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May 20, 2015 8:02 pm

US Proposes $1.9 Billion Military Package for Israel

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Hellfire missiles—which are part of the newly proposed U.S. military aid package for Israel—are loaded onto the rails of a United States Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra at Balad Air Base in Iraq in 2005. Photo: Looper5920 via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgThe United States has proposed a $1.9 billion military package for Israel amid growing concerns over Iran.

The massive package, which was announced by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency and must be approved by Congress, includes 750 bunker buster precision-guided bombs and 3,000 Hellfire missiles, among several other items.

“The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives,” the Department of Defense said in a statement, adding, “The proposed sale of these munitions will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”

The timing of the American-Israeli deal comes as President Barack Obama promised last week to step up military assistance to Arab Gulf states due to their concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. Similarly, Israel’s concern about Iran is reportedly the reason for America’s increased military aid to the Jewish state.

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  • Z54

    Just another major waste of the amerikan taxpayers hard earned dollars! Put that money into fighting poverty, education and infrastructure repair. That would be doing something useful with our tax dollars!

  • Lynne T

    Because the P5+1 is so confident that the Iranians aren’t busy trying to build nukes?

    Where is Jon Stewart to carp about the US being Israel’s advanced weapons dealer?

  • Elisheva Barre

    “The proposed sale of these munitions will not alter the basic military balance in the region.” Wwll well well…
    Let’s all spit in the sea and see if its level rises.



  • shloime

    let’s not forget that it was the white house that blocked the shipment of hellfire missiles in the middle of operation defensive edge. (and held up the first shipment of bunker busters, too.)

    but business is business, and this should soften up any objections to the massive sales of arms to the gulf states, that are already in the works. and besides, arms sales are good for the american economy.