Mounting Threats to Israel

Israel faces a significant array of threats stemming from both direct challenges and the growing chaos gripping the region. 
 
  • To its north, Israel confronts terrorist groups including Hezbollah and the Islamic State;
  • To the south, Hamas remains in control of Gaza and terrorists roam the Sinai Peninsula; and
  • To the east, Iran has gained access to more than $100 billion in frozen assets that will help fuel its support for terrorism and regional destabilization

These threats, combined with new challenges like cyber-attacks, tunneling and the continued threat of a nuclear Iran, require Israel to increase the strength and adaptability of its armed forces.

Talking Points

  1. Increased Challenges
    From Hezbollah to Hamas, Israel is faced with an unprecedented number of threats along its borders. In order to combat these dangers, Israel spends a greater percentage of its gross domestic product (GDP) on defense than virtually any other advanced nation.

  2. Maintaining Qualitative Military Edge (QME)
    Enhanced security assistance is necessary to ensure that Israel can defend itself over its adversaries. Increased weapons costs and advanced arms purchases by the Gulf States threaten to erode Israel’s QME.

  3. Strengthen Our Ally
    By providing robust security assistance to Israel, American support keeps the Jewish state strong and secure. President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request includes $3.1 billion in aid to Israel, representing the ninth year of a 10-year memorandum of understanding on security assistance.

  4. Preserve Key U.S. Interests
    U.S. assistance helps counter the great disparity in aggregate military spending between Israel and its Arab and Iranian neighbors. By supporting Israel financially, America is not only ensuring Israel’s safety, but it is also maintaining its own security.