Israel has welcomed the arrival of the 45th military transport aircraft carrying tons of armaments from the US and international allies amid its ongoing war with Hamas.
Through a social media post, the Israeli defense ministry announced the arrival took place at the Ramon Airport in southern Israel on Friday.
The aircraft was reportedly loaded with military supplies, including medical equipment and military ambulances, for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Prior to that, Washington shipped armored vehicles to Jerusalem to replace those that have been damaged or captured in the war.
The deliveries are expected to bolster the IDF’s firepower as it prepares for a ground offensive against Gaza.
The Israeli defense establishment welcomed the arrival of the 45th cargo plane to Israel this morning. Around 1,000 tons of armaments arrived to bolster IDF capabilities. pic.twitter.com/MRNlqLeUyY
— Ministry of Defense (@Israel_MOD) October 20, 2023
$106B Security Package
Last week, US President Joe Biden asked Congress for a joint $106-billion security package for Israel, Ukraine, and the migration crisis at the US-Mexico border.
A total of $14 billion will go straight to Jerusalem to support its fight against Hamas and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
The move gained support from Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who said he is essentially “in the same place” with the president on the issue.
Furthermore, the US Defense Department is also preparing up to 2,000 troops to support Israel’s war efforts.
Biden’s decision to send more military aid to Israel has caused a US State Department official to tender his resignation.
Josh Paul, a director in the department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, said the US-backed Gaza conflict only brings additional misery to both Israelis and Palestinians.
“I fear we are repeating the same mistakes we have made these past decades, and I decline to be a part of it for longer,” he said.