Biden warns Netanyahu of US shift, as domestic pressure mounts

May 21, 2024

US President Joe Biden faces growing calls to set conditions on military support for Israel (Jim WATSON)President Joe Biden warned Israel of a sharp shift in his policy over the Gaza war Thursday amid growing frustration with Benjamin Netanyahu and mounting domestic pressure in a US election year. In a 30-minute call with Netanyahu after Israeli strikes killed seven aid workers from US-based charity World Central Kitchen, Biden hinted at doing just that. A key Biden confidant had earlier urged him to leverage the huge military aid that Washington gives Israel every year. Biden also reportedly faces pressure even closer to home -- from First Lady Jill Biden. Biden's words, however, have not been matched by concrete steps to limit the billions of dollars in military aid flowing to Washington's bedrock regional ally.