The Biden administration is discussing using weapons sales to Israel as leverage to convince the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to heed long-standing U.S. calls to scale back its military assault in the Gaza Strip, according to three current U.S. officials and one former U.S. official.
NBC reports that at the direction of the White House, the Pentagon has been reviewing what weapons Israel has requested that could be used as leverage. They said no decisions have been made.
The U.S. is considering slowing or pausing the deliveries in the hope that doing so will prod the Israelis to take action, such as opening humanitarian corridors to provide more aid to Palestinian civilians.
President Biden has said for weeks that he’s been doing all he can to get Israel to change its military tactics in Gaza
Meanwhile, the US President is facing pressure from senators to act after an overnight drone attack in Jordan that killed three American troops and injured at least 25 others.
President Biden said the attack was committed by Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq, leading to Republic senators taking to social media to demand the Democratic president take action.