Key Pro-Israel Funding and Policy Provisions Contained in Omnibus Bill

AIPAC Press Release
Key Pro-Israel Funding and Policy Provisions Contained in Omnibus Bill
December 18, 2015

AIPAC commends Congress for including key provisions to help Israel address critical security challenges in the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016. The bill provides $3.1 billion in security assistance to Israel, fully meeting America’s commitment to the eighth year of the U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding. The bill expresses support for negotiating a new U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding. 

Congress strengthened U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation by appropriating a total of $487 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense programs, more than tripling the president’s budget request. In addition, Congress designated $40 million in funding for a new U.S.-Israel tunnel detection program.

The legislation also will enable the United States to replenish stockpiles in Israel by an additional $200 million annually for two years and extend Israel’s ability to use existing U.S. loan guarantees for an additional four years.

In additional provisions, this key piece of legislation will:
  • Shut down the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington and cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) should it initiate or actively support an investigation against Israelis at the International Criminal Court.
  • Cut off aid to the PA should it pursue full membership in the United Nations or any specialized agency or join in a unity government with Hamas. The legislation also reduces PA aid on a dollar-for-dollar basis for any support the PA provides to the families of Palestinian terrorists. The bill also requires the Secretary of State to certify that the PA is “acting to counter incitement of violence against Israelis” before disbursing direct assistance.
  • Require reports concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and its implementation in the following areas: how Iran is using the funds provided as a result of sanctions relief under the JCPOA, what the Administration is doing to sanction Iran and specifically, whether any entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile tests have been sanctioned, and a regular “look back” on entities provided sanctions relief under the JCPOA to ensure they are not and have not been involved in other sanctionable activities.