Funding to Israel was restored to its pre-sequester levels in the spending bill the U.S. House of Representatives passed.
EDITORIAL: Lest you think that the cowardly attempt to reduce federal spending, known as sequestration, was not impacting the Jewish community, listen here.
The White House administration, which is at loggerheads with the Congress, is reaching out to Jews to break the sequester logjam.
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.
Imminent threats threading through the rhetoric at AIPAC conferences is hardly new, but this year’s alarm raising had a unique wrinkle: In addition to the prospect of a nuclear Iran, the other danger targeted by the pro-Israel lobby was domestic – sequestration.
Sequestration could lead to cuts in military assistance to Israel, Jordan and Egypt, Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress.
if Congress can’t reach a deal to avoid the so-called sequester, Jewish-run programs could be severely scaled back, if not terminated, at home and abroad.
The failure to forge a deficit-reduction deal will cost Israel $250 million a year in aid. So why is AIPAC, its strongest supporter, keeping so quiet?