Support Security Assistance for Israel

On Feb. 2, President Obama submitted his budget for fiscal year 2016, including $3.1 billion in security assistance for Israel. 

U.S. security assistance to Israel in the annual foreign aid bill is the most tangible manifestation of American support, especially during a time of tremendous turmoil in the Middle East. American aid is a vital component of U.S. commitments to ensure that the Jewish state maintains its qualitative military edge over its adversaries.

It is also critical that the United States maintain a robust overall 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 that pledged $30 billion in U.S. security assistance to Israel over a 10-year period, beginning in 2009. The passage of $3.1 billion for Israel in fiscal year 2016 will fulfill the eighth 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.

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Urge your House and Senate members to support full security assistance to Israel for fiscal year 2016.

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