The US may be about to transfer F-35s and more than 2,000 bombs to Israel

Washington has secretly approved the supply of more than 2,300 bombs and 25 F-35 fighters to Tel Aviv despite the deterioration of bilateral relations, according to the US newspaper.

The Washington Post on March 29, citing sources from the US Department of Defense and State Department, said that in recent days, the government had secretly approved a plan to transfer billions of dollars worth of weapons to Israel, including There are more than 1,800 Mk. 84 weighing 900 kg and 500 Mk. 82 pounds 200 kg.

The weapons package also includes 25 F-35 stealth fighters and components with a total value of 2.5 billion USD. The transfer of fighter jets was approved by the US Congress in 2008, so President Joe Biden’s administration did not need to notify this agency again.

The US is a close ally of Israel, providing about $3.8 billion in military aid each year to the country. Washington also strongly supported Tel Aviv after the conflict in the Gaza Strip broke out in late October 2023, transferring a large amount of ammunition and air defense systems to its allies to deal with Hamas forces.

However, relations between the two countries have recently broken down in the context of Washington repeatedly criticizing Tel Aviv for causing large civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip. The US also opposes Israel’s plan to launch a ground operation on Rafah, the southernmost city in Gaza with more than 1.5 million Palestinians reflecting, due to concerns about the risk of a humanitarian disaster.

Some Democrats called on the Biden administration to stop providing weapons to Israel to pressure the country to commit to limiting civilian casualties, as well as agree to open humanitarian aid.

However, Washington does not intend to use weapons transfers to influence Tel Aviv. “We will continue to support Israel’s right to self-defense. Putting conditions on providing aid is not US policy,” said an anonymous White House official.

According to data from health authorities controlled by Hamas, the conflict in Gaza has left 32,623 people dead and 75,092 injured as of March 29, mainly women and children. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on March 28 required Israel to “ensure humanitarian emergency assistance” in the Gaza Strip immediately on the grounds that “famine is occurring” in the strip of land.