Support Assistance for Israel and Foreign Aid

The United States has long defined Israel’s survival and security as important to its national interests. Accordingly, America provides Israel—the sole democracy in the Middle East—with annual security assistance to help it defend itself, by itself, against mounting threats across the region.

Please urge your members of Congress to support full funding of annual security assistance to Israel—$3.1 billion—as well as $705 million in missile defense funding. Additionally, please urge your members to support robust overall funding for the Fiscal Year 2018 International Affairs Budget.

Key Points

Why is U.S. support crucial to Israel’s security?

Annual security assistance to Israel is the most tangible manifestation of American support for the Jewish state. This assistance primarily takes the form of funding for Israel to purchase the arms needed to defend itself from its adversaries. Israel faces significant threats stemming from direct challenges to the Jewish state as well as growing regional chaos. To the north, Israel confronts terrorist groups including Hezbollah and the Islamic State (ISIS), and to the south it faces Hamas in Gaza and ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula. Israel’s greatest threat, however, remains Iran, which is building up its military and actively working to destabilize the region. In response, Israel has been forced to strengthen its armed forces and spend more on defense as a percentage of GDP than any other nation in the industrialized world.

How does investing in Israel benefit the United States?

In an increasingly uncertain Middle East, Israel is the one stable democratic ally upon which America can consistently depend. Cooperation between the two countries in intelligence, homeland security, missile defense and counterterrorism has helped the United States meet its growing security challenges. And as a result of their strong friendship, the Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. military share technologies and techniques that greatly benefit both nations.

What is QME?

Qualitative Military Edge (QME) is a core element of American policy to maintain Israel’s ability to counter and defeat any credible conventional military threat, while sustaining minimal damages and casualties. In 2008, Congress wrote America’s long-standing commitment to Israel’s QME into law and required the president to continually access whether Israel’s QME is being maintained.

Why Does American Security Require a Robust Foreign Aid Budget?

A robust foreign aid budget is an essential element of America’s national security strategy. Disproportionate cuts to the foreign aid budget will weaken America’s leadership role in the world. At just one percent of the federal budget, foreign aid is a cost-effective and relatively small investment that saves U.S. taxpayer money by helping prevent more costly wars, crises and disasters.

How Can I Get Involved?

Please urge your members of Congress to demonstrate America’s unwavering commitment to Israel by supporting full funding—$3.1 billion—of U.S. security assistance to Israel in accordance with the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries. Additionally, Congress should support $705 million in joint U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation. Additionally, please urge your members to express congressional support for robust funding for the Fiscal Year 2018 International Affairs Budget.

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