In the last week, the U.S. provided Israel with tank rounds and illumination rounds for grenade launchers requested as part of a military arms sale. The weapons came from a $1 billion stockpile of ammunition stored by the U.S. military in Israel for that country’s use if needed for an emergency.
Since the 1990′s, the U.S. European Command has maintained a little-known stockpile inside Israel officially known as War Reserve Stockpile Ammunition-Israel (WRSA-I). The stockpile is essentially available for Israel’s use if it makes a request for an emergency foreign military sale. Such an emergency sale can be authorized by the president as was the case in 2006 while Israel was conducting its war against Hezbollah in Lebanon.
On July 20 Israel made the request for munitions that included an undisclosed amount of 120 mm tank rounds and 40 mm illumination rounds for grenade launchers.