Ambassador Erdan slams Ocasio-Cortez for her bid to block arms sale to Israel

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Ambassador Erdan slams Ocasio-Cortez for her bid to block arms sale to Israel
Israel’s envoy in Washington says amendment by progressive US congresswoman ‘legitimizes’ Hamas’s ‘heinous attacks against innocent civilians’
By TOI staff and Jacob Magid
19 September 2021

Israeli Ambassador to the US Gilad Erdan criticized Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for submitting an amendment to the annual US defense spending bill to block the sale of precision-guided munitions to Israel. “I would expect a Congressperson to understand that Israel is defending its citizens against Hamas, a designated terrorist organization,” tweeted Erdan on Saturday night. “Your amendment further legitimizes their heinous attacks against innocent civilians, as well as antisemitic lies.”

Erdan added that the strategic alliance between Israel and the US is “critical to the security of our two countries. Israel is a world leader in the fight against terrorism, and our partnership has helped prevent terrorist attacks against American citizens many times in the past.” The amendment submitted last week by Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic representative from New York, would prevent the transfer of $735 million worth of joint direct attack munition (JDAM) tail kits to Israel. The kits turn unguided bombs into GPS guided missiles. However, it is almost certain not to pass, given the majority on both sides of the aisle in favor of US military support for Israel.

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