A group of US Senate Democrats has held a meeting with Israeli army officials on Monday in Washington, DC, for a discussion about the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, according to NBC News.
“We just want to be assured that they are abiding by American values as they try to dismantle Hamas, and we all conveyed that collectively and clearly,” Senator Brian Schatz said according to the US media outlet. “I do believe they heard us, but obviously, we have a long way to go.”
NBC reported that Senator Bernie Sanders said that it “was informative and important to hear the Israeli military perspective” but added that aid approved for Israel should come with conditions.
“I think the idea of simply giving Israel $14bn without any conditions would be counterproductive,” he said. “I think the American people are very, very concerned about the number of women and children who have been killed so far.”
Earlier this month, the US House of Representatives passed a Republican plan providing $14.5bn in military aid for Israel, setting up a partisan clash over the usually bipartisan issue of backing the staunch US ally.