Gottheimer, Mast drafting bill to provide Israel with bunker busters

Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Brian Mast (R-FL) are expected to introduce bipartisan legislation this week that would seek to provide Israel with the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, with the ability to strike at Iran’s well-protected nuclear facilities, a source familiar with the legislation told Jewish Insider’s Marc Rod.

Details: The bill would open the possibility of transferring the Massive Ordinance Penetrator (MOP) — designed to take out targets deep underground — to Israel if Iran accelerates its nuclear program and reaches breakout capabilities. The measure would require the Department of Defense to confer with Israeli officials and report to Congress on Israel’s deterrence abilities, as well as the strategic benefits of a transfer. The legislation will also seek to re-emphasize U.S. support for Israel’s qualitative military edge and Israel’s security in the face of the Iranian threat.

Threat from Tehran: “We must ensure our ally Israel is equipped and prepared to confront a full range of threats, including the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. That is why I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan bill to defend Israel from Iran and Hezbollah and reinforce our historic ally’s qualitative military edge in the region with ‘bunker buster’ munitions,” Gottheimer said in a statement to JI. “Iran and its terrorist proxies throughout the region must never be able to threaten the U.S. or Israel with a nuclear weapon.”

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Bonus: Israel is reportedly seeking to purchase F-22 stealth jets, the most advanced fighter plane in the world, from the U.S. in order to maintain its military advantage after the expected U.S. sale of F-35 jets to the UAE. But one analyst noted that such a sale is unlikely, since the F-22 is no longer in production, and the U.S. Air Force is unlikely to give up its own aircraft.

Source: Jewish Insider

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