The United States has long defined Israel’s survival and security as important to its own national interests.
Israel serves as an anchor of stability in the Middle East and shares with the United States invaluable technology and on the ground experience that save American lives.
U.S. security assistance to Israel in the annual foreign aid bill is the most tangible manifestation of support America can provide. [Read “Foreign Aid” from AIPAC’s 2017 Briefing Book]. And given the tremendous turmoil in the Middle East, American aid is vital to ensuring that the Jewish state can defend itself—by itself—and maintain its qualitative military edge over its adversaries.
U.S. aid commitment to Israel is vital.
In 2007, the United States pledged $30 billion in U.S. security assistance to Israel over a 10-year period to face growing threats. Nearly 75 percent of the aid is spent in the United States on weapons and other supplies Israel needs.
Aid enables Israel to confront emerging threats.
Though America faces a tough budgetary environment, American security assistance is vital in helping Israel meet the new threats and challenges of a region in turmoil, including a potential nuclear-armed Iran and growing missile threat.
Robust foreign aid helps promote American values and interests.
In addition to advancing vital national security interests, America’s foreign aid program promotes the values of the United States: democracy, pluralism, human rights and the rule of law. It also develops foreign markets and creates jobs at home.