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Tue Nov 14, 2017, 01:56 PM

Congress Generous, Again, With US Funds for Israels Defense

Roll Call
John M. Donnelly
8 hrs ago

Congress is poised to provide Israel with another $705 million for that country’s missile defenses — nearly five times the Trump administration’s request and the second largest annual installment of such aid to date.

The House plans to vote this week to approve a fiscal 2018 national defense policy conference report that would, among its many provisions, authorize the aid to Israel for several antimissile systems. The Senate is expected to follow suit soon and send the bill to the president. And whenever Congress completes work on a defense appropriations bill, lawmakers are highly likely to provide all of that money — and maybe more.

Despite Congress’ generosity, the newly minted defense authorization measure betrays a little-known fact. According to congressional aides, the United States is not clear on how much Israel has contributed to its own missile defense programs, as compared to the amount given to it by Washington.

Neither the Israeli Embassy nor the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency answered a question that Roll Call posed last month on how much Israel has spent on the three versions of its Arrow antimissile system, as distinct from the amount provided by U.S. taxpayers.

Reflecting U.S. intent to better understand how much of the bill for Israel’s defense is being footed by America, the final defense bill demands, going forward, that Israel match U.S. funding. But the conferees backed away from even that demand by saying Israel’s “best efforts” to match U.S. funding would be sufficient — one of several ways Congress has shown the limits of how tough it will get with Israel.

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/congress-generous-again-with-us-funds-for-israel-e2-80-99s-defense/ar-BBEWnPK

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Reply Congress Generous, Again, With US Funds for Israels Defense (Original post)
RCW2014 Tuesday OP
AmandaCMatthews Tuesday #1
_eek Tuesday #2
uncledad Tuesday #8
Grumpy Pickle Tuesday #3
DavesNotHere Tuesday #4
jh4freedom Tuesday #5
Grateful Bread Tuesday #6
jh4freedom Tuesday #7

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 02:37 PM

1. Weve been Israels piggy bank for decades.

The way it works is we put IN the little piggy, and Israel takes it OUT.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 02:58 PM

2. No fooling you..

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Response to _eek (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 06:29 PM

8. Know your memes

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 03:26 PM

3. Get Harvey Weinstein to give them the money for their missles.

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 04:00 PM

4. Will they have to give him a massage and see his wang first? Nt

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 04:49 PM

5. When you total the amount of Military Aid the U.S. provides to Muslim nations

Versus what we give to Israel, we give about twice as much to seven Muslim nations of the top 11 recipients of U.S. military assistance: Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, the Palestinian territories, and Jordan.
Additionally, "75 percent of all U.S. foreign military financing goes to only two countries:" Egypt and Israel.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 05:50 PM

6. I am firmly opposed

to all foreign aid of any sort.

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Tue Nov 14, 2017, 05:54 PM

7. Trump inks huge $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia

Mammoth defense agreement a 'significant expansion' of US-Riyadh ties, will boost kingdom's security against Iran threats, says White House official
The Times of Israel May 20, 2017

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — US President Donald Trump attended a signing ceremony with Saudi Arabia’s leadership to cement a number of defense and business agreements, including a much-vaunted arms deal worth some $110 billion.

“This package of defense equipment and services support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats,” a White House official said.

It will also bolster the kingdom’s “ability to contribute to counter-terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the US military to conduct those operations,” the official added.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-inks-huge-110-billion-arms-deal-with-saudi-arabia/

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