US Closing in on Massive Israel Military Aid Package

White House Seeks 'Accommodation' of Israel in Record Aid Package

Israel’s far-right government is almost always at odds with the Obama Administration over something or other, and in recent weeks, it has tended to be Obama’s attempts to get Israel to accept some $35-$37 billion in military aid over the next decade, a record amount for any US military aid package.

Today the US insists the deal is closer than ever, but the anger is simmering over exactly where the missile defense funding will be, and how big it will be.

The White House wants to put the annual missile defense funding for Israel in the decade-long aid package straightaway, arguing it’d be easier than having Israel negotiate a new, larger package every single year with the US Congress.

Not having a chance to annually squeeze even more money out of Congress isn’t a “win” by Israeli standards, and major Israel Lobby group AIPAC, one of the groups responsible for coaxing ever more money out of Congress, blasted the White House, saying there is strong bipartisan support in Congress every year for such funding.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office downplayed the latest row, expressing confidence that US aid to Israel would keep growing no matter what. The White House tried to tamp down concerns too, promising “accommodations” for Israel in the record aid package to come.

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Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.

  • TellTheTruth-2

    This stands to reason. AIPAC has ordered the US Congress to speed up The Greater Israel Project? Maybe that’s what Trump should look into if he wants to understand migration is a weapon of war and the Middle East is emptied?

  • tadzio308

    Since the 1980s Israel has consistently committed less of it’s GDP to defense year after year. There have been major cuts in the last two years. Last year the mandatory term of military service was slashed, effectively reducing troop levels. If Israelis do not think they have to spend more on defense why should American taxpayers keep ponying up more? End the free ride for a nation that has a higher income level than thousands of American counties.

    https://www.tel-aviv.gov.il/en/abouttheCity/Pages/CityinNumbers.aspx

    At yesterday’s exchange rate the average Household income in Tel Aviv is $63,885.48. Those are 2013 numbers. Things have gotten even posher in Israel since then. It’s economy has been protected from the Fed induced path to poverty the rest of the world is on. Tens of millions of American families can only dream of such riches. Washington should stop bleeding the abandoned American workers for the benefit of the effendi feeding large off the sweat of their labor. Shut AIPAC racketeering down.
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  • Cal2

    TRAITORS
    Is the only word that is going to work against the Israel First politicians and the Fifth Column and end the Israel occupation of the US
    Get use to it and use it.

  • Tom Aman

    CUT aid to Israel, not increase it

  • Bastiat

    More money going to welfare queens in Israel, and most members of Congress don’t care.

  • tadzio308

    ” Americans also benefit from our access to intelligence from MOSAD”. On 911 when the first tower was hit everyone thought it was a terrible accident. But six Israelis were arrested in NJ filming and cheering “the event”. The second tower was hit and the world knew what these 6 Israelis, with links to Israeli Intel knew – it was a terrorist attack. Only six people are confirmed to know from the get-go that 911 was not an accident. Thank you, Mossad.
    America can also thank Israel for sharing our advanced technology with Red China.
    Your Hasbara Project propaganda can easily be seen through.