American Aid to Gaza Suspended Due to Weather Damage to Biden’s Floating Pier

The American military has ceased any further shipments of aid into Gaza after bad weather damaged the controversial floating pier that the Biden Administration constructed off the coast for the purpose of transporting aid.

As the Daily Caller reports, the pier – formally known as the Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) pier – cost $320 million to build, and is located in a maritime corridor in the Mediterranean Sea. Prior to the announcement by U.S. government officials on Tuesday that weather had rendered it unusable, the pier had been in operation for less than two weeks.

Even before the weather issues, the pier had been the site of other logistical problems with delivering aid, including many supplies being stolen immediately by hordes of alleged civilians before they could be properly distributed. Last week, three American troops were injured on the pier; although the specifics of the injuries were not reported, it was alleged that the incident was a “non-combat incident.” One of the troops had to be transported to an Israeli hospital due to critical injuries.

The rough weather on the Mediterranean Sea resulted in part of the pier’s support system breaking off, and four American Army vessels becoming unmoored from their original positions, which were meant to stabilize the pier. Two of the four vessels were eventually beached in Ashdod, Israel.

Biden had previously touted the pier as one of his signature achievements in addressing the ongoing war between Israel and the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, declaring during his State of the Union address earlier this year that “a temporary pier will enable a massive increase in the amount of humanitarian assistance getting into Gaza every day.”

However, the announcement and construction of the pier, as well as the recent problems, drew widespread ridicule and criticism; critics on Biden’s left flank argued it did not go far enough in terms of providing aid or negotiating an end to the war, while conservative critics said it was spending too much money just to give aid to the Palestinians who are supportive of Hamas in the first place.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: UNSPECIFIED - MAY 16: (EDITOR’S NOTE: This Handout image was provided by a third-party organization and may not adhere to Getty Images’ editorial policy.) U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary), U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1, and Israel Defense Forces emplace the Trident Pier, May 16, 2024 on the Gaza coast. The temporary pier, part of the Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore capability, will enable the maritime delivery of international humanitarian aid to the United Nations in Gaza for distribution to Palestinian people in need. (Photo by U.S. Central Command via Getty Images)

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