Legislation Aid to Israel
Israel is America’s closest ally in the Middle East. To help Israel maintain a strong military, the United States provides it with security assistance as part of the overall foreign aid bill and the defense appropriations bill. This vital aid, most of which Israel spends in the United States, is the most tangible expression of American support for the Jewish state. The great majority of this aid is provided pursuant to a ten year MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) reached between the United States and Israel.
The Administration and the Israeli government are currently negotiating a new ten year MOU to replace the one that is expiring in 2017. The Israeli government is asking for an increase to the annual amount called for in the MOU in recognition of the increasing threats it faces. There is bipartisan agreement that this increase is needed to allow Israel to keep pace with those threats and preserve its position as a stable, democratic island in an increasingly chaotic sea.
What we are requesting of Congress
A. U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY’17) House and Senate*:
Will you support the annual Fiscal Year 2017 foreign aid bill including $3.1 billion in military assistance for Israel?/
B. U.S. Missile Defense Appropriations to Israel for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY’17)y House and Senate*:
Will you support continued funding of the joint U.S.-Israel missile program including Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow systems for countering the threat of rockets and missiles?
*Remember to thank members of Congress for their past support
C. Letter urging new 10 year MOU
House: Will you sign the Ros-Lehtinen – Deutsch letter urging the President to conclude an agreement with Israel for a new MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that will pledge aid a level that will enable Israel to meet its increased defense needs? [The letter will be out shortly and is expected to be very similar to the Coons-Graham Senate letter.]
Senate: “Thank you” if Senator is one of the 83 who signed the “Coons Graham” letter urging the President to conclude an agreement with Israel for a new MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that will pledge aid a level that will enable Israel to meet its increased defense needs.
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