Israeli Officials Not Worried About Additional $1 Billion in US Military Aid

The funds were stripped from a stopgap funding bill

Israeli officials told Haaretz that they expect Congress to approve an extra $1 billion in US military aid for Israel even though it was removed from a stopgap funding bill in the House on Tuesday.

The stopgap funding bill was pushed through to avert a government shutdown. The $1 billion was removed due to pressure from progressive Democrats. Because no Republicans were expected to vote for the legislation, Democratic leadership needed support from the progressives.

An unnamed Israeli official told Haaretz that the situation was nothing to be concerned about since only a few lawmakers oppose the aid. “This incident wasn’t connected to Israel at all. In a situation in which the American administration needs every vote in the House of Representatives to pass the budget proposal, a single-digit number of legislators seized on this political situation to exert pressure through it. Does that mean we won’t get the money? Quite the contrary,” the official said.

After the House stripped the aid from the bill, US lawmakers were quick to assure Israel that it would get the money. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said he would bring a vote on the $1 billion to the floor of the House as early as this week, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would give Israel the funds. In the Senate, some Democrats are considering painting the $1 billion with aid for the Palestinians.

The $1 billion in aid would be on top of the $3.8 billion the US already gives Israel each year. Israel requested the additional amount in June, after its bombardment in Gaza in May, which killed over 250 Palestinians, including over 60 children. The Israelis say they need the money to replenish the Iron Dome missile defense system. But when the request was first reported, Israeli officials said they also need the money to purchase munitions, including precision-guided munitions for the air force.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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