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Biden will send more than $1bn in new weapons to Israel, despite Netanyahu’s Rafah plans

The Biden administration has told Congress that it wants to send more than $1bn in new weapons to Israel despite its opposition to the invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza by the Israeli military.

The US announced this month that it had paused a bomb shipment to Israel, concerned that civilians may be killed if they were put to use in densely populated areas.

The new package of weapons, which would include $700m in tank ammunition, $500m of tactical vehicles, and $60m of mortar rounds has been sent for approval to Congress.

It remains unclear when the arms will be sent. Two congressional aides have said that the shipment is not part of the foreign aid package signed by Mr Biden last month.

The Biden administration has faced criticism from the left and the right for its handling of Israel’s war in Gaza, which is now in its seventh month.

Several members of Mr Biden’s own party have argued that he should restrict the transfer of offensive weapons to Israel to push the country to take stronger measures to limit the harm to Palestinian civilians. The war has prompted widespread pro-Palestinian protests at college campuses across the US.

Republicans have used the pause in the bomb transfer to slam the Biden administration, arguing that a lack of American support will weaken Israel in its fight against Hamas and other terrorist groups.

House Republicans will vote on a bill this week that would mandate delivering offensive weapons to Israel. The White House said on Tuesday that Mr Biden would veto the bill if it reaches his desk, though it’s unlikely to pass the Democratic Senate.

House Democrats have been divided on the matter, with about two dozen signing onto a letter stating their concerns about the message sent by

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