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House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner (R-Ohio) has indicated that conditioning US aid for Israel in a way that aligns with broader US policies for allied nations could be a viable approach.
Speaking on NBC News’s “Meet the Press,” Turner conveyed that the White House’s stance has been firm on the need for Israel to minimize civilian casualties among Palestinians, especially those not affiliated with Hamas. “I think the White House has been clear, and I think US policy has been clear of, you know, lessening the Palestinian casualties that are not Hamas. And I think certainly Israel has made it clear in the areas in which there’s going to be conflict and trying to get people to leave those areas to lessen those casualties,” Turner stated in the interview.
When pressed by Kristen Welker of NBC News about whether he would support conditional aid to Israel, Turner expressed his alignment with the policy but clarified he wouldn’t propose it himself. “Well, I wouldn’t propose it, but I think it does accurately reflect US policy,” Turner said.
His remarks come against the backdrop of increased calls for a cease-fire and conditions on US aid to Israel due to the escalating civilian death toll in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have claimed that Hamas, recognized by the US as a terrorist organization, often uses civilians as shields, a claim supported by evidence from Israel and US intelligence.