Washington informs Congress of billion-dollar arms delivery to Israel

Washington informs Congress of billion-dollar arms delivery to Israel
Washington informs Congress of billion-dollar arms delivery to Israel

By Le Figaro with AFP

Published
2 hours ago,

Update 2 hours ago

A soldier in the Israeli army.
Amir Cohen / REUTERS

Congress must still approve this aid. This comes a week after Joe Biden threatened not to deliver certain weapons to Israel in the event of military intervention in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip..

The American executive notified Congress on Tuesday, May 14, that it was going to deliver weapons to Israel for around a billion dollars, AFP learned from sources close to the matter, a week after Joe Biden threatened to limit American military aid to its ally regarding Rafah. Congress must still approve the arms delivery, a US official said, with a parliamentary Source indicating the total amount is around $1 billion.

According to Wall Street Journal, which first revealed the information, this delivery includes 700 million dollars of tank ammunition and 500 million for tactical military vehicles. This aid package is spent within the immense American aid plan for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, totaling $95 billion, including $13 billion for Israel, voted by Congress at the end of April . The Biden administration has tirelessly called, for months, on parliamentarians to approve these billions for Washington’s allies.

“If we have to stand alone, we will stand alone”

Benjamin Netanyahu

On Wednesday May 8, Joe Biden however said “that he would not deliver” certain weapons to Israel, of which the United States is the primary military supporter, in particular “artillery shell”in the event of a major offensive against Rafah, an unprecedented warning from Washington. “If we have to stand alone, we will stand alone”Benyamin Netanyahu responded the day after the American threats, a spokesperson for the Israeli army saying that they had “sufficient weapons to accomplish (their) mission in Rafah”.

In Washington, left-wing elected officials in Congress could try to derail this arms delivery to Israel. Since the start of the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, the United States has made two sales public according to the so-called procedure. “emergency” to its ally – a procedure that allows direct mailing, bypassing a 30-day process in Congress

-

-

PREV Deliveroo annoys its customers with this “very clumsy” message
NEXT War in Ukraine | Washington calls on its allies to give Patriot systems to Ukraine