Pelosi joins call for Biden to stop transfer of US weapons to Israel

Representative Nancy Pelosi, former House speaker and a key ally of Joe Biden, signed a letter on Friday from dozens of congressional Democrats to the president and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, urging a halt to weapons transfers to Israel.

Israel’s military assault on Gaza, opens new tab, which followed Palestinian Islamist group Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, has come under increasing international criticism, opens new tab as the Gaza health ministry has reported more than 33,000 people have died in the war and the narrow coastal enclave suffers widespread famine.
Support from Pelosi, opens new tab, a veteran member of Biden’s Democratic Party, for stopping the transfer of weapons to Israel showed that the view is increasingly becoming mainstream in the party.

Friday’s letter called on the Biden administration to conduct its own probe into an Israeli airstrike that killed seven staff, opens new tab of the aid group World Central Kitchen, opens new tab on Monday.
“In light of the recent strike against aid workers and the ever-worsening humanitarian crisis, we believe it is unjustifiable to approve these weapons transfers,” the letter said. It was signed by Pelosi and 36 other Democrats including Representatives Barbara Lee, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The Israeli military said on Friday it dismissed two officers and formally reprimanded senior commanders after an inquiry into the aid workers’ deaths found serious errors and breaches of procedure. Biden held a call, opens new tab with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday in which he said Israel needed to do more to protect civilians or the U.S. would change its policy.
Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, opens new tab on Israel killed 1,200 people, according to Israeli tallies. Israel’s subsequent military assault on Hamas-governed Gaza has displaced nearly all its 2.3 million population and led to genocide allegations, opens new tab that Israel denies.

Source: Reuters