The United States Department of State reported this Saturday that it approved a possible foreign military sale to the Government of Israel of 13,981 rounds of tank ammunition valued at more than $106.5 million, an operation that generally has to be approved by Congress.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification and notified Congress of this possible sale on December 8, the Department led by Antony Blinken reported.
“The Secretary of State determined and provided detailed justification to Congress that there is a emergency “which requires the immediate sale to the Government of Israel of the aforementioned defense articles and services in the interest of the national security of the United States,” the statement said.
With this, he adds the text, “Congressional review requirements” are waived, under the Arms Export Control Law.
“The United States is committed to Israel’s security and it is vital to its national interests to help Israel develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability,” the text states.
The proposed sale of this equipment “will not alter the basic military balance in the region,” the United States assures, but rather it will be “a sale of the inventory of the US military” and “there will be no adverse impact” on the defense of the North American country.