Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 14, 2024

Graham Blasts NBC Anchor Over Israeli Military Support Debate

Senator Lindsey Graham erupted in a heated exchange with NBC anchor Kristen Welker over the Biden administration's potential withholding of weapons to Israel amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

According to Fox News, Graham vehemently opposed the idea, arguing it would embolden Israel's enemies, while Welker referenced historical precedents of U.S. presidents using arms restrictions to influence Israeli policy.

The debate unfolded during an intense interview where Welker cited military officials who supported the notion of halting weapons shipments to Israel during its war in Gaza. Graham sharply criticized both the officials and Welker's stance.

Graham Strongly Opposes Weapons Withholding

Graham, an ardent supporter of Israel, argued that restricting weapons sends the wrong message to its enemies, specifically mentioning Iran. He contended that such actions would embolden adversaries like Hamas and Iran, putting Israel in greater jeopardy.

"These military officials that you’re talking about are full of crap!" Graham exclaimed, dismissing the views of the officials Welker referenced. His fiery rhetoric underscored his staunch opposition to any measures that might weaken Israel's defense capabilities.

The exchange highlighted a broader debate within the U.S. political landscape, where both Republican and Democratic critics have voiced concerns over President Biden's stance on arms shipments to Israel. Critics fear that any restriction could jeopardize Israel's security during a critical time.

Historical Precedents In Arms Withholding

Welker countered Graham's arguments by pointing to historical precedents. She mentioned that former President Ronald Reagan withheld weapons from Israel on multiple occasions to influence Israeli military actions. This historical context aimed to provide a rationale for the Biden administration's potential decision.

"President Biden is not the first president to use arms shipments to try to influence Israeli policy," Welker noted. She highlighted how previous administrations have leveraged arms restrictions to sway Israeli decisions, suggesting that the current debate is not without precedent.

Graham, however, remained unmoved. He responded by citing the U.S. decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II as an example of decisive wartime action. He questioned why it was acceptable for America to take such measures while suggesting restrictions on Israel.

Graham's Fierce Defense Of Israel

"Why is it OK for America to drop two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end their existential threat war?" Graham asked. "Why was it OK to do that? I thought it was OK?" His rhetorical questions underscored his belief in taking decisive actions during times of war.

Graham's defense of Israel was unyielding. He urged Israel to take whatever steps necessary to ensure its survival as a Jewish state. "To Israel: Do whatever you have to do to survive as a Jewish state. Whatever you have to do!" he declared.

The senator's comments reflect a broader sentiment among some U.S. lawmakers who believe that Israel must have the freedom to act decisively in its defense without interference from international or domestic pressures.


Senator Lindsey Graham's confrontation with NBC's Kristen Welker highlighted the intense debate over the Biden administration's potential withholding of weapons to Israel. Graham's strong opposition and defense of Israel, combined with historical references and concerns over U.S. policy, underscore the complexity of the issue. As the conflict in Gaza persists, this debate will continue to shape U.S. foreign policy discussions.

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