Support Security Assistance for Israel

On Dec. 18, 2015, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016, which contains essential U.S. assistance to Israel.

Expressing strong bipartisan support for Israel, Congress allocated $3.1 billion in security assistance to the Jewish state, $487.6 million for U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs and $40 million for a new U.S.-Israel anti-tunneling initiative, among other things.  

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

Overall, it is crucial 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 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 in fiscal year 2016 fulfills 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
    American security assistance is vital in helping Israel meet the growing challenges of a region in turmoil, an empowered Iran, Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza and a resurgent Hezbollah in Lebanon armed with an estimated 150,000 rockets and missiles—thousands of which are capable of reaching all of Israel’s major population centers.

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Urge your members of Congress to support full security assistance to Israel for the fiscal year 2017.

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