Senate Committee Approves AIPAC Bill to Give Israel $38 Billion Over 10 Years, With Additional Perks
By Michael Wilner
July 12, 2018 "Information
- WASHINGTON – A
Senate panel approved a bill on Tuesday
endorsing a decade-long aid package to
Israel brokered by the Obama administration.
The US-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 authorizes a memorandum of understanding negotiated in 2016 between the two governments which will provide Israel with $38 billion in military aid between 2019 and 2028.
A bipartisan majority of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee passed the
legislation, allowing it to proceed to the
full Senate floor. The bill also authorized
the president to establish a US-Israeli
counter-drone program, expand collaboration
on the peaceful exploration of space, and
produce an assessment on Israel’s
precision-guided defense needs with respect
to threats from Hamas in Gaza, and Hezbollah
in Lebanon and Syria.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which pioneered the legislation, applauded its progress in a statement.
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The bill “ensures that Israel has the
means to defend itself, by itself, against
growing and emerging threats – including
Iran’s presence close to Israel’s northern
border,” AIPAC said. “This bipartisan
legislation authorizes agreed-upon increases
in Israel’s security assistance and
encourages expanding weapons stockpiles.”
The Israel advocacy group also pointedly celebrated the committee’s rejection of an amendment, proposed by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, which called for phasing out aid to the Jewish state.
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