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US Okays Small ‘Emergency’ Sale of Ammunition to Israel

The US State Division has permitted the emergency sale to Israel of almost 14,000 rounds of tank ammunition, it stated Saturday.

The division stated it had notified Congress on Friday of a sale of 13,981 high-explosive 120mm tank cartridges and associated gear value $106.5 million.

That sale, whereas comparatively small, comes amid heated political debate over the Gaza battle, with Republicans slowing a far bigger Biden administration request for brand spanking new navy spending for Israel and Ukraine, and Democrats divided over the usage of US weaponry towards Palestinian civilians.

The State Division stated the secretary of state had decided that “an emergency exists that requires the instant sale to the Authorities of Israel” of the weaponry, thereby waiving the conventional requirement of Congressional overview.

The assertion stated the sale, from US Military stock, could be utilized by Israel “as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland protection” and would “not alter the essential navy stability within the area.”

On Wednesday, Republican senators blocked a White Home request for $106 billion in emergency support primarily for Ukraine and Israel as conservatives balked on the exclusion of immigration reforms that they had demanded.

The bundle would come with roughly $60 billion to assist Ukraine in its battle with Russia and $10 billion for Israel in its battle with Hamas, in addition to support for Taiwan.

With the loss of life toll in Gaza steadily mounting, meantime, some Democrats have strongly urged Israel to hold out a extra focused offensive towards Hamas targets and restrict civilian casualties.