Shutting down a resolution introduced by pro-Palestine progressives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Mark Pocan, the Biden administration approved the sale of advanced precision-guided missiles worth $735 Million to Israel.
As reported by Jewish Currents, the State Department granted an export license to the Boeing weapons manufacturer for the $735 million sales of Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and Small Diameter Bombs to Israel on Friday.
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this week also introduced a resolution approving two arms sales to Israel. The Biden administration notified Congress of these sales on May 5, and Democrats quickly voiced their disapproval of arms support for Israel – even as the country defended itself against Iran-backed Palestinian terrorist attacks. Co-sponsors of this resolution include Sens. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.).
As it stands, the resolutions against the sale submitted by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Mark Pocan in the House and Bernie Sanders in the Senate were introduced right before the 15-day period allowed for objections was over and it was too late for the issue to be brought for a vote. Immediately after the 15-day period was over, the Biden administration authorized the commercial license for the Boeing sale.