US to Sell $735 Million in Arms to Israel – The Biden administration has approved the sale of $735 million worth of advanced weapons to Israel, which will be formally proposed on May 5, 2021.
US to Sell $735 Million in Arms to Israel
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – Joe Biden’s administration plans to sell $735 million worth of advanced weapons to Israel. U.S. congressional officials say that members of Congress are likely to agree to this despite the ongoing Palestinian violence.
Three congressional aides said Congress was formally notified of the commercial sale, scheduled for May 5, as part of the normal review process before a major overseas arms sale is completed. The sale was first reported by The Washington Post.
The U.S. government informally notified Congress of the planned sale in April and formally announced it on May 5. Under U.S. law, Congress can reject the sale within 15 days.
The sale of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), manufactured by Boeing (BA.N), was considered routine at the time. Last week, the conflict in Gaza flared up again.
The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Congressional Foreign Relations Committee, which was considering the sale, did not object at the time, aides said.
Asked for comment, a State Department spokesman said he could not respond publicly or confirm the arms sale to Israel.
The sale was approved five days before Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, began firing rockets at Israel in response to an Israeli police operation near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.
The confrontation was also spurred by the postponement of a Supreme Court hearing on a possible eviction order from the Jerusalem area, where many Palestinians live.
The rocket launches began with an Israeli airstrike on May 10, which killed about 200 Palestinians.
More than 50 of them were children, and several buildings were destroyed in Gaza City, including some that were shelled over the weekend, as well as staff from the Associated Press and Al Jazeera.
The crisis, now in its second week, is the worst between the two sides since 2014, and countries around the world have called for an immediate ceasefire.
However, over the weekend, Prime Minister Netanyahu made it clear that Israel’s offensive and military actions would not stop soon.