As the tumult in the Middle East continues, a strong U.S. ally in the region is more important than ever. The Senate may soon consider the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. The bill includes $3.075 billion in foreign aid to Israel, reflecting the 10-year aid agreement signed by the two nations in 2007. Aid to Israel is an investment in U.S. security and Israel’s security; Israel spends a higher percentage of its gross domestic product on its own defense than any other industrialized country in the world. U.S. foreign aid reaffirms our commitment to a democratic ally in the Middle East and gives Israel the military edge to maintain its security and the economic stability to pursue peace. Furthermore, U.S. foreign aid to Israel represents a strong investment in the American economy; Israel spends over 75% of its aid in the United States supporting American jobs.
Throughout the Reform Movement's history, in times of peace and in times of strife, we have spoken out in unequivocal and unconditional support of the State of Israel and her people. This support stems from a love of the land and an understanding that the destinies of the Jewish people and of Israel are intertwined in an unbreakable connection. U.S. aid to Israel, over 75% of which is actually spent on goods from the U.S., strengthens both nations. Jewish values also teach us that our country should be an advocate for peace among the nations, emphasizing the importance of North American leadership in the peace process. We believe that foreign aid to Israel as part of a strong foreign aid package overall, is a strong tool to work toward peace.
At this critical juncture for the Middle East, we must continue the strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Please contact your Senators and urge them to support aid to Israel in the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. The Capitol Switchboard can be reached at 202.224.3121 or you can send an email below.