The United States has recently ramped up its military aid to Israel, providing 100 bunker buster bombs and tens of thousands of other artillery shells to combat Hamas in Gaza, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The BLU-109 bunker busters, designed to penetrate hardened structures before detonation, are part of the surge in arms supply that includes approximately 15,000 bombs and 57,000 artillery shells. The report highlights that this operation is ongoing and could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
US Balancing Act: Military Support and Civilian Protection
This military support comes at a time when the Biden administration is striving to balance its military backing for Israel with advocacy for avoiding civilian casualties. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the need to protect civilians and extend humanitarian aid. The report mentions an incident where Israel used an American-made bomb in an attack that led to the destruction of a residential building in Gaza and the death of over 100 people, highlighting the legal challenges facing the use of weapons in civilian areas.
Under the Radar: A Stealthy Operation
The US has not previously disclosed the total number of weapons it has sent to Israel, nor the transfer of the BLU-109 bunker busters. This surge in arms supply began shortly after the October 7 attack by Hamas and has continued in recent days. The Wall Street Journal report suggests that this operation is still underway and could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Domestic and International Implications
The report also includes information on former US President Donald Trump's legal battle over his role in the Capitol attack, the US's contribution of three billion dollars to the Green Climate Fund, and discussions between Iraq and the US regarding attacks and fishing. This increased military aid to Israel, amid a backdrop of these national and international issues, offers a complex perspective on the United States' current foreign policy dynamics.