News from Reuters informs, Nov. 9, that in the next days, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyau, will be visiting Washington to mend the strained ties between Israel and the U.S. Netanyau visit to the U.S. the first time since the Iran nuclear deal. He will also enable the Israeli Prime Minister to request $50 billion in military aid to maintain Israel’s edge against its neighbors. Netanyau also promised President Obama that he is still committed to a two states solution to solve the crisis in the Middle East.
In fact, The U.S. and Israel have a strong military cooperation Israel has been enjoying a substantial military aid for the U.S. The U.S, aid to Israel is designed to maintain Israeli’s qualitative military edge (QME) over neighboring countries. The rationale for QME, as the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, is that Israel must rely on better equipment and training to compensate for being much smaller geographically and in terms of population than its potential adversaries.
Since 1973, Washington has provided Israel with substantial economic and military support making the Jewish state the largest recipient of U.S. aid since World War II. Israel receives from the U.S. approximately $3 billion in direct foreign aid per annum, representing roughly one-fifth of America’s entire foreign aid budget.
In 2007, the Bush administration and the Israeli government agreed to a 10-year $ 130 billion military aid package for the period from FY 2009 to FY 2018. When President Obama visited Israel in 2013 he pledged that the U.S. will continue to provide Israel with multi-year commitments aid subject to the approval of congress. In 2016, Congress allowed $3.1 billion in foreign military financing from the U.S. Department, $371.2 million for various U.S. – Israel joint missile defense systems including $41.4 million for Iron Dome; $ 249 million for David’s String, $34.5 million for Arrow 3 and $ 45.5 million for Arrow 2.
According to the CRS report 2015, the President request for Israel’s aid for year 2015 will encompass approximately 53% of the total U.S. foreign military financing worldwide. To date, Israel has received from the U.S. foreign aid $ 124.3 billion (current, or non-inflation adjusted dollars).
The U.S. assistance to Israel has helped the Israeli military transform its armed forces into one of the most technologically sophisticated in the world.