TRUMP’S 2019 BUDGET REQUEST INCLUDES $200 MILLION INCREASE TO ISRAEL

The administration wants $39.3 billion for the State Department and the US Agency for International Development, a reduction of about one-third from 2017 spending, but proposed an increase in funding to its Middle East ally.

“[For] Israel, the total is $3.3 billion, which is a $200 million increase from the previous year and reflects the newly signed 10-year MOU [memorandum of understanding],” he said.

In September, the US and Israel signed a 10-year MOU providing $38 billion in defense aid to Israel through 2028.

The budget request explains the $3.3 billion request provides “assistance to bolster Israel’s capacity to defend itself and maintain its qualitative military edge.”

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Trumps-2019-budget-request-includes-200-millon-increase-to-Israel-542467

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