Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism – Sen. Bernie Sanders to introduce resolution of disapproval on $735 million U.S. arms sale to Israel
The action comes as Biden calls for a ‘significant de-escalation of hostilities’ between Israel and Hamas. The resolution aims to halt the planned sale to Israel by the Biden administration of JDAMs, or joint direct attack munitions, and small-diameter bombs, as the worst hostilities in years continue between Israel and Hamas. The resolution needs only a simple majority to pass the Senate, but if it were to be vetoed by President Biden, it would need a two-thirds majority in both chambers to take effect.
Sanders said in a tweet, “At a moment when U.S.-made bombs are devastating Gaza, and killing women and children, we cannot simply let another huge arms sale go through without even a congressional debate,”
He added, “I believe that the United States must help lead the way to a peaceful and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians. We need to take a hard look at whether the sale of these weapons is actually helping do that, or whether it is simply fueling conflict.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday defended the Biden administration’s approval of a $735 million weapons sale to Israel that drew mounting opposition from progressive lawmakers amid the recent Israel-Hamas conflict as they argued the U.S. shouldn’t be fueling deadly attacks on Palestinians.