The Biden administration approved an “emergency sale” Saturday to send nearly 14,000 rounds of tank ammunition to Israel as it ramps up its invasion of the Gaza Strip.
The State Department approved the massive offloading — worth more than $106 million — in a move that allowed it to circumvent Congress.
“The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives,” the department said in a statement.
“Israel will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense,” it added.
For the price of $106.5 million, Israel will receive 13,981 120 mm High Explosive Anti-Tank Multi-Purpose with Tracer tank cartridges as well as US support, engineering and logistics, all of which will come from Army inventory.
Congress was notified of the sale late Friday after Secretary of State Antony Blinken determined an “emergency exists” in the Middle Eastern war that would affect US national security interests.
The urgency allowed Biden officials to sell the weaponry without the standard congressional review required for foreign military sales.
Although unusual, the emergency…