Jerusalem - Historic Aid Package Between U.S. And Israel Could Soon Become Reality
Jerusalem - A proposed American aid package to Israel, the largest ever given to any country, would focus on tunnels that give terrorist access into Israel.
United States Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro spoke about the planned defense agreement at the opening of the International Conference of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism, which also included a 9/11 commemoration, reported Arutz Sheva.
“Today terrorists know that the U.S. and its allies not only mourn together but also fight together to beat the enemy,” said Shapiro.
The current U.S. aid package to Israel ends in 2018 and the new agreement would run through 2029. Prime Minister Binyanim Netanyahu is expected to sign a memo of understanding drafted by the Obama administration instead of taking a chance that the next president will come up with a more attractive offer.
Currently, Israel receives $3 billion in aid from America, reported The Times of Israel and the United States has been involved in either the development or financing of Israel’s multi-level missile defense system. Israel is considered to be an important ally in the tumultuous Middle East region and its missile technology is used to protect American troops and allies in dangerous zones.
Israel requested an extra $700 million per year in American aid and may also ask for a separate assistance package for missile defense systems, potentially bringing total U.S. aid up over $4 billion per year. More than 80 senators signed a letter in April urging President Barack Obama to provide Israel with additional assistance.
Shapiro noted that the United States has taken a tough stance on terrorism since 9/11, striking multiple terror networks and thwarting dozens of terror attacks.
“We eliminated Osama bin Laden, but as the president said the issue is not resolved,” said Shapiro. “We continue to take seriously the threats of ISIS, Hamas and Hezbollah and we have no illusions about the devastating and dangerous effects of Iran in the region and its support for terrorist organizations.
There is room for optimism. We are here with a set of values that is more convincing than the hatred and fear or terrorism.”
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