U.S. Rebukes Netanyahu: "He Disappointed Us"

John Kirby, the U.S. National Security Council's Strategic Communications Coordinator, expressed deep disappointment and sadness over Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's recent comments that the U.S. had not provided Israel with weapons and ammunition in the past few months.

Publication: 21.06.2024 - 15:14
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At a White House press briefing, Kirby addressed journalists' questions on various topics.

Regarding Netanyahu's claims that the U.S. blocked arms shipments to Israel, Kirby said, "These comments were surprising and absolutely disappointing. Given that no country has done more than the U.S. to help Israel defend itself against the Hamas threat and other regional dangers, these remarks are deeply disappointing."

Kirby emphasized, "President Biden deployed U.S. fighter jets to help intercept drones and missiles fired from Iran towards Israel, including ballistic missiles. No other country has done more to help Israel defend itself. Therefore, considering the level of support we continue to provide, Prime Minister Netanyahu's comments deeply disappointed and certainly saddened us."

On June 18, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a public plea for arms on his social media account.

In a video, Netanyahu referred to his recent meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, saying, "During Blinken's recent visit to Israel, we had a candid discussion. I expressed my deep appreciation for the support the U.S. has provided since the beginning of the war. However, I also mentioned another point. I said it is incomprehensible that the U.S. administration has not supplied weapons and ammunition to Israel in recent months. Israel, the U.S.'s closest ally, is fighting for its survival against Iran and other common enemies. Secretary Blinken assured me that the administration is working tirelessly to remove these obstacles. I certainly hope this is the case. It must be. Give us the weapons, and we'll finish the job much faster."

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