Biden Administration Approves Sale Of Tank Shells To Israel

The Biden administration on Friday activated a federal law to unilaterally transfer arms to Israel, which is in an ongoing conflict with Hamas, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

Hamas militants launched a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against Israel on October 7, leading the country to declare war on the group.Congress has so far failed to pass an aid package for Israel amid disputes between Democrats and Republicans over content and budget offsets, but the Biden administration called According to DSCA, emergency provisions of the Arms Export Control Act allow it to sell 13,981 120mm tank shells to Israel without Congressional approval. (Related: 'Holding Israel hostage': Senate Democrats block Republican attempt to pass Israel aid bill unanimously)

“The Secretary of State has determined that exigent circumstances exist requiring the immediate sale of the defense articles and services described above to the Government of Israel that are in the national security interests of the United States, and has provided detailed justification to Congress that exempted Congressional review requirements under Section 36(b) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, by the DSCA. I have written in a press release on Saturday. “This will be a sale from U.S. military inventory. We are not aware of any offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.”

The estimated total cost of the transaction is $106.5 million, according to a press release.

In Congress, House Republicans have insisted that aid to Israel be offset by associated spending cuts.Democratic-led Senate was denied He took that approach and tried to consider the Biden administration's initial thinking. request — Joint aid package and border security funding for Israel and Ukraine.

House Speaker Mike Johnson did not respond to a request for comment.

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