The US State Department has green-lighted the possible sale of approximately 990 million gallons of petroleum-based products to Israel for an estimated $3 billion.
The products requested by the Israeli government include JP-8 aviation fuel, diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline, according to a statement posted July 6 on the website of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).
"The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives," the statement said.
"The proposed sale of the JP-8 aviation fuel will enable Israel to maintain operational aircraft. Diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline will be used for ground vehicles. The proposed sale will improve Israel’s ability to meet current and future threats in order to defend its borders," it added.
US vendors are to be selected using a competitive bid process through the Defense Logistics Agency Energy. The quantity and price of the products are subject to negotiations after the sale is approved by Congress.
The possible sale to Israel was among the almost $7.5 billion in foreign military sales approved by the State Department. The other sales included Stryker infantry carrier vehicles for Argentina, UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for Lithuania, MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft for Indonesia and E-2D Hawkeye aircraft for France.