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US-Israel Deal Improves Relations

PM Netanyahu and President Obama in White House (Photo: White House/Pete Souza)

Stand for Israel has reported on the finalization this week of a historic military aid deal between the United States and Israel. Today, JNS' Sean Savage looks at how this may put to rest what many see as years of strained relations between the two allied nations:

“I think it is a message of deterrence to Israel’s enemies in the Middle East,” David Makovsky, a former U.S. senior advisor on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations told “Whatever U.S.-Israel policies differences there have been over the past several years, there now is a rock solid long term commitment to Israel’s security. There’s no adversary in the Middle East that has a commitment in advance of $38 billion dollars in support.”

The new ten-year security deal, known as the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which covers fiscal year 2019 to 2028, stands at $38 billion or $3.8 billion per year. The deal surpasses the current $30 billion MOU signed in 2007 under former President George W. Bush that expires in September 2018. 

According to the White House, the agreement “will permit Israel to update the lion’s share of its fighter aircraft fleet -  including through the acquisition of additional F-35s - increase its missile defense, and acquire other defense capabilities needed to meet its threat environment.”

Calling the agreement “historic,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it allows Israel to continue to maintain its military edge.

"This unprecedented agreement will ensure Israel maintains a strategic military edge over the next decade, which is the largest military aid package ever given to any other nation,” he said.

Netanyahu added the "agreement will help Israel continue to build its armed forces and continue to improve our anti-missile defense systems...which of course are a very important achievement for Israel..."

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