Huge Majority of US Senators (Excluding Sanders) Urge Obama to Increase Israel’s Defense Budget


An overwhelming majority of U.S. senators are urging Obama to increase Israel’s defense budget, but Jewish presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is not among them.

Eighty-three out of 100 U.S. senators have signed a letter asking President Barack Obama to approve a larger defense aid package for Israel.

The letter—led by Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)—stated that “in light of Israel’s dramatically rising defense challenges, we stand ready to support a substantially enhanced new long-term agreement to help provide Israel the resources it requires to defend itself and preserve its qualitative military edge,” Reuters reported.

Israel currently receives $3.1 billion a year in defense aid from the U.S. While the letter did not suggest a specific figure for a new deal, Israel has asked the U.S. for between $4 and $4.5 billion annually as part of a new defense package. Obama administration officials, meanwhile, have proposed a lower target of $3.7 billion.

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was among the letter’s signatories, while fellow 2016 contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) was not.


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