Government Funding Bill Signed By Biden Includes $3.8 Billion in Military Aid for Israel, Cuts Funding to UNRWA

The lobby group AIPAC celebrated the fact that the annual military aid for Israel did not add 'political conditions'

The $1.2 trillion government funding package that President Biden signed into law on Saturday includes $3.8 billion in annual military aid for Israel and also cut funding for the UN’s Palestinian relief agency, UNRWA, as Gaza is on the brink of famine.

The US provides Israel with $3.8 billion in military aid each year under a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Obama administration. The $3.8 billion is divided into two categories: $3.3 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF), which provides foreign governments with money to purchase US arms, and $500 million to fund Israeli missile defense systems.

The pro-Israel American lobby group AIPAC celebrated the signing of the funding bill and noted that the military aid for Israel is still unconditional. “Congress just passed, and President Biden signed into law, $3.3 billion in vital security assistance for Israel, without added political conditions,” AIPAC wrote on X. “This lifesaving support will help keep our ally safe and ensure Israel has the resources it needs to protect its families.”

The US continues to provide Israel with unconditional military aid despite the massive civilian casualties in Gaza and Israel’s restrictions on aid, which has caused severe levels of food insecurity among the Strip’s entire population.

In contrast, the US immediately suspended funding to UNRWA after Israel claimed without evidence that 12 of its employees participated in the October 7 attack. UNWRA said last week that some of its staff reported being tortured by Israeli forces into making false confessions about UNRWA’s relationship with Hamas.

“Some of our staff have conveyed to UNRWA teams that they were forced to (make) confessions under torture and ill-treatment. These false confessions were in response to questioning about relations between UNRWA and Hamas and involvement in the 7 October attack against Israel,” UNRWA spokeswoman Juliette Touma said in a statement.

The spending bill bans the funding of UNWRA until 2025. Instead of funding the UN agency, it provides $175 million in aid for Palestinians in the West Bank in Gaza that will go through the US Agency for International Development, which is $50 million less than what was allocated for Palestinians last year.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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