A bipartisan bill has been proposed in the US Congress to prohibit the United States government from exporting weapons to the countries of the Middle East, except after consulting with Israel.
Illinois Representative Brad Schneider, who submitted this bill in cooperation with other lawmakers, including officials in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement published Friday on his website that the new bill aims to reaffirm the US commitment to Israel’s military supremacy in The region, against the backdrop of reports of US arms export deals to the Middle East.
The draft resolution stipulates that the President of the United States must hold consultations with relevant officials in the Government of Israel regarding its military superiority, before agreeing to any deal to sell arms to the countries of the Middle East.
The new legislation also obliges the president of the country, no later than 60 days after receiving a request to sell arms and military equipment to countries in the Middle East, to inform Congress, in a public statement, of the potential impact of the planned deal on Israel’s military superiority in the region.
This comes against the backdrop of reports that the United States intends to conclude a deal to sell advanced weapons, including F-35 fighters, to the United Arab Emirates.