U.S. reportedly provided $6.5 billion in security assistance to Israel since Gaza war began

The Washington Post report indicates that the U.S. official revealed this information as an indication of the depth and complexity of US support for Israel.

According to a report in The Washington Post, the United States has provided approximately $6.5 billion in security assistance to Israel since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza last October. This information comes from an unnamed senior official in the Biden administration.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that nearly half of this sum was provided in the last month alone. This is a massive undertaking, the official said. The figure was reportedly disclosed during recent discussions between senior White House officials and Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant in Washington.

This revelation appears to contradict claims made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who recently alleged that the Biden administration was withholding weapons and ammunition bound for Israel. In a video posted on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Netanyahu suggested there were bottlenecks in the arms flow from the U.S.

The Washington Post report indicates that the U.S. official revealed this information as an indication of the depth and complexity of U.S. support for Israel.

The ongoing conflict, which began on October 7 following an operation by Hamas against Israel, has resulted in significant casualties. According to the figures provided, at least 37,718 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed, with over 86,377 others injured.

Throughout the conflict, the United States has maintained its position as Israel’s most important ally and largest arms supplier. In addition to providing weapons and intelligence support, the US has also blocked UN resolutions calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

This level of support has drawn criticism from those who argue that US military aid is prolonging the conflict and contributing to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. However, the Biden administration has consistently defended its support for Israel, citing the country’s right to self-defence.

As the conflict enters its ninth month, the situation remains highly volatile, with international calls for a ceasefire growing louder amid the mounting humanitarian crisis in Gaza.