Wed 15 May 2024 9:05 am - Jerusalem Time

The White House: Biden will veto a bill to aid “Israel” if Congress approves it

The White House said on Tuesday that US President Joe Biden will veto a bill on providing security aid to Israel if it is passed by Congress.

The White House said that the bill, which was presented by the Republican Party in the House of Representatives, aims to pressure it to send weapons to Israel, describing it as a “misguided response to the deliberate distortion of the administration’s approach towards Israel.”

A vote to support military aid to Israel is scheduled for this week, despite Biden warning that he would withhold certain offensive weapons from Israel if its forces invade the Palestinian city of Rafah in Gaza.

The White House said the bill “undermines President Joe Biden’s ability to implement an effective foreign policy.”

The White House added in an administration statement: “This bill could raise serious concerns about violating the president’s powers under Article II of the Constitution, including his duties as commander-in-chief and chief executive, and his authority to conduct foreign relations.”

The House bill urges the "rapid delivery" of defense weapons and services to Israel, condemns the Biden administration's decision to halt shipments to Israel and reaffirms Israel's "right to self-defense."

It also calls for withholding funds allocated to the Secretaries of Defense and State and the National Security Council until defense materials are delivered to Israel.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday that the administration "strongly" opposes the bill, and that the White House intends to "spend every appropriated cent consistent with legal obligations."

Two US administration officials revealed that Israel had mobilized forces on the outskirts of the city of Rafah in preparation for a large-scale incursion into the city.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry warned his American counterpart, Anthony Blinken, of the serious security risks resulting from the continuation of Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip, and in the Palestinian city of Rafah in particular, and the associated serious threat to the stability of the region.

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The White House: Biden will veto a bill to aid “Israel” if Congress approves it