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US to Accommodate Israeli Defense Aid

Iron Dome and American and Israeli flags at 2016 Operation Juniper Cobra (Photo: flickr/IDF)

The United States and Israel continue to finalize terms of a historic defense aid package. Israel Hayom reports that the agreement between the two allies will include much-needed missile defense:

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...

"We are prepared to make an unprecedented multi-year missile defense commitment as part of a new memorandum of understanding with Israel on military assistance," the official, who requested anonymity, told Reuters.

"This commitment, which would amount to billions of dollars over 10 years, would be the first long-term pledge on missile defense support to Israel, affording Israel robust support for its missile defense, as well as predictability and facilitating long-term planning."

U.S. lawmakers have in recent years given Israel up to $600 million in annual discretionary funds for missile defense, well beyond the $150 million requested by the Obama administration.

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