On Sept. 13, the United States and Israel concluded an agreement on a new and historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which, subject to annual congressional approval, will provide $38 billion in U.S. security assistance to Israel over the next 10 years. Within this sum, the MOU will also incorporate joint missile defense funding—$5 billion over 10 years—which will provide Israel a stable planning environment to counter mounting threats. The new agreement represents the largest U.S. aid package ever and will enhance Israel’s ability to defend itself—by itself—in an increasingly uncertain region.
The United States has long defined Israel's survival and security as a key national security interest. Israel is our one stable, dependable, democratic ally in the Middle East. With these funds, Israel will be able to modernize and better equip its armed forces. And this MOU will send a strong message of deterrence to America's and Israel's adversaries that Washington and Jerusalem stand together in an unstable and growingly chaotic Middle East.
AIPAC commends President Obama and his administration for forging this landmark agreement and we commend Congress for its extraordinary support of the Jewish state. This MOU demonstrates America's strong and unwavering commitment to Israel, backed by strongly bipartisan majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate who urged the administration to conclude a robust agreement. The MOU represents a dramatic, essential increase in support for the Jewish state. We look forward to continuing our efforts to encourage Congress to fully fund America’s commitment to Israel's security in the years ahead.
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