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Washington - Trump's 2019 Budget Request Includes $200 Millon Increase To Israel

Published on: February 13, 2018 10:02 AM
By: Jerusalem Post
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U.S. Government Publishing Office employee Darlene Matthews arranges new copies of President Donald Trump's Budget for the U.S. Government for the Fiscal Year 2019 at the U.S. Government Publishing Office in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Leah MillisU.S. Government Publishing Office employee Darlene Matthews arranges new copies of President Donald Trump's Budget for the U.S. Government for the Fiscal Year 2019 at the U.S. Government Publishing Office in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Washington - Israel will receive $3.3 billion in funding from the United States under President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for the Department of State, a US official announced at a department briefing on Monday.

Hari Sastry, the Director of the Office of US Foreign Assistance Resources at the State Department, noted that Israel will receive a bump of $200 million in aid under the proposed budget.

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The administration wants $39.3 billion for the State Department and the US Agency for International Development, a reduction of about one-third from 2017 spending, but proposed an increase in funding to its Middle East ally.

“[For] Israel, the total is $3.3 billion, which is a $200 million increase from the previous year and reflects the newly signed 10-year MOU [memorandum of understanding],” he said.

In September, the US and Israel signed a 10-year MOU providing $38 billion in defense aid to Israel through 2028.

The budget request explains the $3.3 billion request provides “assistance to bolster Israel’s capacity to defend itself and maintain its qualitative military edge.”

Sastry downplayed the role of December’s United Nations vote slamming Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and pledge to relocate the embassy there in any budget decision.

“Our foreign assistance, the President and the Secretary [of State Rex Tillerson] continue to believe, should be aligned to US interests, so this budget certainly reflects that. Voting in multilateral fora is one factor to consider among many, but there are – if you look at our budget, it is focused on where we think the most appropriate assistance level should be based on where our security needs are.”

He reiterated that the vote was just “one factor” in deciding the funding requests.

A fact sheet released by the Department of State in conjunction with the budget request noted “prioritizing funding” for the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem.

Under “Protecting US Overseas Personnel and Facilities,” a sub-section of the category “Protecting America’s Security at Home and Abroad,” the fact sheet states, “The Administration is also prioritizing funding for a US Embassy facility in Jerusalem which will begin once design and construction plans are finalized.” The fact sheet provided no further details and no officials at Monday’s briefing were pressed on the issue. The budget itself made no mention of the embassy move.

Sastry noted during the briefing that Jordan will also see an increase in funding. “For Jordan, the total is $1.275 billion, which is a $275 million increase from the previous year and also does reflect the MOU that the Secretary – that we are in negotiation and the Secretary intends to sign.”

There is little chance of the budget being passed as proposed, as presidential budgets are rarely enacted by the US Congress, which legally controls government spending. Instead, the budget allows the White House to lay out its priorities for the year.



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 Feb 13, 2018 at 10:53 AM Educated Archy Says:

Yet we still have naysayers who say Trump is an anti semite.

“The Administration is also prioritizing funding for a US Embassy facility in Jerusalem which will begin once design and construction plans are finalized.”

And we still have naysayers who say its just lip service.

Unbelievable how much anti trumpiots just outright lie.

Sad

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 10:54 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

he is the true ohev yisroel, useless AIPAC couldn't stop the Kenyan and are redundant with a more pro-Israel president than themselves.

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 12:01 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

Yet we still have naysayers who say Trump is an anti semite.

“The Administration is also prioritizing funding for a US Embassy facility in Jerusalem which will begin once design and construction plans are finalized.”

And we still have naysayers who say its just lip service.

Unbelievable how much anti trumpiots just outright lie.

Sad

Enough already! With our tax dollars?

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 01:18 PM Educated Archy Says:

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yamsar Says:

Enough already! With our tax dollars?

If it sticks it to the muslims our tax dollars are well spent.

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 02:34 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #4  
Educated Archy Says:

If it sticks it to the muslims our tax dollars are well spent.

Speak for yourself and donate as much as you like to Israeli funds and causes. Tax dollars is money taken by force and we shouldn’t be spending elsewhere before we get our own act together domestically.

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 03:23 PM Anonymous Says:

and when Obama kept giving Israel more and more each year, where were the praises then?
hypocrites all.
sad.

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 04:05 PM Zzzzz Says:

Reply to #4  
Educated Archy Says:

If it sticks it to the muslims our tax dollars are well spent.

Amen to that!

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 05:15 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

and when Obama kept giving Israel more and more each year, where were the praises then?
hypocrites all.
sad.

I think you are confusing him giving Iran 150 BILLLION DOLLARS to kill Jews.

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 05:50 PM Anonymous Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

I think you are confusing him giving Iran 150 BILLLION DOLLARS to kill Jews.

And he didn't give Israel anything? He didn't supply Israel with all the weapons it requested?
I bet your hero is Truman, who put an EMBARGO on arms to Israel !
Hypocrite of the highest order !
sad.

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 07:32 PM yamsar Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

I think you are confusing him giving Iran 150 BILLLION DOLLARS to kill Jews.

Again diverting the topic and refusing to answer straight. You are one intellectually dishonest imbecile.

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 07:50 PM Just Wondering... Says:

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yamsar Says:

Speak for yourself and donate as much as you like to Israeli funds and causes. Tax dollars is money taken by force and we shouldn’t be spending elsewhere before we get our own act together domestically.

Does this include all the money wasted on ridiculous social programs ?

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 09:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

I think you are confusing him giving Iran 150 BILLLION DOLLARS to kill Jews.

Obama Feh

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 09:31 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #5  
yamsar Says:

Speak for yourself and donate as much as you like to Israeli funds and causes. Tax dollars is money taken by force and we shouldn’t be spending elsewhere before we get our own act together domestically.

The most helpful domestic thing we can do is support non arab entites

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 Feb 14, 2018 at 08:04 AM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

And he didn't give Israel anything? He didn't supply Israel with all the weapons it requested?
I bet your hero is Truman, who put an EMBARGO on arms to Israel !
Hypocrite of the highest order !
sad.

Actually during the 2014 war he stopped the transfer of missiles to Israel
And whatever he did is trumped by the fact that he gave Iran billions of dollars to fund the murder of Jews in Israel

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