A key House panel approved a bill that includes $3.1 billion in security assistance to Israel as well as other key provisions that strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs approved the aid on May 9 as part of the fiscal year 2013 foreign aid bill, which also includes $15 million in refugee assistance for the Jewish state.
Spearheaded by Subcommittee Chair Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), the bill also mandates that any aid to the Palestinians must be linked to the cessation of anti-Israel incitement and to other activities that advance the cause of peace with Israel.
Similarly, the legislation conditions any aid to Egypt on its adherence to its 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
“This Subcommittee understands just how critical it is to support Israel,” said Granger. “Whether it is the ongoing threat from Iran trying to pursue a nuclear weapon - or the instability that continues as a result of the Arab uprising – Israel’s security faces serious threats and Congress’ unwavering support has never been stronger. This Subcommittee understands the risks, and we understand what is at stake for both Israel and the United States.”