The White House said it is prepared to commit to the “largest single pledge of military assistance to any country in US history” in its defense assistance talks with Israel.
A White House official made the statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in response to a letter by 83 US senators to President Barack Obama urging him to substantially increase defense assistance to Israel.
“We have been holding intensive discussions with Israel aimed at concluding a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding on security assistance to follow the current MOU worth $30 billion, which will conclude at the end of FY 2018,” the official said.
“We are prepared to sign an MOU with Israel that would constitute the largest single pledge of military assistance to any country in US history,” the official said.
“And we are ready to do this even though we are operating in a particularly challenging budget environment that has necessitated cuts on federal spending across a wide array of programs.”
In other words, even though there is not enough money to meet the defense needs of America, the US government is more than happy to give the Jews-only state even more money than ever before.
According to a report in the Israeli Haaretz newspaper, US Congressional sources said that Israel has asked for $4 to $5 billion per year, which over the duration of the agreement, from 2019 to 2028, amounts to up to $50 billion.
The current military aid agreement between the two countries, for 2009 to 2018, is based on a memorandum of understanding signed by President George W. Bush and provides a total of $30 billion, at an average of $3 billion per year.
Showing chutzpah which could only come from Jews, Haaretz then revealed that “the United States has managed to reduce Israel’s demands, to somewhere between the $37.5 billion that the United States is proposing over 10 years and the $40 billion being requested by Israel”—as if the “demand” from Israel was some sort of absolute necessity which the US was fighting to “reduce.”
As Haaretz went on to boast: “One way or another, that’s $3.75 to $4 billion per year, amounting annually to $750 million to $1 billion more than the current agreement.”
Haaretz then went to casually announce that the “American taxpayer currently funds more than 20 percent of Israel’s defense budget. This year’s overall government budget is 59.1 billion shekels, or $15.6 billion, and more than 12 billion shekels of that comes from American economic assistance.”
Since the United States first began providing military assistance to Israel in 1962, it has given slightly more than $100 billion to the country—and that does not include Washington’s “civilian assistance” to Israel.
During Obama’s years in office, the United States has also provided billions of dollars on advanced projects of importance to Israel such as anti-missile systems, including Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and the Arrow system.
Since the end of World War II, on a cumulative basis, Israel has received more American financial assistance than any other country, according to Congressional reports. In recent years, Israel has received 55 percent of America’s foreign military aid.
This does not include special military assistance that the United States also provides to Israel on occasion.
There is no logical reason to hand over this amount of cash to Israel—apart from the obvious: that the US government remains firmly under the control of the Jewish lobby.