The US government has approved an arms sale worth 735 million dollars to Israel, in a deal that comes in the midst of escalating tensions between Israeli forces and Palestinian militias in the Gaza Strip.
The agreement, which would involve the delivery of precision weaponry, was notified by Joe Biden’s Administration to Congress on May 5, according to several sources consulted by the Washington Post. It was therefore almost a week before the beginning of the crossing of attacks on both sides of the Gaza border.
The government is obliged to notify the legislature of this type of agreement and, usually, it does not come to light until Congress has given it an informal approval. Following notification, legislators have 20 days to raise objections.
Several members of Congress have already reportedly expressed their discomfort with this step, despite the fact that the U.S. political class has traditionally been pro-Israel and has maintained virtually common messages on both the Democratic and Republican sides of the political spectrum.
One Democrat who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee has questioned both the substance of the deal and the timing of its announcement. “Allowing this plan to go forward to sell smart bombs without pressuring Israel to agree to a cease-fire will only increase the carnage,” he has lamented.
This source emphasized not only the death of “many civilians” in the Strip as a result of Israeli bombardment, but also the destruction of the building that housed the offices of the U.S. Associated Press news agency.
Biden has sent a senior member of his administration to the area to see first-hand the evolution of the escalation of tensions, while maintaining contacts with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.
The current occupant of the White House has yet to finalize his policy on this conflict after the constant gestures made to Israel by his predecessor, Donald Trump, who even ordered the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.