Cuts to foreign aid laid out in the White House’s proposed 2018 budget could have a dramatic effect, advocates warn.
When Yaakov Nagel, Israel’s acting national security adviser, was tasked with heading the Israeli team negotiating a new 10-year military aid package with the United States, Prime Minister Netanyahu set forth the guidelines: “If you reach $3.5 billion a year, you’ll get a gold medal,” Nagel recalled Wednesday, hours before signing the agreement in Washington. “If you get $3.3 billion you’ll get a silver medal; and if you get $3.1 billion you’ll get the bronze.”
A recent Black Lives Matter platform described Israel as “an apartheid state” committing “genocide,” drew fire from Jews across the spectrum. Does it really single out Israel? Here’s what you need to know:
The Obama administration is prepared to incorporate missile defense funds in a new long-term agreement on military aid for Israel, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, accommodating in principle a key request by its ally in the yet-unresolved talks.
Punishing the Egyptian military by suspending aid might seem like the right thing to do. But it would likely have a catastrophic impact on Israel’s peace with Egypt.
FORWARD EDITORIAL: The blunt ax of sequestration cuts is hurting Israel. But trying to single out the Jewish state to be exempted from the cuts could jeopardize support in the future.
Pro-Israel advocates have long pushed for aid to the Jewish state as part of the entire foreign aid package. The sequester cuts have changed that, at least for AIPAC.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he does not favor immediate cuts to defense assistance to Israel and favors intelligence and development cooperation, but he believes that Israel would ultimately benefit from economic independence from the United States.
Sen. Rand Paul called for a reduction of foreign assistance during a visit to Israel.
Democratic heavyweights slammed the Republican presidential candidates for including Israel in a discussion of ?zero-ing? foreign aid at their debate.