Sunday, July 31, 2016

Israel and U.S. are close to a deal on the biggest military aid package ever

The following excerpts are taken from the Washington Post article "Israel and U.S. are close to a deal on the biggest military aid package ever"



>> A senior Israeli official will arrive in Washington next week for a final round of negotiations involving the largest military aid package the United States has ever given any country and that will last more than a decade after President Obama leaves office.

[...] The Obama administration has said it is prepared to sign a 10-year “memorandum of understanding” that significantly raises the $3.1 billion a year the United States currently grants Israel under an existing agreement that expires in 2018. In addition, Congress has provided additional money for missile defense.

[...] David Makovsky, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said that Israelis are conscious that support for Israel is slipping in some liberal quarters and that a 10-year deal with a liberal president would make it “bulletproof.” [...] <<

(source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/israel-and-us-are-close-to-a-deal-on-the-biggest-military-aid-package-ever/2016/07/29/ed13e1d4-54f7-11e6-88eb-7dda4e2f2aec_story.html)

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