White House Cancels Israel Meeting After Netanyahu Slams ‘Inconceivable’ Policy: Report

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June 19, 2024

The White House reportedly canceled a meeting with Israeli officials the day after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called out the Biden administration for the "inconceivable" decision to withhold munitions from Israel.

Senior U.S. and Israeli officials were set to meet at the White House on Thursday to discuss Iran's nuclear capabilities. But that changed after Netanyahu released a video on Tuesday saying, "It’s inconceivable that in the past few months, the administration has been withholding weapons and ammunition to Israel."

Axios reported that in the following hours, U.S. envoy Amos Hochstein told Netanyahu that top Biden advisers were enraged by the video, saying it undermined the U.S.-Israeli relationship.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre pushed back on Netanyahu’s assertion that munitions were being withheld, saying, "We genuinely do not know what he is talking about."

This is the second time a meeting between the two countries' officials has been canceled at the last minute. In March, Israeli officials canceled a meeting after the United States failed to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution that included a reference to a ceasefire in Gaza.