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Majority of US Senate Pushes to Boost Israeli Aid

American and Israeli flags fly at Pentagon during visit of IDF Chief Benny Gantz (Photo: flickr/IDF)

The United States continues to show its strong support for Israel. The Jerusalem Post reports that a vast majority of the U.S. Senate are pushing President Obama to boost American aid to the Jewish state:

More than four-fifths of the US Senate have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to quickly reach an agreement on a new defense aid package for Israel worth more than the current $3 billion per year.

Eighty-three of the 100 senators signed the letter, led by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chris Coons. Senator Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, was one of the 51 Republicans on board. The Senate's Democratic White House hopeful, Bernie Sanders, was not among the 32 Democrats.

"In light of Israel's dramatically rising defense challenges, we stand ready to support a substantially enhanced new long-term agreement to help provide Israel the resources it requires to defend itself and preserve its qualitative military edge," said the letter, which was seen by Reuters.

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