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Sanders drops opposition to guided bombs sale to Israel

Progressives' push to block Israel arms sale falters amid Gaza cease-fire, procedural deadline.
US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to members of the media in the Senate Subway on April 29, 2021, in Washington, DC.

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has dropped an effort to block a $735 million sale of precision-guided bombs to Israel amid procedural obstacles.

Sanders’ last-minute objection to the weapons sale last week would have forced the Senate to vote on whether to block it in light of the latest lopsided conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

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