Fact Check: NYT Claims Reagan Withheld Arms from Israel, Like Biden

Fact Check: NYT Claims Reagan Withheld Arms from Israel, Like Biden


CLAIM: President Ronald Reagan, like President Joe Biden, withheld arms from Israel to influence its military policy.

VERDICT: MISLEADING. Reagan acted within the law, and in very different circumstances, in withholding arms.

The New York Times‘ Peter Baker — winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper’s bogus reporting on “Russia collusion” — wrote Friday that President Reagan, too, withheld weapons from Israel over concerns about their use.

Baker’s aim in the article appears to be to rescue Biden from some of the criticism he has faced since he confirmed earlier this week that the administration was withholding bombs and artillery from Israel over its Rafah operation.

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Baker notes that the Reagan administration delayed the sale of jet fighters and the shipment of cluster

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