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Call on Congress to Continue Bipartisan Support of Israel

In September 2016, the United States and Israeli governments agreed on a new $38 billion, ten-year military assistance agreement covering fiscal years 2019-2028. This aid is essential to ensure Israel’s security. 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. The United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 (H.R.5141) would authorize annual security funding for Israel in accordance with this agreement. Urge your Representative to support this legislation to continue strong U.S. support for Israel’s security.



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  • Background

    In 2007, President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Olmert agreed on a new military assistance package which would provide $30 billion in aid over ten years. In 2016, President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed to a new package for $38 billion, ten-year military assistance agreement covering fiscal years 2019-2028, spending which must be authorized and appropriated by Congress.

    The United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 (H.R.5141), introduced by Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Ted Deutch, authorizes spending of no less than $3.3 billion annually from 2019-2023. This aid is essential to Israel, which 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, developing new projects and technologies that support American jobs.

     

    Jewish Values

    The Reform Movement stands unequivocally in 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 (URJ Resolution, Support for Israel, 2009).