Consortium News:ㅤBiden’s Push for $18 Billion in Warplane Sale to Israel

Consortium News:ㅤBiden’s Push for $18 Billion in Warplane Sale to Israel

04-04-24 11:35:00,

Although the fighter jets may not be delivered for years, critics call it a signal of support for Israel as it commits atrocities in Gaza.

Two Israeli F-15D Eagle aircraft practice in maneuvers over the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada in 2007. (Kevin Gruenwald, Wikimedia Commons, Public domain)

By Brett Wilkins
Common Dreams

Palestine advocates on Wednesday slammed the Biden administration for pushing Congress to approve the sale of $18 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to Israel, despite public pronouncements of anger over ongoing Israeli atrocities in Gaza and a federal ban on the U.S. arms transfers to human rights violators.

The New York Times reported that the U.S. State Department has informally asked two congressional committees to begin the legislative review process for the deal, which involves the sale of as many as 50 McDonnell Douglas F-15 fighters to Israel, as well as munitions, training, and other support.

The proposed deal — which would be one of the largest and most lucrative arms sales to Israel in years — comes amid Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza, during which more than 115,000 Palestinians have been killed, maimed, or are missing and presumed dead.

The planned sale also amid what President Joe Biden called Israel’s “indiscriminate bombing” of Gaza. 

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