US seeks to increase aid to Israel
February 23, 2018
(JNS)—The annual funding Israel receives from the United States may be increased by $200 million in 2019, according to President Donald Trump’s fiscal year budget request. Israel is expected to receive $3.3 billion in 2019.
The requested funds are the result of a $38 billion 10-year memorandum of understanding signed between Israel and the United States at the end of President Barack Obama’s term in office. The additional proposed funds are being apportioned to provide “assistance to bolster Israel’s capacity to defend itself and maintain its qualitative military edge.”
Part of the funds will go toward “prioritizing funding for a U.S. Embassy facility in Jerusalem which will begin once design and construction plans are finalized,” according to a fact sheet released by the State Department. The administration has announced that the embassy will officially move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2019, while a new facility in the capital will take years to complete.
Israel’s eastern neighbor, Jordan is also scheduled to receive an increase of $275 million, to $1.275 billion in 2019.
The budget request requires congressional approval before being finalized.