Israel Reportedly Requesting $5 Billion in US Military aid

Ya'alon Carter

Israel is requesting $5 billion in annual defense aid from the U.S. over the next decade in order to address growing threats in the Middle East.

Israel currently receives approximately $3 billion a year in U.S. military aid under a deal that is set to expire in 2017. The new package Israel is requesting would provide $5 billion in military aid, Congressional sources told Reuters.

Israel says that the increase will be needed to address growing threats from countries such as Iran. Israel fears that Iran will use sanctions relief from the recently reached nuclear deal and resulting growing economic prosperity to increase its support for terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

But the report said that the White House will likely push back against Israel and that the two sides will likely settle on somewhere between $4 and $5 billion. Before the nuclear deal, both sides had been negotiating a military package between $3.6 and $3.7 billion.

“First they have to negotiate with the White House,” one senior Congressional aide said of Israel, Reuters reported.

In addition, Israel has also requested special military equipment from the U.S., including squadrons of F-15 stealth fighter jets, V-22 Osprey aircraft helicopters, refueling aircraft, helicopters, precision weapons, and Arrow 3 missile defense interceptors, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to visit Washington, DC, next week and meet with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss the military package and other issues.


Israelis are Under Attack. Do You Support Israel?

Want to do something important for Israel? Make a donation to help fight against Palestinian incitement and terror.

The Palestinians’ self-proclaimed knife intifada is the latest result of ongoing incitement against innocent Israelis. Israelis are being stabbed, shot and run over. Yet the world is silent. Help Israel to fight and win the war against terror. The time to act is now!

Now more than ever, Israel needs your help to fight the battle of public opinion. Israel’s enemies are using social media to incite brutal terror against innocent civilians. You can help to remove Facebook pages and Youtube videos calling for the murder of Israelis. The People of Israel need your help to do even more!

Support from true friends of Israel like you make this possible, so please show your support today!


Donate to Israel

Source: United with Israel