B’nai B’rith commends the United States and Israel for finalizing a military aid deal for the next decade. The landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which speaks to the close security cooperation between the two countries, will provide Israel with a total of $38 billion. This amounts to a pledge of about $3.8 billion a year to the Jewish state, starting in 2019 and concluding in 2028.
This largest-ever U.S. aid package demonstrates the strong bipartisan support Israel enjoys in the United States, as it was negotiated by the administration and backed by a majority of Senate and House members of both parties. The MOU signals America’s commitment to Israel’s security at time of instability in a hostile Middle East.
As a result of the MOU, America’s most reliable democratic ally in the Middle East will become better equipped to defend itself against the unprecedented threats it faces from authoritarian regimes and terrorist organizations. The agreement represents an important investment not only in Israel’s security, but in U.S. national security interests.