The U.S. House of Representatives approved, on Wednesday, a bill which changes Israel’s status into one of a ‘strategic partner’ of the United States.According to a report by Alternative Information Center (AIC), the new status will provide Israel with various security benefits, among them priority in receiving American weapons surpluses. Unlike the bill’s original draft, the final version does not include the automatic granting of U.S. tourist visas to Israeli citizens.

The bill, which passed the House with a great majority, will now go to the Senate for a final confirmation.