Apparently he can rush thousands of bombs to Israel, but can’t get Israel to unblock a US shipment of flour to Gazans


As Biden continues supplying Israel with weapons, the US is culpable for the slaughter and catastrophe in Gaza. Even as UN and humanitarian officials sound the alarm about the risk of widespread famine, Israel continues to block large portions of the food and other aid mobilized by the international community from reaching Gaza. In the most blatant example of Biden’s inability or refusal to force Israeli officials to allow more aid, Israel’s extremist finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, has blocked a large US shipment of flour from leaving the Israeli port of Ashdod for nearly a month. UN officials say the flour is enough to feed 1.1 million Gazans for a month.

Apparently, Biden can rush tens of thousands of bombs and missiles to Israel, but he can’t convince an Israeli minister to release a shipment of US flour – one which Netanyahu promised to facilitate during a call with Biden on 19 January. It’s the latest example of how Netanyahu and his hardline government have consistently humiliated Biden since the start of the Gaza war.

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