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Friendship of Mass Destruction: Biden management permitted $735 million arms sale to Israel

President Joe Biden’s management accepted the potential sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel

President Joe Biden’s management accepted the potential sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel, and congressional sources said on Monday that US lawmakers had been not expected to object to the deal no matter violence between Israel and Palestinian militants.

Three congressional aides stated Congress became officially notified of the supposed business sale on May additionally 5, as a part of the everyday assessment technique before major foreign weapons sales agreements can pass ahead.

The sale was first reported by the Washington Post.

Congress was informed of the planned sale in April, as part of the normal informal review process before of the formal notification on May 5. Under US Law, the formal notification opens up a 15-day window for Congress to object to the sale, which is not expected despite the ongoing violence.

The sale of Joint Direct Attack Munitions, or JDAMs, made by Boeing Co, was considered routine at the time, before the start last week of the fiercest hostilities in the region in years.

There were no objections at the time by the Democratic and Republican leaders of the congressional foreign affairs committees that review such sales, aides said.

Asked for comment, a State Department spokesperson noted that the department is restricted under federal law and regulations from publicly commenting on or confirming details of licensing activity related to direct commercial sales like the JDAMs agreement.

“We remain deeply concerned about the current violence and are working towards achieving a sustainable calm,”

the spokesperson said.

Strong support for Israel is a core value for both Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress, despite calls from a few of the most progressive Democrats to take a tougher stance against the government of Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu.

US law allows Congress to object to weapons sales, but it is unlikely to do so in this case. Because Israel is among a handful of countries whose military deals are approved under an expedited process, the typical window for objecting will close before lawmakers can pass a resolution of disapproval, even if they were inclined to.

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