After months of negotiations, the United States and Israel have agreed on a new military aid package, the largest ever for the strategic partnership. According to Israeli media, Yaakov Nagel, acting head of the Israeli National Security Council, is traveling to the US to sign a new military aid agreement this week. Sources speaking to the Jerusalem Post revealed that the US will supply Israel with at least $38 billion in military aid over the next ten years.
The two nations negotiated the agreement over the past year. One point of contention was how Israel would be allowed to spend the money, with the US insisting that the aid be paid back to American defense companies rather than local industries. The new arrangement allows Israel to spend the money on its own defense firms for the first six years.
A suit filed by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy last month argues that Washington’s financial support of Israel violates the Arms Export Control Act, which prevents the US from authorizing aid to countries that are not party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.