May 19, 2024

By Sam Sokol


Slamming US President Joe Biden’s decision to pause a shipment of thousands of bombs, Representative Elise Stefanik on Sunday warned that unless Israel is supplied with the weapons necessary to “achieve total victory,” America could face its own October 7.

Addressing lawmakers in Jerusalem during a session of the Knesset Caucus for Jewish and pro-Israel Students on Campuses around the World, the senior House Republican from New York declared that “there is no excuse for an American president to block aid to Israel — aid that was duly passed by the Congress — or to ease sanctions on Iran, paying a $6 billion ransom to the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, or to dither and hide while our friends fight for their lives.”

Seeking to discourage Israel from launching its planned offensive against Hamas in the crowded southern Gaza city of Rafah, the Biden administration this month put on hold a weapons shipment of 3,500 bombs — some as large as 2,000 pounds — over concerns about their use in populated areas. Biden later threatened to withhold further arms if Israel moves into “population centers” in Rafah.

The move was denounced by many American supporters of Israel, with outraged Republicans — who accused Biden of abandoning the closest US ally in the Middle East — pushing a bill through the Republican-controlled House to force the weapons transfer that also received some Democratic votes.

The White House has said Biden would veto the bill if it passes Congress, and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he doesn’t plan to allow a vote on it. Despite the pause, billions of dollars worth of US weaponry remain in the pipeline for Israel.

Commenting on the recently passed multi-billion dollar aid package for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan, Stefanik said that she was “proud to have sponsored or backed every measure to aid Israel that has come before the United States Congress.”

Defending American values means “crushing antisemitism at home and supplying the State of Israel with what it needs, when it needs it, without conditions to achieve total victory in the face of evil,” she maintained.