Israel says first U.S. weapons shipment has arrived

October 11, 2023

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the first plane carrying weapons from the United States arrived at the Nevatim Airbase in southern Israel Tuesday evening.

“The cooperation between our militaries is a key part of ensuring regional security and stability in times of war,” the IDF posted on social media.

Israel’s Defense Ministry posted video of the weapons arriving, stating that the Ministry, the U.S. Procurement Mission and the International Transportation Unit had “coordinated the mobilization of the cargo plane, ensuring the direct transport of armaments from the USA.”

The weapons arrived as the IDF has called up some 300,000 military reservists.

Israel officially declared war on Hamas on Sunday following the terrorist organization’s surprise, massive attack on Israel Saturday. On Monday evening Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “complete seige” of Gaza, cutting off electricity, food, fuel and water in the territory.

Hamas, meanwhile, is holding as many as 150 people hostage in locations across Gaza, according to the Israeli ambassador to the United States. Hamas has threatened to execute a hostage every time an Israeli airstrike hits Gazans in their homes.

In an impassioned speech on Tuesday afternoon, President Biden affirmed that “the United States has Israel’s back” in the wake of what he called “sickening” atrocities by Hamas.

He called on Congress to to take urgent action to fund Israel’s national security requirements. On Monday he’d ordered  the deployment of the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group to the Mediterranean.

Since Saturday’s strike, Israeli authorities said Wednesday that more than 1,200 people have died and 2,900 others have been injured in Israel, while Palestinian officials said at least 1,055 people have died and another 5,184 were wounded in Gaza.

PHOTO: U.S. weapons arriving in Israel, per Israeli Defense Ministry

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