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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Biden Administration Proposes $1 Billion Arms Deal for Israel Amid Humanitarian Concerns

The Biden administration proposes a $1 billion arms deal for Israel amid congressional debate and political tensions over the shipment halt and potential implications for U.S.-Israel relations.

The Biden administration has initiated discussions with Congress regarding a new $1 billion arms deal for Israel, marking a significant move amidst ongoing humanitarian crises in Gaza. The proposed deal includes the potential transfer of $700 million in tank ammunition, $500 million in tactical vehicles, and $60 million in mortar rounds. However, there is no set timeline for Congress’s official notification and subsequent approval of the sale.

The decision to move forward with the arms deal comes as the Biden administration has temporarily halted the shipment of certain bombs to Israel due to concerns about their use in densely populated areas.

This decision has sparked debate within Congress, with some members expressing opposition to the sale of offensive weapons amid escalating violence in the region. However, the administration maintains that it will continue to support Israel’s security needs while ensuring the responsible use of military aid.

Congressional Response and Potential Implications

While the Biden administration has informed Congress about the proposed arms deal, it faces potential challenges in gaining approval, with some lawmakers expressing reservations. Many activists have also condemned the US support for Israeli attacks on Palestinians.

House Republicans are planning to advance a bill mandating the delivery of offensive weapons to Israel, highlighting the political divide on this issue. Additionally, the White House has indicated that President Biden would veto the bill if it were to pass Congress, further underscoring the complexities surrounding U.S. military assistance to Israel.