President Obama has requested $3.1 billion in security assistance for Israel as part of his budget for fiscal year 2013. The aid represents the fifth year of a 10-year agreement to provide the Jewish state with the resources to defend itself amid rising threats in the region. The president has also requested $211 million in additional funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system.
Despite ongoing buget woes, it is critical that the United States live up to its aid commitment to Israel. As our one reliable Middle East ally, Israel serves critical national security objectives. Any reduction in that aid would send the wrong message to Israel's – and America's – enemies.
It is also critical that the United States maintain a robust foreign aid budget. To preserve America’s safety, security and prosperity, the United States must remain engaged in the world and have the resources to do so successfully. A strong foreign aid budget enables us to support key allies like Israel, pave the way for Washington’s diplomatic efforts, spur our job-creating exports and help prevent unstable areas from becoming breeding grounds for terror.