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In wake of massive protests, Biden admin. sending $1 billion more in weapons, ammo to Israel

In wake of massive protests, Biden admin. sending $1 billion more in weapons, ammo to Israel


In wake of massive protests, Biden admin. sending $1 billion more in weapons, ammo to Israel

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has told key lawmakers it would send more than $1 billion in additional arms and ammunition to Israel, three congressional aides said Tuesday. But it was not immediately known how soon the weapons would be delivered.

It's the first arms shipment to Israel to be revealed since the administration put another arms transfer, consisting of 3,500 bombs on hold this month saying it didn't like Israel's efforts to wipe out the last of the Hamas terrorists hold up in the Gaza city of Rafah.

The package disclosed Tuesday includes about $700 million for tank ammunition, $500 million in tactical vehicles and $60 million in mortar rounds, the congressional aides said. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an arms transfer that has not yet been made public.

There was no immediate indication when the arms would be sent. Two congressional aides said the shipment is not part of the aid package that Congress passed and President Joe Biden signed last month. It wasn’t known if the shipment was the latest tranche from an existing arms sale or something new.

Some of Biden's fellow Democrats have pushed him to limit transfers of offensive weapons to Israel to pressure the U.S. ally to do more to protect Palestinian civilians who Hamas terrorists use as human shields. 

Republican lawmakers have seized on the administration's pause on the bomb transfers, saying any lessening of U.S. support for Israel — its closest ally in the Middle East — weakens that country as it fights Hamas and other Iran-backed terrorist groups. In the House, they are planning to advance a bill this week to mandate the delivery of offensive weaponry for Israel.