US to Advance Billion-Dollar Arms Sale to Israel

US to Advance Billion-Dollar Arms Sale to Israel
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The Facts

  • The Biden administration reportedly notified congressional leaders Tuesday that it will proceed with plans to sell more than $1B of weapons to Israel. The commitment, revealed by three congressional aides, comes a week after the White House paused shipments of 2K-pound bombs to Israel.

  • First reported by the Wall Street Journal, the new arms package will include $700M in tank ammunition, $500M in tactical vehicles, and $60M in mortar rounds. Meanwhile, 3.5K large bombs remain withheld from Israel as it launches its ground offensive in Rafah.

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

After receiving bipartisan pushback for sending mixed signals about support for Israel, the Biden administration is taking half-measures to reaffirm his support for Washington's greatest ally. He has made an already-tenuous situation even worse by sending mixed signals and flip-flopping with his rhetoric.

Pro-establishment narrative

The war in Gaza has created a unique situation for the Biden administration to navigate, yet the president continues to take measures that reaffirm support for Israel while showing solidarity with Palestinian civilians. The White House remains steadfast in its support for the US’ ally, but it is also drawing common sense lines.

Pro-Palestine narrative

The Biden administration is feckless in even exerting minor pushback against Israel’s immoral campaign in Gaza, and is giving $1B in weapons less than a week after drawing a line in the sand. Israel completely disregarded repeated requests to not invade Rafah, and its defiance was barely met with resistance. Biden continues to capitulate to Israel’s demands while the IDF kills thousands of Palestinians, doubling down on his moral failures.

Metaculus Prediction

Establishment split



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