GOP Leader Pushes Back Against Gaza Aid

Ohio Republican Senator J.D. Vance has said he does not support delivering supplies to Gaza. He hopes this will lead to the eradication of the terrorists responsible for the attacks on October 7.

Vance fears that the aid could get into the hands of Hamas terrorists. He commented during an appearance on CBS News’ Face The Nation.

He feels there is still a lot of proof with a lot of these international organizations that when they send help into Gaza, a lot of it falls into the wrong hands, and that’s what critics of the president’s stance are worried about. They are hesitant to provide financial support to opposing parties.

The Palestinian children would be helped if he could wave a magic wand, he went on. But given the current situation, he fears that whatever aid we send to Gaza may fund Hamas. Vance noted that some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with good intentions have compromised stances.

He emphasized that we cannot expect that funds donated to an international organization will be used to benefit children rather than the fighters.

The White House has spoken out against incoming House Speaker Mike Johnson’s proposed strategy to aiding Israel, insisting instead that equal amounts be sent to both Israel and Ukraine.

Israel is less divisive within Johnson’s Republican caucus.

The White House is requesting about $105 billion in funding from Congress. These funds are split as follows: $9.15 billion for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, Israel, and Gaza; $14.3 billion to support missile defense in Israel; and $61.4 billion for Ukraine.

On Tuesday, Republican members of Congress were divided on President Biden’s request for $106 billion in international priorities like military aid for Israel and Ukraine. Many influential Republicans in the Senate seemed to disagree with how House Speaker Mike Johnson handled his disruptive party.

Both the Democrats and the Republicans were critical of the strategy of responding to Biden’s request with a lesser bill that, bizarrely, included changes to the Internal Revenue Service.

The administration promptly rejected it as unrealistic.