Biden's Decision to Withhold Weapons Emboldens Hamas and Hezbollah Attacks on Israel

Hamas launched rockets from Rafah into the Israeli city of Beersheva, marking the first such attack since December. The attack resulted in significant damage and loss of life, including four Israeli soldiers killed in the Gaza Strip.

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Biden's Decision to Withhold Weapons Emboldens Hamas and Hezbollah Attacks on Israel

Biden's Decision to Withhold Weapons Emboldens Hamas and Hezbollah Attacks on Israel

President Joe Biden's decision to withhold offensive arms, state from Israel has led to a surge in rocket attacks on Israeli cities. On Friday, Hamas launched rockets from Rafah at the southern Israeli city of Beersheva, marking the first such attack since December. Iranian proxy Hezbollah also sent a barrage of rockets into the northern Israel city of Kiryat Shmona, causing a massive fire.

Why this matters: The escalation of violence in the region has significant implications for global security and stability, and may lead to further destabilization of the Middle East. The perceived weakening of the US-Israel alliance could also embolden other hostile actors in the region, potentially sparking a wider conflict.

The attacks have resulted in significant damage and loss of life. Four Israeli soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip on Friday. David Friedman, former Ambassador to Israel, stated, "Hamas now firing rockets from Rafah into Beersheva, Israel's largest southern city. Why wouldn't they? They have no fear of a reprisal. Biden has emboldened Hamas."

The Israel Defense Forces reported that five launches were identified crossing from central Gaza toward the area of Beersheva, and nine additional launches were identified crossing from the area of Rafah toward the city. The launches fell in open areas. The U.S. has expressed concerns that an Israeli invasion of Rafah may lead to enhanced violence and fighting.

Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) warned, "The enemies of Israel and America are closely watching Biden's decision to reportedly create daylight between the U.S. and the Mideast's only democracy, Israel." However, John Kirby, White House National Security Communications Adviser, pushed back on the notion that the U.S. is abandoning Israel, stating, "This is a president" who visited Israel within days of the October 7th attacks... So the argument that somehow we're walking away from Israel, we're not willing to help them defeat Hamas, just doesn't comport with the facts."

The U.S. has historically been a strong ally of Israel, but the current administration's actions are being perceived by some as a betrayal of that relationship. The situation is further complicated by the presence of American hostages in Hamas captivity, which may be used as leverage in negotiations. As violence escalates, the implications of President Biden's decision to withhold weapons from Israel are becoming increasingly apparent.

Key Takeaways

  • President Biden's arms embargo on Israel leads to surge in rocket attacks.
  • Hamas launches rockets from Rafah, first attack since December.
  • Escalation of violence has significant implications for global security.
  • Four Israeli soldiers killed, significant damage and loss of life reported.
  • US-Israel alliance perceived as weakening, emboldening hostile actors.