Support Security Assistance for Israel

President Obama is slated to request $3.1 billion in security assistance for Israel as part of his budget for fiscal year 2015. The aid represents the seventh year of a 10-year agreement to provide the Jewish state with the resources to defend itself amid rising threats in the region.

Despite ongoing budget 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.

Key Points

  1. Fulfilling a 10-Year Agreement
    In 2007, the United States and Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel that pledged $30 billion in U.S. security assistance to Israel over a 10-year period, beginning in 2009. President Obama’s request of $3.1 billion for Israel in fiscal year 2014 fulfilled the sixth year of that pledge.

  2. Ensuring Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge
    The 10-year agreement embodies America’s commitment to maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge over its adversaries on the battlefield.

  3. Confronting Growing Threats
    Though America clearly faces a tough budgetary environment, American security assistance is vital in helping Israel meet the growing challenges of a region in turmoil, a potential nuclear Iran, Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza, and a resurgent Hezbollah in Lebanon armed with more than 100,000 rockets and missiles.

Contact Your Representatives

Urge your House and Senate members to support full security assistance for Israel in fiscal year 2015.

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