Report: Israel promised US thousands of M-16s it is purchasing will not go to West Bank settlers

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Israel promised the US that the thousands of M-16s it is purchasing from US companies will not go to civilian security teams in the West Bank, Walla reports.

US lawmakers, including Maryland Democrat Senator Chris Van Hollen, raised concerns over weapons being used by Jewish extremists against Palestinian civilians. Concerns were also expressed within the State Department.

The NY Times reported that 24,000 rifles were being ordered from US companies directly, but need State Department approval, and Congress must be notified. The State Department notified Congress last week.

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