While the genocide in Palestine strains relations with Israel, there is little mistake the two countries are firm friends after the State Department week approved the sale of $1.87 billion in munitions and precision guidance kits to Israel. The weapons sale will improve the capability of existing systems and make it easier for U.S. and Israeli forces to work together in combat.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which handles every aspect of overseas arms and weapon sales, informed lawmakers on Tuesday about the deal. The sale is a big win for main contractors such as Boeing Co, Lockheed Martin Corp , General Dynamics Corp, Raytheon Co. With cutbacks in U.S. military spending all four firms are eager to boost sales to overseas customers.

The sale will include 14,500 KMU-556C/B Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) tail kits built by Boeing to convert “dumb bombs” into precision guided weapons, as well as other conventional bombs, missile and munitions.

While lawmakers technically have 15 days to block the potential sale, such action is rare since deals are specially vetted before Congress is notified.

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