White House rejects Netanyahu’s ‘vexing’ and ‘incorrect’ remarks

White House National Security Council Spokesperson John Kirby lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, as the Biden regime continues to express its anger over being outed for delaying weapons shipments to Israel.

The White House, State Department, and Pentagon all claimed that they did not know what Netanyahu was talking about, and Kirby called his remarks “vexing and disappointing to us as much as it was incorrect.”

“I told Secretary Blinken it’s inconceivable that in the past few months, the administration has been withholding weapons and ammunition to Israel,” Netanyahu said in a video he posted on X earlier this week.

For the record, CBS News reported that the U.S. “has been reviewing one shipment of 2,000-pound and 500-pound bombs since May.”

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As Israel was preparing for a major offensive in Rafah, the Biden administration paused the shipment because, as President Biden put it in an interview last month, “Civilians have been killed in Gaza as a consequence of those bombs.

“I’m not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah,” Mr. Biden said.

During Thursday’s press gaggle, Kirby feigned confusion over Netanyahu calling the administration out.

“It was perplexing, to say the least, certainly disappointing, especially given that no other country is doing more to help Israel defend itself against the threat by Hamas — and, quite frankly, other threats that they’re facing in the region — than the United States,” he said.

“I mean, my goodness, this President put U.S. fighter aircraft up in the air, in the middle of April, to help shoot down several hundred drones and missiles, including ballistic missiles that were fired from Iran proper into Israel,” Kirby continued. “There’s no other country that has done more or will continue to do more than the United States to help Israel defend itself.

“So those comments were deeply disappointing and certainly vexing to us, given the amount of support that we have and will continue to provide Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

When asked what would motivate the Israeli leader to say what he did, Kirby replied, “No idea. You’d have to talk to the Prime Minister about what prompted him to do that.”

For his part, Netanyahu said Thursday he was willing to be the fall guy if necessary.

“I am ready to suffer personal attacks provided that Israel receives from the U.S. the ammunition it needs in the war for its existence,” he said.

Tom Tillison

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