Aid worker deaths have appalled Israel’s European allies. Some are considering a halt to arms sales

April 06, 2024

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was “appalled” by the deaths of the aid workers, three of whom were British. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair, File)When Hamas killed some 1,200 Israelis in a cross-border attack from Gaza on Oct. 7, Israel’s European allies strongly backed its right to strike back. Germany is one of Israel’s closest allies and, given memories of the Holocaust, treads carefully when criticizing its actions. (AP Photo/Ismael Abu Dayyah, File)“It’s sad that it has taken an attack on international aid workers” to crystalize leaders’ attention, said Nomi Bar-Yaacov, associate fellow in the International Security Program at international affairs think tank Chatham House. President Joe Biden told Netanyahu in a phone call Thursday that continued U.S. support for the war depended on Israel taking more action to protect civilians and aid workers.