Congress pushed through the US-Israeli Strategic Partnership Act this week, a bill which creates a new class of special ally within the law called a “major strategic partner,” which only Israel will occupy.
Israel had officially been a “major non-NATO ally” since 1989, a position which included 15 nations in total and which entitles them to myriad benefits including priority delivery of arms purchases.
But with Ukraine, Georgia, and even Moldova being pushed as new “major non-NATO allies” the list was getting pretty watered down, so Congress has created a whole new class above that just for Israel.
The new class increases the amount of “emergency” US weaponry stashed in Israel, just months after Israel controversially raided that stockpile for the Gaza War, and provides guaranteed access to myriad other technologies.
Despite all it entitles Israel to, the bill is still considered “watered down” because it removed certain clauses seeking to grant Israeli visa-free travel rights without giving Americans reciprocal rights.