aisle.

Some of the more progressive elements of the Democratic Party are upset that he's not doing more for Palestinians.

In contrast, many Republicans are not happy with his so-called support for Israel.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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