An historic defense agreement worth at least $38 billion to Israel – the largest pledge of the United States to an ally in the country’s history, which will extend through 2028 – was welcomed by some members of Congress on Tuesday.
“Despite growing budget pressure, this MOU will provide Israel with the resources and certainty to effectively plan for its security needs over the next ten years. This is a worthy legacy for the Obama administration,” Elliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said in a statement.
Illena Ros-Lethinen (R-FL), chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa added the need for congress to support an ally.
“With the administration and the other P5+1 nations having offered concession after concession and tens of billions of dollars to Iran since the nuclear deal, it’s time to focus on helping a trusted friend and major strategic partner rather than an avowed enemy,” Ros-Lethinen said.
New York Representative Nita Lowey, Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee and the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee also welcomed the deal.
“Israel will be in a better position to address turmoil and instability in the region and therefore be able to better protect its citizens and secure its borders,” Lowey said.