U.S. resumes sending Hellfire missiles to Israel


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The United States has resumed delivery of Hellfire missiles to Israel.

“The first shipment has been delivered to Israel and the second shipment will be delivered early in October,” Cmdr. Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told JTA on Monday.

The interruption of delivery of the weapons during Israel’s conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip over the summer stirred controversy, with reports suggesting that the Obama administration was withholding the weapons in order not to be implicated with Israel’s attacks and their civilian casualties.

More recently, Israeli media have reported that the delay was a bureaucratic matter.

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