US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has given preliminary approval to the possible sale to Israel of 120mm M830A1 anti-tank explosive cartridges and related equipment worth $106.5 million (about €98 million).
In the announcement statement, the Defensive Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), The section of the Pentagon in charge of agreements for the sale of military material to US allies, notifies that it has already informed the United States Congress of this possible sale.
The Government of Israel had requested 13,981 cartridges of this type, as well as the resulting technical information, human support and logistical support service. According to CNN, Israel had asked its ally for 45,000 rounds of ammunition for its tanks operating in Gaza, aid whose value would amount to $500 million.
In response, the Secretary of State has demonstrated “that there are emergency reasons to approve this sale in the best interest of the national security of the United States,” in reference to the Gaza war that Israel is waging against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
“The United States is committed to Israel’s security and assistance to Israel serves its national interests,” according to the statement. The ammunition will be used by the Israeli Army “as a defense against regional threats” and the shipment, if finally approved, “will not alter the basic military balance of the region.”
With information from Europa Press