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AOC, Bernie, Rashida Introducing Resolutions to Block Weapon Sales to Israel

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Multiple Democratic lawmakers are endorsing policies to minimize Israel’s ability to fight back against attackers.

On May 5, the Biden administration notified Congress that it was approving a $735 million arms sale to Israel, according to The Washington Post. That was five days before Hamas began sending what has since become more than 4,000 rockets into Israel, triggering Israeli retaliatory strikes on Gaza. That formal notification triggered a 15-day period for Congress to object.

Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont was set to introduce a resolution Thursday to disapprove the sale, according to a draft of the resolution obtained by The Post.

“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,” Sanders said in a statement.

“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,” he said.

House Democrats acted Wednesday to oppose the sale, with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan introducing legislation opposing the sale.

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