Democratic legislators ask Joe Biden to no longer send weapons to Israel

WASHINGTON (EFE).— Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, a close ally of President Joe Biden, and 39 other Democratic legislators signed a letter asking the president to suspend the shipment of weapons to Israel.

In the letter, made public the day before yesterday, the legislators express their “concern and indignation” over the April 1 attack that killed seven workers from “World Central Kitchen” (WCK), the NGO founded by Spanish chef José Andrew.

In light of this attack, they are calling on Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to reconsider sending weapons to Israel and suspend any future arms transfers until there is a full investigation into the attack and the humanitarian situation in Gaza is alleviated. .

“In light of the recent attack against humanitarian workers and the increasingly serious humanitarian crisis, we believe that it is unjustifiable to approve these arms transfers,” says the letter signed by Nancy Pelosi and 39 other Democrats, including the progressive Rashida Tlaib, of Palestinian origin, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

They also ask Biden not to proceed with sending 2,000 small and medium diameter bombs to Israel, a package that was approved just this week before the attack on the seven WCK volunteers.

The letter is relevant because it represents a shift in support for Israel by Nancy Pelosi, who has been a staunch defender of the Jewish State throughout her career, and shows that the idea of ​​ending the shipment of weapons to Israel is no longer a request. not only from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, but is spreading throughout that political force.

Furthermore, the letter comes after another important Democratic figure, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, called in March for early elections in Israel, considering that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an obstacle to the peace.

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The president of the United States, Joe Biden, is balancing to stop the attacks of the Israeli Army on the Gaza Strip under pressure from the most progressive wing of his party, but without announcing restrictions on the sale of weapons to Israel out of fear. to an escalation with Iran.

delicate position

Biden finds himself in a delicate position both nationally and internationally: he must calm the spirits of the Democratic base outraged by the violence in Gaza, but without giving his rival, Donald Trump, any type of ammunition to win over independent voters, more aligned with Israel.

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2024-04-18 03:48:34

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